Though it won’t be hosting in 2018, this notoriously fast course has served as the home of the USATF Championships for many years.
Men and women alike have managed to obtain the “B” Olympic Trials standard on the half marathon course. With a huge prize purse and a history of fast times, runners can expect a deep field of competition.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 • Houston, TX
Held in conjunction with Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has been attracting top runners for years. $25,000 in prize money is divvied out over just the half marathoners alone.
Meb Keflezighi holds the men’s course record at 1:01:22 and Minnesota native Kara Goucher has the best women’s time at 1:09:46.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 • Duluth, MN
Flat and fast, the Indy Monumental has been churning out PRs for years. Many Olympic Trial qualifiers for 2016 came from a fast time at this half marathon.
It seems this race only continues to attract faster and faster runners as both the men’s and women’s course records were set in 2016.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 • Indianapolis, IN
A cool fall day in Philly has netted runners in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon fast times in the past. Two of the top 5 women’s Olympic Trials qualifying times came from the 2015 race.
Prize money attracts a strong elite field and their energy often sets the tone for those in the first corrals.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 • Philadelphia, PA
The fastest finisher of the NYC Half Marathon will go home $20,000 richer. Surpassing the prize money of most full marathons, the purse of this half marathon guarantees a world class field at the 13.1 distance.
The American record (in an all-female field) for the half marathon was set in 2015 by Molly Huddle who completed the course in 1:08:31.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 • New York, NY
Fast runners looking for an early winter tune-up should make the trek to Arizona for sunshine and competition. The RNR Arizona Half Marathon boasts a competitive field and a great place for northern runners to test their fitness.
Though the course changed in 2012, this race once was home to the half marathon world record set by Haile Gebrselassie in 2006 in a time of 58:55.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 • Tempe, AZ
With a men’s course record of 1:02:59 and a women’s course record of 1:12:23, the Richmond Half Marathon is a great late fall race for fast runners. Touted as “America’s Friendliest Marathon”, runners of all abilities line the streets of Richmond, Va., for a day at the races.
However, six runners qualified for the Olympic Trials between the marathon and half marathon distances marking this race as a great place to PR.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 • Richmond, VA
$40,000 in prize money is allotted for the half marathon distance at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The 15K distance has been offered since 1978 and is the backbone of the event.
However, runners looking to score a fast time in the 13.1 distance flock to Florida in late winter. The fast course has just a couple of turns in the first two miles, but has long stretches of flat road at sea level.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 • Tampa, FL