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Marathons in California

The Marathon distance (26.1 miles or 42.2km) is a real feat of mental and physical resilience and requires a serious commitment of training in order to get a bragworthy time. Most first-timers will aim to finish a marathon in under 4 hours, while anything under 3 hours is seen as a very impressive achievement. The wide variety of marathons on offer in California makes certain that completing a marathon will be unforgettable. Many of these events make the most of the stunning scenery that the Golden State has to offer, from its breathtaking coastlines, to its famous National Parks, to its arduous mountains and deserts. These landscapes, although at times challenging, add an extra dimension to the experience. The California International Marathon is known to be a speedy course, as the route is almost entirely downhill, and so it offers a great opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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California Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023
Booked 13 times this week

Sunday, 12 Feb 2023

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

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Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat sceneryRoad
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Shoreline Marathon 2023
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, 16 Jul 2023

Shoreline Marathon 2023

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Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $130
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Calero Trail Run (Winter)

Saturday, 3 Dec 2022

Calero Trail Run (Winter)

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San Jose, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Death Valley Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, 3 Dec 2022

Death Valley Marathon & Half Marathon

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Inyo County, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryFlat road
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California International Marathon

Sunday, 4 Dec 2022

California International Marathon

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Sacramento, California

Participants

marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereRoad
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The Hoover Dam Marathon

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

The Hoover Dam Marathon

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Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

10k, half marathon, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

Saturday, 7 Jan 2023

Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

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San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryHilly trail
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Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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SD50 Trail Marathons

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

SD50 Trail Marathons

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Escondido, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge

Sunday, 15 Jan 2023

Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge

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Carlsbad, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereHilly road
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Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k

Saturday, 21 Jan 2023

Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k

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Clark County, Nevada

Participants

5k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Folsom Lake Sweetwater Trail Run

Saturday, 28 Jan 2023

Folsom Lake Sweetwater Trail Run

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Orangevale, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
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Mt. Umunhum Trail Conquest

Saturday, 4 Feb 2023

Mt. Umunhum Trail Conquest

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San Jose, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
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Buzz Marathon

Saturday, 18 Feb 2023

Buzz Marathon

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San Miguel, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly road
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Rock ‘n’ Roll - Las Vegas

Saturday, 25 Feb 2023

Rock ‘n’ Roll - Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Trail Trashed Ultra

Saturday, 4 Mar 2023

Trail Trashed Ultra

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Henderson, Nevada

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Napa Valley Marathon

Sunday, 5 Mar 2023

Napa Valley Marathon

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Napa, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereRoad
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Catalina Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, 11 Mar 2023

Catalina Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Los Angeles County, California

Participants

marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Old West 50k, Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, 11 Mar 2023

Old West 50k, Marathon & Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Julian, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
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South Hills Single Track Trail Run

Saturday, 25 Mar 2023

South Hills Single Track Trail Run

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
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2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

Sunday, 26 Mar 2023

2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

LocationIndicator

Bakersfield, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
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Déjà Vu Trail Run

Saturday, 8 Apr 2023

Déjà Vu Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Ragnar Road So Cal

Friday, 14 Apr 2023

Ragnar Road So Cal

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Sierra Azul Trail Challenge

Saturday, 29 Apr 2023

Sierra Azul Trail Challenge

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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About Marathons in California

Marathons definitely tend to draw the biggest crowds as competitors race through all sorts of surroundings from magnificent cityscapes to vast countryside. Marathons make up some of the most iconic races in the Golden State. Whether you're running for a personal challenge or a public cause, in Cali it helps that the weather is almost always near perfect and the scenery beautiful.

What are the best marathons?

There are so many high quality marathons to choose from in California. If you like fancy dress then the Walt Disney World Marathon might get you all Goofy. Get a boost from rock 'n' roll jams blasting behind you in the Rock 'n' Roll marathon series. Top tip, if you compete in 3 of 4 Rock 'n' Roll marathons in a year then you can collect a special medal. For spectacular scenery look no further than the highly rated Big Sur International Marathon.

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 still standing strong. 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 global average time to finish a marathon sits around 4h13m for men and 4h42m for women. Our best advice is that you keep your own pace and don't worry about others. If you're overtaken by a man dressed as the Mona Lisa, don't sweat it. It is worth pointing out that finishing times are greatly affected by the course - check our course descriptions for each race to get a better understanding of the route. Some marathons are particularly fast (e.g. A1A, Cali International), and some a bit more challenging (Avenue of the Giants).

How do you train for a marathon?

Training for a marathon takes a lot of motivation. Buddy up if you can, this will help you stick to your plan. You can download our free 16 week training plan, with nutrition and race tips included. 16 weeks should give you enough time to train up and set you in good stead for tackling 26.2 miles.

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