Pacific West Region
City to Sea Half Marathon
Oct. 13, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
There are few places in California that are as beautiful as San Luis Obispo, which is why the City to Sea Half Marathon is a perfect option for runners looking to enjoy a weekend of running and California scenery. The half marathon, which also offers a 5K, is a point-to-point race that begins in San Luis Obispo and ends in Pismo Beach, meaning all participants get to enjoy the stunning central California coast afterward. What’s more? Proceeds from the event go to help the Cuesta College cross-country and track and field programs.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon
Oct. 27, Los Angeles
While the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is known for music, fun and runners who enjoy the experience of racing with friends, this race is unique because it features one of the world’s largest costume contests, with prizes given for best rock star and superhero, scariest costume, most original costume and best overall costume. Alt-rock band Cracker serves as the headliner during the post-race concert, and runners help raise funds with Team ASPCA, which supports life-saving animal programs throughout the country. Best yet, if a half marathon is too far for you, the race also features a mini-marathon — about 3.5 miles.
Dirty Girl Mud Run
Nov. 2, Ventura, Calif.
The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a women-only, untimed obstacle course 5K, which makes it a decidedly more stress-free alternative for women looking to test the obstacle craze but wary of some of the more hard-core obstacle series out there. Run it, and have fun belting out some high-pitched, girlish screams and hollers. The course even features a “PMS” obstacle — “Pretty Muddy Stuff.” Why, what were you thinking?