Are you buckling down to run a marathon anytime soon? Have you been following up with all the marathon events happening in and around your town? If you have enough training and experience of doing a marathon then it’s time to a marathon on the national level. Let’s find out the best marathons in the USA.
The recent upheaval about fitness and healthy living has goaded people to take up different types of aerobic activities. One such activity is running that has attracted an astronomical fan following. Running has always been a preferred sport and its popularity has only increased. Determinants like marathon events have a huge role in making running a popular exercise.
On that note let's scope out the best marathons in the USA.
- Best Marathons in the USA
- Asheville Marathon, North Carolina 2018
- Walt Disney World Marathon
- Surf City Marathon
- Mercedes-Benz Marathon
- Napa Valley Marathon
- Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
- Boston Marathon
- St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon
- Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
- Capital City Marathon
- Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon
- Lake Placid Marathon
- The San Francisco Marathon
- Air Force Marathon
- Twin Cities Marathon
- Chicago Marathon
- Portland Marathon
- Maui Marathon
- Seven Bridges Marathon
- Marine Corps Marathon
- New York City Marathon
- GEICO Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
- Space Coast Marathon
- California International Marathon
- Honolulu Marathon
- Summing Up
Best Marathons in the USA
Here are the best marathons in the USA, pick your challenge from the USA marathon calendar.
Asheville Marathon, North Carolina 2018
- Where: Asheville, N.C.
- When: March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
If you’ve never been to the scenic town of Asheville, N.C., in the Blue Ridge Mountains then this race is a great reason to visit it. The Asheville Marathon takes place on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned estate in the United States. The chateau-style home, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century, will fill you with awe. But the scenic course on the grounds features packed dirt trails, hardwood forests, lazy meadows and grand gardens to explore.
For all the race details: Asheville Marathon, North Carolina 2018: Get the Complete Details You Need
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Walt Disney World Marathon
- Where: Orlando, Fla.
- When: January 3, 2018 – January 7, 2018
Let’s kick off the new year with The Walt Disney World Marathon. The event has been making runners keep up for more than 20 decades and is still going strong. This was the first race of its kind to first popularize the destination marathon/vacation combo in the USA. Enjoy a fantasy-filled race route that covers four of the Disney World theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. With this marathon, experience the most magical course there ever is with plenty of surprises, entertainment and Disney magic along the way.
Welcome to the Walt Disney World Marathon official website for all the updates.
Surf City Marathon
- Where: California
When: February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Run in California’s longest stretch of unending beachfront at its annual marathon that celebrates the state’s surfing culture. Comfortable February temperatures and that Pacific view make this a popular getaway marathon for just about everyone. You also get a musical dose by the surf bands along the course and realize that all of those cold, middle-of-the-winter long training runs were worth it. The Sun City Marathon has even awards for its scenic course map and flawless organizing skills.
Need more details? Check the Suncity Marathon official website.
- Where: Birmingham, Alabama
- When: February 9, 2018 – February 11, 2018
Enjoy southern hospitality at its best in the Mercedes-Benz Marathon cruising downtown Birmingham. The two-loop course offers a nice tour of the city, with routes past the Civil Rights Museum and the University of Alabama Birmingham campus. The course is interjected by a few hills, but nothing too strenuous, and the post-race barbecue will surely help you with the recovery.
Go onto the Mercedes-Benz Marathon official website to know more.
Napa Valley Marathon
- Where: Napa, California
- When: March 4, 2018
Known as the “biggest little marathon in the west,” the Napa Valley Marathon celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The main feature of the point-to-point course are the views of the vineyards that tempt to indulge in sampling (maybe afterward) Enjoy the incredible views of the Napa Valley and have a wonderful a high-end road racing experience, as promised by the race organizers.
Napa Valley Marathon official website for race information.
Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
- Where: Los Angeles
- When: March 18, 2018
Los Angeles’ annual marathon affair draws more than 25,000 runners from all 50 states to enjoy a scenic point-to-point course that flags off at Dodger Stadium. The route highlights many of the city’s landmarks along the way, including West Hollywood, Chinatown, the Financial District and Beverly Hills. The finish line in Santa Monica overlooks the Santa Monica Pier, where you can unwind with a post-race drink as waves roll in across the Pacific Ocean.
Check out the Skechers Performance LA Marathon official website.
- Where: Greater Boston, Massachusetts
- When: April 16, 2018
This one is the mother of all marathons! The Boston Marathon is one of the most elite and sought-after running events in the world; to run and finish the Boston Marathon is a dream come true for many runners. One of the oldest marathons in the world, the race route consists of a few hills on a flat terrain between Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Copley Square in Boston. The race starts in Hopkinton, located to the west-south-west of Boston, on Route 135.
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St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon
- Where: Nashville, Tennessee
- When: April 26, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Nashville is famous for its music, and this 18th annual stop on the Rock ’n’ Roll tour in the Music City. The marathon offers one of the best chances to combine music and running in the country. Formerly known as the Country Music Marathon, the event features an impressive tour of the city with plenty of local musicians highlighting the diverse music scene and a headliner concert to cap it off.
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
- Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
- When: May 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Yes, that’s an odd name—and an allusion to its historical nickname of “Porkopolis” when it was a center of agricultural commerce in the 1800s. Cincinnati has changed since, but this 19th annual event has long been a favorite of Midwestern runners. Good luck finding another race that is focused more on the fun surrounding the marathon, plus the tour of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods is a great way to know the city. The first half features some ascends, but you would be grateful in the second half as the route takes a gradual downhill.
Find complete details Cincinnati Marathon official website.
Capital City Marathon
- Where: Olympia, Washington.
- When: May 20, 2018
The capital city of Washington State hosts one of the most popular marathons in the northwest US. This will be the 37th year that Olympia organizes this annual marathon, which shows off the downtown with a dramatic course laden with rolling hills. After the race, there’s the post-race party that continues to celebrate running with food, drinks, music, and massages!
Official website of Capital City Marathon to give you race details.
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon
- Where: San Diego
- When: June 02, 2018 - June 03 2018
Running its 21st edition, San Diego Marathon is the race that started the Rock ‘n’ Roll running series. Continuing the journey, the original location is still one of the most popular events in the country, and runners will once again get a grand tour of San Diego—including Balboa Park, Old Town, and other historic neighbourhoods—all while enjoying the great music along the way. If you’re looking for a late spring or early summer event—and there’s also a half marathon and 10K—head to America’s Finest City, where the weather is always perfect and there’s plenty to do.
Lake Placid Marathon
- Where: Lake Placid, N.Y.
- When: June 10, 2018
The small town of Lake Placid nestled in the Adirondack Mountains has seen more than its share of sports excellence. The host of the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympic Games, also flags of an annual marathon event, which starts and finishes at the Olympic Speedskating Oval, offering incredible mountain views along the entire route.
For participation info, go to Lake Placid Marathon official site.
The San Francisco Marathon
- Where: San Francisco
- When: July 29, 2018
If you are looking for a mid-summer marathon then San Francisco is the place to be. You don’t find a lot of big-city marathons in the middle of July, but San Francisco’s cooler summer temperatures set the perfect tone for a run. This year marks the race’s 41st anniversary of the biggest half marathon, and runners will get a remarkable tour of one of the country’s most scenic cities, including running across the Golden Gate Bridge. The loop course isn’t as tough despite the hill hiccups.
Official website of San Francisco Marathon details for you.
Air Force Marathon
- Where: Ohio
- When: September 15, 2018
The annual marathon will run its 37th race at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The marathon attracts more than 15,000 participants from all 50 states almost every year. Runners can expect to be treated to a flyover before the race and view pieces of aircraft history along the course—don’t forget to visit the onsite museum post-race. Since the race is mostly on an Air Force grounds, you won’t find big crowds along the route, but the volunteer support is exceptional.
Get on the official Air Force Marathon website to have all the race info.
Twin Cities Marathon
- Where: Minneapolis, Minn.
- When: October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Known as the “most beautiful urban marathon in America,” the Twin Cities Marathon takes the runners on the trip between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The route takes full advantage of the many parks in the Twin Cities, and for an urban course, you’ll find an incredible amount of green space—filled with colors of the Autumn. The downhill finish past the Cathedral of St. Paul and in front of the state capitol. You have to run the course to understand why it is one of the best you’ll find in the U.S.
Here's the Twin City Marathon official website to find marathon details.
- Where: Chicago
- When: October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018
This year marks the 41st anniversary of runners flocking from around the world to Chicago to run its flat and fast course in hopes of a Boston-qualifying time. Each fall the 45,000 participants(!) discover a fun ride of the city’s diverse neighborhoods with a huge spectator support the entire course. The loop route starts and finishes in Grant Park, making this one of the practically easier big-city marathons for the foreigners.
Chicago Marathon official website will provide you the related race details.
- Where: Portland, Ore.
- When: October 7, 2018
This year marks the 46th running of the Portland Marathon, which has become one of the best races in the Pacific Northwest. Starting and finishing in downtown Portland, the course crosses the Willamette River twice and offers a nice tour of the city, including the scenic riverfront, Old Town, and residential neighborhoods. Few marathons offer more giveaways than Portland, with a long-sleeve T-shirt, finisher medal, collectible coin, poster and a tree seedling to plant, among other swag.
Go onto the official website of Portland Marathon for further details.
- Where: Maui, Hawaii.
- When: October 14, 2018
This is a great way to plan a ‘runcation’ with your running buddies or family. Happening in the fall of 2018, the Maui Marathon course starts near the Maui airport on Ho’okele St. in Kahului and sends runners south toward Maalai Bay only to head west. The second half of the race is along the sea and finishes at Kaanapali on the western side of the island. There’s also a half marathon and a full marathon relay option – so make your team and enjoy the runcation!
Official details of Maui Marathon are here.
Seven Bridges Marathon
- Where: Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- When: October 21, 2018
Located just across the Georgia border, Chattanooga City is surrounded by rolling mountains. It has become an outdoor Mecca in the southeast. The Seven Bridges Marathon has grown along with the city and offers multiple river crossings via—yes, seven bridges—over the Tennessee River. Runners will find out why Chattanooga is nicknamed the Scenic City over the course of 26.2 miles.
Marine Corps Marathon
- Where: Washington, D.C.
- When: October 28, 2018
The best way to see the nation’s capital is to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Known as the “marathon of monuments,” the race, one of the top marathon in the USA, offers more sights than a tour bus as it covers Washington, D.C. It also features the kind of support you’d expect from the U.S. Marine Corps, which has been organizing this race since the beginning.
Check the official website of Marine Corps Marathon.
New York City Marathon
- Where: New York City
- When: November 4, 2018
Along with Boston, the New York City Marathon is one of the most iconic running experiences in the U.S. You start by crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, tour all five boroughs, and finish in Central Park amid overwhelming spectator support throughout the race. It’s a must-do for any runner. However, the toughest part might just be getting an entry—the lottery closes this year on Feb. 17.
All important information on the races are on New York City Marathon official website.
GEICO Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
- Where: Las Vegas
- When: November 10, 20178 - November 11, 2018
Viva Las Vegas! The Las Vegas Strips and Casinos take a back seat every fall as runners take over the city in this night marathon. In addition to the music along the course, a headliner concert and perhaps the best post-race party around makes it a race like no other in the country. You’ll also find countless people running as Elvis, getting married, and basically do everything that they hope will stay in Vegas.
Get all the marathon details on the GEICO Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon official website.
Space Coast Marathon
- Where: Cocoa, Florida.
- When: November 25, 2018
Florida’s oldest marathon celebrates its 47th running on the east coast of the state near the Kennedy Space Centre. The space-themed race has runners running in costume with space props along the course and at aid stations and space shuttle finisher medal. Doesn’t matter if you are not a costumed runner, do the race for its very scenic track which is mostly flat course along the Indian River.
Space Coast Marathon official website for further details.
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California International Marathon
Where: Sacramento, California
This slick course in California’s capital has been known as a favorite for West Coast runners looking to qualify for Boston. The 9,000-person race is a spectacular all-rounder with enthusiastic spectators and a scenic course, usually with good weather too. The race was organized by and for runners, and the excellent arrangement shows it.
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If you’re in a mood for a destination marathon, why not do the Honolulu Marathon? The Honolulu Marathon draws 30,000 people from around the world to enjoy the spectacular course and the Oahu’s amenities. Arrive early for the Friday night luau before the race. Stay afterward to recover on the island’s beautiful, famous beaches. End the marathon season with a trip to Hawaii! And keeping the Aloha spirit this is one marathon event that keeps the finish line is opened till the last runner crosses it - so the crowd will share you even if you finish last.
Whew! So, that was the unending list of the best marathons in the USA. From Hawai to Las Vegas, every state in the country boasts of a marathon event that is unique and thrilling in its own way. Join one, join all to test yourself and bring out the best runner while creating some lovely memories along.