- Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full & Half Marathon9MAY
Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Rhinebeck26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Governor’s Cup12JUN
Governor’s CupRunning ‧ Helena26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K23MAY
Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10KRunning ‧ Traverse City26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(1)
- Mesa Falls Marathon22AUG
Mesa Falls MarathonRunning ‧ Ashton26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon26APR
Pro Football Hall of Fame MarathonRunning ‧ Canton26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half12SEP
REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & HalfMarathon ‧ Salt Lake City26.2 mi
- Quad Cities Marathon26SEP
Quad Cities MarathonRunning ‧ Moline26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.5 mi
- Rochester Marathon19SEP
Rochester MarathonRunning ‧ Rochester26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$25(1)
- Pikes Peak Marathon22AUG
Pikes Peak MarathonMarathon ‧ Manitou Springs26.2 mi$180
- Red Island Marathon and Half Marathon23MAY
Red Island Marathon and Half MarathonMarathon ‧ Warwick26.2 mi
- Novant Health Charlotte Marathon14NOV
Novant Health Charlotte MarathonRunning ‧ Charlotte26.2 mi • 8.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Ontario Summit Trail Races27JUN
Ontario Summit Trail RacesMarathon ‧ Naples26.2 mi
- Bobcat Trail Marathon7NOV
Bobcat Trail MarathonMarathon ‧ Glouster26.2 mi
- Yankee Springs Trail Run29MAY
Yankee Springs Trail RunRunning ‧ Middleville52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi$50 – $70
- Black Hills Veteran March & Marathon19SEP
Black Hills Veteran March & MarathonRunning ‧ Rochford26.2 mi • 13.1 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.