Take a scroll through your social media feeds and it can feel like everyone is pulling on the Lycra, ready to train over winter to help beat the winter blues. And for marathon runners in the US over the next few months, there are plenty of official runs to take part in – there are over 1,200 marathons held in the US in one year alone, so how do you pick where to enjoy your first big run?
Here are our pick of the USA’s most famous marathons to take part in whether you live in the States or plan to be in one of these destinations at the time of a big run!
December 13, 2015
Rundown: As one of the USA’s biggest marathons, Honolulu is a great one for beginners – the race is on until the last person crosses the finish line and collects a medal. Of course, there’s also the fact that it’s in Hawaii…what’s not to love?
National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer
Jacksonville, Florida: February 14, 2016
Launched by inspirational local news anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor Donna Deegan, this also has to be one of our favourite beach runs. Raising millions of dollars for breast cancer research for The Donna Foundation, you can start at Vedra Beach and continue through Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach with this beautiful coastal route.
Big Sur International Marathon
Big Sur, California: April 24, 2016
Enjoy the dramatic Big Sur Marathon to experience the nation’s first ever Scenic Highway in the most spectacular way imaginable. However, if you miss the draw, there are also 21- and 10.6-milers, a 5-kilometer race and a marathon relay along the same course.
St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Nashville Marathon
Nashville, Tennessee: April 30, 2016
Rundown: A must-visit on the 29-city Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series circuit, Nashville features live music throughout the course while raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Run past renowned
landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame and 28 sound stages full of Music City-caliber performers to keep spirits moving.
Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon and Half Marathon
Anchorage, Alaska: June 18, 2016
Home to one of the most scenic marathon settings, with six mountain ranges visible, this is definitely one to enjoy. However, be warned – participants must complete the course within an eight-hour time limit to be considered an official finisher.
St. George Marathon
St. George, Utah: October 2016
Deep in southwest Utah, the desert town of St. George hosts what “Runner’s World” has called one of only four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around”. As an added bonus, Zion National Park is less than an hour from town, and the quiet North Rim of the Grand Canyon (still open in early October) is just over 100 miles.
Run your way through Pine Valley Mountains, back down to St. George (2,678 feet) and then plough through desert valleys and canyons along Utah State Route 18.