Nearby Half MarathonsSee all
- Oakland Running Festival30AUG
Oakland Running FestivalRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 – $250
- Berkeley Half Marathon15NOV
Berkeley Half MarathonRunning ‧ Berkeley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 – $99
- Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose3OCT
Rock ‘n’ Roll San JoseRunning ‧ San Jose13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 – $79
- SDCCU OC Marathon8NOV
SDCCU OC MarathonRunning ‧ Newport Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon17OCT
Brooklyn Marathon & Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Kings County26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$110 – $170
- Joshua Tree Half Marathon7NOV
Joshua Tree Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Joshua Tree13.1 mi$94 – $129
- Lake Tahoe Marathon 9OCT
Lake Tahoe MarathonRunning ‧ South Lake Tahoe72.0 mi • 52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$54 – $155
- Spartan Trail - SoCal Half Marathon & 10k25OCT
Spartan Trail - SoCal Half Marathon & 10kRunning ‧ Lebec13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$54.99 – $84.99
- Spartan Trail - San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon & 10K15NOV
Spartan Trail - San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Santa Margarita13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$20 – $84.99
- USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon22NOV
USA Women's Marathon & Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Palm Desert26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(8)
- The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K21NOV
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10KRunning ‧ Santa Rosa26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$29 – $109(1)
- Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon11SEP
Great Smoky Mountains Half MarathonRunning ‧ Townsend13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Mount Rushmore Half Marathon19SEP
Mount Rushmore Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Keystone13.1 mi
- Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp14AUG2021
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's StompRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$9 – $98(1)
- Cocoa Beach Half Marathon11OCT
Cocoa Beach Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Patrick Air Force Base13.1 mi$93
- Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k8NOV
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$50 – $110(4)
- Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12K5DEC
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12KRunning ‧ Laughlin13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi$35 – $70(13)
- Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10K14NOV
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Avalon13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi$20 – $125
- USA Beach Running Championship 10K & Half Marathon22NOV
USA Beach Running Championship 10K & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Cocoa Beach13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$73 – $83
- Zoom Dynamite29AUG
Zoom DynamiteRunning ‧ Richmond13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 – $45
- Golden Gate (Summer)19SEP
Golden Gate (Summer)Running ‧ Mill Valley31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi$45 – $75(2)
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K4OCT
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Santa Venetia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30 – $45(1)
- Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K1NOV
Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run21NOV
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance RunRunning ‧ Santa Barbara50.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $115
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.