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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.

47 events found
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 46 times this week

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Grand Teton Half Marathon & 5k

Friday, Jun 3, 2022

Grand Teton Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Wilson, Wyoming

Participants

half marathon, 5k, marathon

FilledTicket$35 – $418
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Cinderella Trail Run

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Cinderella Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $80
Booking perksFlat trail
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 12 times this week

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Bizz Johnson Trail Races

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

Bizz Johnson Trail Races

LocationIndicator

Susanville, California

Participants

half marathon, ultramarathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $105
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksHilly trail
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Diablo Trail Run

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022

Diablo Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Clayton, California

Participants

ultramarathon, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket$35 – $90
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksHilly trail
HeartOutline
Lake Chabot Trail Runs

Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

Lake Chabot Trail Runs

LocationIndicator

Castro Valley, California

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $85
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksFlat trail
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 7 times this week

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
HeartOutline
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $140
Booking perksGreat sceneryRoad
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Redwood Trail Run (Summer)

Saturday, Aug 6, 2022

Redwood Trail Run (Summer)

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $90
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksHilly trail
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Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

Long Beach Marathon

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Beach
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California International Marathon

Sunday, Dec 4, 2022

California International Marathon

LocationIndicator

Sacramento, California

Participants

marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereRoad
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Two Cities Marathon

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Two Cities Marathon

LocationIndicator

Fresno, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
HeartOutline
2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

Sunday, Mar 26, 2023

2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

LocationIndicator

Bakersfield, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
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Surfer's Path Half Marathon

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Surfer's Path Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

California, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
HeartOutline
Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay & 8k

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay & 8k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
HeartOutline
Estes Park Marathon

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

Estes Park Marathon

LocationIndicator

Estes Park, Colorado

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
HeartOutline
Sly Park Lake Trail Run (Summer)

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022

Sly Park Lake Trail Run (Summer)

LocationIndicator

Pollock Pines, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
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Pikes Peak Marathon

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Pikes Peak Marathon

LocationIndicator

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Participants

5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
HeartOutline
Mt. Sneffels Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022

Mt. Sneffels Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run

LocationIndicator

Ouray, Colorado

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryHilly trail
HeartOutline
Running with the Devil 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50k, 50 Mile & 100k

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

Running with the Devil 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50k, 50 Mile & 100k

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
HeartOutline
Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight

Saturday, Aug 13, 2022

Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight

LocationIndicator

Alamo, Nevada

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
HeartOutline
Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 Mile

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022

Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 Mile

LocationIndicator

Big Sur, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly
HeartOutline
Humboldt Redwoods Marathon

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

Humboldt Redwoods Marathon

LocationIndicator

Weott, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
HeartOutline
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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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