- The San Francisco Marathon25JUL
The San Francisco MarathonRunning ‧ San Francisco52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$49 - $409(5)
- SDCCU OC Marathon2MAY
SDCCU OC MarathonRunning ‧ Newport Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$15 - $150
- Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego31MAY
Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San DiegoHalf Marathon ‧ San Diego26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$35
- Myrtle Beach Marathon7MAR
Myrtle Beach MarathonRunning ‧ Myrtle Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$35(3)
- Portland Shamrock Run15MAR
Portland Shamrock RunRunning ‧ Portland13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 5.0 mi • 4.0 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$13
- Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K16MAY
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10KRunning ‧ Cleveland26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi$15(1)
- Berkeley Half Marathon15NOV
Berkeley Half MarathonRunning ‧ Berkeley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 - $45
- Rock ‘n’ Roll -San Francisco5APR
Rock ‘n’ Roll -San FranciscoRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$39
- San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K18APR
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Diego13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $125(3)
- The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K29AUG
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10KRunning ‧ Santa Rosa26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$29(1)
- Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose3OCT
Rock ‘n’ Roll San JoseRunning ‧ San Jose13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35
- Irving Marathon28MAR
Irving MarathonRunning ‧ Irving26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$24 - $114
- Bay Bridge Half Marathon3MAY
Bay Bridge Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Oakland13.1 mi$139(1)
- Oakland Running Festival22MAR
Oakland Running FestivalRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 - $270
- Spartan Trail - San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon & 10K15MAR
Spartan Trail - San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Santa Margarita13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$20
- New Bedford Half Marathon15MAR
New Bedford Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ New Bedford13.1 mi$65 - $75
- Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon17OCT
Brooklyn Marathon & Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Kings County26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$80 - $200
- Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp8AUG
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's StompRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$9(1)
- Delaware Marathon26APR
Delaware MarathonRunning ‧ Wilmington26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 2.0 mi • 1.0 mi$15
- Great American River Run23MAY
Great American River RunRunning ‧ Memphis13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 - $80
- Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K22MAR
Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5KRunning ‧ Irvine13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$25 - $42
- Spartan Trail - SoCal Half Marathon & 10k25OCT
Spartan Trail - SoCal Half Marathon & 10kRunning ‧ Lebec13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$54.99
- Havasu Half Marathon & 5K4APR
Havasu Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Lake Havasu City13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$40 - $155
- Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K5APR
Great Bay Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Newmarket13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $79
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 and Half, 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 run down of the World's Top 12 Half Marathons for what could be the race of your life. On the other hand, if locally organised events with a sense of community is 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.