14 Island Half Marathons You’ll Never Forget


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 »

2) Skidaway Island Half Marathon • Savannah, GA

Home to waterfront properties, golf courses, and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, this island just off the Savannah coast features a fast, flat run past golf courses, marshes and a stretch out to Skidaway’s Landings Harbor Marina.

Sun, Mar 25 • Race info & signup »

3) Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon • Southport, NC

Nestled along the North Carolina coast, this race offers a beautifully scenic flat course with beach views, sea marshes, a historic fort, and of course, a lighthouse that beckons near the start and finish line.

Sat, Apr 22 • Race info & signup »

4) Ocracoke Island Half Marathon • Ocracoke, NC

Run along a course that spans the length of this tiny island here at the southernmost end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this race unfolds through a small piece of the nation’s maritime history here on Ocracoke, where the legendary pirate Blackbeard died.

Sun, Apr 29 • Race info & signup »

5) Ocean City Island 2 Island Half Marathon • Ocean City, MD

You’ll run along the Ocean City boardwalk and along the stretch of land in southeastern Maryland between the Isle of Wight Bay and Chincoteague Bay at this race, which starts on Assateague Island and finishes at the Ocean City inlet.

Sun, Apr 29 • Race info & signup »

6) Prince of Wales Island Half Marathon • Craig, AK

The wild, unspoiled woodlands of the Tongass National Forest and the highways that carve through this large island in the Alexander Archipelago along the Alaska panhandle serve as the setting for this race, run on scenic paved roads with mostly gentle hills.

Sat, May 27 • Race info & signup »

7) San Juan Island Half Marathon • Friday Harbor, WA

Washington state’s San Juan Islands draw travelers by the thousands each year to view the islands’ beautiful seashores, nature trails and wildlife (including killer whales), and welcomes runners back on Father’s Day weekend for this loop race.

Sun, Jun 18 • Race info & signup »

8) Race the Reserve Half Marathon • Whidbey Island, WA

Filled with historic farms and settlements that date back to the first human inhabitants of the area back in the 1300s, as well as forests and awe-inspiring views of the Olympic mountain range, Whidbey Island welcomes runners for this race through the national parkland area known as the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Sat, Aug 12 • Race info & signup »

9) Surftown Half Marathon • Westerly, RI

This race takes runners on an out-and-back 13.1-mile loop that starts in and finishes near Misquamicut State Beach, a half-mile-long beachfront area that’s one of the state’s more popular summertime beach resorts, just a few miles south of the town of Westerly.

Sun, Sep 10 • Race info & signup »

10) Jamestown Half Marathon • Jamestown, RI

With its rocky shorelines, historic lighthouses and windmills that still stand as a reminder of the small coastal towns and villages of New England’s past, Jamestown and Conanicut Island make for a beautifully picturesque course for this early fall race.

Sat, Sep 23 • Race info & signup »

11) Under the Oaks Half Marathon • Jekyll Island, GA

Known perhaps best today for its historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, whose moss-draped oak trees tower over wide, grassy lawns, this island along the Georgia coast makes a loop around nearly the entire island, and offers a great course for a PR.

Sat, Oct 7 • Race info & signup »

12) Great Turtle Trail Half Marathon • Mackinac Island, MI

There are no cars to contend with at this race, an out-and-back trail run that takes runners around nearly the entire four square miles of the island, along mostly paved roads and biking trails.

Sat, Oct 28 • Race info & signup »

13) Catalina Island Eco Half Marathon • Avalon, CA

A great race for trail runners or those looking for a new challenge, this race features gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, rugged terrain and lots of elevation change, which means it isn’t a race is for the PR-seeker.

Sat, Nov 18 • Race info & signup »

14) Mount Desert Island Half Marathon • Bar Harbor, ME

Voted “race of the year” in 2015 by New England Runner magazine, the Mount Desert Island Marathon has earned that title not just by running through one of the most beautiful parks in the nation, but through a tight-knit community surrounding the race and the greater Bar Harbor area.

Sun, Oct 15 • Race info & signup »

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