Some well-known and lesser-known races are coming up for those hardy souls who can brave the heat and humidity of August, September and October:
Cool Summer Mornings 5K, 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 7, Clermont waterfront. $25; $30 race week, $35 race day. Go to SommerSports.com to register.
Saved by the Bell 5K run and walk, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando. $35. Find bells hidden along the route and win gift cards. Race benefits Olympia High School's Titan Bands. Register by clicking here.
T.G.I.F. Twilight Off Road Summer 5K, 6:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Roper Ranch, 17701 Old YMCA Road, Winter Garden. $25, or $30 day of race. Click here to register.
Orlando Health Gridiron 5K Challenge, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, UCF, $26. Wear your team's gear and run down your rivals. A part of race-registration revenue from those who sign up as UCF Knights, UF Gators, USF Bulls or FSU Seminoles will be donated back to schools' alumni associations. Go to gridiron5k.com to register or call 407-648-4900, Ext. 11, for details.
Masters of All Terrain Off Road Half Marathon II, 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Hal Scott Wildlife Preserve east of Orlando; $70 till Aug. 20, then more. Go here to register.
Run With the Herd 5K, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Orlando's Lake Eola Farmers Market. $25 through Aug. 31, $30 Sept. 1-5, $35 at race. Chick-fil-A-sponsored 5K benefits Florida Hospital for Children Foundation. To register, go to runwiththeherd5k.com.
Autumn Rock n' Run 5K, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Lake Concord Park, Casselberry. $25 through Sept. 7, $29 Sept. 8-13, $35 at race. Go to TrackShack.com for details.
Miracles Miles 15K and 5K, 7 a.m. (5K) or 7:20 a.m. (15K) Saturday, Sept. 21, Orlando's Lake Eola, $30 for 15K and $22 for 5K through Sept. 14; prices rise after that. Miracle Miles benefits the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Go to TrackShack.com for details.
UCF U Can Finish 5-Miler and 2 Mile, 7:30 a.m. (5 miles) and 8:45 a.m. (2 miles) Sunday, Oct. 13, UCF Arena. 5-Miler is $26 through Oct. 5, and 2 Mile is $20 through Oct. 5, with prices rising thereafter. Discounts for UCF students and others. Go to TrackShack.com for details.
The Neon Run 5K, nighttime race, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Central Florida Fairgrounds. $49 or $24 using Groupon by clicking here -- presuming the Groupon hasn't sold out. Runners don either glowing costumes or plain black or white T-shirts. The race wends through four glow stations, which spritz runners from above with a clothing-safe, water-based spray that radiates light. The race closes with a finish-line party dubbed the Neon Festival, which provides live entertainment. You also can register here: theneonrun.com/locations/orlando
Other races include the Bonnet Creek 5K benefitting Give Kids the World Village (8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort, Lake Buena Vista); the CF Climb for cystic fibrosis (10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Orlando World Center Marriott; and Greater Maitland 5K (7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12). Get more information on those at Fleet Feet by clicking here.