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US Marathons: 2024 - 2025

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A Marathon is a race 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. Marathons take place across the United States, and these events often draw big crowds and inspirational atmospheres. The New York and LA Marathons are two of the most popular races 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. US 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.
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2025 Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend
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Sunday, 2 Mar 2025

2025 Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend

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Atlanta, Georgia

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marathon, half marathon, 5k and more

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LUCKY BANDIT 5K/10K/13.1/26.2

Friday, 8 Mar 2024

LUCKY BANDIT 5K/10K/13.1/26.2

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

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Cactus Classic Trail Races

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Cactus Classic Trail Races

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Topeka, Illinois

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marathon, half marathon and more

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2025 Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend
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Sunday, 2 Mar 2025

2025 Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend

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Atlanta, Georgia

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marathon, half marathon, 5k and more

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LUCKY BANDIT 5K/10K/13.1/26.2

Friday, 8 Mar 2024

LUCKY BANDIT 5K/10K/13.1/26.2

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

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Cactus Classic Trail Races

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Cactus Classic Trail Races

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Topeka, Illinois

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marathon, half marathon and more

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Run the River Prawf Marathon

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Run the River Prawf Marathon

Location

Kennewick, Washington

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marathon

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Northern Trails Marathon & Ten Miler

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Northern Trails Marathon & Ten Miler

Location

Greensboro, North Carolina

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marathon, 10 miles

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MCRRC Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

MCRRC Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50K

Location

Gaithersburg, Maryland

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marathon, ultramarathon

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Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs

Location

Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Running

ultramarathon, marathon and more

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2024 Ochsner Lafayette General Zydeco Marathon - 26.2 Full | 13.1 Half | Team Relay | 5k | 1 Mile

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

2024 Ochsner Lafayette General Zydeco Marathon - 26.2 Full | 13.1 Half | Team Relay | 5k | 1 Mile

Location

Lafayette, Louisiana

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marathon, half marathon, 5k and more

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19th Annual Run Through Time Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

19th Annual Run Through Time Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

Location

Salida, Colorado

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marathon, half marathon and more

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Labor of Love 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, and 50K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Labor of Love 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, and 50K

Location

Clark County, Nevada

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

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Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

Location

Avalon, California

Running

marathon, 10k, 5k and more

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Chili Peppers Series - Day 1

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

Chili Peppers Series - Day 1

Location

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Running

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

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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 US 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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