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Marathons

A Marathon is a running event over a distance of 26.2 miles, or 42.2km. Running a marathon is often seen as one of the main goals in a runner's lifetime. Completing one is a real achievement of mental and physical resilience. If you want a time that you can brag about to your mates, you'll need to put in a serious amount of commitment and training. Several major cities in the USA host marathons, and these events often draw big crowds and inspirational atmospheres. The New York and LA Marathons are two of the most popular running events in the USA. Both are relatively flat courses, and so are great opportunities to qualify for the Boston marathon, which is one of the six world marathon majors. Marathons are also amazing fundraising opportunities if you're feeling charitable. For example, every year the Boston marathon raises over $35 million, so marathons are a great way to mix personal achievement with helping the world.

42 events found
Oakland Running Festival

Sunday, 20th Mar 2022

Oakland Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$15 – $140
Shoreline Marathon

Sunday, 17th Jul 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $120
Crystal Springs Trail Run (Winter)

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

Crystal Springs Trail Run (Winter)

LocationIndicator

Woodside, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $75
Golden Gate Trail Run (Winter)

Saturday, 5th Feb 2022

Golden Gate Trail Run (Winter)

LocationIndicator

Marin County, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star5

(22 reviews)

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA

Sunday, 20th Feb 2022

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$50 – $130
Redwood Trail Run (Spring)

Saturday, 2nd Apr 2022

Redwood Trail Run (Spring)

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$40 – $75
SPASM Lake Chabot

Saturday, 16th Apr 2022

SPASM Lake Chabot

LocationIndicator

Castro Valley, California

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, 7th Aug 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $95
Montara Mountain

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

Montara Mountain

LocationIndicator

Pacifica, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday, 6th Feb 2022

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Huntington Beach, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Charleston Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Youth Marathon

Saturday, 15th Jan 2022

Charleston Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Youth Marathon

LocationIndicator

North Charleston, South Carolina

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 5k

Star5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $130
Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k

LocationIndicator

Carlsbad, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, 5th Mar 2022

Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star4

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $119
Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, 9th Oct 2022

Long Beach Marathon

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
California International Marathon

Monday, 5th Dec 2022

California International Marathon

LocationIndicator

Sacramento, California

Participants

marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Ventura Marathon

Sunday, 27th Feb 2022

Ventura Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Bakersfield Marathon

Sunday, 27th Mar 2022

Bakersfield Marathon

LocationIndicator

Bakersfield, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Big Sur International Marathon

Sunday, 24th Apr 2022

Big Sur International Marathon

LocationIndicator

Monterey County, California

Participants

marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Napa Valley Marathon

Sunday, 6th Mar 2022

Napa Valley Marathon

LocationIndicator

Napa, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes

Sunday, 12th Dec 2021

ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes

LocationIndicator

Fremont, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$20 – $75
Redding Marathon

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

Redding Marathon

LocationIndicator

Redding, California

Participants

marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Death Valley Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

Saturday, 5th Feb 2022

Death Valley Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

LocationIndicator

Furnace Creek, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

Saturday, 26th Mar 2022

Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

LocationIndicator

Sausalito, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Modesto Marathon

Sunday, 27th Mar 2022

Modesto Marathon

LocationIndicator

Modesto, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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About Marathons in the United States

People run marathons (or 26.2 miles) for many different reasons from a personal challenge to a public cause. What's consistent is the determination that brings everyone together to push through to the finish. The Boston Marathon alone has raised over $297 million for charity since 1986, and with an average time of 3h44m it is the fastest marathon in the United States.

What are the best marathons?

If you're thinking of participating in the competitive Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and Twin Cities Marathon both have reputations for being fast courses and will provide you with the best chance to run a qualifying time. There are many more fantastic marathons throughout the US, the LA Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon, New York Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and the Houston Marathon are all big races and run through October to March.

How long will it take me to run a marathon?

The world record for women was set, in London, by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain in 2003 at 2h15m25s minutes and is proving tough to beat. The men's record was beaten in Berlin in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge and at 2h01m39s is pushing close to breaking the elusive 2 hour barrier.

The average time to finish the Boston marathon is 3h44m. This is significantly faster than the global average of around 4h13m for men and 4h42m for women. Don't focus too much on what others are doing, keep your own pace and don't worry if you are overtaken by Superman, he is super after all. It is worth pointing out that finishing times are greatly affected by the course. Some marathons are particularly fast (e.g. A1A, Phoenix), and the average time for different marathons can vary - it's best to check our course descriptions for each race to get a better understanding of finishing times.

How do you train for a marathon?

Training for a marathon takes a lot of motivation. Make sure you carve out time in your busy schedule to train, you can download our free 16 week training plan, with nutrition and race tips included. Regardless of whether you're entering your first race or looking to hit a new PR, we recommend around 16 weeks as the right time frame to prepare you for a marathon.

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