10 Destination Races to Do in 2014
Expedition Paris Mountain Trail RaceJanuary 25, 2014 - Greenville, South Carolina 1 of 11
Take a break from city life and run the 5-mile, 10.5-mile or 15.5-mile trail race through Paris Mountain State Park in South Carolina. Watch your step, as you tackle this course that's full of narrow turns, stream crossings and elevation gains.
U-T California 10/20February 12, 2014 - Del Mar, California 2 of 11
Escape the winter cold and take a trip to San Diego. This inaugural event is a 10-mile coastal race through the beach towns of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean view and the 20 bands playing live music during the race.
Hollywood Half MarathonApril 5, 2014 - Hollywood, California 3 of 11
Have you ever wanted to see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Here's your chance on this out-and-back course that starts on Hollywood Boulevard. Dress up as your favorite celebrity and take post-race pictures on the red carpet.
Cheyenne Mountain Trail RaceApril 26, 2014 - Colorado Springs, Colorado 4 of 11
Take a trip to the mountains this spring for the 4th Annual Cheyenne Trail Race. This is an ultra-endurance event, so make sure you train on tough terrain. Register for the 25K or the 50K through the trails of Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
Big Sur International MarathonApril 27, 2014 - Carmel, California 5 of 11
Whether it's your first marathon or your 20th, why not run 26.2 against the backdrop of mountain ranges and panoramic ocean views? Don't feel like running the marathon? Sign up for the 9-miler or Big Sur 5K instead.
EX2 Adventures: 9 Hours of Cranky Mokey Mountain Bike RelayMay 3, 2014 - Flintstone, Maryland 6 of 11
Race solo or join a team for this mountain bike challenge. Participants will ride as many 9-mile laps as they can in nine hours (three hours if you're riding solo) through the trail network in Rocky Gap State Park. Racers are encouraged to camp in the park next to two gorgeous beaches, or stay at the on-site lodge or a nearby bed and breakfast.
Life's a Beach Triathlon HamptonJune 14, 2014 - Hampton, Virginia 7 of 11
Whether you're a triathlon novice or a veteran, this event is for anyone looking for a fun time. Start the race with a 200-yard swim, feel free to use fins or a boogie board, and then tackle the Turtle Crawl. Don't have a tri bike? Beach cruisers are encouraged at this race. Finish the event with a 2-mile beach run and the Leapin' Loungers and Totally Tubular challenges.
Santa Rosa Full and Half Marathon and Downtown 5KAugust 24, 2014 - Santa Rosa, California 8 of 11
Plan an escape to Santa Rosa, and run through scenic vineyards and across rustic bridges at this Boston-qualifying summer marathon. Don't miss the post-race festival with a pancake breakfast, beer and wine garden, farmer's market and activities for the kids.
2014 Main Lighthouse RideSeptember 1, 2014 - South Portland, Maine 9 of 11
This event offers several different distances including a century ride. Participants will ride along the coastline of Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, and pass eight (nine on the century ride) of Maine's historic lighthouses. Sign up early, there's limited space for participants.
HITS Triathlon Series - Hunter, NY 2014September 13, 2014 - Haines Falls, New York 10 of 11
Enjoy autumn in New York at this mountain-top race in the Hudson Valley. Participants will complete the swim leg in South Lake before biking and running through the Catskill Mountains.