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Finish strong at the Mad Marathon in Vermont
Runners finish strong at the Mad Marathon in Vermont (📸 Mad Marathon)

Welcome to our handy guide to top upcoming races—a list so nice, we’re doing it twice! (For the crowded months of Sept & Oct, that is.) Here we highlight “best bets” and personal favorites that are scheduled to take place Sept 1–15.

NOTE: Scheduling remains fluid, and many Sept races (some of which moved from early 2021) have yet to open registration. Unless otherwise noted, the following list includes only events that are now taking registrations for an in-person race and which, based on current information, are likely to take place. As with life, however, there are no guarantees.

Early September Marathons

Tupelo Marathon
Sept 5; Tupelo, MS
Marathon, 14.2 miler
“Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead”—what’s not to love?

Heart of America Marathon
Sept 6; Columbia, MO
Marathon, marathon relay
Hot & hilly challenge puts the “labor” in Labor Day

Surf City Marathon
Sept 10–11; Huntington Beach, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K, 1 miler
California’s classic oceanfront marathon moves to Sept for 2021

Bozeman Marathon
Sept 11–12; Bozeman, MT
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Big Sky beauty just north of Yellowstone National Park

Med City Marathon
Sept 11–12; Rochester, MN
Marathon, 20 miler, half marathon, 5K
Family-friendly weekend celebrates its 25th anniversary

REVEL Big Cottonwood
Sept 11; Salt Lake City, UT
Marathon, half marathon
Steep downhill from the Wasatch Mountains to Salt Lake City

Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half & Constantly Boring 8K
Sept 12; Boring, OR
Marathon, half marathon, 8K
Tongue-in-cheek race offers thoughtful, small-town touches

Holland Haven Marathon
Sept 12; Holland, MI
Marathon, half marathon, 8K
Point-to-point, last-chance BQ option along Lake Michigan

Mad Marathon
Sept 12; Waitsfield, VT
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, half marathon relay
Don’t let its New England charm fool you; the hills will school you

Sundance to Spearfish Marathon
Sept 12; Beulah, WY
Fast & scenic downhill starts in WY & finishes in SD

More September marathons

Early September Half Marathons

Gorges Ithaca Half
Sept 4; Ithaca, NY
Half marathon
Picturesque, bridge-filled run in the Finger Lakes wine region

Bird-in-Hand Half
Sept 10–11; Bird-in-Hand, PA
Half marathon, 5K
Old-world favorite through easygoing Amish Country

Great Smoky Mountains Half
Sept 10–11; Townsend, TN
Half marathon, 5K
Lush, tranquil route voted best half marathon in Tennessee

Cedar City Half
Sept 11; Cedar City, UT
Half marathon
Closed-canyon course that’s downhill all the way

Charlotte Covered Bridge Half
Sept 11; Shelburne, VT
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Bucolic out-and-back a stone’s throw from Lake Champlain

Dick Beardsley Races
Sept 11; Detroit Lakes, MN
25K, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Scenic circumnavigation of Detroit Lake honors a local legend

San Juan Island Half
Sept 11–12; South Beach, WA
Half marathon
Island getaway featuring spectacular views of the Salish Sea

Surftown Half
Sept 12; Westerly, RI
Half marathon, 5K
Flat beachside run along the Atlantic coastline

More September half marathons

Early September Ultra Marathons

A Race for the Ages (ARFTA)
Sept 2–4; Manchester, TN
# of hours = your age
Innovative format gives a leg up to more experienced runners
(Lottery selection starts Jul 1)

Labor Pain 12 Hour Endurance Trail Run
Sept 5; Reading, PA
12 hr
5-mile loop course challenges participants to go the distance

Breaks Ultra
Sept 11; Breaks, VT
45 miler
24,000 ft of elevation change on the Kentucky-Virginia border

Mogollon Monster
Sept 11; Pine, AZ
100 miler, 105K, 35K
Rugged, technical route traverses high desert & pine forest

Tahoe 100K
Sept 11–12; Lake Tahoe, CA
100K, 25K
Single-track showcase for Lake Tahoe & the Sierra Nevadas

More September ultras

Early September Other Distances

Around the Crown 10K
Sept 5; Charlotte, NC
On highways & byways, an energetic tour of the Queen City

New Haven Road Race
Sept 6; New Haven, CT
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 20K, 5K
Iconic New England event attracts elites & first-timers alike

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Sept 12; Washington, DC
10 miler, 5K
“The Runner’s Rite of Spring” swaps seasons for 2021
(Lottery open Jun 1–30)

Imogene Pass Run
Sept 12; Ouray, CO
17.1 miler
Humility awaits on the grueling climb to 13,000 ft
(Registration opens Jun 1 & sells out fast)

Looking for more in-person races that may actually happen? Check out our Featured Races for April/May, June, July and August.

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Author: Mike Sohaskey

Mike Sohaskey is the co-founder of RaceRaves, the premier online reviews community for runners to share their race experiences and find their next challenge. Mike honed his creative and critical thinking skills as a research scientist, earning a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford. He’s also completed over 100 races — including 50+ marathons and ultras — in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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