Even with some of the gray weather recently, getting outside between the raindrops and lightning bolts has been a pleasure because the heat has died down, and even though the humidity has picked up, there's almost an October-like cool in the air.
Looking ahead to October, The Color Run™ 5K-Lehigh Valley will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Allentown. The Color Run™ bills itself with the Disney-esque slogan "Happiest 5K on the Planet."
The race is untimed, so people of all abilities and fitness levels can participate. The best part, however, is that participants get doused with different colors of paint at each kilometer mark, and then get absolutely doused with colors at the finish line.
Participants are asked to wear a white T-shirt to show off the colors.
Entries are available for individuals and four-plus person teams. For more information, go to http://thecolorrun.com/lehigh-valley/#race_info.
•LGNC 10K: For a more taxing run on the same day, try your hand — uh, legs — in the third annual Lehigh Gap Nature Center More or Less 10K Trail Run and More than a 2-mile Scamper.
The 10K features an Alpe d'Huez-style mountaintop finish on the western edge of Lehigh Gap at the summit of the Blue Mountain, overlooking the Lehigh River.
The 2-miler goes off at 9 a.m. and the 10K at 9:30 a.m. from the LGNC, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington.
Register at http://www.lgnc10k.com.
•Via race registrations deadline extended: The 2013 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon registration has been extended to Sunday or until the races are sold out.
The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon are more than 95 percent sold out. Registration for the various races — a 5K run, Via Walk and Kids Races — is open until race day.
To register, go to http://www.viamarathon.org .
•Correction: The July Quadzilla 15K was organized by the Lehigh Valley Running Scene. An incorrect group was credited in an earlier column.
•Cannoli run in Hazleton: If you like cannolis, head to Hazleton for an interesting 3 p.m. run Sunday, Aug. 18, from the Queen of Heaven parish, 12th and Vine streets. In addition to the race day swag of T-shirts, every runner gets a cannoli in the Run for the Cannoli of St. Mauro's Italian Festival 5K.
For a race application, call race director Dino Oberto at 570-401-8168 or email email@example.com.
•Festif part deux Aug. 17: Get out your cycling clothes, pump up those tires and open up your heart to take part in Festif part deux, a family-oriented series of bicycle rides started last year to raise funds for Valley Youth House's Camp Fowler. The camp features programming for all kinds of children in need, including diabetes, asthma camp, bereavement camp, VYH therapeutic adventure work and the state police's Camp Cadet.
The Festif features 40-mile (9:30 a.m.) and 20-mile rides (10:30 a.m.) Saturday, Aug. 17, from Camp Fowler, 5851 Horseshoe Road, Orefield. There are also shorter family rides beginning at 10:45 a.m.
The ride features SAG support with rest stops, and registrants receive a pair of riding socks and an amazing barbecue that features pork, turkey and vegan varieties, plus all the fixings, a DJ and more.
For more information, call Elizabeth Allen or Bob Robertson at 610-432-6481. To register, go to http://www.bikereg.com/Net/18620.
•Gap Gallop ride: The Lehigh Wheelmen, the area's top-notch cycling club that features rides for all ability levels and even delves into racing, is holding the all-new 2013 Gap Gallop on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The new Gap Gallop Century ride goes from DeSales University in Center Valley through cycling-friendly back roads into Portland, with an optional climb up "Fiddler's Elbow." The Gap Gallop features several different routes so that rides of all abilities can tackle them. New this year is a free family-friendly rail-trail adventure ride.
The rides end back at DeSales, where a post-race meal will be served.
To register, go to http://www.active.com and enter Gap Gallop in the search box.