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Running EventsHalf Marathons

Half Marathons

A half-marathon is a running event over a distance of 13.1 miles or 21.1km. It is a hugely popular distance, and its popularity is only growing. There are over 2,800 half-marathons in the USA each year, with over 1.9 million competitors taking part. Most major American cities host a half-marathon race, and these events often attract big crowds and a festival atmosphere. Other events are more rural, making the most of America's stunning scenery. They can take place along coasts, across deserts, or in mountains and national parks. Wherever you are, there are sure to be breathtaking views to take your mind off the running! People running their first half-marathon might want to aim for under 2 hours, while those who are experienced runners can set themselves the prestigious challenge of running a half marathon in under an hour and a half (90 minutes). A half-marathon tends to burn anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 calories, so it's a great workout.

152 events found
Livermore Valley Half Marathon
Booked 9 times this week

Sunday, Mar 6, 2022

Livermore Valley Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Livermore, California

Participants

half marathon

Star5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$124 – $144
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
Bay Bridge Half Marathon
Booked 11 times this week

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Bay Bridge Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

half marathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$159 – $199
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryRoad
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$19 – $178
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Valencia Trail Race

Saturday, Mar 26, 2022

Valencia Trail Race

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

10k, ultramarathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$120 – $180
Booking perksTrail
Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

McNears Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$39 – $149
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
Booked 7 times this week

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$50 – $100
Booking perksFlat road
The Rattlesnake Ramble

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022

The Rattlesnake Ramble

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $65
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly trail
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA
Booked 22 times this week

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$50 – $130
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryRoad
SPASM Lake Chabot

Saturday, Apr 16, 2022

SPASM Lake Chabot

LocationIndicator

Castro Valley, California

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket$40 – $85
Booking perksTrail
Cinderella Trail Run

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Cinderella Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Booking perksFlat trail
Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
Montara Mountain
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022

Montara Mountain

LocationIndicator

Pacifica, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Booking perksTrail
Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Jun 26, 2022

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $110
Booking perksFlat road
Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Huntington Beach, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat road
Portland Shamrock Run

Sunday, Mar 13, 2022

Portland Shamrock Run

LocationIndicator

Portland, Oregon

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat road
Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, Mar 5, 2022

Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star4

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $119
Great atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat road
Oakland Running Festival
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022

Oakland Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$15 – $175
Road
Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon

Sunday, Mar 27, 2022

Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Participants

half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $140
Great atmosphereFlat
Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

Long Beach Marathon

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Beach
Silver Strand Half Marathon

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

Silver Strand Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Coronado, California

Participants

5k, 10 miles, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

Monterey Bay Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Monterey, California

Participants

half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Ventura Marathon

Sunday, Feb 27, 2022

Ventura Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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What are the best half marathons?

If you enjoy cheering crowds and closed roads, then the big city half marathons are the ones for you. The Gasparilla Distance Classic and New York Half Marathon are great city races that take place in the early spring. Some of the hotter states avoid placing the big events during the summer months, however, racing resumes throughout the rest of the year. The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, Walt Disney World Half, and Surf City Marathon and Half are among the biggest and best events to attend. Make sure to be ready when the tickets are released as they'll sell out fast.

Continuing the trend of exploring the big events, if you have an appetite for travel take a look at our rundown of the World's Top 12 Half Marathons for what could be the race of your life. On the other hand, if locally organized events with a sense of community are more your thing, browse the hundreds of smaller races all over the country organized by local running clubs and race directors.

How long will it take me to run a half marathon?

A half marathon at 13.1 miles is unsurprisingly exactly half the length of a marathon. The men's world record for a half marathon is 58m18s and is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum and the women's record is 64m51s, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei. The records were set at the Copenhagen Half Marathon in Denmark and the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain respectively. Don't expect to be challenging Abraham or Joyciline anytime soon, thankfully the average half marathon time for men is a little under the 2-hour mark, and for women a little over.

How long do I need to train for a half marathon?

Training for a half marathon takes time, as with any long-distance event. We recommend following our 8-week training plan. Build up slowly to avoid injury, especially if you weren't doing much exercise before you started training. If this is the case, you may want to extend the training programme by 2-4 weeks, and you'll have to stick to it if you want to smash your goals on race day. It'll be tough, but we promise that when you cross that finish line, it'll be worth it. If you feel ready to make the jump to the full 26.2 miles, check out our list of US marathons, or if you're after something shorter or want a training race, here is our calendar of 10k runs.

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