It’s a great time of year to start testing out your race legs.

Summer may not have given up its grip on Central Texas yet, but there’s no doubt the fall racing season has kicked in. It’s a great time of year to start testing out your race legs, and to use races as speed work as you progress in your training. Looking ahead, here’s a sampling of what’s on the calendar.

Cedar Park XC Invitational (Two Miles), September 14 at 7:15 a.m. at 2150 Cypress Creek in Cedar Park.  This two-mile race around the Cedar Park XC course “is both competitive for those looking to race as well as a great family event for anyone just wanting the excitement and experience that the high school athletes experience.” In addition to high school and middle school teams, the race is open to the general public.

The Gruene 10K/5K Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 a.m. at Gruene Hall,1281 Gruene Road in New Braunfels is an oldie but goodie. The race starts in front of historic Gruene Hall and follows a rolling course through the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding this historic community. It’s fairly competitive as well: last year Mike Lowe won in 32:26, while Lindsay Gabow topped the women’s field in 37:52.

The CASA Superhero Run 5K on Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 a.m.  at the Broadmoor Campus ( 11501 Burnet Road in Austin) is the 2019 Austin Distance Challenge Opening Race. The course, run adjacent to the Domaine, is not overly challenging, but does have some hills. Last year’s winners were Zachary Meineke in 15:54, and Chris Kimbrough in 18:41.

The Jaguar Jog 5K/10K is a new race and takes place on Saturday, September 21, at 8:00 a.m. at Moe and Gene Johnson High School, 4260 Ranch Rd 967 in Buda. The out-and-back course starts and finishes at the new Johnson High School Campus in Buda, and is on rural and residential roads.

Enjoy a quaint old-timey race at the Good Life Taylor 5K, Saturday, October 12, at 8:00 a.m., Bull Branch Park in Taylor (Lynn and Davis St.). The flat course starts and finishes in Bull Branch Park and goes through North Taylor with multiple changes in scenery.

Move up in distance with the Hill Country Halloween Half, Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 a.m. at HEB Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, in Cedar Park. The course is designed to be mostly flat and features finish line festivities with a party, music, massages, and entertainment. Course record holders are Rory Tunningley – 1:10.16 (2014) Sky Canaves – 1:25.21 (2016).

The highly-competitive Run for the Water 10 Miler (Sunday, November 2 at 7:30 a.m.) starts and finishes at Cesar Chavez east of Lamar Blvd. in downtown Austin. Make no mistake, this is a hilly course, covering part of the well-known scenic loop. However, the good news is that the last three miles are a steady downhill to the finish.  Last year David Fuentes notched a 50:52 for the win, while Jessica Harper posted a swift 57:22.