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5 Fun Half Marathons to Try

Sign up for one of these raved-about races when you want to do a destination half-marathon.

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5 Fun Half Marathons to Try

1. PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON

(Philadelphia, PA; Nov. 19)
Channel your inner Rocky Balboa while running in this fun, historic city. You’ll stride through Old City, Center City, and right by the Schuylkill River, finishing near the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Plus, spectators come out in full force, making you feel like a champion throughout the entire race. philadelphiamarathon.com

2. ST. JUDE MEMPHIS HALF MARATHON

(Memphis, TN; Dec. 3)
Speed your way along a relatively flat course through downtown Memphis as you’re cheered on by the young patients at St. Jude, who are sure to inspire you to the finish line. Choose to raise funds for the race as a St. Jude Hero and you’ll feel even better when you’re done. stjude.org

3. SEDONA HALF MARATHON

(Sedona, AZ; Feb. 4)
Test yourself on this super-scenic (but hilly) course. Stunning red-rock views at every turn should help make the altitude (4,500 feet above sea level) seem less daunting as you traipse across a combination of paved and dirt roads. Treat yourself with a trip to one of Sedona’s many spas afterward. sedonamarathon.com

4. AUSTIN HALF MARATHON

(Memphis, TN; Dec. 3)
Speed your way along a relatively flat course through downtown Memphis as you’re cheered on by the young patients at St. Jude, who are sure to inspire you to the finish line. Choose to raise funds for the race as a St. Jude Hero and you’ll feel even better when you’re done. stjude.org

(Austin, TX; Feb. 19)
With live music from more than 15 local bands and tons of (sometimes kooky) crowd support along the route, this fun race will keep you motivated from start to finish. It also takes you on a nice tour of Austin, passing by notable spots like Lady Bird Lake, Hyde Park, and the University of Texas campus. youraustinmarathon.com

5. ROCK ’N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON

(Washington, D.C.; March 11)
You can’t go wrong with one of the Rock ’n’ Roll series races. The D.C. half-marathon, in particular, lets you be a tourist while you run. Start in front of the Smithsonian Museum, and then run past several National Monuments, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. runrocknroll.com

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