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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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  • 25JUL

    The San Francisco Marathon

    Running San Francisco
    52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
    $49 – $409
    (5)
  • 16MAY

    Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

    Running Cleveland
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi
    $15 – $85
    (1)
  • 19JUL

    Shoreline Marathon

    Running Ventura
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $45 – $130
    (1)
  • 29AUG

    The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K

    Running Santa Rosa
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $29 – $109
    (1)
  • 30AUG

    Oakland Running Festival

    Running Oakland
    26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
    $15 – $250
  • 26APR

    Big Sur International Marathon

    Marathon Monterey County
    26.2 mi
    $399
  • 26APR

    Delaware Marathon

    Running Wilmington
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 2.0 mi • 1.0 mi
    $15
  • 9OCT

    Lake Tahoe Marathon

    Running South Lake Tahoe
    72.0 mi • 52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $54 – $155
  • 8NOV

    Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k

    Running Ventura
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $45 – $120
    (4)
  • 29MAR

    Modesto Marathon

    Running Modesto
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
  • 11APR

    Zoom Bay Trail Run

    Running Palo Alto
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $20 – $65
  • 19SEP

    Golden Gate (Summer)

    Running Mill Valley
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
    (2)
  • 10OCT

    Look Good Feel Good Marathon

    Running San Leandro
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
    $25 – $55
  • 1AUG

    Crystal Springs

    Running Woodside
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 21.7 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 23AUG

    Diablo Trail Run

    Running Clayton
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 4.0 mi
    $15 – $70
  • 21NOV

    Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run

    Running Santa Barbara
    50.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
  • 14JUN

    Cinderella Trail Run

    Running Oakland
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 10OCT

    Bizz Johnson Trail Races

    Running Susanville
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    $30 – $85
  • 25JUL

    Redwood (Summer)

    Running Oakland
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi
    $40 – $70
  • 8AUG

    Coastal 50K & Marathon

    Running Stinson Beach
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi
    $75 – $85
  • 25APR

    Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K

    Running Fremont
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    $40 – $93
  • 25JUL

    Idaho Falls Marathon

    Running Idaho Falls
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
  • 11JUL

    Aspen Valley Marathon

    Running Aspen
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
  • 30MAY

    Newport Marathon & Half Marathon

    Marathon Newport
    26.2 mi
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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.