15 Stunning Half Marathons Over Bridges Across the USA

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1) Neuse River Bridge Run Half Marathon • New Bern, NC

You’ll run high above the river that gives this race its name here in the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, which lies a short drive from North Carolina’s Outer Banks, for an event that draws more than 1,000 runners every year.

Sat, Mar 11 • Race info & signup »

2) Marco Island Half Marathon • Marco Island, FL

Two bridges and four total crossings await runners at the Marco Island Bridge Run, which is held in a quiet, residential area with ocean views for nearly the entire race, among what’s known as the Ten Thousand Islands of the Florida Gulf coast.

Sun, Mar 19 • Race info & signup »


3) First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon • Sarasota, FL

The course is mostly flat at this spring race, and winds through a beautifully canopied bay front neighborhood, which leads to a run over the John Ringling Bridge, where you’ll have a spectacular early morning view of the Sarasota Bay coastline.

Sun, Mar 19 • Race info & signup »

4) Bridge & Dam Half Marathon • Lake Ozark, MO

Run along the reservoir known as the “Missouri Dragon” for the serpent-like shape it cuts through the land, this race takes runners back and forth across a pair of bridges over the Lake of the Ozarks, a massive reservoir created by the damming of the Osage River back in the 1930s.

Sat, Mar 25 • Race info & signup »

5) Greater Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon • Binghamton, NY

Set for its 7th annual running this year along the New York-Pennsylvania border, this race unfolds along a course that takes runners — and walkers, the race is open to both — across no fewer than four of the city’s historic bridges.

Sun, May 7 • Race info & signup »

6) Dam to Dam Half Marathon • Des Moines, IA

This race offers some of the flattest terrain and most scenic views that Iowa’s capitol city has to offer, with a race that starts at one dam outside the city and crosses over another in the heart of downtown, with a run over the stunning Women of Achievement Bridge.

Sat, Jun 3 • Race info & signup »

7) Covered Bridges Half Marathon • Woodstock, VT

A point-to-point course with a net downhill elevation, this race — which sells out quickly every year — offers chance to run through the iconic covered bridges that dot the Vermont countryside.

Sun, Jun 4 • Race info & signup »

8) Sault International Half Marathon • Sault Ste Marie, MI

A run across the International Bridge between the U.S. and Canada here along the coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with views of the ships passing through the locks here in the world’s busiest canal, awaits runners who make the trek to this race.

Sat, Sep 23 • Race info & signup »

9) Lions Turtle Bay Runs Half Marathon • Redding, CA

With a course that takes runners over three of this Northern California city’s signature bridges — including its iconic Sundial Bridge — this race is part of the local Redding Lions Club’s annual Turtle Bay Run road race event.

Sun, Oct 1 • Race info & signup »

10) Four Bridges Half Marathon • Chattanooga, TN

Named for the Market Street Bridge, P.R. Olgiati Bridge, Veterans Bridge, and Walnut Street Bridge runners cross during the race, this event hops from one side of the Tennessee River to the other and features coffee and hot chocolate at the starting line, with waffles at the finish line.

Sun, Oct 15 • Race info & signup »

11) Detroit Free Press Half Marathons • Detroit, MI

A rare race that can truly be called international — its course really does take runners across two nations — this race features two 13.1-milers, one of which takes runners through the streets of the Motor City and over into Ontario, Canada, for a run along the banks of the Detroit River.

Sun, Oct 15 • Race info & signup »

12) Running For the Bay Half Marathon • Apalachicola, FL

You’ll get to experience an authentic piece of “Old Florida” at the autumn running of this race, which takes runners and walkers on a long, straightaway run across the city’s John Gorrie Memorial Bridge.

Sun, Oct 22 • Race info & signup »

13) Georgetown Bridge2Bridge Half Marathon • Georgetown, SC

This historic seaport city draws several hundred runners each year for this race, which takes the field on a tour of the third-oldest city in the state, located at the confluence of three rivers and just down the coast from some of South Carolina’s most famous island resorts.

Sat, Oct 28 • Race info & signup »

14) Golden Gate Half Marathon • San Francisco, CA

You’ll take in views of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge from the starting line at this race, which never disappoints. You’ll cross over the bridge from miles 6 through 9, and be ready for hills — you’ll climb over 1,000 feet over the course of the race.

Sun, Nov 5 • Race info & signup »

15) La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon • La Porte, TX

This fall race takes runners on what the organizers say is “the highest off-the-ground half marathon in Texas” — and by that they mean the race route takes runners over a bridge that lies more than 170 feet above the water of Texas’s Galveston Bay.

Sun, Nov 19 • Race info & signup »

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