Coach Jenny's Picks: Half Marathons in the Midwest

Photo courtesy of Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Half marathons are popping up everywhere you look and for good reason. They are the perfect distance. They require training, but it doesn't absorb too much of your life. And, you can walk normally the next day and explore the destination. Here is a list of my must-do half marathons in the Midwest (my neck of the woods). Some of these half marathons are tiny in size, some are hilly, but all of them will leave you with a lifetime memory.

April

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – Illinois
http://runabe.srrc.net/

"Run where Lincoln walked" is the tagline of this Midwest half marathon. You and 1,000 other participants will run a scenic journey with the history of President Abraham Lincoln, past his home, law office, and the Old State Capitol where he delivered his "House Divided" speech. The course starts at the magnificent Lincoln's Presidential Library and Museum and you'll earn a giant penny finisher's medal.

Mini-Martian Half Marathon – Michigan
http://www.martianmarathon.com/

How often do you get the chance to run a half marathon and earn a huge Martian-head medal with an artistic decorated lanyard? Exactly my point—not very often; and this is the perfect reason to run this beautiful Michigan event. Compete against the Martians on a traffic-free (except for UFOs of course) and lightly rolling course. Come for the race, stay for the Martian watching.

May

Door County Half Marathon – Wisconsin
http://www.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com/

This is the perfect weekend get-away destination event. Rare in the half marathon world, this course is fully blocked off from any traffic. You'll roll through the hills of the beautiful Peninsula State Park on tranquil pine-tree lined roads and earn breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Bring your camera and make it a mini-vacation.

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Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon – Ohio
http://www.clevelandmarathon.com/Half_Marathon/

Cleveland rocks—and runs! Experience Cleveland as you run through the Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World. This world-class event features one of the nation's flattest and fastest courses. There are live bands, fans that don't quit, and a colorful medal you'll be proud to hang with your collection of hits. It will leave you with that good karma feeling at the finish and a post-race party that rock and rolls!

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About the Author

Jenny Hadfield

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

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