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The 50 Best Half-Marathons in the U.S.

The 50 Best Half-Marathons in the U.S.


The 50 Best Half-Marathons in the U.S.


If it seems like everywhere you look someone is running a half-marathon, that’s because it’s becoming increasingly true. According to Running USA, it’s America’s favorite racing distance with 2.05 million finishers in 2014, up from 1.85 million half-marathon finishers in 2012. That’s a 284 percent increase from the number of folks running them in 2000! While running 13.1 miles still sounds plenty intimidating to many, it’s a much more feasible goal to wrap your head around than a full marathon. Not to mention, it’s still a pretty impressive accomplishment to check off the bucket list. With the proper training (usually 10-14 weeks), anyone really can run a half-marathon.


Whether you’re a running newbie or a seasoned pro who wants to run a half in every state of the nation, we’ve narrowed down the thousands of options. Trust us, these 50 half-marathons in the U.S. (listed in alphabetical order by state) are well worth the training and registration fees. You’ll know it as soon as you cross that 13.1-mile finish line!


The Best Half-Marathons Across the Country


1. Alabama Mercedes Half Marathon


Location: Birmingham, AL


Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017


Four thousand runners will take on this popular half-marathon course through Alabama’s largest city. Scan for sights on-the-go including the Birmingham Museum of Art, 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the very hilly Highland Park neighborhood around mile 8. Registration fee: $70-90 (Photo: Pond5)


2. Alaska


Alaska Half Marathon


Location: Anchorage, AK


Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016


Celebrate the upcoming summer solstice (and its 19 hours and 22 minutes of sunlight) at Alaska’s biggest half-marathon. With stunning views of Mt. McKinley on the clearest days, you’ll experience the wilderness and tough trails of the Last Frontier \u2014 in a whole new light. Registration fee: $50-$65 (Photo: goseawolves.com)


3. Arizona


Sedona Half Marathon


Location: Sedona, AZ


Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017


The 4,500 feet above sea level elevation may make it hard to catch your breath at this challenging half-marathon. While the scenic red rocks and gorgeous valleys along the 13.1 miles of paved and dirt roads make it worth the extra effort, they may also be to blame for taking your breath away. Registration fee: $60-$95 (Photo: Sedona Half Marathon)


4. Arkansas


Little Rock Half Marathon


Location: Little Rock, AR


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016


This self-proclaimed “epic”race (it says so on the finisher’s medal!) invites up to 6,200 runners to trek through the downtown area of Little Rock and along the Arkansas River. It’s one of the state’s most popular running events with nearly 20,000 annual spectators coming out to cheer you on. Registration fee: $70-$100 (Photo: Little Rock Marathon)


5. CaliforniaNapa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon


Location: Sonoma, CA


Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016


Like running? Love wine? Those are the only requirements for this point-to-point half-marathon through the rolling vineyards of California wine country. It starts at Cuvaison Estate Wines and ends with wine tastings in Sonoma Plaza. But don’t worry, there’s also a chardonnay stop at mile 10! Registration fee: $165 for individuals and $160 for team participants; sold out ( Photo: TJ Nelson)


6. Colorado


Golden Leaf Half Marathon


Location: Snowmass Village, CO


Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016


Hailed by magazines like Colorado Runner and Trail Runner, this Snowmass Village-to-Aspen half-marathon attracts serious runners and leaf peepers alike. Expect major elevation changes and tough backcountry trails through the Rocky Mountain ski areas, all surrounded by the brilliant colors of the fall foliage season. Registration fee: $75 (Photo: goldenleafrace.com)


7. Connecticut


Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon


Location: Fairfield, CT


Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016


This beachfront half-marathon has been a popular annual event since 1981. These days, up to 5,000 runners come out to Connecticut’s Jennings Beach each year on the first official weekend of summer. You’ll race along the water, over a few bridges and past the impressive area homes on this out-and-back course. Registration fee: $55-$67 (Photo: Pond5)


8. DelawareRehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon


Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE


Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016


It may be a chilly, little winter race but this coastal half-marathon has a lot of charm. The out-and-back course starts and finishes on the beach town’s historic boardwalk and features a stretch along the Junction and Breakwater Trail, which used to serve as a railroad line. Registration fee: $100 (Photo: Dave Frederick / A Simple Running Log)


9. FloridaDisney Princess Half Marathon


Location: Orlando, FL


Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017


Show off your sparkliest tiara and join Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and the rest of the Disney princesses (plus some 13,000 other runners) at this magical 13.1-mile run. You never know which of your favorite characters might be hanging around Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®, so be sure to bring a camera! Registration fee: $160-$190; sold out (Photo: Disney Sports)


10. GeorgiaAtlanta Half Marathon


Location: Atlanta, GA


Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016


Get a head start on burning off the gravy-soaked calories with this Thanksgiving Day race, one of the largest half-marathons in the country. You’ll have to make your way past Atlanta landmarks like Centennial Olympic Park before getting to the finish line \u2014 and the turkey and pie! Registration fee: $60 (Photo: Atlanta Track Club)


11. HawaiiThe Hapalua


Location: Waikiki Beach, HI


Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017


Its name means “half”in Hawaiian so it’s no surprise this three-year-old race (organized by the same team behind the Honolulu Marathon) already considers itself the half-marathon to run in the Aloha State. The 13.1 miles of paradise on Oahu’s south shore includes a loop around Diamond Head, Honolulu’s most famous volcano. Registration fee: $117-$160 (Photo: The Happula)


12. Idaho


Race to Robie Creek


Location: Boise, ID


Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016


Considered the “toughest half-marathon in the Northwest,”this race has been a spring tradition in the Boise foothills for more than 30 years. Keep your head up as you climb, climb and climb some more \u2014 all the way up to Aldape Summit, for an elevation gain of 2,072 feet in the course. Registration fee: $50 (Photo: Sawtooth Photo Pros)


13. Illinois


Chicago Half Marathon


Location: Chicago, IL


Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016


Take an exclusive tour of the Windy City (by foot) at the only race in Chicago that shuts down the busy Lake Shore Drive completely. This traffic-free stretch offers runners views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan, but you’ll also get to visit Jackson Park and Hyde Park along the course. Registration fee: $85-$135 (Photo: Chicago Half Marathon)


14. Indiana


OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon


Location: Indianapolis, IN


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016


Start your engines for the largest half-marathon in the country, with 35,000 participants! Just don’t waste all of your fuel on the lap around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the halfway point. There’s still the “Victory Mile”to the finish line on New York Street in downtown Indy. Registration fee: $85 (Photo: 500festival)


15. Iowa


Marathon to Marathon Half Marathon


Location: Marathon, IA


Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016


It may only be 13.1 miles, but you’ll be heading toward a marathon at this race \u2014 the finish line at Marathon, IA, that is. Expect a fun, small town vibe as less than 300 residents call Marathon home. The few hundred runners who roll into town for the race nearly double its size! Registration fee: $45 (Photo: Marathon2Marathon)


16. Kansas


Garmin Wickedly Fast Half Marathon


Location: Olathe, KS


Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016


There’s no place like…Kansas for a half-marathon that’s fit for fans of The Wizard of Oz. Fly through the speedy, flat race (with a few wicked rolling hills) alongside some costumed Dorothys and Tin Men. The loop course also travels along some historic wagon trails early settlers used to go west to California, Oregon and Santa Fe. Registration fee: $60-$106 (Photo: Garmin Marathon)


17. KentuckyRun the Bluegrass


Location: Lexington, KY


Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017


Join 5,000 runners and horse racing enthusiasts for one of “America’s prettiest half-marathons”through the picturesque Thoroughbred Farms of Kentucky. The rural race starts at Keeneland Race Course, where the 2003 film Seabiscuit was filmed. While there may not be many spectators, expect plenty of horses that’ll motivate you to keep trottin’. Registration fee: $70-$105 (Photo: Run the Bluegrass)


18. Louisiana


Rock \u2018n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon


Location: New Orleans, LA


Date: Sunday, February 5, 2016


Put your party pants (and beads) on to hightail it from downtown New Orleans, to the beautiful Garden District, back through the world-famous French Quarter and to the finish in New Orleans City Park. The Rock \u2018n’ Roll race series is known for its high-energy entertainment, so you’ll love running to the beat of local Big Easy jazz. Registration fee: $75 (Photo: Rock \u2018n’ Roll New Orleans)


19. Maine


Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon


Location: Portland, ME


Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016


It’s like you’re running through a New England postcard (with 3,500 other runners) at this coastal half-marathon through Portland. If the nautical sights of sailboats, lobster boats and tiny little islands all around Casco Bay aren’t enough, how does Shipyard Brewing Company beer at the finish line sound? Registration fee: $63 (Photo: Game Face Media)


20. Maryland


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Baltimore Half Marathon


Location: Baltimore, MD


Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016


More than 10,000 runners come out each year for a loop around Charm City at this popular urban half-marathon. You’ll pass Patterson Park, climb the hills up to Lake Montebello and run by Johns Hopkins University before cruising into the finish at Camden Yards, home of the Orioles and the Ravens. Registration fee: $105-$130 (Photo: Baltimore Half Marathon)


21. MassachusettsBoston’s Run to Remember


Location: Boston, MA


Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016


This 10th annual half-marathon honors Boston’s fallen law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and takes more than 6,000 runners on a trip around downtown Boston. The race starts and ends at the Seaport World Trade Center, and includes city landmarks like the Charles River, Massachusetts State House and Boston Common. Registration fee: $90-$105 (Photo: Boston’s Run to Remember)


22. Michigan


Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers International Half Marathon


Location: Detroit, MI


Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016


Technically, this may be one of the best half-marathons in the U.S. and In its 37th year, more than 16,000 runners will motor through the mostly flat urban streets and cross the Detroit River (and international border) twice via the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Registration fee: $100-$120 (Photo: Detroit Marathon)


23. Minnesota


Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon


Location: Duluth, MN


Date: Saturday, June 18 2016


The half-marathon counterpart of the beloved Grandma’s Marathon, this 13.1-mile race covers the second half of the gorgeous course. The point-to-point run is named after a local Olympian and follows Old Highway 61 along the beautiful, shimmering waters of Lake Superior. Registration fee: $85 (Photo: Jeff Frey & Associates, courtesy of Grandma’s Marathon)


24. Mississippi


Mississippi River Half Marathon


Location: Greenville, MS


Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016


Imagine the mighty views as you run right up and over the Mississippi River on the HWY 82 Bridge at the start of this new point-to-point half-marathon. In fact, it’s the only actual hill in the entire course! Only in its second year, the race is already earning a reputation as one of the flattest (and hopefully fastest) in the country. Registration fee: $60-$105 (Photo: Mississippi River Half Marathon)


25. Missouri


GO! St. Louis Half Marathon


Location: Louis, MO


Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016


The runner’s high comes early in this 14th annual half-marathon, one of the largest in the country with 12,000 runners. Catch a straight-on view of The Lou’s Gateway Arch at the starting line. Smell the hops from Anheuser-Busch Brewery at mile 2. And hear the roar of the crowd outside Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals, at mile 5.5. Registration fee: $70-$110 (Photo: Karen Martinez)


26. Montana


Missoula Half Marathon


Location: Missoula, MT


Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016


Often called the “Hub of Five Valleys,”Missoula hosts 4,000 runners in its scenic, high-elevation Rocky Mountain town. The point-to-point half-marathon starts in the countryside, travels along the Bitterroot River and rolls into the downtown area for a memorable finish. Registration fee: $75-$115 (Photo: Missoula Marathon)


27. Nebraska


Lincoln Half Marathon


Location: Lincoln, NE


Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016


Join some 12,500 Cornhuskers (and maybe some out-of-towners) for the 37th annual half-marathon in the heart of the Great Plains. The flat and fast course starts and ends at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and passes the historic State Capitol in the first mile out. Registration fee: $60; sold out (Photo: Gary Dougherty)


28. NevadaTwilight Red Rock Half Marathon


Location: Las Vegas, NV


Date: TBD


Seventeen miles west of the glitzy Las Vegas strip, experience Red Rock Canyon’s colorful sandstone, Joshua trees and Mojave Desert vistas under the moonlight at this nighttime (BYO-headlamp!) half-marathon. After a sunset start, climb the first five miles (only a gain of 1,031 feet) before the scenic loop course goes downhill and along only slightly rolling terrain. Registration: $75-$90 (Photo: Pond5)


29. New Hampshire


Big Lake Half Marathon


Location: Alton, NH


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016


Need to escape the city life? The glistening waters of Lake Winnepesaukee and the majestic views of the White Mountains welcome nearly 1,200 runners at this annual half-marathon that’s fit for nature lovers. The point-to-point course runs right along the lake, over many rolling hills and among the nearby cozy vacation cottages. Registration fee: $45-$75 (Photo: Big Lake Half Marathon)


30. New Jersey


Asbury Park Half Marathon


Location: Asbury Park, NJ


Date: Saturday, April 16, 2017


Greetings from Asbury Park, home of a true Jersey Shore half-marathon! (No, not that Jersey Shore.) This flat and fast race is in the land of Bruce Springsteen, with local icon Tillie as its funny-faced mascot. You’ll run through the small area beach towns, along the historic boardwalk and finish with the “RunAPalooza”post-race party at Convention Hall. Registration fee: $50-$65 (Photo: Runapalooza)


31. New Mexico


Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon


Location: Santa Fe, NM


Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016


Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, you can’t beat the vistas at this point-to-point half-marathon in the Rio Grande Valley. Unless of course, if it was also downhill. And it is! After a short two-mile climb, you’ll drop 1,300 feet overall, past other sites like Camel Rock and the open-air Sante Fe Opera House. Registration fee: $65-$75 (Photo: Santa Fe to Buffalo Half Marathon)


32. New York


NYC Half


Location: New York, NY


Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016


Elite runners lead a pack of more than 14,000 runners through 13.1 Manhattan miles of the Big Apple. You’ll start with a loop in the world famous Central Park, stop traffic in the tourist-filled Times Square, head south along the Hudson River and find the finish at the South Street Seaport. This tour definitely beats any double-decker bus! Registration fee: $117-$128; sold out (Photo: NYRR)


33. North CarolinaSouthern Fried Half Marathon


Location: Nags Head, NC


Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016


Boy, do we love the sound of this point-to-point half-marathon \u2014 especially with the promise of southern fried sweet taters at the finish line! To earn \u2018em, you (and more than 4,000 other runners) will take on the second half of the Outer Bank Marathon course, from Nags Head’s sand dunes to the enchanting coastal village of Manteo. Registration fee: $75 (Photo: Southern Fried Half Marathon)


34. North DakotaFargo Half Marathon


Location: Fargo, ND


Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016


With only a few hundred at the very first half-marathon in 2002, more than 5,500 runners now take to the streets of North Dakota’s largest city each spring. The flat and fast course travels through the “Gateway to the West”(and even over the Red River into Minnesota and back), feeling like a giant dance party with live bands at every mile. Registration fee: $60-$100 (Photo: Fargo Marathon)


35. OhioCapital City Half Marathon


Location: Columbus, OH


Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016


This 11th annual race promises a whopping 14,500 runners “the best tour of Columbus on two feet.”The loop course hits city hotspots like the Ohio State University campus, the Short North Arts District, German Village and Columbus Commons. It also promises a champagne toast and chocolate at the finish line. Who can argue with that? Registration fee: $60-$110 (Photo: Capital City Marathon)


36. Oklahoma


The Williams Route 66 Half Marathon


Location: Tulsa, OK


Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016


Voted the best half-marathon by the readers of Oklahoma Sports and Fitness Magazine, this eighth annual race rocks the streets of downtown Tulsa. Get ready for a fast (though pretty hilly in the first half) run through area neighborhoods and parks along the Arkansas River and a cross over the famous Route 66 \u2014 twice! Registration fee: $90-$105 (Photo: Route 66 Marathon)


37. Oregon


Eugene Half Marathon


Location: Eugene, OR


Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016


What better place for a speedy PR than Track Town itself? Along the course you’ll see the Willamette River and the historic Hayward Field Track, home to five Olympic trials, countless record-breaking events and the old stomping grounds of legends like Steve Prefontaine. Finish strong on those last 200 yards on the track \u2014 just like Pre himself! Registration fee: $95 (Photo: Eugene Marathon)


38. Pennsylvania


GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Half Marathon


Location: Philadelphia, PA


Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016


Do the steps at the starting line look familiar? That’s because they’re the same steps Rocky sprinted up! You can become a champ too with 13.1 miles through Philly’s most historic streets of Old City, the high-energy Center City and the fall trails along the Schuylkill River, before rounding the corner back to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration fee: $60-$115 (Photo: Bill Foster)


39. Rhode Island


UnitedHealthcare Newport Half Marathon


Location: Newport, RI


Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016


You’ll hardly notice all the rolling hills with so much to look at during this picture-perfect oceanside race. The half-marathon, voted best in the Northeast by Competitor magazine in 2011, starts at Easton’s Beach and makes its way around Fort Adams State Park and past the larger-than-life Bellevue Avenue mansions. Registration fee: $75 (Photo: Liz Cardoso / Global Click Photography)


40. South Carolina


Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon


Location: Kiawah Island, SC


Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016


How does an early winter run-cation sound? Plan a getaway to this luxurious golf resort for a relaxing retreat and its 37th annual half-marathon. The flat-as-can-be race attracts more than 2,000 to run around the island community, among oak, maple and pine tree-lined streets and scenic marshlands. Just save a little energy to hit the links, too! Registration: $60-$115 (Photo: Kiawah Island Golf Resort)


41. South Dakota


Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon


Location: Hill City, SD


Date: Sunday, October 9, 2014


The colossal Crazy Horse Memorial (still a work in progress) points to the start at this half-marathon through the Black Hills country. After a very short stretch uphill, the course is nearly all downhill for the remainder of the race, as it leads runners to the limestone and gravel trails of the scenic George S. Mickelson Trail. Registration fee: $60-$90 (Photo: Action Sports Images)


42. Tennessee


St. Jude Country Music Nashville Half Marathon


Location: Nashville, TN


Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016


Leave the headphones at home for 13.1 miles through Music City! On-course country tunes will carry 30,000 of y’all from the honky tonks of Broadway to LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. But save the two-steppin’ for the 15th annual half-marathon’s post-race party headliner concert. Registration fee: $120-$150 (Photo: Rock \u2018n’ Roll Marathon Series)


43. Texas


Austin Half Marathon


Location: Austin, TX


Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017


More than 9,000 runners see what keeps Austin weird at this urban half-marathon. You’ll pass Lady Bird Lake, Hyde Park, Congress Avenue, the Colorado River and the University of Texas campus. But it’s the extraordinary crowd support from friendly Austinites, Longhorns and local entertainment that makes this race most memorable. Registration fee: $80 (Photo: Mario Cantu)


44. Utah


Salt Lake City Half Marathon


Location: Salt Lake City, UT


Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016


The snow-capped Wasatch Mountains and budding flowers create a beautiful contrast at this annual springtime half. The point-to-point race starts at Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, which served as the 2002 Winter Olympic Athlete Village. Maybe the slightly downhill course will help you make it to a medal podium, too! Registration fee: $45-$130 (Photo: Salt Lake City Marathon)


45. Vermont


Covered Bridges Half Marathon


Location: Woodstock, VT


Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016


How does such a small town race sell out 2,300 spots in 30 minutes? It might have something to do with the classic New England point-to-point course, with popular ski areas, open farmland, shimmering rivers and covered bridges along the way. Bonus: Age group winners take home Vermont maple syrup and cheese as prizes! Registration fee: $75; sold out (Photo: Nancy Nutitle-McMenemy)


46. Virginia


American Family Fitness Half Marathon


Location: Richmond, VA


Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016


Get the whole family together for this first-timer-friendly younger sibling of the Anthem Richmond Marathon (always a favorite fall race). There are plenty of downtown city sites, residential tree-lined streets, a loop in Bryan Park and even a sweet junk food mile stop (think gummy bears and cookies!) to keep you smiling along the way. Registration fee: $85 (Photo: Sports Backers)


47. Washington


Bellingham Bay Half Marathon


Location: Bellingham, WA


Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016


Down by the bay (Bellingham Bay, of course), you’ll find a tranquil half-marathon that offers 2,100 runners impressive mountain and seaside views. The waterfront course captures the sights, sounds and smells of the Pacific Northwest, courtesy of San Juan Island and Mount Baker vistas, short trails and small bridge crossings. Registration fee: $75 (Photo: Adrenaline Event Photography)


48. West Virginia


The Hatfield-McCoy Half Marathon


Location: Matewan, WV


Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016


There are two important choices to make in this 15th annual half. Which of the two course options will you run? And, are you a Hatfield or a McCoy? Read up on this famous American family feud before taking on the scenic course(s) near the Blackberry Mountains and Tug River. No matter which side you’re on, you’ll feel like family. Registration fee: $60-$90 (Photo: Hatfield-McCoy Marathon)


49. Wisconsin


Brewers Mini-Marathon


Location: Milwaukee, WI


Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016


Even in its third year, this half-marathon is quickly becoming a fall tradition \u2014 especially for baseball fans. The hilly course passes the Harley Davidson Museum and runs through Miller Valley, but runners finish with a trip \u2018round the outer track of Miller Park, where they’ll earn a voucher for a free Milwaukee Brewers spring home game. Registration fee: $65-$100 (Photo: Race-Brewers)


50. Wyoming


Hole Half Marathon


Location: Jackson, WY


Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016


Discover the thrill of adventure at a destination half-marathon in the heart of the Jackson Hole valleys. It’s small, quiet and somewhat serene, but the point-to-point course’s jaw-dropping mountain views of Grand Teton and the bright colors you don’t always expect to see in nature sure pack a punch. Registration fee: $65-$90 (Photo: Jackson Hole Marathon)


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