Purity Dairies Moosic City Dairy Dash 5K/10KApril 11, 2015 - Nashville, Tennessee 1 of 12
Photo Credit: David Thomas Photography
There's a reason this race has been around for 15 years. Both the 5K and 10K are favorites for locals looking to score fast times. You can count on pancake-flat routes, which tend to follow Metro Center streets and the Metro Center Greenway.
If you need motivation, the overall male and female winners receive a one-year supply of Purity Ice Cream.
Run Sunset BeachMay 16, 2015 - Sunset Beach, North Carolina 2 of 12
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When it comes to scenery, it doesn't get much better than the Sunset Beach Half Marathon, Kindred Spirit 5K, and 1-Mile Turtle Trot. The flat-and-fast marathon course starts on the island before taking runners over a bridge through the gorgeous Sea Trail Golf Resort. While you may be focused on logging a fast time, don't overlook the views.
BFD Catfish Crawl 5K and 1-Mile Fun RunMay 16, 2015 - Blountstown, Florida 3 of 12
This family-friendly event is a great place for mom, dad and the kids to log fast race times. Dubbed the grand finale of road races for Blountstown, these races take runners from the M & B Train Depot Museum along the Blountstown Greenway Bike Path. This race has become famous with the locals thanks to its coveted finisher prizes, which include Blountstown Fire Department bobblehead dolls.
Fit For Life 5K/10KMay 31, 2015 - Seattle, Washington 4 of 12
Chip timing and a speedy course through Centennial/Myrtle Edwards Park make this a perfect race to log a PR. In addition to getting the chance to run a beautiful course, all 5K and 10K runners receive high-quality technical T-shirts and finish line snacks. Proceeds from this event go to benefit Queen Anne Public Schools, giving you the chance to do something good for yourself and the local community.
Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5KAugust 1, 2015 - San Leandro, California 5 of 12
An almost entirely flat course, the trail for these races rarely strays more than a few feet from the water. Thanks to the lack of hills, this is a perfect race to set a personal best. In addition to T-shirts, runners and walkers receive colorful custom finisher medals.
Carmel Valley Trail 10K and 5KSeptember 19, 2015 - San Diego, California 6 of 12
Although most trail races tend to be heavy on the hills, the Carmel Valley events are an exception to the rule. Providing trail buffs with a great opportunity to PR, both races are run on single track and dirt roads through Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park with fewer inclines than your average trail race.
Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5-MilerSeptember 20, 2015 - Washington, D.C. 7 of 12
Photo Credit: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs
This race gives runners the chance to run along the Rock Creek Parkway in the shadow of the Washington Monument and past many of Washington D.C.'s most famous memorials. All runners receive finisher medals, as well as entrance into the expo, which includes a host of great deals on races and running gear.
Bay Ridge Half MarathonOctober 3, 2015 - Brooklyn, New York 8 of 12
This lightning fast course through Brooklyn takes runners around the scenic Shore Road Promenade in Bay Ridge. This is a good tune-up race for the New York City Marathon held just a month later. The race gives runners the chance to test speed and strength over 13.1 miles without any pesky hills. This race usually sells out, so be sure to snag your spot ahead of time.
Smuttynose Rockfest Half MarathonOctober 4, 2015 - Hampton Beach, New Hampshire 9 of 12
Photo Credit: Dustin Marshall Photography
What's not to like about a flat and fast race sponsored by a brewery? The Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon is as easy as 13.1-mile races come. To ensure runners gunning for specific times don't get tangled up in the crowds, they even offer organized waves at the start line with specified paces. No matter what your speed, Smuttynose Brewing Company is waiting for you with a cold one at the finish line.
Surftown Half MarathonSeptember 13, 2015 - Westerly, Rhode Island 10 of 12
Photo Credit: Steve McLaughlin for Hartford Marathon Foundation
Come experience what has been dubbed the "most spectacular oceanfront course in New England" at the Surftown Half Marathon. Starting and finishing at Misquamicut State Beach, this race runs along the rocky coast, making for a flat route and a crowd-friendly event.
Mermaid 5K and 10KNovember 1, 2015 - San Francisco, California 11 of 12
Photo Credit: Henry Wong
There's a reason this event sells out every year. Not only are runners treated to breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline, the 5K and 10K courses are as zippy as they come. This event is part of a series of races across California that work to inspire women to get active.