Forrest Gump ChallengeReeds Spring, Mo. - Sept. 2, 2017 1 of 9
Just feel like running? Run, Forrest, run...26.2 miles in the Forrest Gump Challenge. This race honors the Academy Award-winning movie and encourages runners to dress up in their best Forrest Gump costume. The course takes runners through the small town of Reeds Spring, with the marathon completing eight laps of a roughly 5K loop.
Bismarck MarathonBismarck, N.D. - Sept. 16, 2017 2 of 9
This race attracts runners from across the country—and Canada—as they shoot to qualify for the New York or Boston Marathon in a beautiful Midwestern setting. Runners will begin at Cottonwood Park in Bismarck, make their way across the Missouri River into Mandan and return to the capital city for the finish.
Proceeds from the race go toward different local charities each year, specifically those that give back to youth communities, so you can feel good about where your race entry fees are going.
Milwaukee Lakefront MarathonMilwaukee, Wisc. - Oct. 1, 2017 3 of 9
This point-to-point course is flat, charming and a great opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Traveling through rural countryside and quiet north shore neighborhoods, the race finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan.
The race is capped at 3,500 runners, so early registration is encouraged.
Medtronic Twin Cities MarathonMinneapolis, Minn. - Oct. 1, 2017 4 of 9
Dubbed "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America," the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is celebrating its 35th year in 2016. Runners will begin in downtown Minneapolis and make their way through the city and across the Mississippi River, finishing at the Capitol building in St. Paul. The course winds past five different lakes and along the Mississippi, so there's no shortage of spectacular views along the way.
Photo courtesy of Twin Cities In Motion.
Prairie Fire MarathonWichita, Kan. - Oct. 8, 2017 5 of 9
Looking for a Boston qualifying time or a 26.2 PR? This race is one of the flattest and fastest options in the country, as it takes runners through the heart of Wichita. Seasonal temperatures will be just right for running, and more than 10 live bands will keep you entertained on your journey to the finish line.
Towpath MarathonBoston, Ohio - Oct. 8, 2017 6 of 9
Taking place entirely in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this race has quickly become one of Ohio's premiere marathons. This Boston qualifier runs on the historic Towpath Trail, showcasing breathtaking Midwest beauty between Akron and Cleveland.
All proceeds from the event go toward preserving, protecting and educating the public about local park systems.
St. Brons MarathonOct. 15, 2017 - Plover, Wisc. 7 of 9
If beautiful, rural countryside is your jam, then the St. Brons Marathon is the perfect choice. Established in 2013 as an all-volunteer charitable event, this Boston qualifier is set upon open road and rolling hills and with spectacular views of rural Wisconsin at its best. There is perhaps no better race for soaking in a little autumn splendor as you go.
Oregon Trail Run of NebraskaOct. 21, 2017 - Hebron, Neb. 8 of 9
What better way to experience the historic Oregon Trail by running along the route where the country's settlers traveled west? Not only does part of this race take place on the iconic Oregon Trail, runners will also cover the Mormon Trail and Pony Express route for an extra dose of history. The course is mostly flat, with just a few rolling hills, and takes you through canopies of cottonwood, oak, locust and ash trees.