You’ve probably heard that there’s an eclipse headed our way this coming Monday, August 21st. While many people in the US will see much or part of the eclipse, NASA has published a useful index of cities in the narrow “path of totality” – a band about 70 miles wide, wherein the sun is almost completely obscured by the moon – and whose residents will see a total solar eclipse.

Looking through the list of these cities, we figured we’d compile a list of fun races – mostly 5Ks –  that are being held right before or after the total eclipse, in these locations. Virtually all of them are part of larger festivals that incorporate food, beer, and, of course, astronomy lectures. You’re certain to have a fantastic time.

Now, go forth and “eclipse” other runners! Just be sure to pause your Garmin. And wear eclipse glasses.

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Name: Solarthon

Location: Madras, Oregon

Date: August 19th-20th, 2017

Details: Make it into a weekend! This is the only run on our list that takes place around the time of the eclipse, and it certainly looks like it’ll be fantastic!


Name: Mutt Strut 5K

Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Date: August 19th, 2017

Details: Bring your dog!


Name: Pluto Run 10K Race

Location: Casper, Wyoming

Date: August 19th, 2017

Details: As part of a larger “Wyoming Eclipse Festival,” this 10K race offers eclipse glasses in the swag bag.


Name: Solar Eclipse Run/Walk

Location: Ravenna, Nebraska

Date: August 19th, 2017

Details: This is part of Ravenna’s larger eclipse festival.


Name: Totality Run

Location: Columbia, Missouri

Date: August 20th, 2017

Details: This flat run, albeit with one “crazy hill” looks like a blast. Free eclipse glasses included with your swag!


**We couldn’t find a run happening in this part of Illinois. Let us know if you do! – @finishersclub


Name: Beat the Eclipse 5K

Location: Benton, Kentucky

Date: August 21st, 2017

Details: The run welcomes your superhero costumes. We’re thinking Superman.


Name: Solar Eclipse 5K

Location: Crossville, Tennessee

Date: August 21st, 2017

Details: Held at the Cumberland Mountain State Park, the course for this race looks pretty darn stunning.


**We couldn’t find a run happening in this part of Georgia. Let us know if you do! – @finishersclub


Name: The Twilight 5K

Location: Highlands, North Carolina

Date: August 19th, 2017

Details: This course is USATF certified, and there’s free beer at the end!


Name: Summer’s End Solar Run

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Date: August 20th, 2017

Details: Live music. Free eclipse glasses. Pizza and BBQ will be around.


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