Celebration Run San DiegoNovember 5, 2017 — San Diego, Calif. 1 of 13
This half marathon wants participants to keep "celebration" top of mind when racing: Whether it's celebrating a new job, good health, family and friends or life itself. The fast, flat course begins and ends in Bonita Cove in Mission Bay.
Surfer dudes and beach girls will be at the finish line to drape finisher medals around participants at the completion of their run. There's also a fun run for the kids, enabling the whole family to find something worth celebrating. Insider tip: The race caps registrations, so don't procrastinate.
Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half MarathonNovember 11, 2017 — Santa Barbara, Calif. 2 of 13
It might be hard not to stop and take in the views at this destination city, so we recommend drinking in as much as you can pre-race. But don't completely get your fill because you're in store for a treat.
This point-to-point course begins at UC-Santa Barbara, offering 13.1 nonstop miles of the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains before descending toward the pristine Santa Barbara coastline that frames the Pacific Ocean. The race is a breathtaking way to honor America's military veterans.
Monterey Bay Half MarathonNov. 12, 2017 — Carmel, Calif. 3 of 13
You definitely don't want to miss one of California's most beautiful race courses at the 2017 Monterey Bay Half Marathon. The race begins in historic downtown Monterey, proceeds along Steinbeck's Cannery Row, and runs next to the amazing shoreline in Pacific Grove. Along with cash prizes for the top finishers, there's also a fun finish festival featuring a beer garden, hot soup, live entertainment and more. The day before the big race there is also a 5K and 3K fun run that the whole family can participate in.
NYCRUNS Queens Half MarathonNov. 18, 2017 — Grand Central Parkway Queens, NY 4 of 13
Take your running to Queens, New York for the the Big Apple's biggest new race in decades. Instead of running the usual New York park routes, NYCRUNS Queens' course will take you through some of the most historic parts of New York's most diverse borough.
Along the way, you'll be treated to great local music, wildly enthusiastic crowds—and enjoy a fresh New York bagel at the finish line!
20th Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5KSunday, January 14, 2018—Key West, FL 5 of 13
Join runners from 50 states and 11 different countries in the 20th running of the Key West half marathon. Race through Key West's historic Old Town and waterfront areas on a flat and fast 13.1-mile course in the perfect January Florida weather. Don't forget to chow down on some delicious Key West oysters—after the race, of course.
Virgin Sport San FranciscoOctober 13-15, 2017 — San Francisco, Calif. 6 of 13
Join thousands of runners in Virgin Sport's first half marathon in the U.S., this October in stunning San Francisco! Experience Sir Richard Branson's latest red-hot venture at this weekend long Festival of Fitness that includes, the San Francisco Half-Marathon, the Twin Peaks Hill Climb and the Fitness Hub. The weekend will entertain thousands of participants and spectators from all over the world and feature the best local foods, art and culture in San Francisco. Sign up now—like you, spots will go quickly.
Newport Bay to BrewsOctober 14, 2017 — Newport, Ore. 7 of 13
You might excuse the hungry gleam in the eyes of race participants once you realize what awaits at the finish line: Mo's World Famous Clam Chowder, chased with Rogue Ales & Spirits craft beer. While the food offerings might be really exciting, the views aren't too shabby either.
The two-loop course takes participants along the bay, through the forest and onto the beach path in South Beach Park. The race finishes along the jetty and under the famous Bay Bridge. Live music will accompany the beer and clam chowder—and given that you just ran 13.1 miles, who's to judge you for asking for seconds (or thirds)?
Rock 'n' Roll San JoseOct. 6-7, 2018 — San Jose, Cali. 8 of 13
Take in beautiful California on a 13.1 mile run through historic San Jose. The San Jose Rock 'n' Roll course is known as California's fastest half marathon, so you definitely don't want to miss out on this prime PR opportunity. The Rock 'n' Roll Race Series is celebrating 20 years of running with spirited vibes, live music headlined by Letters to Cleo and, of course, one epic post-race party.
Rock 'n' Roll DenverOct. 20-21, 2018 — Denver, CO 9 of 13
It's time to take your running to the next level—literally. Race at elevations over 5,000 feet in the Rock 'n' Roll Denver Half. The race starts and ends around the Denver Civic Center Park and takes you through downtown and Denver City Park by the zoo.
Rock, roll and run through live music to the ultimate finale—the post-race party with headliner Analog Son. Just when you thought you couldn't move your feet anymore, the funky tunes of Analog Son will prove you wrong.
Healdsburg Half MarathonOctober 8, 2017 — Healdsburg, Calif. 10 of 13
Be sure to explore charming Healdsburg after the race because its food and wine offerings might be too tempting to abstain from leading to race day (that is, if you cut such things from your pre-race meal plans). Otherwise, enjoy! The looped course winds its way around 100-year-old mansions, acres of vineyards and just a fraction of the town's 100 world-class wineries.
2017 Miami Beach Halloween Half & Freaky 4-MilerOct. 28, 2017 — Miami, FL 11 of 13
There's no better way to speed through a half marathon than in costume! Join hundreds of other costumed hooligans in Miami for a day race through South Beach, and then experience the epic Miami nightlife. It's easy to make a fun weekend vacation out of this race trip. Your race entry includes a Halloween themed shirt, a post-race party at Nikki Beach Club and a shiny Halloween-themed Finisher medal.
Bring the whole family along so they can participate in the Freaky 4-Miler, too.
Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival (Half)September 24, 2017 — Schroon Lake, N.Y. 12 of 13
This race bills itself as "the most beautiful 26.2 miles you will ever run," and those running the 13.1 version are in for plenty of natural eye candy, too. The route takes runners through the Adirondack Forest Preserve, which is full of lush, green vegetation and gurgling water sources. If that's not enough to compel you, proceeds from the race benefit college scholarships and nonprofits.