31 Walker-Friendly Half Marathons Across the USA

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1) Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon

Surrounded by mountains and run through valleys lined with cactus plants and the rocky terrain for which Arizona is known, this race offers a 4-hour time limit that’s designed to welcome walkers and wheelchair competitors.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • Tucson, AZ


2) West Point Fallen Comrades Half Marathon

This race takes runners around the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and welcomes walkers to participate with its 4-hour course time limit.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 • West Point, NY

3) Earth Day Half Marathon

The mostly flat rural roads of this village in New York’s Finger Lakes region beckon runners and walkers with a 4-hour time limit to take in the area’s quaint scenic beauty.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • Baldwinsville, NY

4) SBY Half Marathon

As long as you can keep a pace of 18 minutes, 30 seconds, you can take part in this inaugural race through Salisbury’s residential neighborhoods and through city parks.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 • Salisbury, MD

5) Whiskey Row Half Marathon

Organizers say the challenging climbs of this race make it one of the toughest marathons in the U.S., but if you can finish the half marathon in 5 hours, you are welcome to enter as a walker.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 • Prescott, AZ

6) Silo District Half Marathon

If you, like millions of Americans (including this one), love the HGTV television show “Fixer Upper,” then Chip and Joanna Gaines have a race for you — with a 4-hour limit for the half marathon.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 • Waco, TX

7) Totem to Totem Half Marathon

The long, mountainous and forested shoreline of the Tongass Narrows waterway is the setting for this race, which features a starting time for walkers an hour ahead of the runners.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 • Ketichikan, AK

8) San Juan Island Half Marathon

Set for its inaugural running in the spring along the rural highways of this gorgeous, scenic island just north of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this races offers a 4-hour time limit to welcome walkers as well as runners.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 • Friday Harbor, WA

9) Governor’s Cup Half Marathon

Run among the gorgeous mountains and rolling backcountry roads of the Helena Valley at this race, which offers stunning views and a 5-hour time limit.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 • Helena, MT

10) New River Half Marathon

The serene, peaceful beauty of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains is on display at this late spring race, which features a time limit for the half marathon of 5 hours, 45 minutes — more than enough time to walk it.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 • Boone, NC

11) Skagway Half Marathon

Billed by organizers as “5% tough, 95% brutal,” this is a race that unfolds over hills and past mountains, portions of glaciers, and through forests and past streams — and has an early start for those walking the half marathon.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 • Skagway, AK

12) The Great Ferry Race Half Marathon

Set for its inaugural running this summer along the rural highways of this gorgeous island in Puget Sound just off the coast of Seattle, this race has a 4-hour time limit to go with its amazing views.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 • Bainbridge, WA

13) Burn Your Half Off

Run (or walk) along the Tennessee Riverwalk trail this summer, where you’ll get to take in plenty of views of the river as well as the U.S. Naval Reserve Center, the city skyline and Lookout Mountain — on Saturday or Sunday.

Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8, 2018 • Chattanooga, TN

14) Dave McKay Memorial Half Marathon

You need to be ready for high-altitude running (or walking) at this race, which lies at an elevation of about 7,000 feet above sea level and features a walkers’ start an hour and a half before the runners.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 • Flagstaff, AZ

15) Kingdom Run Half Marathon

Set for its annual late summer running here in this small town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region, just a short drive from the Canadian border, this race welcomes walkers for all three of its distances (13.1, 10K and 5K).

Saturday, August 11, 2018 • Irasburg, VT

16) East Bay Half Marathon

Run on largely fast and flat terrain along both roads and bike paths, with gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay, this race features a 4-hour course time limit to welcome walkers.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 • East Providence, RI

17) Holland Haven Half Marathon

Run mostly along the shore of Lake Michigan and along both paved roads and biking trails past both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, this walker-friendly race offers a 6-hour time limit.

Sunday, September 9, 2018 • Holland, MI

18) Shenandoah Half Marathon

Quiet rural roads in rural northern Virginia — surrounded by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park off in the distance — await at this race, which offers a 4-hour course time limit.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 • Luray, VA

19) Winslow Half Marathon

The rolling country roads of Northwest Arkansas’s Ozarks region are the setting for this race in a tiny town along the edge of the Ozark National Forest, where walkers are welcome — as long as they can finish in 3 hours.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 • Winslow, AR

20) Happy Girls Run Spokane Half Marathon

This race takes runners on an out-and-back tour of the trails and rapids on this scenic river just west of the Rocky Mountains, and features a 5-hour time limit that welcomes walkers.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 • Spokane, WA

21) Boulder Mountain Half Marathon

Take a downhill run through the mountains of southern Utah just outside Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument at this race, which features a 4-hour course time limit.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 • Torrey, UT

22) Portland Half Marathon

You’ll get to run the beautifully scenic streets and riverside parkways of Oregon’s largest city at this race, which offers a 6-hour time limit for the half marathon.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 • Portland, OR

23) Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon

The gorgeous and oftentimes stark and jagged natural scenery of South Dakota’s Black Hills will be on display at this race, which features a 7-hour time limit for walkers and runners.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 • Crazy Horse, SD

24) WhistleStop Half Marathon

Run along a crushed limestone gravel trail that’s designed to be easier on the knees and joints than ordinary road races, this race along Wisconsin’s Tri-County Corridor features a 6-hour time limit for its 13.1-mile distance.

Saturda, October 13, 2018 • Ashland, WI

25) Hero Half Marathon

Officially titled the Fayetteville Firefighters’ Hero Half Marathon and Relay, this race along the Razorback Regional Greenway trail features a 4-hour course time limit.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 • Fayetteville, AR

26) Lake Powell Half Marathon

Run just inside the outskirts of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on the Utah-Arizona border, this breathtaking race features a 4-hour time limit.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • Page, AZ

27) Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

f you like bourbon, this is your race — there’s Jim Beam at the finish line, where you can tour the distillery on Whiskey Row and enjoy bourbon tastings, provided you can keep a pace of 15 minutes or better if you’re walking.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • Louisville, KY

28) Grand Rapids Half Marathon

Thanks to its gentle, forgiving fast and flat course, this race is considered an excellent choice for first-time marathoners and half marathoners, and allows the walkers to start an hour before the runners.

Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

29) Happy Girls Run Sisters Half Marathon

You’ll have 4 hours to finish this race along the Peterson Ridge Trail, a more than 20-mile-long network of mountain biking and hiking trails that, depending on the season, can be dusty and loose or packed with snow.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 • Sisters, OR

30) Trinity River Run Half Marathon

Run alongside the Trinity River as the sun is setting over the Dallas skyline at this early fall race, 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.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 • Dallas, TX

31) Surfers Point Half Marathon

Lined with palm trees along the Southern California coastline, Ventura’s Promenade Park serves as the race start and finish for this event, which features a generous 7-hour time limit.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 • Ventura, CA

2 comments… add one
  • CAROLYN APODACA October 29, 2018, 8:57 pm

    I am in the Fifty States Half Marathon club and this website is very helpful for my planning.
    Thank you!

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