The Top 10 Most Fun Half Marathons
Diva's Half Marathon SeriesVarious dates and locations 1 of 11
If you're looking for a girls' weekend getaway, this race series might be just the ticket. The series features multiple locations, with many located near popular beaches (post-race pina colada, anyone?). Throughout the race, runners are treated like the divas they are with pink tutus, a boa & tiara station on the course, champagne at the finish and a two-day Health & Fitness Boutique. See ya later boring expos.
Photo Credit: Katty Pereza.
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half MarathonNov. 13, 2016; Las Vegas 2 of 11
Bright lights, cool desert weather and plenty of entertainment; there are a lot of things to love about running the Las Vegas strip at night. If you're feeling enamored, bring your better half and take a detour through the "Run-Thru Wedding Chapel." And if a wedding isn't in your plans, you can dance the night away with complimentary access to multiple casino clubs.
Star Wars Half MarathonJan. 15, 2017; Anaheim, Calif. 3 of 11
"Do or do not. There is no try!" When it comes to racing, you might want to follow the advice of Yoda, the ultimate Jedi Master.
This course runs through multiple Disneyland properties and features boredom-blasting entertainment on the course. Want to make a family vacation out of it? The weekend also features a 10k, 5k and kids' races.
Surf City Half MarathonFeb. 5, 2017; Huntington Beach, Calif. 4 of 11
Fast and flat, the Surf City half marathon treats runners to views of California's wide, sandy beaches. The scenery and live bands will keep you entertained and once you're finished, grab your surfboard-themed medal and celebrate at the beach beer tent.
Wine Country Runs Half MarathonMarch 2017; Paso Robles, Calif. 5 of 11
This picturesque course winds through the vineyards of San Luis Obispo County, whetting your whistle for a post-race glass of vino. The local wineries come out in full force to cheer on runners (and offer their own form of hydration).
And best of all? The first place male & female half marathon runners win their weight in wine. How's that for carbo-loading incentive?
Great Wall Half MarathonMay 21, 2016; Beijing 6 of 11
If travel to a foreign country, thousands of stone steps and jaw-dropping views are your idea of a good time, the Great Wall Half Marathon might be your most fun race yet. This challenging half marathon isn't for beginners, but the views and bragging rights make the burn more than worth it.
Photo Credit: Albatross Adventure.
Covered Bridges Half MarathonJune 5, 2016; Woodstock, Vt. 7 of 11
As New England enters the spring thaw, it's a perfect time to run a half marathon. The weather is ideal for a fast run time, but the scenery is what really makes this race fun. As you make your way through the Vermont countryside and over covered bridges, you'll feel like you're in a postcard.
After you finish the race, be sure to dig into a stack of pancakes with plenty of Vermont maple syrup. And if you're over 21, grab a brew from Harpoon Brewery's post-race beer tent.
Maui Half MarathonSept. 18, 2016; Maui, Hawaii 8 of 11
What could be better than a day in paradise? How about a race in paradise! The scenic Maui marathon is the longest consecutively held running event in Hawaii and its long history makes it a very well run race. Admire breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and then refuel on the beach with some fish tacos.
Hershey Half MarathonOct. 16, 2016; Hershey, Penn. 9 of 11
During this sweet race, runners start and finish at Hershey Park Stadium after meandering through Hershey Park, down Chocolate Avenue and past the Milton S. Hershey historic mansion. Take in the sights and then refuel with some Hershey's chocolate milk (or a candy bar—no judgment here).
Disney Wine and Dine Half MarathonNov. 6, 2016; Orlando, Fla. 10 of 11
Attention all night owls: The 10 p.m. start time of the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is calling your name. This race for wine- and food-lovers starts at ESPN's Wide World of Sports and finishes at Epcot.
At this event, the post-race celebrations go way beyond a banana and a finisher's medal; mingle with Mickey, get your groove on to DJ sets and eat your heart out at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival finish line party.