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.
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  • JUL26

    The San Francisco Marathon

    San Francisco, CA, United States

    The San Francisco Marathon is proud to present its 43rd running on July 26th, 2019. 26,000 runners and over 80,000 spectators will fill the city on race...

    $49 - $409
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3

    TCS New York City Marathon

    Richmond County, NY, United States

    Crossing the TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park is one of the thrills of a lifetime! Check out what you need to know to have a safe and...

    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT19

    Baltimore Running Festival

    Baltimore, MD, United States

    Join us at the event that many are calling one of the best races on the East Coast, NOW FINISHING AT THE INNER HARBOR. With five distances to choose from,...

    $45 - $260
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • MAR8

    Los Angeles Marathon

    Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Join competitors from not just the US, but all over the world for this staple of the global Marathon calendar. You'll set off from iconid Dodger...

    $175
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • JAN11

    Charleston Marathon

    Charleston, SC, United States

    The Charleston Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020! Race through historic Charleston, celebrate with Shrimp and Grits, and explore everything...

    $39 - $89
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB2

    Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

    Huntington Beach, CA, United States

    We cant wait for you to join us in beautiful Surf City, USA! This award-winning course is considered one of the best courses in the country and is well...

    $21 - $119.95
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB16

    The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon & Half Marathon

    Austin, TX, United States

    The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon and Half Marathon will fill Austins streets with more than 20,000 runners. Participants are treated to experience...

    $119 - $189
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY16

    Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

    Cleveland, OH, United States

    The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon has had over 40 years of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their...

    $15 - $65
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT13

    JetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

    Long Beach, CA, United States

    Celebrate 35 years with the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon. Experience your Fall race course that combines spectacular oceanfront views, charming seaside...

    $41 - $149.95
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • Road Cycling
  • DEC8

    California International Marathon

    Sacramento, CA, United States

    Not yet ready for the full 26.2-mile marathon distance but still want to take part in the CIM fun? Round up some friends and for a team for the CIM Relay!...

    $39 - $275
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 5k
  • NOV3

    Two Cities Marathon & Half

    Fresno, CA, United States


    Join us at one of the Valley's most popular marathon and half races! You'll be joined by live music as you run through beautiful Clovis, and...

    $35 - $105
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • DEC8

    Baylor Scott & White BCS Marathon & Half Marathon

    College Station, TX, United States

    Join us on December 8, 2019 for year 9 of what is currently the highest rated marathon in the state of Texas. Youll have the opportunity to explore the...

    $90 - $120
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • APR26

    Delaware Marathon

    Wilmington, DE, United States

    Join us for this scenic route through Wilmington. You'll be able to see plenty of the city as you wind through downtown, including Brandywine park and...

    $15 - $95
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT20

    Atlantic City Marathon

    Atlantic City, NJ, United States

    Established in 1958, the Atlantic City Marathon is the third oldest continuing marathon in the United States. The marathon course is noted for being fast...

    $40 - $135
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Ultramarathon
  • NOV10

    Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k

    Ventura, CA, United States

    Start and finish in Ventura's beautiful Promenade Park. The Surfers Point Marathon is an excellent opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Each...

    $45 - $130
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB2

    Publix Florida Marathon

    Melbourne, FL, United States

    Located in Melbourne on Floridas Space Coast, between Miami and Jacksonville, east of Orlando and Tampa, the Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon...

    $70 - $140
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB16

    Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

    Ventura, CA, United States

    Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course

    Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!

    This is also...

    $45 - $130
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP22

    Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction

    Menasha, WI, United States

    This years Community First Fox Cities Marathon features over 7 miles of paved trail running and many more miles of scenic park and waterfront sections of...

    $5 - $115
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB9

    St. Petersburg Distance Classic

    St. Petersburg, FL, United States

    Join us for our Annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic, on Floridas west coast overlooking Tampa Bay. With a certified Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and...

    $25 - $140
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV3

    InFirst Bank Veteran’s Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay

    Blairsville, PA, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT12

    Antelope Island Marathon

    Davis County, UT, United States

    The Layton Marathon has changed courses and with it its name to the Antelope Island Marathon. This race has all 4 courses on Antelope Island home of 600...

    $37.50 - $80
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV16

    Monument Valley Marathon

    Oljato-Monument Valley, UT, United States
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • 10k
  • NOV24

    X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    Lithia, FL, United States

    The X-Country is unlike any other run in Florida. It features rolling hills with sweeping views. You will feel like you have been transported to Kentucky on...

    $32 - $67
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • SEP28

    Amish Country Running Festival

    Randolph, NY, United States

    Enjoy this course as it rolls through the largest Old Order Amish Community in the US. You will have breathtaking views from vistas that you wont get...

    $10 - $80
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP22

    Orthopedic & Sports Institute Relay Marathon

    Menasha, WI, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT26

    Spinx Run Fest

    Greenville, SC, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV2

    Moab Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Adventure Run

    Moab, UT, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • Obstacle
  • NOV24

    Williams Route 66 Marathon

    Tulsa, OK, United States

    The Williams Route 66 Marathon showcases the best of what Tulsa has to offer! Start your race in downtown Tulsa, home of the largest concentration of Art...

    $100
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • OCT11

    Lake Tahoe Marathon

    Tahoe City, CA, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • NOV9

    Veterans Marathon

    Columbia City, IN, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT8

    Appalachian Series Day 4

    Hendersonville, NC, United States
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
    • 10k
  • OCT20

    7 Bridges Marathon

    Chattanooga, TN, United States

    The 7 Bridges Marathon will take runners across the Tennessee river 6 times as you traverse the city. You will run by the Tennessee Aquarium, AT&T...

    $17 - $30
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC1

    Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon

    Cocoa, FL, United States

    Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners welcome you to the 48th running of the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon Floridas oldest marathon and...

    $105 - $115
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC7

    Rehoboth Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon

    Rehoboth Beach, DE, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT4

    ROC Fall Half and Full Marathon Training – Session III

    Rochester, NY, United States

    The finish line. It's a defining moment in the life of anyone who has crossed it. You can train with us to be part of the greatest events in Rochester...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • NOV15

    Southwest Series Day 6 - CA

    San Bernardino County, CA, United States
    $35 - $115
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Ultramarathon
  • OCT5

    Charleston Salmon Run

    Coos Bay, OR, United States
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • SEP28

    Mill Race Marathon

    Columbus, IN, United States

    The Mill Race Marathon is held annually in September. It is a spectacular race through the heart of Columbus City, Indiana. Imagine the excitement of...

    $20 - $70
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • DEC15

    BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Behringer Relay

    Dallas, TX, United States

    The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities....

    $129 - $149
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT13

    City of Trees Marathon

    Boise, ID, United States

    The City Of Trees Marathon Association Inc. is a non-profit 501(3)c organization that produces sporting events in the Boise Idaho area since our first race...

    $49 - $75
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT5

    Castle Rock Trail Festival

    Castle Rock, CO, United States

    Come run Castle Rocks best trail race at the beautiful Phillip S Miller Park! The event will offer six races: a 50k ultramarathon, a marathon, a half...

    $15 - $90
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Obstacle
  • NOV1

    BG26.2, Half Marathon, & 6K

    Bowling Green, KY, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • FEB1

    Cupid Shuffle Half

    Barnesville, GA, United States
    $25 - $65
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • Marathon
  • OCT5

    Hoop City Marathon

    Springfield, MA, United States

    Join us for the running of the Hoop City Marathon & Half Marathon as we run through beautiful parks, pass by historical landmarks, and share in the...

    $25
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • OCT19

    Hayden Lake Marathon

    Hayden, ID, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • APR25

    Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K

    Fremont, CA, United States

    Used in the 1800s to transport gravel for the construction of the western section of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Western Pacific Trail now forms a...

    $40 - $98
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • SEP22

    Foy’s to Blacktail Trails Marathon

    Kalispell, MT, United States
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • NOV2

    Silver Falls Trail Half Marathon

    Silverton, OR, United States
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
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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.