Running is an activity unlike any other. It has many noted physical and psychological benefits. You can run indoors, outdoors, in fair weather, or even in extreme weather. There is no offseason. It makes no matter your tax bracket, your footwear, or your skill level – running is not discriminatory. Running can transform your life or it can become a part of your daily routine or even both. There is a camaraderie in running that is hard to duplicate, too.
Marathons and road races allow all runners to challenge themselves to run farther, faster, and longer than they ever have. Whether there is a trophy waiting for you at the end, or just an ice cold beer, running a race delivers a personal satisfaction that is hard to find anywhere else. We’ve searched through every state to find the 50 top races and marathons worth traveling for. Charity races, full marathons, half marathons, local road races and many more were considered. Some wowed us with their tireless devotion to charity, others with their gorgeous landscapes, and even more with their popularity and strong reviews from those who have participated. So check out our list, lace up your shoes, and start planning a trip to conquer these races: