Early Season Half Marathons in the Northeast
Savin Rock Half MarathonMarch 19, 2016, West Haven, Conn. 1 of 12
This annual half marathon sells out every year according to race organizers, who no longer even list race day registration as an option. The course is a beautiful one, following Long Island Sound much of the way, giving you a great view of the water. Family members can track runners' stats on Facebook and Twitter, and all participants receive a gender-specific tech shirt and goodie bags.
AmeriHealth New Jersey April Fools' Half MarathonApril 3, 2016, Atlantic City, N.J. 2 of 12
This race might be celebrating April Fools' Day, but it's certainly no joke. An oceanside course takes runners 13.1 miles through sleepy beach towns with ocean views the whole way, including a few miles on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. A costume contest and post-race party on the beach keeps the fun going long after you cross the finish line.
Petersburg Half MarathonApril 16, 2016, Petersburg, Va. 3 of 12
Are you a history buff? Sign up for a race that runs you back in time through the Revolutionary and Civil War. The course is designed specifically so you can see the historical aspects of the city as you make your way down quaint streets lined with shops and bed and breakfasts. The highlight will be running through Petersburg National Battlefield, where volunteers reenact a war scene. We bet you won't even feel that mile!
Babcock Gristmill Grinder Half MarathonApril 16, 2016, Clifftop, W.Va. 4 of 12
This popular run takes you through the best of West Virginia scenery, including rhododendron tunnels, waterfalls, cliffs and bridges—all set against unforgettable spring colors. Much of the course is on trail through Babcock State Park, so be ready to get dirty. The race only has 300 slots and quickly sold out in 2015, so be sure to register early.
River Valley Run Half Marathon Trail RaceApril 23, 2016, Manchester, Md. 5 of 12
What's more fun than running 13.1 miles? Running 13.1 miles on the trail! The River Valley Run's inaugural trail half marathon will take you through the Prettyboy Watershed, along the edge of Hemlock Gorge, and through the hills and valleys of River Valley Ranch. The views aren't the only high-quality thing you'll get from this race; runners also receive a branded Under Armour quarter-zip pullover as part of their registration fees.
Cox Providence Rhode RacesMay 1, 2016, Providence, R.I. 6 of 12
With free race photos and the option to customize your medal with your name and finish time, this event could end up being one of the most memorable races you've ever run. The course is a mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods in the greater Providence area, and it includes four distances for runners of all abilities. Bring along the family and enjoy the sport of running as a group.
River Towns Half MarathonMay 7, 2016, Danville, Pa. 7 of 12
This half marathon in Central Pennsylvania is a great excuse to plan a long, weekend vacation in one of the prettiest parts of the Northeast. Centered around Danbury's Spring Fling—a yearly event with hundreds of vendors peddling food, crafts and goodies—this out-and-back race features rolling hills and wooded river valley roads. The course will take you past a number of vendor booths (so you can take notice of those you want to come back to) and visits the Danville levee before returning downtown for the finish.
The Wild Half Race SeriesMay 15, 2016, Wildwood, N.J. 8 of 12
Set alongside the shores of the Wildwoods, this flat course takes runners from beach views to the fun and games of the boardwalk. Runners receive a technical race shirt, a post-race adult beverage, a "WILD" after party and, because we all need to indulge our childish side, free rides at Morey's Piers amusement park. Voted as one of the Top 10 Races in the Garden State by Garden State Runs, you're sure to have a wild good time.
Newbury Port River Run Half MarathonMay 15, 2016, Newbury Port, Mass. 9 of 12
The beautiful, flat course of the Newbury Port River Run might just have you shooting for your next half marathon PR. With views of the Merrimac River, quaint farmland and Parker River Harbor, the scenery is sure to keep you entertained. If the views aren't enough, the single-hill, fast course will have you hankering to beat your old 13.1 time. A post-race party will have free food, beer and live music to help celebrate your new PR.
Lake Placid Half MarathonJune 12, 2016, Lake Placid, N.Y. 10 of 12
Hosted in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, this race will encourage you to run like an Olympian. The course features a combination of flat and rolling hills, and you'll enjoy views of the Adirondack Mountains and the beautiful Mirror Lake along the way. The Lake Placid Half was voted the number two best "Destination Race" in 2010 by Runner's World, and you'll see why when you schedule a long weekend around this stunning setting.
Bay of Fundy International Half MarathonJune 26, 2016, Lubec, Maine 11 of 12
Ever run in two countries on the same day? You'll be able to say yes to that question after crossing the finish line of this race. Starting in New Brunswick, Canada, the course winds across the U.S.-Canada border into Lubec, Maine. You'll run alongside the Bay of Fundy, which offers cool summer breezes and breathtaking nature. Need a reason to run even faster? Local artists handcraft all awards, so you'll earn a trophy that differs from the traditional hardware you usually receive.
Note: You must have a valid passport in order to run this race.