America's Finest City Half MarathonAugust 20, 2017 — San Diego, Calif. 1 of 10
San Diego regularly contends for "fittest city in America," and its fitness population is undoubtedly inspired by unforgettable views encountered all along this race's course. Regularly recognized as one of the country's top half marathons, the race begins at the historic Cabrillo National Monument, follows along the scenic bay and harbor, then winds through downtown and finishes at Balboa Park, which—for those who've never visited—might be incentive enough to finish this beauty of a race.
Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Half MarathonSeptember 2, 2017 — Pocatello, Idaho 2 of 10
This 13.1 covers the second half of the full marathon course, offering beautifully serene vistas and a relatively flat net elevation with only a couple of small hills. Post-race trinkets include a glass mug adorned with the race logo and key chains.
Bird-In-Hand Half MarathonSeptember 9, 2017 — Bird-In-Hand, Pa. 3 of 10
This half marathon has sold out the last five years, so you'll need to be quick on the draw to claim your spot. The surrounding landscape and events are something out of a storybook: hot air balloons, Amish farmlands and rest stops at one-room schoolhouses. The hundreds of racers around you and that pesky timing chip might be the only reminders that no, time hasn't stopped. Pinch yourself and keep going!
Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival (Half)September 24, 2017 — Schroon Lake, N.Y. 4 of 10
This race bills itself as "the most beautiful 26.2 miles you will ever run," and those running the 13.1 version are in for plenty of natural eye candy, too. The route takes runners through the Adirondack Forest Preserve, which is full of lush, green vegetation and gurgling water sources. If that's not enough to compel you, proceeds from the race benefit college scholarships and nonprofits.
Healdsburg Half MarathonOctober 8, 2017 — Healdsburg, Calif. 5 of 10
Be sure to explore charming Healdsburg after the race because its food and wine offerings might be too tempting to abstain from leading to race day (that is, if you cut such things from your pre-race meal plans). Otherwise, enjoy! The looped course winds its way around 100-year-old mansions, acres of vineyards and just a fraction of the town's 100 world-class wineries.
Newport Bay to BrewsOctober 14, 2017 — Newport, Ore. 6 of 10
You might excuse the hungry gleam in the eyes of race participants once you realize what awaits at the finish line: Mo's World Famous Clam Chowder, chased with Rogue Ales & Spirits craft beer. While the food offerings might be really exciting, the views aren't too shabby either.
The two-loop course takes participants along the bay, through the forest and onto the beach path in South Beach Park. The race finishes along the jetty and under the famous Bay Bridge. Live music will accompany the beer and clam chowder—and given that you just ran 13.1 miles, who's to judge you for asking for seconds (or thirds)?
Virgin Sport San FranciscoOctober 13-15, 2017 — San Francisco, Calif. 7 of 10
Join thousands of runners in Virgin Sport's first half marathon in the U.S., this October in stunning San Francisco! Experience Sir Richard Branson's latest red-hot venture at this weekend long Festival of Fitness that includes, the San Francisco Half-Marathon, the Twin Peaks Hill Climb and the Fitness Hub. The weekend will entertain thousands of participants and spectators from all over the world and feature the best local foods, art and culture in San Francisco. Sign up now—like you, spots will go quickly.
Celebration Run San DiegoNovember 5, 2017 — San Diego, Calif. 8 of 10
This half marathon wants participants to keep "celebration" top of mind when racing: Whether it's celebrating a new job, good health, family and friends or life itself. The fast, flat course begins and ends in Bonita Cove in Mission Bay.
Surfer dudes and beach girls will be at the finish line to drape finisher medals around participants at the completion of their run. There's also a fun run for the kids, enabling the whole family to find something worth celebrating. Insider tip: The race caps registrations, so don't procrastinate.
Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half MarathonNovember 11, 2017 — Santa Barbara, Calif. 9 of 10
It might be hard not to stop and take in the views at this destination city, so we recommend drinking in as much as you can pre-race. But don't completely get your fill because you're in store for a treat.
This point-to-point course begins at UC-Santa Barbara, offering 13.1 nonstop miles of the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains before descending toward the pristine Santa Barbara coastline that frames the Pacific Ocean. The race is a breathtaking way to honor America's military veterans.