The half-marathon gives you almost all of the satisfaction and achievement of a full-length marathon, but with far less aches, pains, and fatigue. The half marathon has consistently been the fastest growing standard race distance in the U.S.
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Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, California
There is a pretty large number of runners who also love wine. They are both good for your heart, right? The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is the ultimate destination race for wine-lovers who appreciate a nice glass or two after completion.
Glacier Half Marathon, Montana
This course is BEAUTIFUL. First you will climb for 5 miles and then it’s all downhill from there. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Glacier National Park and prairies as you climb Looking Glass Hill. Next, you will gaze at Two Medicine Lake during miles 5-8. Lastly, you will finish on the beautiful front lawn of Glacier Park Lodge. Just don’t get too mesmerized… you don’t want to trip!
SeaWheeze Half Marathon, Vancouver
SeaWheeze isn’t your average half marathon. Over 10,000 runners descend on Vancouver to sweat it out over a weekend of yoga, running, and of course, an awesome party. Prepare to harness your powers of positivity, physicality, and mindfulness, all while taking in next-level natural beauty. Crush some goals and get swept away in a weekend of fun you won’t forget.
Banff Half Marathon, Canada
The Banff Half Marathon and 10K offers one of the planet’s most incredible running experiences in Canada’s first National Park. Starting in the picturesque mountain village of Banff, participants flow through a series of incredible natural wildlife and historical stages. Runners pass by the serene Vermilion Lakes and journey along the stunning Bow Valley Parkway. The return trek travels alongside the Bow River and over Banff’s famous bridges.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K is a stunning race with gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee countryside. While the course does not go directly into the park, runners compete in the surrounding areas in a point to point race, finishing right by the entrance to the Smokies. The course itself is beautiful and through a rolling, quiet paved road. Trees line one side as you run along the river on the other.
Yellowstone Half Marathon
If you’ve never been to Yellowstone National Park, get ready. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world. To name some pieces of nature, it has pine trees, geysers, canyons, waterfalls, and hot springs, as well as some buffalo, elk, grizzly bears, and hiking trails. The Yellowstone Half Marathon takes place in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, just outside the entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Chicago
Start and finish at gorgeous Grant Park. Run by the famous Chicago Theater, Soldier Field; Home of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Riverwalk and down Magnificent Mile. Each turn is filled with the sights and sounds of Chicagoland.
San Francisco Half Marathon, California
Starting beneath the towering redwoods in Golden Gate Park and finishing at Cupid’s Arrow along the Embarcadero, the San Francisco Marathon’s 2nd Half Marathon course winds through city streets, offering a locals’ only tour of the city’s treasured vistas. Due to its low elevation profile and a gradual finishing descent toward the Embarcadero, many runners return to this course year after year to test their limits and reach new heights.
Iceland Volcano Half Marathon
With the massive Hverfjall crater at the center of the route, runners will go through soft, black volcanic sand, run next to geysers in the Martian-red geothermal area of Namarskard and cross the plains of lava rock and minor volcano craters. Traveling to Mývatn is a bit like traveling back billions of years to the origins of Earth.
The Big Five Half Marathon, Kenya
The Big Five Marathon in South Africa is held among the wildlife of the African savannah. Runners from all over the world will meet in one of the most spectacular Big Five reserves in Africa. In these magnificent surroundings, you will experience a challenging marathon route with the habitat of the most famous African game: elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards. There’s nothing that separates runners from the African wildlife!
Petra Desert Marathon, Jordan
Starting in the ancient city of Petra, the Petra Desert Marathon leads runners past the incredible tombs, mountainside carvings, and caves before venturing into the arid, lunar-like landscapes of the Jordanian desert. Rich in history, culture and scenic nature, Jordan offers its visitors superb possibilities for an exciting vacation.
Anchorage Midnight Sun Marathon
Thousands of runners and walkers trek the trails of Anchorage along the Cook Inlet each summer at the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. This race is timed to coincide with the summer solstice and is framed by the spectacular mountains around the city and breathtaking views of the nearby Alaskan wilderness. It takes runners through local landmarks like Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.