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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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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
Oaktown Half Marathon
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The Truckee Marathon course truly showcases the majestic and diverse beauty of Truckee and its surroundings. The marathon and half marathon start simultaneously in Historic Downtown Truckee. Quickly after the start the course heads west and circumnavigates Donner Lake. At the 11 mile mark youll face the toughest climb of the course heading up Northwoods Blvd. The final mile or so of the half is a down slope on the brand new Trout Creek Trail. A great place to view the event is at the main venue as the half finishes, the marathon continues and the relay teams tag-off.

Marathoners and relay teams continue to the eastern part of the course on a scenic section of single-track towards Grays Crossing and Old Greenwood. With majestic views of Mt. Rose and the surrounding sagebrush landscape runners continue towards Glenshire before turning onto the Legacy Trail along the Truckee River. Runners then follow this this trail back in to town where the finish celebration will be in full swing.

Truckee Marathon

Truckee, California, US
Truckee Marathon
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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
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon
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Foster Park Half Marathon 5k 10k is a one loop course along the famous Ojai bike trail an out and back course that has something for everyone. Gentle rollers as you gradually go up to the turnaround than all downhill on the way back. Finisher medals, goody bag, and a tech shirt for all runners come join the fun!

Foster Park Half Marathon 5k & 10k

Ventura, California, US
Foster Park Half Marathon 5k & 10k
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Registration for the 2018 Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon opens February 1st at 12pm PST. Join us for our 10th anniversary celebration as we run through the heart of Sonoma Countys Dry Creek Valley. This series favorite takes place in late autumn when the hillsides are painted with rich, golden hues and the valley air is crisp and fresh.

Registration for this popular event is limited to 2,500 runners due to our commitment to minimize the impact in this beautiful area and to provide our guests with a quality destination running experience. This course is very scenic and easy to medium difficulty, with gentle rolling terrain on backcountry roads.

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

Geyserville, California, US
Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon
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The Malibu Half Marathon & 5K will return November 3rd & 4th, 2018 with a spectacular beach course starting and ending in Zuma Beach, Malibu CA. Nearly 4000 will gather on Saturday to attend the Health & Fitness Expo and on Sunday to run the storied Pacific Coast Highway without fighting cars or traffic.

Along the way, the race route offers some of California's most scenic views of the ocean as well as the beautiful homes, many of which are owned by A-list Hollywood's celebrities.

Malibu Half Marathon & 5K

Redondo Beach, California, US
Malibu Half Marathon & 5K
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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
SoFi Golden Gate Half and 5K
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Welcome to the 6th Annual Surfer's Point Marathon Half Marathon, 5k, 10k at Emma Wood State Beach Group Campground & enjoy with your friends & family. Miles of Ocean views that will keep you in awe as you stroll to the turn around point and back to the start/finish line.

Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k

Ventura, California, US
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
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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. The bike path runs through the center of Simi Valley and along the Arroyo Creek. This is still home to ducks and herons, (not cranes), who are soaking up the sun while playing in the gently flowing spring /summer time water. There will be Aid stations every 1.5 miles.

Sombrero Half Marathon 5k 10k

Simi Valley, California, US
Sombrero Half Marathon 5k 10k

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