If you’re thinking of registering for a marathon, half marathon or other race next year, now is the time to start thinking and planning for which ones you’d like to run. Note that if you’re a very strong runner, it is possible to complete two full marathons in one year, but it is safer to aim for a single one. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering races.
List of Marathons by Season
Do you have a particular season in which you prefer running most? You may want to choose a race based on time of year. But don’t forget that you’ll need to be training during the other seasons!
- Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival, Lackawaxen, PA
- Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Knoxville, TN
- All-Out Beat the Heat Marathon, Westminster, CO
- Boston Marathon, Boston, MA
- 2L Race Services Gettysburg North-South Marathon, Gettysburg, PA
- Pony Express Marathon, Sacramento, CA
- Cox Sports Providence Marathon, Providence, RI
- Horse Capital Marathon, Lexington, KY
- Lake Placid Marathon, Lake Placid, NY
- The Great Run: Marathon, Cranberry Isles, ME
- Mueller Marathon, Divide, CO
- Kona Marathon, Kailua-Kona, HI
- Angel Fire Adventure Race, Angel Fire, NM
- Alaska Salmon Run, Cordova, AK
- Oregon Marathon, Vernonia, OR
- San Francisco Marathon, San Francisco, CA
- Humboldt Bay Marathon, Eureka, CA
- Moorehead Park Trail Marathon, Ida Grove, IA
- Dick Beardsley Marathon, Detroit Lakes, MN
- Air Force Marathon, Dayton, OH
- Big Sur Trail Marathon, Big Sur, CA
- New Hampshire Marathon, Bristol, NH
- Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY
- Mystery Mountain Marathon, Chatsworth, GA
- Dog Lake Marathon, Dog Lake, WA
- Kansas City Marathon, Kansas City, MO
- Coyote Ridge Trail Run, Muir Beach, CA
- Goblin Valley Ultra, Green River, UT
- Napa Wine Country Marathon, Calistoga, CA
- C&O Canal Towpath Marathon, Washington, DC
- Yukon Do It Marathon, Port Orchard, WA
- Run for the Ranch, Springfield, MO
- Texas Marathon, Kingwood, TX
- Winter Ultra Watchung Run, Mountainside, NJ
- Lake Mead Marathon, Boulder City, NV
- Loop the Lake Marathon, Renton, WA
- Winter Buckeye Trail Marathon, Peninsula, OH
- Death Valley Marathon, Death Valley, CA
- Hayes Arboretum Winter Trail Run, Richmond, IN
- Black Mountain Marathon, Black Mountain, NC
Marathons for Causes
If you have a particular cause that’s close to your heart, you may feel compelled to support it by running an associated race. Often you’re able to raise funds by doing this as well. Here are some popular marathons supporting causes.
- St. Jude Memphis Marathon – December, Memphis, TN
- DONNA National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer – February, Jacksonville, FL.
- American Heroes Run – September, Longmont, CO
- Miles for Meso – September, multiple locations
- Walt Disney World Marathon – January, Orlando, FL
- Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October, Chicago, IL
Maybe you just want to do something different and fun. Here are some quirky, interesting races to consider.
- E. T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon – Rachel, NV, August: Race along the edge of Area 51 at midnight.
- Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon – Northfield, MN, January: America’s oldest indoor marathon.
- Superhero Half Marathon – Morris Township, NJ, May: Dress like your favorite superhero.
- A Christmas Story Run – Cleveland, OH: Dress as a leg lamp or in Ralphie’s bunny suit.
- Minnesota Monster Mash – St. Paul, MN, October: Wear your Halloween costume.
You can also decide on upcoming marathons by location. If there’s a particular city you’ve always wanted to visit, running a race there could be just enough reason to get you on a plane. Just be sure not to pack in too many tourist activities as you’ll need to rest and recover after the race.
This list has us itching to get started training! Now’s the time to update your running shoes and insoles if needed and hit the pavement for next year. New to running? Check out our tips for the right form to reduce injuries.
* Visit http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/Calendar.aspx for official race dates as they are available.