SouthIf there's one thing Southerners know how to do, it's host a party. And these half marathons, from flat coastal boardwalks to challenging mountainous roads, all have one thing in common--the crowd support and post-run parties are on point. Get your 13.1 in before the temperatures rise at these awesome spring races.
Texas Big Star Half Marathon
April 18, 2020 in Frisco, Texas
This north Texas race invites runners to be a "part of something BIG," as proceeds of the event will go to various nonprofit organizations in the area. The course leads runners through the streets of Frisco before finishing in Toyota Stadium, home of professional soccer team, FC Dallas. With mostly flat roads, it's a perfect opportunity for a PR.
Flying Pirate Half Marathon
April 19, 2020 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Arrr, matey. If you speak pirate, have a parrot on your shoulder and can run, then sign up for this race. Even if you're not into the whole eye patch scene, this spectator-packed course is a party happening on the Outer Banks. Begin in Kitty Hawk and follow the course into Nags Head along the Albemarle Sound to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Finish with a Pirate Jamboree.
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
April 25, 2020 in Nashville
A Rock 'n' Roll Race in Nashville? Music for miles, medals, swag, magnificent neighborhoods and all that Music City has to offer waiting for you when you're done? Yes, please.
Georgia Peach Jam Half Marathon
May 25, 2020 in Forsyth County, Georgia
If you're looking to get out of the city, this country course promises to be one of the fastest and most scenic in Georgia. It winds along the Big Creek Greenway, which is a 12-foot wide concrete and boardwalk path that runs along Big Creek.
Ashville Half Marathon
March 21, 2020 in Ashville, North Carolina
While the race has its fair share of rolling hills, the views in this North Carolina mountain town are well worth the challenge. Each mile offers a different local band, and the spring leaves and flowers will be in full color, ensuring you'll have plenty of opportunities to be entertained from start to finish.
WestReady, set, spring (get it?) into action by training for these gorgeous half marathons. With the sun melting the mountain snow, we know you're ready to hit the trails. Or, if you're lucky enough to be somewhere like San Diego, you're already tan and warm and just looking for an excuse to test your fitness. Let one of these runs be your PR race.
Horsetooth Half Marathon
April 19, 2020 in Fort Collins, Colorado
If you want a challenge to prepare for the upcoming season, look no further. Snaking along Horsetooth Reservoir, this race kicks off at more than 5,000 feet above sea level and sends you up "Monster Mountain," a nearly 500-foot climb, all before you even reach mile two. Your reward? A finish line at New Belgium Brewery, complete with free beer, food and live music.
Marin County Half Marathon
April 26, 2020 in San Rafael, California
The Marin County Half is another beautiful California race that keeps you close to the water. Beginning on Point San Pedro Road, the course immediately takes you on a three-mile loop by the ocean. Later, you run on Shoreline Trail, another beauty, and eventually finish at the beach. The race is organized by the Sustainable Sports Foundation, and all net proceeds go to giving children from low-income families the opportunity to learn to swim.
Eugene Half Marathon
April 26, 2020 in Eugene, Oregon
This race features a predominantly flat course, so get ready to run fast. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and participants will receive several giveaway items. Registration includes a Nike Dri-FIT shirt, a finisher's medal, physical and virtual goodie bags (with online discounts) and a Krusteaz pancake breakfast.
Provo City Half Marathon
May 2, 2020 in Provo, Utah
If you're ready for an amazing downhill half marathon that provides some of the best views in Utah, and you want to be pampered by massages, breakfast and family fun at the end of the race, then sign up now for the Provo City Half. Oh, and if you happen to be fast, there are cash prizes.
Coeur d'Alene Half Marathon
May 24, 2020 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
CdA is a runner's dream destination, so if you're looking to make a runcation out of a race, this half would suit you perfectly. The entry fee is low, the nature outstanding and the air thin. Come test your lungs and see one of the premier half marathon courses in the West. If you're feeling fit, go for the full 26.2.
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