Sick of summer already? Start dreaming of cooler temperatures (they'll be here soon, promise) by planning your fall and winter race calendar. From the lush vegetation of the northeast to the pristine waters of the Pacific—and plenty in between—these half marathons offer some of the finest foot racing you'll find this year.
Lexus Lace Up Series
Various Dates and Locations
Touted as Southern California's best running series, choose from four sunny SoCal locations to take on 13.1 miles of stunning scenery and perfect weather from September to December while the rest of the country settles into the chilly winter weather. Participants will receive a tech tee, finisher's medal, food truck brunch, free race day pics and craft beer. Do you need more convincing than that?
September 15, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska
Not only is this the 44th year for the annual Omaha Marathon, but this event includes a sit down and fuel up pasta party for all participants to enjoy. Nothing can beat the long miles to come than a sturdy bowl of pasta. Another great aspect of this race is that it will also include several race distances such as half marathon, 10K, 5K and Friend and Family mile, so everyone can get involved. If you are looking for a marathon that offers all levels and race lengths, this running event will fit any family or group of friends that want to get out for a run.
Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival
September 21, 2019 in Schroon Lake, New York
This race bills itself as "the most beautiful 26.2 miles you will ever run," and those running the 13.1 version are in for plenty of natural eye candy, too. The route takes runners through the Adirondack Forest Preserve, which is full of lush, green vegetation and gurgling water sources. If that's not enough to compel you, proceeds from the race benefit college scholarships and nonprofits.
ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon
September 29, 2019 in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Looking for a fall weekend getaway in an awe-inspiring location on a beautiful course and a one-of-a-kind race weekend experience for women of all ages? The ZOOMA Cape Cod half checks all the boxes. The weekend kicks off with a blazing beach bonfire on Friday night after packet pickup, followed by sunrise yoga on Saturday before participants get ready to toe the line Sunday for 13.1 miles of fun. Plus, you're guaranteed never to run out of motivation as you pound the pavement alongside hundreds of other tough women just like you. Finishers will receive a swag bag with a women's cut shirt, cinch sack and unique medal. Plus, register early and you can upgrade to a VIP swag bag for free!
Rock 'n' Roll San Jose
October 6, 2019 in San Jose, California
Take in beautiful California on a 13.1 mile run through historic San Jose. The San Jose Rock 'n' Roll course is known as California's fastest half marathon, so you definitely don't want to miss out on this prime PR opportunity. The Rock 'n' Roll Race Series is celebrating 20 years of running with spirited vibes, live music headlined by Letters to Cleo and, of course, one epic post-race party.
JetBlue Long Beach Half Marathon
October 12, 2019 in Long Beach, California
Dubbed one of the most scenic events in California, the Long Beach half marathon will have you running past some of Southern California's most iconic sites, including the historic Queen Mary, Shoreline Village and along the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean. You can't go wrong with this stunning fall race.
Girlfriends Run for a Cure
October 13, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington
If you are a firm believer in girl power and supporting women who are battling or conquered breast cancer, sign up for the Girlfriend Run for the Cure half marathon. This race was started by Sherri McMillan in support for her friend Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Skarberge continues to run the race yearly as the size and number of participants has grown. The proceeds from the race is also donated to three nonprofits in support of breast cancer.
NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon
October 19, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York
For the first year ever, the Brooklyn Marathon has incorporated a half marathon and a new course for runners. Starting in Eastern Parkway near the Brooklyn Museum, these changes are great for new participants who can choose between both race length options, as well give the returning runners a fresh course. And what's are you doing in Brooklyn without having a bagel? After finishing the race, participants will receive a medal and enjoy fresh bagels, New York State apples and great music to celebrate your accomplishment.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
October 19, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
More than just a prime vacations destination, if you are looking for a half marathon this fall, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon is the race for you. Besides running along the beautiful Atlantic Coast, this race is a great start for anyone running their first half marathon, not to mention the post-race party and beer garden. With a one of a kind surfboard finishers medal, this half marathon will be the perfect fit for all runners. Plus, who doesn't love the beach?
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