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Half marathons are an essential element of a runner's training schedule, yet selecting an ideal half marathon race requires many considerations.
California Beachfront Race boasts stunning natural views with rolling bluffs, sandy beaches and an innovative point-to-point course design, offering entry packages including hotel stays, tours and excursions for runners.
Sedona Half Marathon
Sedona Half Marathon is one of the most popular august half marathons offers full marathon, half marathon and 5K courses to runners of all levels of experience. Unlike many races, this one does not utilize corrals so there won't be an overlap of runners as they leave the starting line; similarly there is less crowd support due to breathtaking surroundings which allow runners to concentrate solely on running.
This race begins and finishes in Sedona and takes runners over both paved roads and dirt trails, including hilly terrain at high-elevations levels. To fully enjoy this experience, arriving a day early to acclimate yourself to its climate. There are many bed & breakfasts, hotels and cabins in the area, providing runners with ample accommodation options such as hiking, mountain biking, jeep tours, visiting energy vortexes etc.
Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon
Dozens of lighthouses, sailboats and coastlines await runners at Maine's premier event this summer: the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K! Participants in this tour-de-force run through Casco Bay, Back Cove and Old Port neighborhoods before finishing with an electrifying block party featuring complimentary Shipyard Brewing craft beers (21+) and stylish merchandise from their sponsors – plus you might win some amazing swag too.
With panoramic views of Casco Bay islands, ferries, tug boats, paddlers, city skyline and Old Port district as well as commemorative finisher medals that make this race truly exceptional! Plus all finishers will receive a premium ultra soft long sleeve t-shirt and commemorative finishers medal – even without beer! This waterfront course should not be missed by anyone visiting or living in Maine.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRAINING PLANS
Malibu Half Marathon
Malibu Half Marathon is another one of the great august half marathons which offers runners an unforgettable experience, starting and finishing at Zuma Beach and offering them an out-and-back course that runs along Malibu's stunning coast.
With only 378 feet of elevation ascent, it provides the ideal course for breaking your own personal record or starting off slowly and steadily. Also great for beginners or those just beginning their running journey!
Course measures and sanctioning by USATF will guarantee runners a fair and safe race experience, providing them with collectible race shirts and custom finisher medals after completion of their race.
Fundraisers who fundraise can earn special benefits on race day and may even qualify for free entry! Check back closer to race day for all the details; then grab your friends and start running Malibu!
Jackson Hole Half Marathon
At this stunning Wyoming half marathon, runners will be welcomed by stunning views of the Grand Teton Mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Hosted in Jackson Hole – a mountain town known for skiing, hiking and fishing activities as well as housing National Elk Refuge, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Jackson's Town Square features iconic antler arches made famous by Jackson Elk Refuge, neighborhoods, and along Snow King Mountain itself. After mile four, runners can join a paved community pathway heading southbound.
The final 6.2 miles take runners through Wilson, rejoining the road, and heading west toward Teton Village before finishing at Phil Baux Park at 10 E. Snow King Ave – runners receiving commemorative medals and T-shirts upon finishing as well as aid stations filled with energy bars and beverages for replenishment during this last leg of their journey.
Orange County Half Marathon
Orange County Half Marathon (OC Marathon) is another one of the best august half marathons, packed with many features and opportunities. Starting with its expansive expo showcasing all of the latest running shoes and apparel vendors, OC Marathon provides runners with plenty of practice before their big race: 5K runs will take place Saturday evening before half marathon and full marathon events start Sunday morning respectively.
Both courses boast stunning coastal and inland views while being net downhill. Both events begin near Newport Beach's Fashion Island shopping center before reaching their finish lines at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Since its inaugural event, the OC Marathon has become an iconic race destination, drawing thousands of runners each year. Thanks to perfect weather and breathtaking surroundings, this is an ideal spring run destination! In addition, there is a large expo, starting line festivities, and an amazing finish line festival at this annual race!
Kauai Half Marathon
Kauai boasts stunning beaches, volcanic mountains, and lush rain forests – offering runners breathtaking scenery as they traverse this island marathon and half marathon courses.
runners can expect an enjoyable beachfront run through Poipu and Omao, two picturesque small towns filled with gorgeous homes and shops – where their race ends.
runners will experience one of the most stunning oceanfront finish lines in road racing when they arrive at one of Hawaii's welcoming finish lines for this full and half marathons. A warm Hawaiian welcome awaits runners as they cross their final finish line! Both races are considered walker-friendly events; participants who walk can compete provided they complete their course within their allotted time limit and receive a virtual medal that can be downloaded onto iFIT as proof.
Alaskan Denali Half Marathon
The Alaskan Denali Half Marathon is more than just a race – it's an adventure! Runners traverse Anchorage streets, trails and parks which showcase Alaska's exquisite landscape for this race which covers various distances including children's 1k/5k/1hr distances on Saturday as well as full and half marathon distances on Sunday.
The Alaska Ultramarathon Course is known for its technical terrain, twisting single track and steep climbs – which combine with crisp fall Alaska weather to make this race extremely difficult to win. Alaskan runners continue to demonstrate incredible feats during this ultra marathon race!
Galen Hecht of Anchorage finished 17th overall and just 90 seconds behind Jackson Brill – UAF alumni Galen has competed in many ultramarathons this year and won Frosty Bottom and Crazy Lazy marathon earlier this season. Klaire Rhodes from Anchorage made close to making the world trail running team after finishing 12th in women's competition.
Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon
Forbes recognized this run through Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries as one of the 7 Most Scenic Half Marathons in America, providing runners with both an experience as a race and weekend getaway. On Saturday, runners can race the popular Rose 5K while Sunday's half marathon takes in vineyards with panoramic hillside views over 3.1 miles before concluding at an historic Sonoma Plaza adjacent to City Hall for its post-race Wine Festival.
Runners love this race for its stunning scenery, on-course wine tastings, helpful aid stations and exhilarating post-race festival. As it's highly-coveted event early registration is highly advised.
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San Diego Half Marathon
San Diego boasts some of the most breathtaking ocean and waterfront views on the west coast, and runners can experience it first-hand during this exciting race. Starting and ending at Ski Beach in Vacation Isle, Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K takes runners all through Mission Bay past Tecolote Shores Beach, SeaWorld San Diego, Sail Bay's bike path and finally Sail Bay itself before finishing back up at Ski Beach again in Vacation Isle. The course is flat and fast – ideal for first-time half marathoners as well as experienced runners looking for personal bests! Runners who choose “On a Beer Run” will receive an icy cold craft beer at finish line plus commemorative T-shirt and custom medal.
Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series celebrates its 10th Anniversary by offering runners an exhilarating point-to-point course. Starting near Petco Park and looping away to Harbor Island with views of marina, convention center and San Diego Bay before traveling Torrey Pines State Park towards Cuyamaca Peak summit. I hope this post on August half marathons has been helpful.CHECK OUT OUR RUNNING COURSES