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8 Beautiful U.S. Half Marathons to Add to Your Race List

There’s nothing more satisfying than a really good run. And really good run begins with comfortable shoes, insoles, and ample hydration. When you’ve got all of those things, you’re ready for anything, and if anything means signing up for a half marathon, well, you’re in luck.

We’ve searched north and south, east and west to bring you 8 of American’s most beautiful half marathons.

Half Marathons Worth Training (and Traveling) For

Signing up for a race across the country is a great excuse to travel and discover new cities and states you never would have thought to visit. For our first race, let’s travel out west, to Monterey Bay for the Monterey Bay Half Marathon.

Monterey Bay Half

Fall

Monterey

This gorgeous race begins in historic downtown Monterey and continues along Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove shoreline. With breathtaking views of the beaches and harbors, the Monterrey Bay Half is a definite must.

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Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

Summer

Napa

From Napa to Sonoma, participants run alongside rolling vineyards for 13.1 magnificent miles. Runners will enjoy views of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Preserve, San Pablo Bay, and Mt. Tamalpais in Marin. And once the race is over, why not spend a few days enjoying wine from some of the world’s most renowned wineries. 

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Yosemite Half Marathon

Spring

Yosemite

Through the trees, around winding roads, and a beautiful 3-miles around Bass Lake, Yosemite Half Marathon is certainly one for the bucket list. For a fast, scenic course, we opt for this half.

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Grand Teton Half Marathon

Summer

teton

Get lost in wild Wyoming. The Tetons have been an inspiration for explorers and adventurers since the early 1800’s, and even made their Hollywood debut in the early 1900’s in the western classic, Shane. The racecourse boasts views of the Teton range and Snake River, and participants have four full hours to take in the scenery and finish the race.

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Twilight Red Rock Half Marathon

Fall

Red Rocks

The Twilight Red Rock Half is unique not only in the picturesque course, but it’s timing; this race begins at dusk. We can only imagine the shades of orange and red that reflect off Nevada’s illuminating Red Rocks Canyon. Participants have 3.5 hours to finish the course, while marveling over one of nature’s wonders.

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Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon

Spring

Bluegrass

If you want to couple your half-marathon with life music and cocktails, you’re going to need to sign up for the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon in Lexington, Kentucky. The gorgeous race course takes runners up and down rolling hills, scenic views, and Old Frankfort Pike, one of the prettiest roads in America.

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Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Summer

Covered Bridges

Looking for 13.1 miles of lush green grass, rolling hills, and endless nature? Look no further than the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. The course takes runners along the Ottauquechee River, past the Taftsville Covered Bridge and ends near Deweys Pond. What better than a healthy dose of nature on a beautiful summer morning?

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Key West Half Marathon

Winter

Runners in Key West, FL

Credit: Key West Half Marathon


Let’s travel all the way south for the Key West Half Marathon. For most of the race, the course runs along the coast, leaving participants with a gorgeous distraction of the open ocean. The race even made the Runner’s World 10 Destination Half Marathons – you’ve got to get this one on your list! 

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