10 Best Fall U.S. Half Marathons
Salomon Golden Leaf Half Marathon (Snowmass Village, Colorado)
If you like the challenges of some big elevation changes and serious trail running, the may be the one for you. This point-to-point course takes you from Snowmass Village to Aspen, Colo., as you run through the Rocky Mountain ski areas. But, don't worry, your hard efforts will be rewarded with some stunning views and spectacular fall foliage (hence the name).
Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, Illinois)
With the city’s famous skyline as its backdrop and fantastic views of Lake Michigan, the is a shorter version of the city's well-known full marathon. This flat, fast course takes you through the streets around Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry before winding on to traffic-free Lake Shore Drive.
Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon (San Jose, California)
Like the Rock 'n' Roll half in Philadelphia, the offers runners a fast, flat course with fantastic views of the city. With bands all along the course and a beer tent at the finish, it feels like a 13.1 mile-long party.
Newport Half Marathon (Newport, Rhode Island)
If you love leaf-peeping in the Northeast, this picture-perfect New England race may be the one for you. The starts at Easton Beach and then takes you on a spectacular tour of Newport, featuring miles of waterfront views and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.
Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Half Marathon (Detroit, Michigan)
The offers the unique experience of running through two countries in the same half marathon. With four miles of the course in Canada, you'll actually run in scenic downtown Ontario before crossing back over the border to enjoy some more miles in Detroit. Of course, if you're considering the race, keep in mind that you'll need a valid passport or driver's license to register for and run it.
Baltimore Half Marathon (Baltimore, Maryland)
Part of the Baltimore Running Festival, the features a looped course around the city, giving you plenty of opportunities to take in landmarks and scenery. While the course does feature some rolling hills, there are also some nice, flat stretches and a finish line at Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens) that can't be beat.
Myrtle Beach Half Marathon (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
The popular is a surf-themed celebration in South Carolina, complete with a surfboard finisher medal, surf style bands, and awesome post-race beach party. After the race, pull up your beach chair, enjoy the post-event bands, or take a dip in the water.
Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay (Monterey, California)
The very scenic Big Sur Marathon is high on many runners' bucket lists, but if you're not interested in the full marathon, the Big Sur half marathon offers equally stunning views. You'll run most of the course along the Pacific Ocean coast, with lots of music from local bands and support along the way.
Atlanta Half Marathon (Atlanta, Georgia)
While some runners like to kick off Thanksgiving Day with a 5K race, running a half marathon can definitely pre-burn a lot more Thanksgiving calories. With a fast and flat course, the will take you past several Atlanta landmarks, including Centennial Olympic Park and the Olympic rings.
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