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What you need to know about Half Marathon Running

At 13.1 miles, a half marathon is long enough to test even the strongest runners, but short enough for almost anyone determined to conquer their next challenge. We have a jam-packed calendar of half marathons taking place up and down the country — from big ballot events to local community races and spectacular trail runs. Get involved and conquer your next challenge.

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A half marathon is a fantastic event for those new to running to really push themselves, or as a great warm up event for those ready to tackle a full marathon or even an ultramarathon

What is the distance covered in half marathon?
The half marathon is one of running`s most popular distance - a half marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21.1km).
What is an average time for a half marathon?
Breaking 2:00 (9:09 per mile pace) is a common goal, and that time is considered a respectable half marathon time among runners. The average times for half marathons in the U.S. in 2015 were 2:04:00 for males and 2:22:21 for females.
What is the half marathon world record?
The world record for men is 58:23 for men and 1:04:52 for women.
How long does it take to train for a half marathon?
If you are working with a training plan you can achieve a half marathon in 8 weeks.

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Ojai Half Marathon, 10k and 5k is a one loop course along the famous Ojai bike trail and you will run right past Lake Casitas too. A rolling hills course that has something for everyone. Finisher medals, goody bag, and the tech shirt for all runners come join the fun!

​Ojai Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Ojai, California, US
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Memorial Day - May 28, 2018 - marks the 20th annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, Honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. This favourite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid's Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run

Laguna Hills, California, US
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Known as "The Friendliest Race in L.A.", the Valley Crest Half Marathon is a popular trail half-marathon on historic Mulholland fire road that treats runners to beautiful spring foliage and magnificent valley and ocean views. In its 17th year, this challenging but fast race makes perfect competition for the serious runner and is also "user-friendly" enough to be a great first-timer trail run! The course is entirely on city-maintained fire roads in early June and typically has cool overcast weather. We look forward to having you run with us!

Valley Crest Half Marathon & 10k Trail Run

Los Angeles, California, US
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Welcome to the 8th annual Arroyo Creek Half Marathon 5k 10k on June 24, 2018. The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees for shade and makes a wonderful environment.

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Simi Valley, California, US
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The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this incredible event, offering the finest in wine country ambience and hospitality. Other activities are scheduled around the race, so bring family and friends and plan to stay and play! Youll also meet new friends and running colleagues at this iconic event which draws from all fifty states and many foreign countries. This is not your typical running race, this is a lifestyle experience!

Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

Napa, California, US
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Launched in 2014 as The Towns Half Marathon by Oakland local and sports marketing professional, Ryan Dawkins, before being acquired and then cancelled in 2017. Ryan is now spearheading the re-launch of the Oaktown Half to finish his original plans of a runner-focused, hyper-local event, in his hometown.

Runners will get a taste of Oaklands authentic soul, from the steps of City Hall and Jack London Square to Uptown and Lake Merritt, the course will let runners in on the best of Oakland. Like everything else in Oakland, the experience will never be ordinary and always unexpected.

The Oaktown Half is in partnership with the successful Oakland Turkey Trot and continues the non-profit group's efforts to raise impactful funds for Oakland Schools and Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Oaktown Half Marathon

Oakland, California, US
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, Run Long Beach. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.

JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Long Beach, California, US
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The 2018 Temecula Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk has something for everyone - runners, walkers, families, and wine lovers will all enjoy a day in gorgeous SoCal wine country!

Whether you take a leisurely 3-mile walk or a challenging 13.1-mile run we promise you will take in amazing views in the Temecula hills and have all the fun you can handle!

21+ participants get to enjoy our signature post-race tasting garden with wine, beer, Boochcraft, and other fun libations! Not 21 or dont drink? There will be plenty of fun to be had with our awesome DJ, kids area, tons of samples, demos, giveaways and more!

Temecula Half Marathon & 5K

Temecula, California, US
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The Golden Gate Half is more than just a 13.1-mile run through San Francisco.

Rather, it is a spectacular journey through this stunning City by the Bay. The chance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience unlike any other, but it is far from the only breathtaking moment youll enjoy along the way.

The fun begins along the shore of the San Francisco Bay. Youll line up at the storied Muni Pier in Aquatic Park, where you can take in magnificent views of not only the Golden Gate Bridge, but also infamous Alcatraz. From there, youll trek through both the Marina and Presidio as the bridge draws ever closer.

SoFi Golden Gate Half and 5K

San Francisco, California, US

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