11 Half Marathons That Won’t Bust Your Budget

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If you’re looking for a half marathon but don’t want to dish out $100+ every time you get the itch to run, consider half marathons on a budget. For other ideas on how to make running more affordable, follow our guide to saving on gear, race entries, and coaching.

1) Towpath Half Marathon • Sagamore Hills, OH

With race fees that start at $60 and top out at $85, this point-to-point run through Ohio’s 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park is beautiful and affordable, and features a race special room rate of $85 at selected hotels.

October • Race info & signup »

2) New Bo Run Half Marathon • Cedar Rapids, IA

Part of an annual arts and music festival, this race unfolds an out-and-back tour of the park trails and roads that lie just south and east of downtown, with race fees that start at $30 and go up to $50.

September • Race info & signup »

3) Strider Half Marathon • Milwaukee, WI

Hosted by the Badgerland Striders running club, this annual Labor Day weekend race runs along the banks of the Milwaukee River, and features fees that start at $26 and rise only up to $50 on the day of the race.

August • Race info & signup »

4) GMAA Rollin Irish Half Marathon • Essex, VT

Sponsored by the Green Mountain Athletic Association, this race welcomes a few hundred runners each year, who pony up $20 on the day of the race (and $15 if they sign up ahead of time).

April • Race info & signup »

5) Mesa Falls Half Marathon • Ashton, ID

The comforts and friendliness of this small Idaho town of Ashton are just one of the unique features that have earned this race raves as one of the nation’s 50 great marathons, which charges $60 for its half marathon and $65 for its full marathon.

August • Race info & signup »

6) Presque Isle Half Marathon • Erie, PA

Run through the 3,200-acre Presque Isle State Park at this mid-summer race, which marks its 37th annual running this year, and whose fees start at $35 and rise no higher than $45.

July • Race info & signup »

7) Snow Joke Half Marathon • Seeley Lake, MT

You’ll have to take a long flight to get to western Montana for this race, which features frigid, blustery weather in this small town about 40 miles from Missoula. Fees start at $25 and go up to only $45 by race day.

February • Race info & signup »

8) Green Cathedral Half Marathon • Youngstown, OH

Located in western Ohio, just over an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, Youngstown plays host to a race organizers describe as “13.1 miles of pure happiness through historic, scenic Mill Creek Park,” with fees that start at $35 and go no higher than $40.

September • Race info & signup »

9) Hurricane Half Marathon • Hurricane, UT

Set for an end-of-summer run among the stunningly gorgeous canyon country of southern Utah, within a few hours’ drive of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam, this race through the 20,000-acre Sand Hollow State Park ranges from $35 to $55.

September • Race info & signup »

10) Big Woods Run Half Marathon • Faribault, MN

Runners get the chance to trek through the wooded, tree-lined dirt and gravel trails of southern Minnesota’s Nerstrand Big Woods State Park at this race, whose fees range between $30 and $40.

October • Race info & signup »

11) Eugene Holiday Half Marathon • Eugene, OR

Runners get the chance to run the mostly flat, fast terrain of Eugene’s biking, walking and running trails at this holiday season race, whose registration fees start at $50 and go up to $70 on the day of the race.

December • Race info & signup »

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