Sizzlin' Sasquatch MarathonSept. 2, 2017 — Coalgate, Okla. 1 of 9
This trail run promises a little bit of everything when it comes to Oklahoma nature—canopied trees, creek crossings, pastures and river beds—all along a three-mile looped course. Though the race doesn't offer a long, winding course, the loop is a great way to hone your splits and benefit from constant cheering along the way.
Since it's in early September, expect some lingering high temperatures and an early start time of 5 a.m. There will be water, sports drinks and snacks available at the end of each loop.
Nashville MarathonNov. 11, 2017 — Nashville, Tenn. 2 of 9
This race will give you a perfect tour of the Music City, taking you through some of the most famous neighborhoods that are home to musician and artist communities. However, the highlight of the race will surely be the last quarter mile, as you make your way through the honkytonks of Broadway for a triumphant downhill finish.
The race has a six-hour time limit, and energy gels and Gatorade will be provided on the course. Afterwards, check out the post-race block party downtown, complete with music, food and complimentary Shock Top beer.
Chickamauga Battlefield MarathonNov. 11, 2017 — Oglethorpe, Ga. 3 of 9
This interesting marathon is run through the nation's oldest military peak, the Chickamauga Battlefield, home to one of the most important—and bloodiest—battles in the Civil War.
The out-and-back course starts at the original parade ground for the "Fighting Sixth" Calvary and spends the next 23 miles winding through the memorial on paved roads, all lined with different monuments and markers for runners to take in. Look out for re-enactors as you make your way to the finish and grab a commemorative medal.
South Padre Island MarathonNov. 11, 2017 — South Padre Island, Texas 4 of 9
If you're looking for a tropical getaway within the U.S., look no further than South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast that offers 34 miles of scenic beaches—perfect for a destination race that's not too far from home.
The race begins in Port Isabel and leads runners up the Queen Isabella Causway, a two-mile bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Take in the spectacular views of the Gulf, and don't forget to stop for a picture. There will be 20 selfie stations along the course, so you can create memories that last a lifetime.
Soldier Marathon and Half MarathonNov. 18, 2017 — Columbus, Ga. 5 of 9
This certified Boston Marathon qualifier starts and finishes at the National Infantry Museum and honors the men and women fighting in the armed forces.
The course runs through historic Fort Benning and along the beautiful Columbus River Walk, and is mostly flat-minus one hill-so it's a great option if you're looking for a PR. As pictured above, runners can also choose to run in honor of a fallen soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Panama City Beach MarathonDec. 2, 2017 — Panama City Beach, Fla. 6 of 9
Get a taste of Panama City Beach without all the crazy spring breakers. This certified Boston Marathon qualifier is almost entirely flat, setting you up for a legitimate run at attractive acronyms like BQ and PR. Run along the Florida panhandle's historic 30A highway and take in the white sand beaches and blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Plus, with the race starting and finishing at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, there's no way to miss what's shaping up to be one heck of a post-race party with complimentary chicken and sausage gumbo and Land Shark draft beer.
Hillsborough River Marathon, Half and QuarterDec. 9, 2017 — Thonotosassa, Fla. 7 of 9
If you want a true run in the woods, this race is for you.
With just a small section of pavement, most of this marathon takes place on forest roads and trails in Hillsborough River State Park, one of Florida's oldest state parks. Expect roots, mud, sand, rocks and, of course, adventure.
After you finish, make sure to stop by the after-party. You'll be treated to a few, post-race buffet. Your registration also includes entry to the part, so you can stick around and enjoy a full day in the woods.
MLK Race for the Dream MarathonJan. 14, 2018 — Atlanta 8 of 9
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend with 26.2 miles through the heart of Atlanta. The course loops through downtown and eastern Atlanta, starting and finishing near the brand new Georgia Dome. But that's not all you'll see along the way. Runners will pass by a number of Atlanta sites and attractions, including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park and Turner Field—former home of the Atlanta Braves.
Plus, with the event being held in January, you won't have to worry about it being too cold—or too hot—the morning of the race!