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“This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but you know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly… you are ready, you are powerful, and you belong. Now go get it.” — Kara Goucher

1) Covered Bridges Half Marathon • Woodstock, VT

The scenic, pastoral beauty of rural Vermont is on display at this race, which unfolds through four of its famed covered bridges, along a point-to-point course on open farmland alongside the Ottauquechee River.

Sun, Jun 4 • View this race »

2) Hatfield McCoy Half Marathons • Goody, KY

A run through the hills and hollows of eastern Kentucky — and yes, through the real “Hatfield-McCoy” feud country — this race features two 13.1-milers, the first and second halves of the full marathon course.

Sat, Jun 10 • View this race »

3) Revel Rockies Half Marathon • Evergreen, CO

With a stunningly gorgeous route set in the Rocky Mountaints just outside Denver, this all-downhill half starts at 7,410 feet above sea level and finishes at 5,759 feet, still more than a mile high.

Sun, Jun 11 • View this race »

4) Mayors Midnight Sun Half Marathon • Anchorage, AK

Framed by spectacular mountains all around the city and forested trails along the course, this race offers breathtaking views of the nearby Alaska wilderness as it unfolds through Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Sat, Jun 17 • View this race »

5) American Fork Canyon Half Marathon • American Fork, UT

Starting at Tibble Fork Reservoir high above the city in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, this race too follows an all-downhill route that drops about 1,800 feet between the start and the finish.

Sat, Jun 24 • View this race »

6) Pictured Rocks Road Race Half Marathon • Munising, MI

With its mixture paved backcountry roads and forest trails, runners here will tramp through the hills and mountain ridges of the Pictured Rocks National Seashore, within sight of its birch forests, sand dunes, cliffs and the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Sun, Jun 25 • View this race »

7) Fueled By Fine Wine Half Marathon • Dundee, OR

Framed by the rolling vineyards and farmlands of northwest Oregon’s Willamette River Valley and the majestic peaks of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson and the Cascade Range off in the distance, this race shows off several of the city’s wine-growing areas.

Sun, Jul 9 • View this race »

8) The Scream Half Marathon • Jonas Ridge, NC

You’re gonna be sore after the 2,000-ft. drop at this race, which is run through the Pisgah National Forest and features some of the most scenic, unspoiled mountains of western North Carolina.

Sat, Jul 15 • View this race »

9) Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon • Chicago, IL

With more than 14,000 finishers, this race is a big one. But the course is worth it, taking you from Grant Park through Chicago’s city streets and over the river several times, before finishing in front of the lake next to the famed Buckingham Fountain.

Sun, Jul 16 • View this race »

10) Tread Nightly & Tread Brightly Half Marathons • Charlotte, NC

The trails of the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte offer stunning views by the morning light for the “Tread Brightly” half, and ones you can only see wearing a headlamp at night at the “Tread Nightly” Half (the night before).

Fri, Jul 21 & Sat, Jul 22 • View this race »

11) Catharine Valley Half Marathon • Watkins Glen, NY

A gentle ascent of less than 250 feet from the start to the half-way point, followed by an equally gradual descent in the second half, await runners at this race through the green, lush parks of the Catharine Valley Trail in New York’s Finger Lakes.

Sun, Aug 5 • View this race »

12) Monkey Face Half Marathon • Terrebonne, OR

At first, this race’s name might seem strange, but when you understand where the name comes from it makes perfect sense — the “Monkey Face,” a 350-ft.-high rock pillar in Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park.

Sat, Aug 19 • View this race »

13) Running With The Bears Half Marathon • Greenville, CA

Known for its gorgeous green mountain views and wide, expansive alpine meadows, Northern California’s Indian Valley is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts and this race features gorgeous views in all directions.

Sat, Aug 19 • View this race »

13.1) Blueberry Cove Half Marathon • Tenants Harbor, ME

Run through a Maine town where boats are said to outnumber cars, from the startling line at Blueberry Cove Camp to the winding back roads with views of the ocean crashing against the beaches and rocky shorelines.

Sun, Aug 27 • View this race »


As a runner, there are certain terms that we all know or use.  People who don’t run might look at us funny when we use some of them, but it’s these words that unite us!

Most runners have heard of many, if not all, of these terms. Do you have another to add? Comment below!

Age group: Do you scope out who is in your age group for race awards and placements? Who cares about those younger or older, it’s those in your age group that are the real competition!

BQ: Also known as the Boston Qualifier times.  Last week was the prestigious Boston Marathon. That race brings the best of the best marathoners together. 

You must achieve a certain time based on age and gender to qualify to race! You can always run for charity too, but qualifying for the Boston is the ultimate running goal.

Chafing: Any runner has probably experienced chafing or wearing something that causes blisters or scars on your body.  Don’t forget to add body glide before long runs and especially don’t try anything new on race day. Chafing is one of the worst issues any runner can experience!

Double knot: The last thing you want to do is stop and tie your shoe mid run. Always double or even triple tie your shoes.

Easy runs: Your easy runs are just as important as workouts and hard runs.  Without easy runs, you won’t improve.

Fartlek: One of the funniest words in the runner’s dictionary.  It’s a Swedish word meaning “speed play.”  It is essentially a nonstructured speed workout.

GPS: GPS watches are a common sight on many runners and races.  You can purchase a GPS watch to do pretty much everything except the actual workout.  It’s important not to get too obsessed with your GPS data.  Remember, these watches are not perfect.

Half marathon: You didn’t think we would choose any other word for H right?  Half marathons are the fastest growing race distance event in the world.

Ice baths: Ice baths are becoming more common for runners after big races and events.  They help relieve sore muscles and so that you will recover faster!

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“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. Kathrine Switzer

1) Gazelle Girl Half Marathon • Grand Rapids, MI

More than 2,000 women cross the finish line each year at this springtime race, which in past years has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of Title IX, the landmark 1970s law that mandated equal treatment for women in education and athletics.

Sun, Apr 23 • View this race »

2) Shape Women’s Half Marathon • New York, NY

Named for the magazine that sponsors it and organized by the New York Road Runners, this women-only race sells out regularly and unfolds entirely within Central Park, starting and finishing next to Central Park West.

Sun, Apr 30 • View this race »

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Courtesy Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon

1) Monument Half Marathon • Scottsbluff, NE

Run where the pioneers traversed the Oregon Trail some two centuries ago at this race, which unfolds through the stunning 3,000 acres of Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska.

Sat, Sep 30 • View this race »

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At some point, we all began as new runners. Whether you started running at age 10 or 100, we were all new.

The beauty of the sport is there are no limits to when you can start and how old you can be to compete. How many other sports are we lucky enough to see a 100-year-old cross a finish line?

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Grand Valley Half Marathon runners enjoying the race

1) Grand Valley Half Marathon • Palisade, CO

You’ll get to check out stunning views of the Grand Mesa (the world’s largest) at this small-town race known for its wineries, ski resorts, and for being Colorado’s “peach capital.”

Sat, May 6 • View this race »

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The middle miles in a half marathon can be the hardest miles of the race. The beginning of the race excitement has worn off, and you aren’t close enough to the finish line for the “almost done” excitement.

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Courtesy Run For Pompey Half Marathon

1) Punta Cana Half Marathon • Dominican Republic

This fast and flat half runs almost entirely within the Punta Cana Resort along Tortuga Bay on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, and features a stretch along the beach around the midpoint of the race. Its 26.2-miler is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Sun, Apr 2 • Race info & signup »

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Training for a half marathon can be both tough and rewarding. The distance of 13.1 miles is a long way to go, and it’s definitely not something you can fake training for.

Don’t let these mistakes ruin your chances at a PR because believe me, I’ve been there, and it stinks!

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1) Mercer Island Half Marathon • Mercer Island, WA

From the starting line on the northern end of this island near Seattle, this race unfolds along a clockwise loop around the island and features a wealth of rolling hills along the way, as well as a few steep uphills and downhills.

Sun, Mar 19 • Race info & signup »

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