10 Half Marathons With Walker-Friendly Time Limits

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Walkers make up a big part of the 70,000 people who come out for San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers race every year. (© Stephen Kane | Dreamstime.com)

1) Foothills Half Marathon • Alcoa, TN • 4 hours

The Foothills Half Marathon in Alcoa, Tennessee, is not only walker-friendly, but sleep-friendly as well. With a 2:00 PM start time and a 4-hour course time limit, the race offers a leisurely approach to the entire day. However, runners and walkers might surprise themselves on the flat, fast Greenways of Alcoa and Maryville.

2) Loveland Half Marathon • Loveland, OH • 4 hours

The Loveland Half Marathon in Loveland, Ohio is a rolling hills loop course that follows along the Little Miami River. The race offers a walking division in addition to the running division. Both divisions will give racers 4 hours to finish 13.1 miles, but those entering the walk division will not be allowed to run any portion of the course. Awards will be given to 10 year age groups within the walking division.

3) Seaside Half Marathon • Ventura, CA • 4 hours

The Seaside Half Marathon in Ventura, California is a beautiful course full of Pacific Ocean views. Racers have 4 hours to complete the out-and-back course. It is an extremely flat, sea level course that has a very high probability of great temperatures in late February.

4) Shamrock’n Half Marathon • Sacramento, CA • 4 hours

The loop course of the Shamrock’n Half Marathon in Sacramento, California, is a fantastic way to see the city. Additionally, the generous 4-hour course limit allows racers of all abilities to join the fun. The flat course passes by iconic landmarks such as the historic Tower Bridge and the State Capitol and finishes along the third base line of Raley Field.

5) Jazz Half Marathon • New Orleans, LA • 4 hours

The Jazz Half is a flat, flat, flat course with a generous time limit of 4 hours. The course features two loops on either side of an out-and-back section with a finish line in Lafayette Square. Racers can enjoy the sights of New Orleans and then party with local musicians and refreshments after they cross the finish line.

6) Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon • Virginia Beach, VA • 4 hours

The Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a huge race — more than 20,000 cross the finish line each year — with a 4-hour course time limit. The flat, sea level course entices fast runners, but the party keeps going all the way to the back of the pack. All racers can take advantage of a well-organized expo and a fantastic post-race party on the beach.

7) Whistlestop Half Marathon • Ashland, WI • 6 hours

The point-to-point course of the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, Wisconsin allows racers a generous 6 hours to complete. Held in conjunction with a full marathon, the 13.1 distance offers the same time limit. The fall race is renowned for its friendly aid stations, pre- and post-race blues music, and finishers’ jackets.

8) A1A Half Marathon • Fort Lauderdale, FL • 6 hours

When a good chunk of the country is coated in snow, racers will delight in February’s A1A Half Marathon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Warm temperatures and a 6-hour course limit are just two great benefits of this well-organized race. The point-to-point course starts at the Museum of Science and Discovery and heads towards the water with a finish on the beach.

9) Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon • Crazy Horse, SD • 7 hours

The half marathon distance of Run Crazy Horse in Hill City, South Dakota allows racers 7 hours to complete the race. Participants begin with the Crazy Horse Memorial as a backdrop and complete a point-to-point course that finishes in downtown Hill City. Started in 1947 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the inspiration for the race.

10) Portland Half Marathon • Portland, OR • 8 Hours

The Portland Half Marathon in Portland, Oregon has become a sellout race. Participants are allowed 8 hours to finish the course, which means athletes of all abilities are welcome to join. Racers will enjoy mild weather, great course entertainment, and a scenic city course. Remember to mark your calendar to sign up early for this highly popular event.

3 comments… add one
  • Paolo Polignone August 3, 2016, 9:19 am

    Please let me know about events around Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse (NY).I cannot but can Walk.

    • Katie October 3, 2017, 10:15 am

      Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning, NY has a 7 hour time limit. It is the 2nd half of the full marathon course (which has a 6 1/2 hour time limit) and starts a half hour later. I did this one in 2016 and it was a great course!

  • Joel Lawhead December 21, 2015, 8:12 pm

    Bring It to the Bay Half Marathon – Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi – 4 hours


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