- Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival28MAR
Two Rivers Marathon Race FestivalRunning ‧ Pike County26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$70
- GO! St. Louis Marathon28MAR
GO! St. Louis MarathonRunning ‧ St. Louis26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- American Heroes Run11SEP
American Heroes RunRunning ‧ Longmont100.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.1 mi • 3.1 mi$30 - $250
- Pacific Northwest Marathon19SEP
Pacific Northwest MarathonRunning ‧ Harrisburg26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Devil After Dark Marathon, 1/2, 10K & 5K19SEP
Devil After Dark Marathon, 1/2, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Las Vegas26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Portland Marathon HALF4OCT
Portland Marathon HALFMarathon ‧ Portland26.2 mi$95(1)
- Squak Mountain Trail Runs18APR
Squak Mountain Trail RunsRunning ‧ Issaquah31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- PEAK Snowshoe race28FEB
PEAK Snowshoe raceRunning ‧ Pittsfield100.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Mohawk Hudson River Marathon11OCT
Mohawk Hudson River MarathonMarathon ‧ Schenectady26.2 mi$75
- Granite State Marathon & Half Marathon19MAY
Granite State Marathon & Half MarathonMarathon ‧ Nashua26.2 mi
- Nutmeg State Marathon & Half Marathon22MAY
Nutmeg State Marathon & Half MarathonMarathon ‧ Hartford26.2 mi
- Hurt the Dirt25APR
Hurt the DirtRunning ‧ Rockford26.2 mi • 6.2 mi
- Bellingham Bay Marathon27SEP
Bellingham Bay MarathonRunning ‧ Bellingham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 miAUD $30
- Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon25APR
Kentucky Derby Festival MarathonRunning ‧ Louisville26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$55
- Mississippi Blues Marathon29FEB
Mississippi Blues MarathonRunning ‧ Jackson26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.5 mi • 3.1 mi$30
2Slow4BostonMarathon ‧ Greer26.2 mi
- Hatfield McCoy Marathon13JUN
Hatfield McCoy MarathonRunning ‧ Williamson26.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Casper Marathon7JUN
Casper MarathonMarathon ‧ Casper26.2 mi
- Runners Marathon of Reston5APR
Runners Marathon of RestonMarathon ‧ Reston26.2 mi
- Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend25APR
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race WeekendRunning ‧ Champaign29.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 - $165
- Garmin Marathon - In the Land of Oz18APR
Garmin Marathon - In the Land of OzRunning ‧ Olathe26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$40
- Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K24MAY
Buffalo Marathon, Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Buffalo26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$20
- Cowtown Marathon1MAR
Cowtown MarathonRunning ‧ Fort Worth31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 8.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25(2)
- ORRC Vernonia Marathon5APR
ORRC Vernonia MarathonMarathon ‧ Vernonia26.2 mi
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.