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50 States Series: Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For


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:

Alabama (Huntsville): Rocket City Marathon

Alaska (Anchorage): Moose’s Tooth Marathon

Arizona (Tucson): Tucson Marathon

Arkansas (Bentonville): Bentonville Running Festival

California (San Diego): San Diego Half Marathon

Colorado (Aspen): Aspen Valley Marathon

Connecticut (Fairfield): Fairfield Half Marathon

Delaware (Wilmington): Delaware Marathon

Florida (Mount Dora): Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K

Georgia (Tybee Island): Critz Tybee Run Fest

Hawaii (Kauai): Kauai Marathon

Idaho (Mesa Falls): Mesa Falls Marathon

Illinois (St. Charles): Fox Valley Marathon

Indiana (Carmel): Carmel Marathon

Iowa (Iowa City): University of Iowa River Run

Kansas (Wichita): Prairie Fire Fall Marathon

Kentucky (Midway): Iron Horse Half Marathon

Louisiana (Baton Rouge): Louisiana Marathon Series

Maine (Lubec): Bay of Fundy International Marathon

Maryland (Fulton): Maryland Half Marathon & 5K

Massachusetts (Boston): Boston Marathon

Michigan (Pinckney): Run Woodstock Half Marathon

Minnesota (Mankato): Mankato Marathon

Mississippi (Columbus): Pilgrimage Half Marathon

Missouri (St. Charles): Mo’ Cowbell Marathon

Montana (Missoula): Missoula Marathon

Nebraska (Norfolk): Laugh and a Half Marathon

Nevada (Las Vegas): National Nurses Half Marathon

New Hampshire (Hanover): Chad Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K

New Jersey (Princeton): Princeton Half Marathon

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Duke City Marathon

New York (Adirondacks): Adirondack Marathon

North Carolina (Nags Head): Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

North Dakota (Bismarck): Bismarck Marathon

Ohio (Cleveland): Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Oklahoma (Stillwater): Remember the Ten Run

Oregon (Portland): Portland Marathon

Pennsylvania (Amish Country): Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Rhode Island (Blackstone Valley): Navigant Credit Union Running Festival

South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon

South Dakota (Hill City): Crazy Horse Marathon

Tennessee (Chattanooga): Rock Creek Scenic City Trail Marathon

Texas (Allen): New Years Double Marathon

Utah (Wallsburg): Utah Valley Marathon

Vermont (Stowe): Race to the Top of Vermont

Virginia (Richmond): Anthem Richmond Marathon

Washington (Whidbey Island): Whidbey Island Marathon

West Virginia (Shepherdstown): Freedom’s Run

Wisconsin (Eau Claire): Eau Claire Marathon

Wyoming (Thayne): Star Valley Half Marathon

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of Top Restaurants and Top Museums.


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