“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” — Albert Camus
Limited to several hundred runners, this race also requires you to wear a headlamp out on the course at Indianapolis’s Eagle Creek Trail, which starts off as single-track but widens to dirt and gravel double-track trails after a half-mile or so.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 • Indianapolis, IN
Set for its first-ever running with the half marathon distance this year, the Wadsworth MatchStick Challenge is an evening run through the parks, neighborhoods and business district of this small city in northern Ohio, and starts at $35.
Friday, June 22, 2018 • Wadsworth, OH
Set for a run along the trails at the Branded B Ranch on Lake Perry just outside Topeka, this race starts in the darkness after 9 PM and requires runners to wear a headlamp, and unfolds entirely along single-track trails.
June • Lake Perry, KS
Run along the neighborhood streets of this city in Northern California’s Sacramento Valley, this race features a 7:00 PM start with two waves: runners who expect to take less than (and longer than) 3 hours to finish.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 • Davis, CA
Glow sticks, flashing glow-in-the-dark balloons, LED glowing wands and more light up the trails just north of Salt Lake City at this race, which unfolds entirely along the Legacy Parkway Trail, a paved running, walking and jogging trail that’s so flat one observer described it this way: “Grandma could do it.”
Friday, July 27, 2018 • Farmington, UT
With a loop route that unfolds along the country roads here in the foothills of central New York, this race is run in conjunction with the annual Tioughnioga Firemen’s Fair and features a starting time of 5:45 PM.
August • DeRuyter, NY
Run along the challenging hills and trails that surround the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte, N.C., this race offers a perspective you can only see when you’re wearing a headlamp at night.
Friday, August 17, 2018 • Charlotte, NC
Nicknamed the “Alien Half” thanks to its nighttime running and the glow-in-the-dark gear organizers hand out before the start, this race gets started just as the sun is going down, and requires you to wear a headlamp to navigate the out-and-back course along the Chattahoochee River.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 • Roswell, GA
Ready to run a half-marathon by the light of the full moon? You’ll get a chance at this race along the 17-mile-long Old Plank Road Trail between the Wisconsin towns of Plymouth and Kohler, which starts just as the sun is setting.
August • Plymouth, WI
Run under the sky of a full moon in Las Vegas’s Cottonwood Valley at this all-new race, which will open up to just 150 entrants and feature a route along the trails of the south side of the valley in the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 • Las Vegas, NV
Run through a tiny town about two and a half hours north of Las Vegas, this race takes runners on a midnight run through the desert along some of the most active hotbeds of “extraterrestrial” activity in the U.S.
Sunday, August 26, 2018 • Rachel, NV
Ready for a night-time run along the Great Miami River that snakes through this city (named for Alexander Hamilton!) just outside Cincinnati?
Saturday, September 1, 2018 • Hamilton, OH
Lying just outside the city but still a world removed from the pulsating neon lights, glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, the Calico Hills of Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area beckon the hundreds of runners who make their way out here each year.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 • Las Vegas, NV
Run as the sun is setting over the Dallas skyline, at a time of year when this famously hot city should see much milder temperatures and you can enjoy a beer right after you cross the finish line next to the river.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 • Dallas, TX
With a full, half and a 10K, this Rock ‘n’ Roll race takes more than 20,000 runners each year past many of the casinos that Glitter Gulch is known for, like the Bellagio, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, the Mirage, Treasure Island and the Wynn.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 • Las Vegas, NV