It’s time to stray from the repetitive, and sometimes over-competitive, races. Whether you are searching for your very first half marathon to compete in, or you are a veteran with multiple races under your belt, this list will serve you well!

Best Themed Runs

  • Disney Princess Half Marathon, Florida

    The happiest place on earth is the location for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Grab a girlfriend, dress as your favorite princesses, and run 13.1 miles through Walt Disney World.

  • Minneapolis Monster Dash, Minnesota

    Held on Halloween, this race encourages runners to show up in full costume! A costume contest is held at the end of the race and judged based on categories such as: Execution, Wear-ability, and Originality. The best part about the race? It is all downhill.

Runs with Serious Scenery

  • Canyonlands Half Marathon, Utah

    Run through the beautiful canyons and red rock of Moab, Utah in this half marathon. This race usually takes place in the early spring each year with an average race day temperature of 62 degrees.

  • Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, California

    Held on Mother’s Day weekend every year, this race runs through California’s famous wine country. It is also a part of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series which prides itself on creating “destination races” with courses specifically mapped out to experience the most breathtaking scenery.

  • Key West Half Marathon, Florida

    Running 13.1 miles may seem tedious and exhausting, but imagine running along the white sand beaches of Key West, Florida. Not so bad now is it? This race takes you along a flat, scenic route through Key West’s old historic downtown and beautiful waterfronts.

Runs with the Best Swag

  • Nike Women’s Marathon, Various States

    Held in various large cities throughout the country, this race is best known for its finishers medal; a Tiffany & Co. Necklace engraved with the race details. Not only does every women get a little blue box when they cross the finish line, they are being distributed by local firefighters. Register fast because these races are always sell outs!

  • Women’s Rock Half Marathon, Various States

    Keeping with the jewelry theme, the Women’s Rock Half Marathon finisher’s medal is a pendant with a sapphire and a diamond. Not only that, but every runner also gets a woman’s cut, full-zip running jacket.

  • Hershey Half Marathon, Pennsylvania

    This race takes place, where else, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Registration includes a race shirt, a finishers medal, two tickets to the Hersheypark in the Dark, and all the post-race chocolate goodies you can stomach.

A great way of setting a fitness goal that you can work towards is to sign up for a race… why not try one of the above either this year or next – depending on where you are with your training!. If you want something a little less distance to help you get in the spirit and with a fun element why not try one of these.

Micah Larsen

Micah is a traveling swim coach and personal trainer, depending on the season. She is also currently working on her Master of Science in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Micah loves to live an active lifestyle, whether she is competing in open water swims, running a road race, practicing yoga, or biking with her dogs. The main objective in her career is to... Read More

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