Early Season Half Marathons in the West
Kaiser Permanente Half MarathonFeb. 14, 2016, San Francisco 1 of 15
Taking place on Valentine's Day this year, this race is the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to celebrate your love of running and for each other. Featuring one of the most scenic courses in the country, it winds through Golden Gate Park and continues on the Great Highway, providing perfect views of the bay. All finishers receive a race medal, long-sleeved T-shirt and free post-run massage. You'll love it.
Saints and Sinners Half MarathonFeb. 20, 2016, Boulder City, Nev. 2 of 15
If you're looking for a PR, this race is a great option. The course, which is mostly downhill, begins in Bootleg Canyon Park and runs along the River Mountain Loop Trail.
You'll eventually enter Lake Mead National Park and take in some of the best sights the West has to offer. The coolest part? You'll run through five of the historical tunnels used to build the Hoover Dam.
Lost Trail Half MarathonFeb. 27, 2016, Granite Bay, Calif. 3 of 15
This trail race starts along the beach at Folsom Lake and features a beautiful and challenging run. In addition to views of the lake, the course has short, but steep hills interspersed throughout. Included in the registration fee is a shirt, goody bag and post-race hot meal.
Run to the Pub Half MarathonMarch 12, 2016, Bozeman, Mont. 4 of 15
Voted by Runner's World as the second best half marathon in the U.S., this race is one of the most popular on this list. It's St. Patrick's Day themed—so get your green ready—and even comes with a free beer for those of age.
The course is 90 percent downhill and surrounded by mountains and, of course, big Montana sky. After registering, you're also entered into a sweepstakes for four chances to win an all-inclusive trip to Dublin, Ireland, which includes entry to the Dublin Marathon.
Hippity Hop Half MarathonMarch 26, 2016, Peoria, Ariz. 5 of 15
Previously known as the "Going the Distance Marathon," this Easter weekend race takes places on the running trails of the New River Trail System. Starting and ending in Rio Vista Park, this course is a great option for beginners or slower-paced runners, as there are no road closures and the event has no time limit.
Whidbey Island Half MarathonApril 16, 2016, Oak Harbor, Wash. 6 of 15
Looking for an island getaway? Whidbey Island may not be tropical, but it offers the same chance to relax—after you complete a half marathon, that is. The course promises views of the ocean, backcountry roads, rolling hills and snow-capped mountains.
This race is also part of the Baker's Dozen Series, which encompasses 13 half marathons produced by Northwest-based organizations. Proceeds give back to the local community through charities, children's programs, high school sports, and health and fitness initiatives.
Horsetooth Half MarathonApril 17, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. 7 of 15
If you want a challenge to prepare for the upcoming season, look no further. Snaking along Horsetooth Reservoir, this race kicks off at more than 5,000 feet above sea level and sends you up "Monster Mountain," a nearly 500-foot climb, all before you even reach mile two. Your reward? A finish line at New Belgium Brewery, complete with free beer, food and live music.
Marin County Half MarathonApril 24, 2016, San Rafael, Calif. 8 of 15
The Marin County Half is another beautiful California race that keeps you close to the water. Beginning on Point San Pedro Road, the course immediately takes you on a three-mile loop by the ocean. Later, you run on Shoreline Trail, another beauty, and eventually finish at the beach. The race is organized by the Sustainable Sports Foundation, and all net proceeds go to giving children from low-income families the opportunity to learn to swim.
Tulip Festival Half MarathonApril 30, 2016, Lehi, Utah 9 of 15
This race takes you through Thanksgiving Point Garden, a 55-acre estate garden with over 250,000 tulips. Registration fees benefit the Thanksgiving Point Institute, a farm, garden and museum complex that uses the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning. Because of the garden's narrow pathways, the event has a strict no-wheels policy, including running strollers, so plan accordingly.
Eugene Half MarathonMay 1, 2016, Eugene, Ore. 10 of 15
This race features a predominantly flat course, so get ready to run fast. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and participants will receive several giveaway items. Registration includes a Nike Dri-FIT shirt, a finisher's medal, physical and virtual goodie bags (with online discounts) and a Krusteaz pancake breakfast.
Girls on the Go Half MarathonMay 7, 2016, San Diego 11 of 15
Celebrate Mother's Day with this woman-triumphant run. The course is flat, paved and takes you along the oceanfront of the San Diego Bay and San Diego River.
Don't worry, fellas—men are also encouraged to register and support the women in their lives. Once you cross the finish line, get ready to join a post-race dance party.
Red River High Mountain Half MarathonMay 21, 2016, Red River, N.M. 12 of 15
If you're a fan of small, quaint towns, give this race a try. The course begins in the historic mountain town of Red River and features a challenging mix of high altitude hills. Don't expect to set a new PR, but do expect a stunning view of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.
Prince of Wales Annual Half MarathonMay 28, 2016, Craig, Alaska 13 of 15
Tackle a half marathon on the third largest island in the United States. You'll run along the Klawock Channel with views of lakes, streams and muskegs. Cross the finish line and follow the crowd, which will surely be heading to pick up a post-race treat at the famed homemade cookie station.
Grand Teton Half MarathonJune 4, 2016, Jackson, Wyo. 14 of 15
This race features a mix of road, pavement and dirt with breathtaking views of the Teton mountain range. You'll even run along Spring Gulch Road, which features some of the original working homesteads in the area. The course finishes on the driving range of the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, bordering Grand Teton National Park.