The map of 5ks, marathons, and everything in between has certainly grown this season in Southern California . Two upcoming inaugural events are the Malibu Marathon and Half-Marathon on November 15, and the Santa Barbara International Marathon on December 6. Both are beautiful and intriguing locales that promise spectacular views. By looking at its online promotional tools, the Malibu race already has it's own unique attitude - a blend of cool, laidback and trendy - a truly Malibu vibe. With autumn chock full of options, however, runners will need to be choosey on which races to participate in. Over-training and the cumulative cost of race frees, travel, and other incurred expenses, can make this sport expensive. But don't worry if you can't attend every race your heart desires. You could always attend as a volunteer or a spectator and cheer on your fellow runners. We all know how valuable that is.