Find Your Next Race in 2021 With These Popular Events Near You

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From Runner's World

Let’s face it: 2020 was not a great year if you love to race. With the coronavirus pandemic canceling many of our favorite races from March through the end of the year, the robust marathon and half marathon calendar that we’ve come to expect as runners was altered like never before.

Usually, there are so many races held every week, at every distance, in every city, everywhere around the world. While many events are hopeful to return in the new year with a COVID-19 vaccine rolling out, in 2021, things will continue to look a little different. (Say hello to the Boston Marathon in fall, and say farewell to the Big Sur Marathon, which plans to return in 2022.)

To help you plan out a potential race calendar, we compiled a list of our favorite races for 2021 with what we know right now—from the most popular 5Ks in the country to the biggest marathons and ultras. Wherever you live and whatever distance you want to tackle, we think you’ll find something to train for.

*Not all race dates are finalized and may change in 2021, but we have included popular races in the months when they are typically run. Some races have put a pause on registration for now as well. With any race that you sign up for, be sure to check the race websites before signing up and as race day gets closer for the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols and information.

January | February | March | April | May

June | July | August | September | October

November | December

January

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Photo credit: Christian Petersen - Getty Images

January 6-12:
Walt Disney World Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Also includes: 5K & 10K

January 10-31:
Miami Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Miami, Florida
Also includes: 5K

January 17:
Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Carlsbad, California
Also includes: 5K

January 17:
Houston Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Houston, Texas
Also includes: 5K

January 17:
Key West Half Marathon (In-person and Virtual options)
Key West, Florida
Also includes: 5K

January 17:
Maui Oceanfront Marathon & Half Marathon (Canceled, rescheduled for January 16, 2022)
Lahaina, Hawaii
Also includes: 15K, 10K, & 5K

January 16-17:
Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon (Canceled, rescheduled for January 15-16, 2022)
Phoenix, Arizona
Also includes: Mile, 5K, &10K

February

February 6-15:
Lost Dutchman Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Apache Junction, Arizona
Also includes: 10K & 8K Trail Run

February 16:
George Washington’s Birthday Marathon (Canceled, rescheduled for February 20, 2020)
Greenbelt, Maryland
Also includes: Marathon Relay

February 8-15:
Great Aloha Run (Virtual)
Honolulu, Hawaii
8.15-Mile

February 27:
Red Rock Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon
Las Vegas, Nevada
Also includes: 5K

February 18-21:
Disney Princess Half Marathon (Virtual)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

February 20-21:
Gasparilla Distance Classic
Tampa, Florida
Half marathon, 15K, 8K & 5K

February 27-28:
Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon (Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway)
Atlanta, Georgia
Also includes: 5K

March

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Photo credit: Scott Taetsch - Getty Images


March:
Napa Valley Marathon (Canceled)
Napa, California

March:
NYC Half Marathon (Canceled)
New York, New York

March:
Carlsbad 5000 (Date not confirmed for 2021)
Carlsbad, California
20K & 5K

March:
Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon (Rescheduled for 2022)
King George Island, Antarctica

March 6-7:
Little Rock Marathon & Half Marathon
Little Rock, Arkansas
Also includes: 10K & 5K

March 6:
Myrtle Beach Marathon & Half Marathon
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Also includes: Virtual 10K, 5K

March 20:
Gate River Run
Jacksonville, Florida
15K

March 20-April 3:
Crescent City Classic (Virtual)
New Orleans, Louisiana
10K

March 20:
Canyonlands Half Marathon
Moab, Utah
Also includes: 5-Mile

March 21:
Bataan Memorial Death March (Registration on hold)
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
14.2-Mile

March 21:
Shamrock Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual options available)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Also includes: 8K

March 21:
Shamrock Shuffle
Chicago, Illinois
8K

March 27:
Rock ’n’ Roll Washington D.C. Half Marathon

Washington, D.C.

March 27:
Cooper River Bridge Run (Registration on hold)
Charleston, South Carolina
10K

March 28:
Knoxville Marathon & Half Marathon (Registration on hold)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Also includes: Relay & 5K

April

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Photo credit: The Washington Post - Getty Images

April:
New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon (No date confirmed)
Long Branch, New Jersey

April:
Silo District Marathon & Half
(No date confirmed)
Waco, Texas
Also includes: 5K

April 10:
Charlottesville Marathon & Half Marathon
Charlottesville, Virginia
Also includes: 8K

April 11:
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Washington, D.C.
10-Mile

April 17:
Salt Lake City Marathon & Half Marathon
Salt Lake City, Utah
Also includes: 5K

April 22-25:
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & Mini-Marathon (Virtual options available)
Louisville, Kentucky
Note: The Mini-Marathon is a half marathon

April 25:
Austin Half Marathon
Austin, Texas
Also includes: 5K & 1-mile run

April 25:
Eugene Marathon & Half Marathon
Eugene, Oregon
Also includes: 5K

April 25:
Delaware Marathon & Half Marathon
Wilmington, Delaware
Also includes: Relay

May

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Photo credit: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images - Getty Images

May:
Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Lincoln, Nebraska

May:
Pittsburgh Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Also includes: Marathon Relay

May 1:
Illinois Marathon & Half Marathon (Registration on hold)
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Also includes: 5K & 1-mile run

May:
Green Bay Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Also includes: Marathon Relay & Half Marathon Relay

May:
Vermont City Marathon (No date scheduled)
Burlington, Vermont
Also includes: marathon relay

May:
Bolder Boulder (No date scheduled)
Boulder, Colorado
10K

May 1:
Wisconsin Marathon & Half Marathon
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Also includes: 5K

May 2:
Broad Street Run
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10-Mile

May 2:
Lilac Bloomsday Run
Spokane, Washington
12K

May 2:
Flying Pig Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual, but may change to in-person)
Cincinnati, Ohio

May 8:
500 Festival Mini-Marathon
Indianapolis, Indiana
Also includes: 5K

May 8:
Cowtown Marathon & Half Marathon
Fort Worth, Texas
Also includes: 10K & 5K

May 8:
Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon
Solvang, California

May 15:
La Jolla Half Marathon
La Jolla, California
Also includes: 5K

May 16:
Marine Corps Historic Half
Fredericksburg, Virginia

May 15-16:
Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon
Cleveland, Ohio
Also includes: 10K

May 23:
Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, California

May 29:
Bayshore Marathon & Half Marathon
Traverse City, Michigan
Also includes: 10K

May 30:
Coeur d’Alene Marathon & Half Marathon (Virtual options)
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Also includes: 10K & 5K

June

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Photo credit: Sean M. Haffey - Getty Images

June:
Bellin Run
Green Bay, Wisconsin
10K

June 5:
Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
Loudoun County, Virginia

June 5-6:
Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon
San Diego, California
Also includes: 5K

June 6:
Casper Marathon & Half Marathon
Casper, Wyoming
Also includes: Marathon Relay

June 6:
Steamboat Marathon & Half Marathon
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Also includes: 10K

June 12-13:
Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon & 5K
Seattle, Washington

June 13:
Comrades Marathon
Pietermaritzburg/Durban, South Africa

June 19:
Grandma’s Marathon & Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
Duluth, Minnesota

June 19:
Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon
Anchorage, Alaska
Also includes: 5K

June 27:
Kona Marathon & Half Marathon
Big Island, Hawaii
Also includes: Quarter Marathon & 5K

June 26-27:
Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run
Auburn, California
100-Mile

June 27:
Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon
Missoula, Montana

July

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Photo credit: Ezra Shaw - Getty Images

July:
San Francisco Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
San Francisco, California
Also includes: Ultramarathon & 5K

July 4:
Peachtree Road Race (Registration not open)
Atlanta, Georgia
10K

July 11:
Boilermaker
Utica, New York
15K & 5K

July 18:
Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon
Sonoma, California
Also includes: 5K

July 19-21:
Badwater 135
Death Valley, California
135-Mile

July 24:
Bix 7 & QuickBix
Davenport, Iowa
7-Mile & 2-Mile

August

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Photo credit: Xinhua News Agency - Getty Images

August:
Crim Festival of Races (No date scheduled)
Flint, Michigan
10-Mile, 8K, & 5K

August 7:
Beach to Beacon
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
10K

August 15:
Falmouth Road Race
Falmouth, Massachusetts
7-Mile

August 15:
America’s Finest City Half Marathon (Virtual options)
San Diego, California
Also includes: 5K

August 22:
Leading Ladies Marathon & Half Marathon
Spearfish, South Dakota

August 21:
Pikes Peak Ascent
Manitou Springs, Colorado
19-Mile

August 22:
Bay to Breakers
San Francisco, California
12K

August 22:
Pikes Peak Marathon
Manitou Springs, Colorado

September

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Photo credit: Kevin Morris

September:
Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (Canceled)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September:
Boston Marathon (Registration on hold)
Boston, Massachusetts

September:
Hamptons Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Southampton, New York
Also includes: 5K

September:
Via Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Also includes: Marathon Relay

September 6:
Heart of America Marathon
Columbia, Missouri

September 11:
Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon
Huntington Beach, California

September 11:
Marathon du Medoc
Pauillac, France

September 12:
Skagit Flats Marathon & Half Marathon
Burlington, Washington

September 18:
Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon
Dayton, Ohio
Also includes: 10K & 5K

September 26:
Heartland Marathon & Half Marathon

Omaha, Nebraska
Also includes: 10K & 5K

September 25:
Sunburst Marathon & Half Marathon
South Bend, Indiana
Also includes: 10K, 5K, & 5K Fitness Walk

September 25:
Akron Marathon & Half Marathon
Akron, Ohio
Also includes: 5-Person Team Relay

September 25:
Berlin Marathon
Berlin, Germany

September 26:
Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon
Moline, Illinois
Also includes: Marathon Relay & 5K

October

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Photo credit: Chaz Niell - Getty Images

October:
Wineglass Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Corning, New York

October:
Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Columbus, Ohio

October:
Victoria Marathon (No date scheduled)
Victoria, BC, Canada
Also includes: Half marathon & 8K

October:
Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Hartford, Connecticut
Also includes: 5K & Team Relay

October:
Quebec City Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Also includes: 10K

October 2:
New Hampshire Marathon & Half Marathon at Newfound Lake
Bristol, New Hampshire
Also includes: 10K

October 2-3:
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon & Half Marathon
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Also includes: 5K

October 3:
London Marathon
London, England

October 3:
St. George Marathon
St. George, Utah

October 3:
Maine Marathon & Half Marathon
Portland, Maine

October 3:
Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 3:
Twin Cities Marathon (Registration on hold)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Also includes: 10-Mile

October 10:
Army Ten-Miler
Washington, District Of Columbia

October 10:
Chicago Marathon
Chicago, Illinois

October 10:
Steamtown Marathon
Scranton, Pennsylvania

October 17:
Paris Marathon
Paris, France

October 17:
Mount Desert Island Marathon & Half Marathon
Bar Harbor, Maine
Also includes: Relay

October 17:
Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon
Des Moines, Iowa
Also includes: Marathon Relay & 5K

October 17:
Detroit Marathon & Half Marathon
Detroit, Michigan
Also includes: Marathon Relay

October 17:
Grand Rapids Marathon & Half Marathon
Grand Rapids, Michigan

October 24:
Marine Corps Marathon
Arlington, Virginia

October 31:
Cape Cod Marathon & Relay
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Also includes: Relay

November

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Photo credit: Xinhua News Agency - Getty Images

November:
City of Santa Clarita Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Santa Clarita, California
Also includes: 5K

November:
Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K (No date scheduled)
Chicago, Illinois

November:
Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Las Vegas, Nevada

November:
Manchester Road Race
(No date scheduled)
Manchester, Connecticut
Also includes: 4.75-Mile

November 6:
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon & Half Marathon
Indianapolis, Indiana
Also includes: 5K

November 7:
New York City Marathon
New York, New York

November 13:
Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon
Richmond, Virginia
Also includes: 8K

November 20-21:
Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 21:
Route 66 Marathon & Half Marathon
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Also includes: Marathon Relay

November 28:
Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon
Cocoa Beach, Florida

November 28:
Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon
Seattle, Washington

December

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Photo credit: Ronald Martinez - Getty Images

December:
Honolulu Marathon (No date scheduled)
Honolulu, Hawaii

December:
Rocket City Marathon (No date scheduled)
Huntsville, Alabama

December:
Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon (No date scheduled)
Negril, Jamaica
Also includes: 10K

December 4-5:
Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon
San Antonio, Texas

December 4:
Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon
Memphis, Tennessee
Also includes: 10K & 5K

December 5:
California International Marathon
Sacramento, California

December 11:
Kiawah Island Marathon & Half Marathon
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

December 31:
NYRR Midnight Run
New York, New York
4-Mile

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