It’s time to shake off the winter blues and lace up those running shoes! If you’re taking on a marathon this spring or summer, the time to start training is now. Here are seven standout marathons across the country that will motivate you to get moving.
Santa Cruz, CA: May 20th, 2018
You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate this stunning course along California’s Monterey Bay coast. The race kicks off at Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk and winds its way to a stunning finish at Cowell’s Beach. This is a feel-good race with California vibes, great for runners of all levels.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: June 3rd, 2018
Soak up the scenery as you run alongside the roaring Elk River with the Rocky Mountains in the distance. This road race has been named one of the ‘Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America,’ and it’s a Boston Qualifier to boot. A word to the wise—incorporate altitude into your training plan!
Waitsfield, Vermont: July 8th, 2018
Go rural in central Vermont’s Mad River Valley, breaking up the undulating hills by running under covered bridges and through lush farmlands. This is a great marathon for the summer months, thanks to the cool, breezy weather in the valley.
Missoula, Montana: July 15th, 2018
Missoula is mostly flat and fast, making it a great course for first-time marathoners. Follow the road from Frenchtown through gorgeous countryside, then make a sprint for the finish line in historic downtown Missoula. Registration is limited to 1,500 runners so the route has atmosphere without feeling too crowded.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: August 11th, 2018
This is a marathon that will take your breath away, literally and figuratively. Push your limits as you run along a tough course that circles the rim of Oregon’s incredible Crater Lake. The road is mostly paved, but prepare to hit the dirt for the last four miles. Spaces are limited, so register as early as possible.
Park City, Utah: August 18th, 2018
Looking for an extra challenge? Go off road with this point-to-point trail marathon that finishes at the Nordic ski jump at Utah Olympic Park. Be inspired by the outdoors as you run along mountaintops and through forests, but don’t forget to watch your step.
Po’ipu, Hawaii: September 2nd, 2018
Marathons are a great excuse to take a vacation, so why not wrap up your summer with a Labor Day weekend in Hawaii? Join runners from around the world on a beautiful loop course on the island of Kaua’i, where you can celebrate your accomplishment with live music, food, and ocean views at the finisher’s party at Po’ipu Beach.
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