Take advantage of warmer weather with a growing number of 5K, half marathon, marathon and trail races that will challenge your overall fitness and have you sweating. Just remember to hydrate!
Saratoga Springs Half Marathon
July 10; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Known for its horse racing, Saratoga Springs is a scenic small town nestled in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. This half marathon course is relatively flat and fast, mostly in Saratoga Spa State Park. A relay and 5K run is also available, and overall and age-group winners receive a pint glass.
Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago
July 17; Chicago
The Rock ’n’ Roll tour makes a stop in Chicago with a half marathon that offers an impressive tour of downtown and the Lakefront. The race starts and ends in Grant Park, with live music along the route to keep you going. Then enjoy a post-race concert from the headlining band Echosmith.
The San Francisco Marathon
July 31; San Francisco
Experience one of America’s most beautiful cities with this course that takes you along the scenic San Francisco waterfront and over the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose from the full marathon, a half (the first or second half of the race), 5K or even a 52.4-mile double marathon.
5K to 15K
Finish at the 50
July 3; Foxborough, Mass.
You don’t have to be a New England Patriots fan to enjoy this 5K and 10K run that finishes at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium—but it certainly helps. The day is filled with Patriot exhibits and family activities, followed by the races in the
evening and fireworks after dark.
Surf City Run 5K
July 4; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Celebrate Independence Day with this 5K run held before the town’s parade. The course is run on Main Street and the Pacific Coast Highway, starting and finishing at Huntington Beach High School. The event also features a popular kids race (with medals) for youngsters 6 to 12.
Too Hot to Handle 15K and 5K
July 10; Dallas
Are you ready for July running in Texas? This race in Norbuck Park embraces the heat, and runners can choose from a flat and fast 15K or 5K. Cool off with a beer at the post-race party, which also includes food and live music. Along with a finisher’s medal, race swag includes a T-shirt and hat.
Sawnee Mountain Trail Run
July 16; Cumming, Ga.
This seventh annual 4-mile trail run takes place at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, north of Atlanta. The course is primarily single- and double-track trail with a little bit of everything, including rolling hills, steep climbs, technical rocky sections, and one water station at the 1.5-mile marker.
Griffith Park Trail Marathon
July 17; Los Angeles
Grab the baton for this unique trail marathon relay, in which five members of a team each run 5.25 miles to complete the marathon. The challenging course is on mostly packed dirt trails and fire roads, with the start/finish at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. This year also features an individual 8K event.
XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs
July 17; Avon, Colo.
You better be prepared for this challenging race at Beaver Creek Resort, which features more than 2,400 feet of climbing at altitude. But you can’t beat the gorgeous views of the Rockies. Choose from a 20K, 10K or 5K course, and enjoy a post-race party at Beaver Creek Village.
Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge
July 16; San Jose, Calif.
This event at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds features game-show-inspired obstacles. On the 5K course, you’ll have to navigate around giant wrecking balls, avoid the sweeper, trudge through foam and finish with the Hippo, a four-story-tall waterslide.
The Singles Run
July 23; Washington, D.C.
Who wouldn’t want to date a fellow runner? This event, which dubs itself the “flirtiest 5K on the planet,” is intended to help introduce single runners and possibly help them find that next love interest. The untimed event takes place at the National Harbor, and there will be plenty of time to mingle at the post-race party.
July 30; Spring Grove, Ill.
This national mud-run series comes to the Chicago area, featuring more than 25 obstacles throughout the 7-mile course. Located at the Richardson Adventure Farm, the event includes obstacles like the Colossus, a 16-foot-tall quarter pipe on one side followed by a free-fall waterslide.