Marathon season is in full swing, with plenty of races to test your summer training. Even if you’re not running 26.2 miles, you’ll find lots of races in this month’s race guide to enjoy in cooler fall temperatures. Depending on where you live, it might be your last chance to shine before winter no matter the mileage. Pick an event and go get your race on!
Santa Clarita Marathon
Nov. 8; Santa Clarita, Calif.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Santa Clarita Marathon, which also features a half marathon, marathon relay and 5K. The Southern California race is a Boston qualifier, and this year it will feature a very flat course on the newly opened trails along the San Francisquito Creek. If you’re looking for a BQ for 2017, this is a good one.
Outer Banks Marathon
Nov. 8; Nags Head, N.C.
This 10th annual event is held on the narrow islands off the coast of North Carolina, perhaps best known as the home of the Wright brothers’ first flight. Runners can now appreciate the wind at their backs in this point-to-point course that generally draws rave reviews. Choose from the full or the Southern Fried Half Marathon—and save room for some post-race North Carolina barbecue.
Nov. 14; Richmond, Va.
This race describes itself as “America’s Friendliest Marathon,” and it’s tough to find runners who disagree with the assessment, particularly with the race’s junk food and wet-washcloth aid stations. The marathon (plus a half and an 8K) features a scenic course through historic Richmond neighborhoods and includes a great post-race party with hot pizza and cold beer.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Nov. 15; Las Vegas
Join one of running’s biggest parties of the year as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series takes its annual trip down the Vegas strip at night. The weekend features a three-day health and fitness expo, a 5K, marathon and half marathon. You can even elope Vegas-style at the “run-thru wedding.” After the race, enjoy a concert from headliner Kid Rock.
Seattle Marathon and Half
Nov. 29; Seattle
In 1970, the Seattle Marathon began with 38 entrants. There’s a bit more competition this year, as the annual event now draws 15,000 runners to the marathon and half marathon. The race features a scenic course with rolling hills that provide views of downtown Seattle and Lake Washington
Dec. 13; Honolulu, Hawaii
As if you needed an excuse to visit Hawaii, the Honolulu Marathon has grown into one of the world’s biggest and most-respected races. More than 30,000 runners will toe the start line at 5 a.m. Arrive early for the Friday luau, which puts most carbo-load parties to shame.