The first step in running a half-marathon, or marathon, is deciding exactly where you want to run it. Cities all over the U.S. host marathons, and though some destinations, like Chicago, New York City and Boston, receive more publicity than others, there are hundreds of hidden trails scattered throughout the country.
There are plenty of determinants when choosing a marathon, such as weather, terrain, and experience. Because there are marathons throughout the year, choose a few months during the year that will allow you to train and perform at your very best. Next, choose the type of terrain you prefer, such as more of a flat, or hilly trail. Your experience level will determine which courses will allow peak performance. For example, the Chicago marathon is a great beginner marathon due to its flat course. Yet, if crowds of people overwhelm you, or the competitive aspect racing intimidates you, you may want to consider other options.
We have narrowed down a list solely based on the most scenic trails in the U.S., regardless of any other factors. This list surely won’t disappoint.
Lake Tahoe Marathon in Lake Tahoe, CA
Big Sur International Marathon in Big Sur, CA
Mount Lemon Marathon in Tuscon, AZ
Honolulu Marathon in Honolulu, HI
Napa Valley Marathon in Napa Valley, CA
New York Marathon in New York City, NY
Pikes Peak Marathon in Manitou Springs, CO
Twin Cities Marathon in Twin Cities, MN
Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, TX
Bear Lake Marathon in Garden City, UT
These marathons all have one thing in common in that they’ll provide a scenic route during all 26.2 miles. Though some of these marathons aren’t for the lighthearted, there’s no doubt that your breath won’t be taken away by some of these amazing nature sights.
Whether you’re attempting a PR, running with a friend, or doing it just for fun, these marathons are sure to provide some of the most beautiful sights you’ve ever seen. Take advantage of all the races right here in the United States.