9 Camping-Friendly Races

9 Camping-Friendly Races

By Michelle Valenti

Save money on your next race by trading the expensive hotel room for a cozy campsite. Here are nine races--under $100--that have camping close by. Your reward: Beautiful scenery and more stable bank accounts. Find another camping-friendly event.

Redwoods Humboldt Redwoods Marathon and Half Marathon Northern California, October 16 $55

Set in California's largest redwood state park, the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon and Half Marathon is shady and beautiful. The course--a qualifier for Boston--is flat and fast. Camp in Humboldt Redwoods State Park?

san diego America's Finest City Half Marathon
Southern California, August 21 $85

From the San Diego Bay to the Pacific Ocean, this race and campground are set to the backdrop of stunning vistas and world-famous scenery. Camp at San Elijo SB?

<!--<div class="pkg article"> <img alt="cycling" src="/Assets/Outdoors/three-cyclists.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 0.69em 0.69em 0pt; width: 100px; height: 100px;" align="left"><a href="http://www.active.com/cycling/agoura-hills-ca/mulholland-challenge-king-of-the-mountains-century-challenge-stage-1-2011" title="mulholland century"> Mulholland Highway Century and Half Century</a><br> <em> Southern California, April 9 $70 </em> <p> Choose between the standard century and the "less-hilly" one. But don't be fooled; the less-hilly ride still has 6,600 feet of climbing. There are metric century and half century options as well. <a class="more" href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Malibu_Creek_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120051&topTabInd%0A%0Aex=CampingSpot" style="font-size: 80%;" target="_blank">Camp at Malibu State Park?</a> </p> </div>--> <!--<div class="pkg article"> <img alt="California" class="image" src="/Assets/Mountain+Biking/SeaOtterMTB.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 0.69em 0.69em 0pt; width: 100px; height: 100px;" align="left"> <a href="http://www.active.com/cycling/monterey-ca/sea-otter-classic-mountain-bike-2010" title="Sea Otter Classic"><strong>Sea Otter Classic</strong></a> <br> <em>California, April 12 prices vary by event</em> <p> This action-packed festival weekend is a must-do for mountain bikers. Camping is available near the festival or get away from the noise at <a class="more" href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Sunset_Sb/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120094&topTabIndex=CampingSpot" style="font-size: 80%;" title="Reserve America" target="_blank">Sunset State Beach?</a>. </p> </div>--> arizona Mountain Man Triathlon
Arizona, July 17 $80

Enjoy the lush mountain setting just outside Flagstaff on the flat sprint course ($80) or take your pick of events in the team relay. Hit the local pub for dinner and a beer before crashing at camp. Camp at Pine Grove?

monterey AquaTerra Monterey
California, July 9 $75

This race includes a 1k or 2k triangular swim in Monterey Bay and a 4k or 8k run on the Monterey Bay Coast Trail. Awards for top 3 in finishers in each gender. Camp at Sunset State Beach?

Texas 24 hours in the Canyon
Texas, June 4 $40

The only time riders can experience Palo Duro Canyon at night is during 24 hours in the Canyon. Registration is only $40 before and includes camping.

Minnesota Chisago Half, Sprint and Kid's Tri
Minnesota, July 24 $55

Don't miss the Swedish pancakes and Swedish ice cream at the post-race brunch, and be sure to catch one of the free tri training classes before the event. Camp at Interstate State Park?

Adirondack National Park Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival
New York, September 24 $50

With a full and half marathon, relay, 10K, 5K and a kid's fun run, this festival is a must for active families. Race organizers call it "the most beautiful 26 miles, 385 yards you'll ever run." Camp at Eagle Point?

<!--<div class="pkg article"> <img alt="Virginia" class="image" src="/Assets/Outdoors/Virginia-bridge.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 0.69em 0.69em 0pt; width: 100px; height: 100px;" align="left"> <a href="http://www.active.com/running/charlottesville-va/charlottesville-marathon-half-marathon-2010" title="Charlottesville Marathon and half marathon"><strong>Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon</strong></a> <br> <em>Virginia, April 17 $85 before March 31</em> <p> <em>Runner's World</em> Magazine called the Charlottesville Marathon one of the 10 Best Marathons in the U.S. If that's not enough to entice you maybe Shenandoah National Park and Albemarle wine country will. <a class="more" href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Charlottesville_Koa/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=KOA&parkId=193452&topT%0A%0AabIndex=CampingSpot" style="font-size: 80%;" target="_blank">Camp at the Charlottesville KOA?</a> </p> </div>--> Virginia Dodge Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
Virginia, September 4 $90

After you rock this coastal half marathon, roll on over to the post-race party to enjoy the 15 live music stages and other finish line activities. Camp at the Virginia Beach KOA?

<!-- <div class="pkg article"> <img alt="Teva Games" src="/Assets/Outdoors/Vail.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 0.69em 0.69em 0pt; width: 100px; height: 100px;" align="left"> <a href="http://www.active.com/running/vail-co/teva-mountain-games-2011" title="Teva Games">Teva Mountain Games </a><br> <em>Colorado, June 2-5 prices vary by event</em> <p> Celebrate the start of summer in the Rockies at this energetic mountain sports event. Events include kayaking, mountain biking, cycling, trail running and more. <a class="more" href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Camp_Hale_Memorial_Co/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70570&topTabIndex=CampingSpot" style="font-size: 80%;" target="_blank">Camp at Camp Hale?</a> </p> </div>--> Teva Games Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon
Florida, September 10 $75

Pick one of these four simultaneous races on the Gulf of Mexico and run/bike/swim your butt off across the white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle. Camp at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park?

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