Nearby Half MarathonsSee all
- The San Francisco Marathon25JUL
The San Francisco MarathonRunning ‧ San Francisco52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi(5)
- Oakland Running Festival30AUG
Oakland Running FestivalRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Shoreline Marathon19JUL
Shoreline MarathonRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- North Shore Classic7JUN
North Shore ClassicRunning ‧ Highland Park13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon11SEP
Great Smoky Mountains Half MarathonRunning ‧ Townsend13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Iron Horse Half Marathon – North Bend30AUG
Iron Horse Half Marathon – North BendHalf Marathon ‧ North Bend13.1 mi
- Alameda Running Festival13SEP
Alameda Running FestivalRunning ‧ Alameda13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi(1)
- Patrick Henry Half Marathon29AUG
Patrick Henry Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Ashland13.1 mi
- Orca Half Marathon20SEP
Orca Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Seattle13.1 mi
- Strider Half Marathon29AUG
Strider Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Shorewood13.1 mi
- Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K13JUN
Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5KRunning ‧ Cottonwood Heights13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Spartan Trail Monterey7JUN
Spartan Trail MontereyRunning ‧ Salinas31.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Golden Gate (Summer)19SEP
Golden Gate (Summer)Running ‧ Mill Valley31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi(2)
- Zoom Dynamite29AUG
Zoom DynamiteRunning ‧ Richmond13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10K19SEP
Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Aurora13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Spartan Trail - Fayetteville28JUN
Spartan Trail - FayettevilleRunning ‧ Spring Lake31.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- San Lorenzo River20JUN
San Lorenzo RiverRunning ‧ Santa Cruz31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Diablo Trail Run23AUG
Diablo Trail RunRunning ‧ Clayton31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 4.0 mi
- Crystal Springs1AUG
Crystal SpringsRunning ‧ Woodside31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 21.7 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
- Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler7JUN
Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 MilerHalf Marathon ‧ Olympic Valley13.1 mi • 8.0 mi
- Mare Island – Half Marathon, 10K and 5K28JUN
Mare Island – Half Marathon, 10K and 5KRunning ‧ Vallejo13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon Trail Run21JUN
Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon Trail RunHalf Marathon ‧ Tahoe City13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.7 mi • 1.2 mi
- Lake Chabot Trail Challenge7JUN
Lake Chabot Trail ChallengeHalf Marathon ‧ Castro Valley13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Valley Crest Trails - Spring6JUN
Valley Crest Trails - SpringRunning ‧ Los Angeles County13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
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.