Marathons in California

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NOV10
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

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...

$45 - $130
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
NOV23
Green Ticket Offer
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

New Start / Finish and Campsite and Course for 2019. (Course details TBA) This is not a fancy event, it is a genuine, old fashion ultra run. It is a low...

$85
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run
FEB16
Green Ticket Offer
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
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
AUG18
E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K
Alamo, NV, United States

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...

$55 - $115
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K
AUG19
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
Mendocino, CA, United States

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...

Free - $45
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Marathon
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
AUG24
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K
Santa Rosa, CA, United States

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...

$135 - $145
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K
AUG24
Almaden Hills Trail Run
San Jose, CA, United States
$30 - $45
  • Running
  • 10k
  • Ultramarathon
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Almaden Hills Trail Run
AUG25
Diablo Trail Run
Contra Costa County, CA, United States

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...

$35 - $70
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • 10 Miles
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Diablo Trail Run
SEP7
Lexus LaceUp Running Series – Orange County
Ventura, CA, United States

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...

$40 - $300
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
Lexus LaceUp Running Series – Orange County
SEP7
Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County
Irvine, CA, United States

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...

$20 - $300
  • Running
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County
SEP14
Echo Summit Trail Run Challenge
Twin Bridges, CA, United States

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...

$40
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
  • Ultramarathon
Echo Summit Trail Run Challenge
SEP21
San Diego Cove to Harbor Marathon Trek
San Diego, CA, United States

Experience 26.2 miles of San Diegos coast with our urban hiking adventure. This marathon hike will be lead by the experienced group of endurance athletes...

$500
  • Running
  • Marathon
San Diego Cove to Harbor Marathon Trek
OCT5
Skyline to the Sea
Saratoga, CA, United States

This is the original Skyline to the Sea Trail Run. The trail begins at Saratoga Gap, near Castle Rock State Park and descends from the Santa Cruz Mountains...

$137 - $157
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
Skyline to the Sea
OCT5
Dick Collins Firetrails
Castro Valley, CA, United States

Join us this year as we continue the tradition of Dick Collins Firetrails. This race has been run in one form or another for decades, going way back to when...

$95 - $125
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
Dick Collins Firetrails
OCT5
Bay Ridge 100K
Castro Valley, CA, United States

Run for the last few years as Bay Ridge Endurance Runs, we are proud to announce that we're returning to our classic name: Dick Collins Firetrails!...

$85 - $160
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
Bay Ridge 100K
OCT12
Blitz Shore
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views....

$25
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
Blitz Shore
OCT12
Lake Tahoe Marathon
South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States

Our boutique races run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday where everyone knows your name. Lots to choose from: run the Friday Lakeside Marathon or the...

$49 - $100
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
  • Ultramarathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Lake Tahoe Marathon
OCT20
Lexus Lace Up Running Series – Ventura
Ventura, CA, United States

Soak up the scenes and enjoy the downhills of this Boston qualifier marathon. Great for first-time distance runners and experienced racers, this is the perfect...

$20 - $110
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
Lexus Lace Up Running Series – Ventura
OCT27
Halloween
Long Beach, CA, United States

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...

$25
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Halloween
NOV2
Rockin' November
Long Beach, CA, United States

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...

$25
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
Rockin' November
NOV3
Two Cities Marathon & Half
Fresno, CA, United States

Take your pick of a marathon and two half marathons across Fresno and Clovis. Runners of all stripes will enjoy the half marathons, and the pan-flat marathon...

$35 - $105
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
Two Cities Marathon & Half
NOV9
Trails of Glory
Las Vegas, NV, United States

Join us on the first weekend of November in Cottonwood Valley at the Late Night Trailhead. With great trails including the Duck Tree, Cottonwood Valley...

$60 - $100
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Trails of Glory
NOV15
Southwest Series Day 6 - CA
San Bernardino County, CA, United States
$35 - $115
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Ultramarathon
Southwest Series Day 6 - CA
NOV16
The North Face Endurance Challenge California
Sausalito, CA, United States

Located in the visually stunning Marin Headlands, The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship course engages runners with both scenic views and drastic...

$50 - $130
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
The North Face Endurance Challenge California
NOV16
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Las Vegas, NV, United States

The Rock ‘n’ Roll running and music festival has closed down the famous 'Strip' for this out and back run. This party is perfect for everyone looking for a...

$62 - $152
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
NOV17
Bakersfield Marathon
Bakersfield, CA, United States

The 4th Annual Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K taking place on November 17th, 2019.

This annual,...

$40 - $95
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Bakersfield Marathon
NOV23
Rock the Bay
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view. Fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade,...

$25
  • Running
  • 5k
  • 10k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Rock the Bay
NOV24
Crush Coast
Long Beach, CA, United States

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...

$25
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Crush Coast
DEC8
Jingle Bells
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view....

$25
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Jingle Bells
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
California International Marathon
JAN11
Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Boulder City, NV, United States

Located entirely within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the run will start at Boulder Beach and lead you onto the paved River Mountain Loop Trail...

$35 - $80
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Marathon
Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 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
Los Angeles Marathon
MAR22
Oakland Running Festival
Oakland, CA, United States

Lace up your shoes for this bayside running festival. These races are great for those looking for PRs or those simply wanting to take in the views from the...

$35 - $105
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
Oakland Running Festival
MAR29
Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA, United States
$25 - $95
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
  • 10k
Modesto Marathon
SEP14
Night Sweats Fall Marathon
Sausalito, CA, United States

magine looking across a valley and seeing runners' flashlights lit up like stars along the trail. Come and join the exciting adventures and enjoy the...

  • Running
  • Marathon
Night Sweats Fall Marathon
OCT5
Dam Ruck ‘N’ Run
Moapa, NV, United States

THIS IS NOT JUST CARRYING A PACK KIND OF RUCK!! THIS RUCK ALSO INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO; Military style PT, trail hiking/running, night time...

$55 - $155
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
  • 10k
  • Marathon
Dam Ruck ‘N’ Run
OCT11
Lake Tahoe Marathon
Tahoe City, CA, United States
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Ultramarathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
  • 10k
Lake Tahoe Marathon
OCT12
Green Ticket Offer
Santa Barbara Endurance Run - 100km/ 50 Mile / 50km
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Tackle your distance of choice in the notoriously difficult Santa Barbara Endurance Run. This challenging race provides relentless acsents and descents, sure...

Booking Closed
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
Santa Barbara Endurance Run - 100km/ 50 Mile / 50km
OCT13
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon
Long Beach, CA, United States

This epic seaside marathon takes place on the picturesque Long Beach. Great for runners of all abilities, the course is completely flat and takes you through...

$41 - $149.95
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
  • Road Cycling
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon
OCT20
Blitz the Marina
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view. Marathon & Half course is a 4.37 out and back loop...

$25 - $35
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Blitz the Marina
OCT27
SLO Ultra
San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Trail running, hiking, obstacle racing or crossfit-style competition whether youre new to fitness or a seasoned competitor, the SLO Ultra welcomes you....

$15 - $175
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
  • 5k
SLO Ultra
NOV16
Valley of Fire Backcountry
Moapa Valley, NV, United States
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Valley of Fire Backcountry
NOV28
Turkey Trot at Marina
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view. Fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade,...

  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Turkey Trot at Marina
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
Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

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. One motivation for competing is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and one of the best opportunities to do so in the US is at the California International Marathon, a mainly downhill course with a reputation for being super fast.

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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