- Modesto Marathon29MAR
Modesto MarathonRunning ‧ Modesto26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35
- Alameda Running Festival13SEP
Alameda Running FestivalRunning ‧ Alameda13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi(1)
- NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon25APR
NYCRUNS Queens Half MarathonRunning ‧ Queens County13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$40 - $95
- Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K13JUN
Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5KRunning ‧ Cottonwood Heights13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $90
- Cottontail Half Marathon22MAR
Cottontail Half MarathonRunning ‧ Los Angeles13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $85
- Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half & 10K28MAR
Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half & 10KRunning ‧ Sausalito26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$40
- Orca Half Marathon20SEP
Orca Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Seattle13.1 mi
- Devil's Slide Run30MAY
Devil's Slide RunRunning ‧ Pacifica31.1 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.8 mi • 2.5 mi$30 - $103
- Lake Balboa Half Marathon31MAY
Lake Balboa Half MarathonRunning ‧ Los Angeles13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $75
- Strider Half Marathon29AUG
Strider Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Shorewood13.1 mi
- Arroyo Creek Half Marathon28JUN
Arroyo Creek Half MarathonRunning ‧ Simi Valley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $75
- Mare Island – Half Marathon, 10K and 5K28JUN
Mare Island – Half Marathon, 10K and 5KRunning ‧ Vallejo13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35(1)
- Truckee Half Marathon1AUG
Truckee Half MarathonRunning ‧ Truckee13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi$11 - $95
- Yosemite Half Marathon9MAY
Yosemite Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Bass Lake13.1 mi$165
- Rabbit Chase 10K/Half Marathon/30K21MAR
Rabbit Chase 10K/Half Marathon/30KRunning ‧ Stinson Beach18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$35 - $75(2)
- Zoom San Francisco21MAR
Zoom San FranciscoRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 - $60
- Whiskey Hill Redwood Run22MAR
Whiskey Hill Redwood RunRunning ‧ Woodside31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$50
- San Lorenzo River20JUN
San Lorenzo RiverRunning ‧ Santa Cruz31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$40 - $75
- Zoom Bay Trail Run11APR
Zoom Bay Trail RunRunning ‧ Palo Alto26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi$20 - $70
- Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k8NOV
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $120(4)
- Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10K14NOV
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Avalon13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi$20 - $125
- Zoom Dynamite29AUG
Zoom DynamiteRunning ‧ Richmond13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$15 - $55
- Golden Gate (Summer)19SEP
Golden Gate (Summer)Running ‧ Mill Valley31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi$40 - $75(2)
- Look Good Feel Good Marathon10OCT
Look Good Feel Good MarathonRunning ‧ San Leandro26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$25 - $60
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.