Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.
Marathons in United States
Enjoy the whoops and cheers of the crowd as you take on 4 laps of this well-known course. Flat as a pancake and on entirely paved roads, this is a good one if you're after a PR. And who can say no to the promise of post-race street tacos?
Join us in August for the Fifth Annual Humboldt Bay Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Marina Mile Races Sponsored by HPRC, the Humboldt Patient Resource Center.
This is a USATF Sanctioned Event!
Come Run in the Switzerland Of America
Ouray is a destination race vacation! The Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most scenic runs in America. Run point to point downhill on a dirt road along the Uncompahgre River. This race is for all...serious competitors & fun runners. There are great race amenities and finish line activities. Come enjoy the beauty of Ouray this August 17th, 2019!
This race starts at Big Mountain overlooking Salt Lake City, Utah to the West but heads East to East Canyon Reservior and finishes in Morgan, Utah. Views on this course are spectacular from the high pine trees near Big Mountain Summit to East Canyon Reservior to views of the Morgan Valley with great landscapes and farmlands.
Join people from all over the world coming to run and experience the beauty of the peoples and the lands of the Sierra Tarahumara. Choose from a variety of endurance events including: a 4-day Stage Race, 100 Mile Ultramarathon, Marathon, and Half Marathon events.
All events take place in the Sierra Tarahumara, a mountain and canyon range that is part of the Sierra Occidental. The lands are better known as las Barrancas del Cobre or the Copper Canyons. The area consists of six main canyons that in parts are deeper and wider than the Grand Canyon in the US. The Copper Canyons are home to the Tarahumara peoples, or as they would refer to themselves Raramuri (believed to translate as The Running People. The lands are a true treasure that because of the remoteness has remained mostly unspoiled and has retained its beauty and local culture.
What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.
Located in Melbourne on Floridas Space Coast, between Miami and Jacksonville, east of Orlando and Tampa, the Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon makes for a perfect warm winter running destination for runners of all ages and levels. It is held a month after the Disney Marathon. Like a Rock-n-Roll marathon, our event includes up to 20 musical acts along the course of the half and full marathon and half a dozen on the routes of the 5-k.
Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course
Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!
This is also a Certified Boston Qualifier marathon
The Eisenbahn Trail, built on a former railroad corridor, is a 25-mile trail extending from the historic city of West Bend into the scenic countryside of eastern Wisconsin past the glacial landscape of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
The Channel Island's original Ultra Marathon. This ultra marathon will take place at 6am around the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.
The 10th Annual Eagle Creek Trail MarathonThe Eagle Creek Trail Marathon remains #1 for urban based trail marathons across the USA. Offering the quarter, half and full marathon distances, this race is one you wont want to miss!
Experience the towering redwoods, lush ferns, and beautiful trails through Huddart Park, King's Mountain and Bear Gulch.
This course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Runners go 3.275 miles on the beach path, then reverse and go back 3.275 miles to the start twice for the half marathon, thrice for the marathon, and four times for the full marathon. For the 15K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and then out 1.55 miles and back. For the 10K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and for the 5K, runners go out 1.55 miles and back. Beach restrooms open at sunrise. Plenty of drinking fountains along the course.
The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. The beach restrooms open at sunrise and there are plenty of drinking fountains along the course. There will be a fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade, water, bananas, chips, cookies, and more.
This event is held at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, and its held under special use permit with the El Dorado National Forest. The course follows the trails surrounding Jenkinson Lake through endless pine trees.
Running along the fringe of the mysterious Area 51, this stretch of highway (375) has an overwhelming number of reported UFO sightings. So much so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named highway 375 the "Extraterrestrial Highway". The ET Highway has become a gathering place for UFO enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With elevations ranging from roughly 4000-5600 feet, the high desert will enchant you with gorgeous vegetation, surrounding mountains, and stunning vistas. An additional treat is the cooler temperatures. Rachel, NV is generally 15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley; coupled with a midnight run, temperatures should be in the 60's in August!
The Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, 5K & 51K are run on the weekend closest to the full moon, starting at midnight for the marathon.
The Lake Lansing Team Relay will be run by teams of five. Team members will do one full lap (5.25 miles) around Lake Lansing. We have reserved Lake Lansing Park South in order to accommodate runners as well as their friends and family.
We are pleased to announce that the the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino.
Join us for the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino. The course winds along one of the most scenic rivers on the north coast. The Big River 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K consist of a run along the scenic old logging haul road past groves of second-growth redwoods into the heart of the historic Big River Estuary. The flat and wide course meanders along the northern bank of Big River where runners will race out and back, retracing their steps at the turnaround points located 1.55, 3.1, and 6.55 miles out. The road is approximately 15 feet wide and maintained; it is commonly used by runners and bikers.
Welcome to the Eighteenth Annual Sri Chinmoy Marathon (previously called the Self-Transcendence Marathon) which takes place around Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, New York - just 45 minutes from New York City. The event will take place on Friday, August 23rd.
The course for the Ascent and Marathon are unique and very physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons. There is no vehicle access to most of the trail. For this reason, all runners must first complete a qualifying event before registering.
The Santa Rosa Marathon weekend offers over 6,000 runners from across the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to race through the scenic vineyards of the Sonoma County countryside, the City of Santa Rosa, and the Prince Memorial Greenway. Marathon racers also run through the DeLoach Vineyards barrel room a once in a lifetime opportunity. The flat and FAST course is also U.S. Track and Field-sanctioned and certified, and the Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
The Santa Rosa Marathon is a fast road race course, a Boston Marathon qualifier, and a beautiful destination race in Sonoma County, California.
In 2018 the Santa Rosa Marathon is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be marking the occasion with special limited-edition double-spinner medals, race swag and a bottle of DeLoach Vineyards wine for every Marathon and Half Marathon finisher.
Dont miss out on your chance to participate in this rewarding and fun wine country running event!
Have you signed up for Main to Main yet? Make your way through Mitchell County from Osage to St. Ansgars Main Streets. We have a few different options available depending on your running/walking level.
Our marathon course is USA Track & Field certified!
Mount Diablo provides spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding valleys. The 4 mile course is relatively flat and fast within Mitchell Canyon. The longer events are mountainous and very scenic.
Marathon, 13.3 Half Marathon (with a 13.1 split mat!) and a 6 Mile option as well! At The Meadows in Millennium Park, one of the great facilities of our Kent County Park system. A good warmup for your fall marathon or just a chance to run in our beautiful Millennium Park!
The ultimate nighttime running experience. The Hamilton NightGlow includes a full marathon, marathon relay (2 or 4 person), half marathon and 10K. Water stations are located throughout the lit course. The closed course is USA Track and Field certified and serves as a 2020 Boston Qualifier!
Sporty Diva Walk/Run Events are designed to encourage, motivate and inspire the first time athlete and or people who are returning to fitness in a fun, friendly and supportive- non competitive race environment with a philanthropic/pay it forward mission.
The American Heroes run started in 2010 by David Clark as a way of commemorating the tragic events of 9/11. The race started as a very small group of friends running for 9 hours and 11 minutes and has grown into a special run shared by thousands of runners from all over the world.
Join us for this awesome marathon in memory of Abebe Bikila who won the 1960 Olympic Marathon barefoot!
Throw yourself into the LaceUp Running Series kick-off celebration. Great for all levels of runner, with an additional kids run too. Come for a shot at a half marathon PR (the course has just 220 feet of elevation) or for the free beer and brunch at the finish line.
The Lexus LaceUp Running Series once again kicks off the season in beautiful Orange County, CA. The Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, and Kids Run will take place at Irvines Mike Ward Community Park on a fast and flat running path that winds through the vast open space under massive, shaded trees. LaceUp is thrilled to announce the return of the half marathon course at the Orange County race. Back for 2019, teams will have access to the ultimate runner VIP experience as they race to complete 26.2 miles. Dont be surprised when you see the LA Clippers spirit squad cheering for you on the course and at the finish!
After setting a new personal record, kick back and relax with a complimentary Sierra Nevada beer and food truck brunch in a lively event hub. This race is great for the family too, with a Kids Run and childrens activities on the schedule. LaceUp Orange County is a community-oriented race with a big-race feel. You and your team will feel right at home.
A race we designed specifically to give you a shot at getting to Boston in 2020. Limited to 330 runners.
The St. Lukes St. Lukes Via Marathon presented by Service Electric, 6ABC and WFMZ Channel 69 welcomes you to Lehigh Valley! The St. Lukes Via Marathon is quickly becoming a must do race - featured in the top 10 list of Boston Qualifiers, our course is a fast-downhill race with a big downtown finish and spectacular views.
Holland Haven Marathon runners experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan - Boston qualifying hopefuls can make the cut only one day before registration opens. The Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva along the Lake Michigan coastline, and the 8K race is a flat, out-and-back course.
The traditional Patriots Run is a family-friendly race with community party atmosphere. The day begins at noon and we race for nine hours, eleven minutes to honor first responders and those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Individuals or teams can choose to run for nine hours, eleven minutes, or for any portion of the day. The individual and team with the most laps at the end of the day, wins the race. You can also participate in the marathon, half marathon 5K or Ultra Divisions.
Join us for the 2nd Annual PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" will take you on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There's so much to see that the miles will fly by!
A bathroom is available for the 50Mi, 50k, and 20 mile runners at Lovers Leap Campground. 50 mile runners will pass through twice. Primarily single track trail, some dirt roads, a little pavement,very runnable sections, technical sections, climbs, downhills, great scenery, views, creeks, and lakes.
13.1Mi, 10 mile out and back.
What's a trash panda? It's a fun term for a raccoon...because they sort of look like giant pandas (in their coloring) and they sort of look like red pandas (which sort of look like raccoons) and also, they like to dig through the trash. It's also the slightly-bratty-but-still-kinda-cute little sister race to our perennial powerhouse, the Raccoon Mountain Marathon. In fact, if you ran ANY of the spring Raccoon Mountain races, and you run the Trash Panda, you get a third medal. Because anyone rad enough to hang out with us on the same mountain twice a year deserves some extra lovin'.
This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the forests and canyons of the Wasatch Mountains to the foothills of Salt Lake City, Utah. Featuring a speedy downhill slope and spectacular scenery, this race will be sure to help you set your PR and finally hit that Boston Qualifying time as it is the fastest marathon and half marathon in the state of Utah. REVEL in speed. REVEL in beauty. REVEL in Big Cottonwood!
JACK & JILLS DOWNHILL MARATHON showcases Idahos beauty and is point-to-point. Fly down this fast course with a net drop of over 4000 and a USATF Certified course making it a FAST Boston Qualifying course. Cant fathom a full? No worries! The Half Marathon still offers a beautiful and scenic course down the last half of the full marathon. This course is a USATF Boston Qualifying course with a net drop of over 4000. We have strategically picked September 15, 2019 because if' and when you qualify for Boston on this date, you can use your qualifying time for 2 years!
Come and be a part of history! The Air Force Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the Air Force Marathon has grown into a 13,500 participant event, with runners from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Marathon weekend features four event distances, a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5K race as well as other exciting events including our Sports and Fitness Expo, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival and After Party. Our Boston Qualifying full marathon course is rife with historic aviation sites and finishes at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, taking runners not just on a journey of 26.2 miles but one of over 110 years in military airpower history. Wont you come join us?
Join us for the annual Huntsville Marathon!
Come RUN and have some FUN at the 2019 Bismarck Marathon presented by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives!
One of Colorados favourite trails meets one of its most glorious parks at our 5th annual Fallfest 1M, 5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon! As courses wind southwest along Big Dry Creek Trail, the remarkable sight of Standley Lake with the Flatirons on the horizon will come into view, then the rustic nature to the northeast will be waiting to greet our marathon athletes. A course thats not too hilly & not too flat makes this the perfect choice for all abilities & preferences, plus along with its Endless Series sidekick in April Beat the Heat, All-Out Multicourse is proud to bring you the one and only groomed trail marathon course in the Denver Metro Area!
Join us for the annual DuPage Medical Group Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Fall Final 20.
About Marathons in the United States
With the biggest crowds and magnificent cityscapes, marathons make up some of the most spectacular races held 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?
Top of the list is the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world and one of the six World Marathon Majors, attracting over 500,000 spectators. If you're thinking of participating, 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.