Virtual Races

7 Virtual Half Marathon Races You Might Love Running in 2020

From the Great Race Across Tennessee to the Singleton Race Series in Virginia, seven virtual events that offer unique challenges and more than a medal.

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See all virtual half marathons across the USA below, or click Race Calendars above to see each state’s calendar. For each race, you’ll find dates to run and and info on how to register.

August Virtual Half Marathons

Amana Colonies Back Road Half Marathon & 5K (through August 15)

Run the back roads in the virtual half marathon or 5K race, which still still reward you with an event shirt and finisher’s medal for the half marathon. Since the event is virtual, it will start and finish wherever you like, whether that’s on the back roads or on the city streets.

Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (August 1 – August 7)

Run anywhere you like during the first week of August, especially if you can work some public art into your course. If you’re local to the Anacortes, Washington area, the race organizers have a few recommended (but by no means required) routes with public art included. Be sure to submit your results by August 7.

Area 13.1 Half Marathon & Terrestrial 5K (through August 15)

Run with the aliens like you’re in Area 51 for this virtual half marathon, where you’ll run your distance anywhere you like on race day and submit your results. Your race shirt and medal will be available for pickup beginning a week after the race.

Asheville Half Marathon & 10K (August 22 – August 29)

While late August in-person event is still on as of this writing, the race organizers have added a virtual option for 2020. You’ll have a week to run anywhere you like and submit your results through the race’s results portal. If you’re not local to Asheville, you’ll receive your shirt, bib, and medal in the mail after the event.

Badger Trail Races – Muskie Marathon & Half Marathon (August 1 – August 2)

With distances ranging from the half marathon to 100 miles, the Badger Trail Races have added a virtual option in the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. You’ll have through the weekend of the original race to complete the distance of your choice, and your swag bag will include a shirt, socks, medal, and more.

Beaver Chase Urban Trail Race Marathon, Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon (August 1 – August 31)

You have the entire month of August to run your virtual distance. Bonus: your medal isn’t just a medal — it can serve as a coaster and a bottle opener, so you can show off your accomplishments without having to find a place to hang another medal.

Black Diamond Express Half Marathon & 5K (August 30 – September 7)

Run your distance wherever you like within a week of the original race date, and you’ll receive your shirt and bib in the mail — as well as a medal for the half marathon finishers. If you want to emulate the original race experience as much as possible, take to your own local trail and observe safe physical distancing.

Boston Bound Marathon & Half Marathon (through September 6)

Okay, the virtual race isn’t a Boston qualifier. But you will receive the same goodies that the in-person runners will receive, and you don’t have to get up early or worry about crowds at the race, all while keeping yourself and others safe.

Cape Ann Triple Threat Half Marathon 5K & 1-Mile (August 2 – August 9)

Run the half marathon, 5K, or 1-mile race — or all three as part of the Triple Threat challenge. You have a week to run your distance (or distances!) and submit your results. You’ll receive your shirt, medal, bib number, and 13.1 sticker in the mail after the race.

Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K (August 28 – August 30)

The Capital City (of Ohio) Half Marathon is all-virtual this year, and you don’t have to be in the state’s largest city to participate. Run your distance anytime over the last weekend of August on your favorite trail, in your neighborhood, or even on the treadmill, and you’ll receive your race packet in the mail.

Catharine Valley Half Marathon (August 15 – August 30)

While you won’t gather with your fellow runners on race day, you’ll still run the original course whenever you like in Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region. The half marathon course takes you from Watkins Glen High School to the Catharine Valley Trail, following the trail to the turnaround sign that race organizers have placed for runners.

Catherine Creek Classic Half Marathon & 5K (August 1 – August 31)

Truly a classic race in Oregon, this half marathon is all virtual this year, and you can run anytime, anywhere. If your race drawer is overflowing with shirts, you can choose to order one only if you want to. Run with the whole family — the race organizers have added discounts for registering multiple runners at once.

City of Lakes Half Marathon (August 1 – September 30)

Run around the lake — or anywhere you like — and log your results by the end of September. You can also sign up to be a FundRacer and raise funds for the race’s charity partner, Mile In My Shoes. Race shirts will be mailed to you in September.

Columbus Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (July 25 – August 9)

Touted as the original and oldest half marathon in Columbus, the half marathon has gone virtual this year. You’ll have two weeks to run your distance — on the treadmill, with your dog, or along the original course (with proper physical distancing and safety measures). Turning in a time is optional but encouraged, and the race organizers have designed a new shirt to showcase the virtual nature of the event.

Corporal Cole Memorial Half Marathon & 5K (August 16 – August 23)

Created to honor Somerset County’s Corporal Eugene Cole, who was killed in the line of duty, this half marathon gives you a week to run the course anywhere you like and submit your results. While new registrants won’t receive a shirt or race swag, they (along with previously registered runners) will receive good karma for helping to fund scholarships while getting their race in.

Cottage Grove Half Marathon & 10K (August 15 – September 13)

Run anywhere for the Cottage Grove Half Marathon & 10K and submit your results, and you’ll receive a face buff and medal for your efforts. Part of your registration fee will support local school athletic teams.

COVID Virtual Beachfront Walk/Run (August 15 – August 17)

Run at a distance wherever you like (beach optional) over the weekend in the middle of August and receive your shirt and medal in the weeks following the race. The best part (besides supporting City Impact’s programs for disenfranchised families)? No time limit.

Craft Classic San Diego Half Marathon & 5K (August 30)

You’ll have to bring your own beer and sunny southern California weather to the finish line, but the half marathon and 5K are still on and virtual. Join the virtual race and you’ll receive a shirt, medal, and free entry to the 2021 in-person race for the same distance.

Delaware Running Festival Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K (August 2)

You don’t have to be in Delaware to enjoy the Delaware Running Festival, and you can take your run anywhere you like. Race organizers will host giveaways on race day, including discounted or free entries to the 2021 race, along with social media photo and trivia contests.

Diablo Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K, 10K & 5K (through August 24)

Complete the distance of your choice anytime, anywhere and submit your results by August 24 to receive your race goodies. For an extra challenge, take on the 50K in 7 days race, where you run 50 kilometers in as many sessions as you like over the course of a week.

E.T. Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon (August 1 – August 2)

While an in-person event is scheduled for Saturday night/Sunday morning, you can run any distance from a 5K to a 51K in honor of E.T. to complete this race virtually and receive your swag. To capture the spirit of the in-person race, run at night with the full moon and likely cooler temperatures — but be sure to do so safely wherever you are.

Emerald City Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon (August 21 – August 23)

Run anywhere over race weekend, whether you’re in the Emerald City or not. If you’re in central Ohio area and not sure where to run, race organizers will post some suggestions over the coming weeks. All participants receive a shirt, medal, cooling towel, and other race goodies, which can be picked up in person if you’re in the greater Columbus area.

Emerald Mountain Epic Bike and Trail Races (August 8 – August 23)

Whether you like to get out on foot or on wheels, run or bike the distance of your choice and see how your results stack up against other runners and cyclists. You’ll also be entered in the prize drawings that race organizers host, while your race entry will support cycling advocacy and youth mentoring in the Steamboat area.

Go Far Woman Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Relay (through August 31)

Go far in this women-centered race based in North Dakota. You’ll run (or walk!) your selected distance anywhere you like and then submit your results. You’ll receive your race packet — including your shirt, medal, and bag — after the race or at the socially distanced in-person pickup in Fargo.

Happy Half Marathon & 5K (August 16 – August 30)

The world is a tough place to live in right now, but the Happy Half Marathon has a virtual race with all the unicorns and bubbles you can fathom. (You might have to provide those for the virtual race.) Unicorns or no, you can still run the distance anywhere — even on the treadmill. After submitting your results you’ll receive your shirt, medal, and face covering.

Herndon Half Marathon, 12K & 5K (August 1 – September 30)

You can run this race anywhere you like in August or September or as part of the Singleton Series, where you run the actual course anytime you like and track your results in real time — while also gaining access to all the other Singleton races with pre-planned courses.

Hofbrauhaus Cleveland Half Marathon (August 2)

It’s not Oktoberfest yet, but you can still indulge — this German-themed race is going virtual this year and you can participate from anywhere. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail, but you’ll have to bring your own beer and brat to the finish line.

Hot Trot Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (August 8 – 31)

Trot where it’s hot (or not) during the month of August, where you’ll run your distance, log your results, and get your swag. For an extra challenge, register for the entire series of virtual half marathons.

Huckleberry Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (August 15 – August 17)

Support families and children impacted by foster care and have something to look forward to. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail in the weeks before running the distance of your choice, and as with most virtual races, you can run anywhere, anytime on race weekend. And if you do spot Bigfoot along the way, the race organizers would love to hear about it.

Iron Horse Half Marathon (August 27 – August 31)

Run your distance anywhere you like during the last weekend of August: on the trail, in your neighborhood, even on the treadmill. Bonus points if your course is all downhill like the original Iron Horse course. Your shirt, bib, and medal will arrive in the mail, and there’s an option to add a face buff (great for physical distancing) and coaster to your race package.

John and Jessie Kelley Half Marathon (through August 3)

Run the half marathon anywhere through August 3 — in the woods, on the treadmill, or along the ocean — as long as you can practice proper physical distancing. Once you’ve submitted your results you’ll receive a medal in the mail or for pickup in person in New London.

Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon (through September 30)

While the in-person event was rescheduled from April to August 22, you can run the virtual half marathon anytime before September 30. You can also run the full marathon virtually, as it was removed from the rescheduled in-person event due to scheduling conflicts.

Lake Cumberland Half Marathon & 10K (August 1 – September 12)

You have over a month to run this half marathon or 10K, and you can even run your distance in multiple sessions over several days and still count the results. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail and can purchase an extra shirt if you like.

Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon & Half Marathon (through September 13)

You can complete your run at your own pace (or even walk the entire distance) up to the original race day of September 13. Runners will receive a shirt and a special item while helping people with disabilities reach their full potential.

Little Miami Half Marathon & 10K (August 9)

You don’t have to be in Miami — big or small — to participate in this virtual race. Run the half marathon or 10K anywhere you like, and you’ll receive your shirt, medal, and neck gaiter (great as an impromptu face mask) in the mail.

Madison Mini Marathon & 5K (August 1 – August 22)

With monthly Zoom happy hours and a private Facebook group for runners, the Madison Mini Marathon has expanded on the virtual race concept. You’ll still run the distance and receive your race goodies in the mail, but you’ll have someone cheering you on (and perhaps raising a glass) every step of the way.

Mammoth Half Marathon & 5K (through August 31)

A limited number of spots are available for newly registered runners of this half marathon, and you can run the course of your choice anytime by August 31. Race organizers will start mailing out packages in early July so you crown yourself a winner as you finish.

MAYC Mahomet Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (August 1)

The 25th anniversary celebration is still on in your neighborhood or local trail, and you’ll receive the special anniversary shirt and medal for completing the race and submitting your results. Your race entry goes to support the Mahomet Area Youth Club during this unprecedented time.

Minnesota Half Marathon 10-Mile 10K 8K & 5K (August 1 – October 31)

You have three whole months to run your distance — which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Upper Midwest — making it easy to fit into your fall racing season. If you’re all run out or if you want an extra challenge, you can enter the skate division and roller skate your entire half marathon.

Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K (August 1 – September 6)

You’re encouraged to run the original course on your own time for the Solo Oak Tree races, but if that doesn’t work for you, you can also run the course of your choice. If you’re especially determined, race organizers say you can run the course multiple times, but you can submit only one run as your race time. Proceeds from this race go to local conservation efforts.

Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay (August 7 – August 9)

Typically run in a tiny northern Wisconsin town, you can now run this race from anywhere during the second weekend of August. The $10 registration fee rewards you with a keychain and 10% off the 2021 race. Doing the relay? Your entire team can run on the same course at the same time… well, except for the one runner who needs to run a few more feet to finish the relay.

Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon (September 26 – October 10)

Be rugged and wear red when you do this half marathon, which race organizers request you run on the trail of your choice. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail after the event. This event is a fundraiser for the Red River Gorge Area’s search and rescue team.

Shoreline Half Marathon & 5K (August 8 – August 15)

The beach is optional at the virtual Shoreline Half Marathon, although it certainly won’t hurt. You’ll have a week to run the distance of your choice and submit the results. Your race tank top and medal will be mailed to you after the race.

Trust Trail Fest Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (August 1 – August 31)

You’ll run the Kennebunkport Trail’s course at the time of your choice anytime in August. Since the event is a virtual one, you won’t see dozens of people running the course with you, which will make social distancing easier than having an in-person event. Up for a challenge? Enter multiple distances — or enter the same distance multiple times.

Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Virtual Half Marathon & 5K (August 1 – August 31)

You have the entire month of August to run the half marathon or 5K distance, which can be run on the road, treadmill, or the trails of the original course (provided you’re practicing proper physical distancing). You’ll receive tracking tools to track your run, as well as a shirt in the mail after all the results are in.

Zoom Dynamite Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (through August 31)

Zoom through the distance of your choice between now and the end of August — anytime, anywhere. Keep track of your time and submit it to the race organizers, and you’ll receive your race goodies in the mail after the race.

September Virtual Half Marathons and Beyond

A Better World Running Virtual Races (monthly virtual races)

With a different virtual race every month, you won’t be bored. Choose a challenging hilly race to test your skill or go for a PR on the treadmill or a downhill course. Everyone’s results will be displayed the following month, and you’ll receive your race goodies in the mail.

Adirondack Marathon & Half Marathon (September 19 – October 12)

You have almost a month to run your virtual course, whether you run it in the Adirondacks or in your own neighborhood. You can even dress like an Adirondack bear and run your entire distance. Just please don’t chase anyone up a tree.

Air Force Marathon Half Marathon & 10K (September 1 – September 30)

Active duty, reserve, veterans, and civilians — you’re all welcome at the virtual half marathon, which you can run on the course of your choice anytime in September. While submitting your results isn’t required, it is encouraged so you can compare yourselves to others on the results page. You’ll receive your shirt, medal, and commemorative patch in the mail after the race.

Annapolis Run for the Lighthouse Half Marathon & 5K (September 12 – September 20)

You’ll run for the lighthouse — or any target you like — in this race’s virtual running, and you have a week to do it. Proceeds from the race support The Light House, an Annapolis charity that works to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Aquarium Run Half Marathon 10K & 5K (through October 20)

Run, walk, or swim (well, maybe not that last one) your distance anytime between now and October 20. You can claim your medal, race packet, and free Oklahoma Aquarium admission (which you don’t have to use immediately) by stopping by the aquarium anytime they’re open.

Arc Race Half Marathon & 5K (September 5 – September 19)

You have two weeks to run your distance and submit your results, and you’ll receive your shirt and bib in the mail before the race. The first 1000 people who register will also receive a face buff — perfect for helping you keep your distance. Your race registration goes to support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Beat the Blerch Virtual Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 24 – September 28)

If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal, then you know what the Blerch is. Now you can outrun the Blerch anywhere on the last weekend of September, with your virtual race in a box (containing a shirt, medal, sunglasses, Blerch stress ball, and other surprises) arriving before the race. Eating an entire cake after the race is optional.

Beulah Challenge Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 5 – September 20)

Run your distance anywhere you like , including on the official course (without any race support) if you’re local. You’ll be able to add a shirt to your registration for a small fee, saving your shirt drawer from overflowing if needed. Race proceeds benefit local environmental education.

Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Half Marathons & 5K (through November 15)

While the in-person races are currently rescheduled for November 15, anyone can take part in the virtual event between now and then. All virtual runners can join a private Facebook and Strava group to support each other in their training and on race day, while receiving their shirt, medal, and loyalty swag (for returning runners) in the mail after race day.

Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon & 5K (September 12)

No matter where you are, you can join for the joy of running in your community at this year’s half marathon. Even though the official race day is September 12, you can run your half marathon on another day if the 12th doesn’t work for you. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail after the race.

Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half Marathon & Constantly Boring 8K (September 13 – September 19)

Don’t be fooled by the name — it’s called Boring because the in-person place takes place in a town named Boring, Oregon. Your virtual race can be as exciting as you like, with whatever terrain you like. Be sure to submit your results (including any GPS info to mark the results as verified) and any race photos by September 19.

Brazen Racing Series Runs (dates vary)

These Bay Area races — which include the Trail Hog Half Marathon, Bad Bass Half Marathon, and Wild Hog Half Marathon, already have a remote runner option, and now’s the perfect time to take advantage of that. You’ll receive the same race swag as in-person registrants, along with the bragging rights. Check the individual race’s details for more info.

Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon (September 1 – September 12)

Run the Columbia River Gorge (while practicing proper physical distancing guidelines, of course) or the course of your choice during the first 12 days of September and submit your results, and you’ll not only receive your race swag but be entered to win some other cool prizes. Your registration goes to support the Cascade Locks area food bank.

Brooksie Way Half Marathon 10K & 5K (September 27)

Run the distance of your choice on the last Sunday of September anywhere you like — on the treadmill with the air conditioner blasting, in the early morning with the dog, or in the woods far removed from civilization. Your finish time will be recorded and available for viewing with the other participants’ results.

Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 13 – September 30)

The in-person race is still scheduled for September 12, but the race organizers have added a virtual option to be run anytime through the rest of the September. You can choose to run the official race course — featuring rural scenery, paved and dirt roads, and early fall foliage — or run anywhere you like, indoors or out.

Colorado Springs Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 1 – September 26)

You have almost the entire month of September to run these Colorado Springs events, which added a 10K distance after going virtual. Run the Spirit of the Springs anywhere you like and record your time. You’ll receive a shirt, medal, and neck gaiter to cover your face when people get too close.

Craft Classic Seattle Half Marathon & 5K (October 16 – October 19)

While an in-person event is scheduled for October 18, those unable to make it or unwilling to commit to an in-person event in uncertain times can run the half marathon or 5K virtually. In addition to the physical goodies, you’ll also gain access to a Facebook group for virtual runners where you can encourage each other and share training tips and finish line selfies.

DC Half Marathon (September 1 – September 30)

The US capital’s newest half marathon has gone virtual this year, allowing runners to choose their own course, whether that’s on the streets, the trails, or the treadmill. You’ll receive your shirt and face buff in the mail after the race — great for covering your face on runs where you can’t physically distance.

Detroit Women’s Half Marathon (September 13)

Women run the D (for Detroit), the race organizers say — or for the virtual version, anywhere. While submitting your results is optional, the race organizers encourage it since they love hearing about your experiences, which is what a virtual event should be all about.

Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Half Marathon 10K & 5K (September 1 – September 7)

Run anywhere, anytime in the first week of September in the virtual running of the race to Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan and historic downtown Ann Arbor. You’ll receive your race swag in the mail, with an option for pickup if you’re local. Register by August 18 to make sure you get a shirt.

Dutchess County Classic Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K (September 13 – September 20)

One of only a handful of virtual events with a dedicated wheelchair division, this virtual event gives you the week straddling the middle of September to run your distance and submit your results, letting you get one last run in before summer turns to fall. You’ll receive your neck buff and medal in the mail after the race.

Empowered Women’s Half Marathon & 5K (September 26 – October 31)

Run your half marathon or 5K anywhere — with the stroller, with the dog, or even on the official course if you’re local. Your registration supports TurningPoint, a non-profit that supports survivors of domestic violence and assault in Wisconsin’s Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Endurance Race Series Runs (dates vary)

Normally you’d hit the Colorado mountain trails. But this year they’ve added a virtual option for the summer season of races, and you can run the trails wherever you are–or the treadmill if it’s too hot to run outdoors where you live. There’s also a discounted virtual season pass option to fill your summer with races. Whichever option you choose, you’ll receive the race packet on race week.

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 14 – September 19)

Grab your favorite “spuddy buddy” and run your distance anywhere you like — including the official course if you’re local and can practice proper safety guidelines. No buses at six in the morning, no getting up even earlier… just you, your run, and your shirt and medal, which you’ll receive after the race.

Faxon Law New Haven Half Marathon (September 4 – September 7)

Run your distance indoors or out over Labor Day weekend to complete the New Haven Half Marathon and receive your race bib and shirt in the mail. For an extra challenge, take on the Elm City Challenge and tack on the 5K race–or the Ultimate Challenge and add a 20K race to the half marathon and 5K!

FitOne Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 18 – September 26)

Run your distance in the week leading up to the original race date — alone, with your family, in the forest, or on the treadmill. Your registration will help build running and walking tracks at a local elementary school, which the kids love.

Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon & 20-Mile (September 1 – September 30)

You have the whole month of September to run what race organizers dub a virtual PLUS race, which includes more goodies like a race reflector and an age group champion coffee mug — because everyone ties for first in a virtual race. If you’re training for a fall marathon, there’s also a 20-mile race you can use as a tune-up.

The Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (September 6)

There’s no finish line at Oracle Park (formerly known as AT&T Park) this year, but you can create your own equally fantastic finish line. Race organizers are including additional virtual swag in your race goodies, including custom Zoom backgrounds and wallpapers, a race week podcast, and a training plan you can use for the rest of the summer. Go Giants!

Golden Gate Trail Run (through September 21)

You may not be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge for your run (and if you can, lucky you), but you can choose the sights to take in for this virtual run. Whether that’s a forest, a city landscape (with proper physical distancing), or the desert, you can run your distance anywhere and submit your results.

Greater Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon (September 20 – October 20)

You have a month to run the course of your choice and submit your results to this women-only race in support of the American Heart Association. Once you submit your results, you’ll receive your shirt and finisher medal in the mail.

Hamptons Marathon & Half Marathon (through October 15)

Run the Hamptons — or anywhere in your local community — for this virtual half marathon. You’ll receive your usual race swag in the mail, as well as access to a virtual happy hour with the race founders in October, where you can submit your questions for them to answer.

Hero Up Half Marathon & 5K (September 5 – September 12)

Don your cape and mask and run anywhere you like while supporting children’s cancer research — on your treadmill, on the trail, around the neighborhood. Your results will be marked as verified if you also submit a link to your Strava, Garmin, or other running tracker app.

Holland Haven Marathon & Half Marathon (September 1 – September 30)

While the in-person event is currently scheduled for September 13, you can still run virtually anytime in September if you can’t make it. You’ll receive your race medal and pint glass in early October, along with a discount for the 2021 race.

Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K (through December 1)

While the in-person event is still scheduled for September 19, there’s also a virtual option you can complete anytime between now and December 1. You’ll receive the custom medal and shirt in the mail after the event.

Jamestown Half Marathon (September 1 – September 30)

You have the full month of September to run your half marathon and submit your results. Along the way you’ll gain access to a Rhode Races playlist to get you pumped, weekly contests and raffles, and your race shirt, medal, and other swag mailed to you at the end of the month.

Jeff Galloway Retro Run Series (September 5 – September 30)

Jeff Galloway’s 13.1 Half Marathon has been running in Atlanta since 2014, but if you missed any of the first four years (2014-2017), now’s the chance to complete those races virtually and complete your medal collection. If you collect all four medals (including the ones for races you’ve already run), you’ll receive a special gift from Jeff himself.

The Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon (September 1 – September 6)

Run this Hawaii half marathon from anywhere in the world and spread the aloha spirit at a distance. You’ll receive a long-sleeved shirt in addition to the virtual race swag if you also register for the 2021 race (currently scheduled for September 5). All your race goodies will be shipped after the race. Pace yourself — it’s Kauai time.

Labor Day Half Marathon (September 7)

What better way to spend your Labor Day than by running a half marathon at a distance? As of this writing there’s still an in-person option available, but if that’s not an option for you, the virtual option awaits. Your shirt and medal will be mailed to you after the race.

Lincoln-Way Half Marathon & 5K (September 12 – September 20)

Run the Lincoln-Way Half Marathon anywhere you like in the middle of September, including on the official course if you’re in the Frankfort, Illinois area. Your registration will support students and educational programs at the local schools.

Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K (through September 30)

Run the virtual Maple Leaf Half Marathon anytime between now and September 30 and receive the first of the race’s three-part medal. Race organizers note that a virtual option will be available for 2021 and 2022 so all runners will have a chance to put the three interlocking medals together.

Maple Leaf Walk Run Half Marathon, 5-Mile & 5K (September 19 – September 26)

You have a week to walk or run your distance anywhere and help provide free meals to kids in need in the La Crosse area. The race organizers have several activities planned during race week to cheer you on, including random prize drawings, a bib decorating contest, and a scavenger hunt to keep things fun.

Marine Corps Half Marathon (September 12)

Run anywhere you like for the Marine Corps Half Marathon — along the river, on the field, or on the treadmill — and record your results to be counted among the finishers. Your race shirt and medal will be available for pickup locally or mailed out after the race.

Marquette Marathon & Half Marathon (September 3 – September 11)

Show your Wildcat pride anywhere during Labor Day weekend as you run the marathon or half marathon on the course of your choice. Be sure to share your results by the 11th and use the hashtag #mqtmarathon to connect with other virtual runners during race week and to show off your best finish line photos.

Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K (September 1 – September 20)

Run, walk, or trot your course anywhere (with or without a view of the Niagara River) and submit your results by September 20. You’ll receive your shirt and medal after the race, or you can pick up your packet up in person with curbside service on the original race weekend.

Naperville Trails Half Marathon (September 1 – September 30)

You can run the original USATF-certified Naperville trail course or take to the course of your choice for this half marathon, which you’ll run anytime in September. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail after the race.

New Bo Run Half Marathon & 10K (September 4 – September 16)

Run the New Bo Run Half Marathon anywhere you like, indoors or outdoors, starting over Labor Day weekend. Race organizers will provide a way for you to submit your results and you’ll receive the same race goodies as you would have for the in-person race.

The Parks Half Marathon (September 13 – September 30)

Run the half marathon (or two-person relay!) in a socially distant and responsible manner anytime in the second half of September and submit your results, and you’ll receive what race organizers describe as a groovy medal.

Patriots’ Run Marathon Half Marathon Ultra & 5K (September 11)

While the in-person event is currently still on for September 11, a virtual option is available for anyone who can’t make it. Run your distance anywhere you like on September 11, perhaps with a flag to show your colors. All the results are on the honor system, but you’ll still receive a shirt and medal for finishing.

Pumpkinman Half Marathon, 8.675309M & 3.14M (September 12 – September 13)

Whether you like half marathons, pi(e), or Jenny’s phone number, there’s a distance for you. If you’re up for an extra challenge, try the duathlon or even the triathlon, which add swimming and biking to your running adventures.

Quad Cities Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K (September 1 – September 27)

Run your miles anywhere you like in the first four weeks of September, using the race’s app for time tracking, motivation, and selfie filters. This event also features a virtual goodie bag with discounts and freebies to local businesses and even a virtual event expo.

River City Half Marathon 10K & 5K (September 1 – September 30)

Run anywhere, anytime in September, whether or not there’s a river or creek to accompany you on your race. You’ll receive your shirt and medal in the mail after the race, but be sure to register early — your shirt size is guaranteed only by registering by August 30.

Run Michigan Cheap Series (dates vary)

This Michigan-based racing company hosts small races all over the state of Michigan almost every weekend, with many of those races including a virtual option (and some of them going virtual-only). Check the event website for the latest details and races.

Run Woodstock Trail Races – Hippie Half Marathon (September 10 – September 13)

Find your inner groove virtual with the Run Woodstock races. From a 100K to a 10K, there’s a distance for everyone, and you have a long weekend to run the distance of your choice. There’s also a swag shop if the shirt and peace sign medal swag aren’t enough for your karmic balance.

Saratoga Palio Race Half Marathon & 5K (September 18 – September 28)

Run the 15th and final occurrence of this race anywhere you like, and you’ll be supporting the Melanie Foundation, which funds scholarships for graduate students in the mental health field. You’ll also get a race shirt after the race is complete.

Sugar Daddy Half Marathon 10K & 5k (December 12)

With an in-person counterpart in Santa Clarita, California scheduled for the same day, the virtual half marathon still grants you the same physical goodies: shirt, medal, and a special surprise. Bring your own ice cream for the finish line, as the ice cream from the in-person event is sadly not included.

Superhero Run Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1-Mile (September 12 – September 20)

Show off your superhero costume or be an everyday hero in this virtual event, which raises funds for child and family advocacy. The event organizers are also hosting a costume contest and a race route contest to see who can make the coolest art with their race route’s GPS.

Towpath Half Marathon & 5K (through September 19)

Run this half marathon or 5K anywhere you like between now and September 19 and support girls’ education in Kenya. You’ll have the option to pick up your shirt and medal in person in September or have it mailed to you after the race.

Virtual Viking Dash Series (through December 31)

“Pillage on your own time”, the organizers of the Viking-themed trail series say about their virtual race. You can run your half marathon, 10K, or 5K anytime in 2020 and receive your choice of finisher medal: Thor’s hammer, a double-sided axe, or one of three shields.

Wascally Wabbit Half Mawothon & 5K (September 20)

Wun the half mawothon (or if you’re not Elmer Fudd, run your half marathon) anywhere you like on September 20 — on the trail, on the sidewalk, or on the treadmill and submit your results. You’ll receive a medal and long-sleeved technical shirt after the race.

Wheels Off Half Marathon & Tunnel 10K (September 11 – September 20)

Part of the Virtual North Shore Run, the Wheels Off Half Marathon gives you ten days to run your distance and submit your results. Just as with the in-person race, you’ll still receive your shirt, medal, and bib.

Wild Hog Grand Forks Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays & 10K (September 1 – September 30)

While the in-person event is still scheduled for September 26, the race organizers have added a virtual option that you can run anytime in September. You can even do the relays virtually in coordination with your relay mates and split the miles any way you like.

Winans to Winans Half Marathon (September 12)

You’re on your own for the finish line coffee and chocolate, but you can run the half marathon anytime you like on September 12. You can get a finisher’s medal if you want to, or you can opt for the finisher’s mug to remember your experience by as you caffeinate in the future.