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  • 30MAY

    Devil's Slide Run

    Running Pacifica
    31.1 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.8 mi • 2.5 mi
    $37 – $93
  • 29AUG

    Strider Half Marathon

    Half Marathon Shorewood
    13.1 mi
  • 28JUN

    Arroyo Creek Half Marathon

    Running Simi Valley
    13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $45 – $75
  • 28JUN

    Mare Island – Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

    Running Vallejo
    13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $35 – $80
    (1)
  • 1AUG

    Truckee Half Marathon

    Running Truckee
    13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
    $11 – $95
  • 9MAY

    Yosemite Half Marathon

    Half Marathon Bass Lake
    13.1 mi
  • 20JUN

    San Lorenzo River

    Running Santa Cruz
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 11OCT

    Cocoa Beach Half Marathon

    Half Marathon Patrick Air Force Base
    13.1 mi
    $83
  • 11APR

    Zoom Bay Trail Run

    Running Palo Alto
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $25 – $70
  • 17MAY

    Mary Jane Half Marathon, 5K & 10K - Simi Valley

    Running Simi Valley
    13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $50 – $75
  • 14NOV

    Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10K

    Running Avalon
    13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi
    $20 – $110
  • 29AUG

    Zoom Dynamite

    Running Richmond
    13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $15 – $55
  • 19SEP

    Golden Gate (Summer)

    Running Mill Valley
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
    (2)
  • 10OCT

    Look Good Feel Good Marathon

    Running San Leandro
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
    $25 – $55
  • 1AUG

    Crystal Springs

    Running Woodside
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 21.7 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 23AUG

    Diablo Trail Run

    Running Clayton
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 4.0 mi
    $15 – $70
  • 7NOV

    Lake Chabot

    Running Castro Valley
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 7JUN

    Lake Chabot Trail Challenge

    Half Marathon Castro Valley
    13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
    $35 – $50
  • 4OCT

    Napa Half Marathon

    Half Marathon Napa
    13.1 mi • 6.5 mi
  • 24OCT

    Vista Verde Skyline Run

    Running La Honda
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    $50 – $80
  • 8NOV

    Spartan Trail Virginia

    Running Arrington
    31.1 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi
  • 18APR

    SPASM Lake Chabot

    Running Castro Valley
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $45 – $75
  • 14JUN

    Cinderella Trail Run

    Running Oakland
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 26SEP

    Worlds End Fall Classic

    Half Marathon Forksville
    13.1 mi
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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 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.