Race Through the Year

RunnerWhat better way to spend the spring and summer than traveling across America in search of fun races to run? Running is great for your physical and mental health, and registering for one of these fun races is a wonderful way to motivate yourself to begin training. With enough time and dedicated effort, anyone can run a race! With help from Women’s Running, we have created a list of some of the most interesting races available to registrants during the warmest months of this year.


  • Cooper River Bridge Run 10K – April 5, 2014 – Charleston, SC.
    • Run across the 2.7-mile-long Cooper River Bridge from Mount Pleasant to Charleston. The Charleston Runner’s Club breakfast tent will greet you at the finish line.
  • Cocoa Classic Half Marathon and 5K – April 6, 2014 – Detroit, MI
    • Fuel up at the finish line with hot cocoa and chocolate fondue. This “race with a sweet tooth” supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
  • Big Sur International Marathon – April 27, 2014 – Monterey, CA
    • Run along California’s famed Highway 1, the road that has inspired so many artists, writers, and musicians. Rolling hills, redwoods, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean will delight participants as they traverse the largest rural marathon in the world.


  • Bay to Breakers 12K – May 18, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
    • Women’s Running describes this as a “nutty festival disguised as a footrace.” It’s the world’s largest footrace with 110,000 participants (both official and unofficial). Formerly a boozefest (alcohol is now prohibited), now just a wild and crazy time. Beware of public nudity!
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge – May 3-4, 2014 – Bear Mountain State Park, NY
    • Sponsored by The North Face, this race weekend includes the following: 50 mile, 50K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids’ run. The course “winds along the western shores of the Hudson River and through the craggy foothills of the Catskill Mountains.”


  • Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon – June 21, 2014 – Anchorage, AK
    • This laid-back event (4 mile, half marathon, or full marathon) is followed by a live music festival, the Summer Solstice Celebration.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon – June 1, 2014 – San Diego, CA
    • Part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series (the world’s largest marathon series), has raised more than $235 million for charities and has infused the sport of running with music and fun at every mile!
  • Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – June 6-8, 2014 – Newton, MA
    • Sponsored by Runner’s World Magazine and held on the Boston College campus, this inaugural race weekend includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids’ race.


  • Peachtree Road Race 10K – July 4, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
    • Includes a rolling course (and something called “Cardiac Hill”) that travels through the streets of Atlanta. Women’s Running says historically, there weren’t enough shirts for race particiants… but the collector status still remains.
  • Loonies Midnight Marathon – July 19, 2014 – Livingston, TN
    • Start your run at the stroke of midnight and race through a tiny Tennessee town in the dark!


  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon – August 23, 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • Sponsored by Lululemon, the race weekend includes lots of yoga sessions and a music festival! The breathtaking course travels along the famous Pacific Ocean seawall.
  • Falmouth Road Race (7 Miles) – August 17, 2014 – Falmouth, MA
    • This race boasts a rich history (its first running was in 1973) and an eye-catching course through a historic New England fishing village.

This post was written by a guest contributor for America by Rail, a train travel provider.


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