New to running or just looking for a new way to get exercise and get outside? Check out the half-marathons or shorter other shorter races that accompany many of these marathons. With all of these tempting destinations, you might just fall in love with a new sport!
Remember, the longer and more consistently you train, the more enjoyable a race can be. And proper recovery along the way will help, too. Keep a pair of OOFOS at the ready to soothe those tired feet and take stress of your knees and back.
Here are 7 Spring and Summer Marathons that will motivate you to start training now.
1. Surfer’s Path Marathon
Santa Cruz, CA: May 20th, 2018
We all need some beach vibes in our lives, and looking forward to this stunning course along California's Monterey Bay Coast might be just the thing. The race kicks off at Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk and winds its way to a finish at Cowell’s Beach. This is a feel-good race that's great for runners of all levels.
2. Steamboat Marathon
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!
3. Mad Marathon
Waitsfield, Vermont: July 8th, 2018
Runner's World named this scenic marathon a bucket list race for 2018.
Go rural in central Vermont’s Mad River Valley, where the undulating hills are broken up by picturesque covered bridges and lush farmlands. This is a great marathon for the summer months, thanks to the cool, breezy weather in the valley.
4. Run Wild Missoula Marathon
Missoula, Montana: July 15th, 2018
This flat and fast course is great for first-time marathoners, and for those looking to hit a PR. Follow the road from Frenchtown through the gorgeous countryside, then make a sprint for the finish line in historic downtown Missoula. Registration is limited to 1,500 runners so the race has atmosphere without feeling too crowded.
5. Crater Lake Rim Run Marathon
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.
6. Mid Mountain Marathon
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 through the forested mountain, with some climbs, some technical sections, and plenty of scenery to keep your mind off the burn.
7. Kaua’i Marathon
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.