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Runners at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
The mountain scenery distracts from the climbs at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of “best bets” for April 2022 plus some personal favorites we think you’ll enjoy, as the spring racing season shifts into high gear.

NOTE: 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.

🏆 = Top Rated on RaceRaves (Overall rating of at least 4.7 across 10+ reviews)

April Marathons

REVEL Mt Charleston 🏆
Apr 2; Las Vegas, NV
Marathon, half marathon
Scorch your quads on one of the nation’s top BQ courses

Gettysburg Festival of Races
Apr 10; Gettysburg, PA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Run a stone’s throw from the Civil War’s most storied battlefield

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 🏆
Apr 16; Roanoke, VA
Double marathon, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 1 miler
“America’s Toughest Road Marathon brings the charm

Garmin Olathe Marathon in the Land of Oz
Apr 23; Olathe, KS
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Kansas’ best marathon embraces its Wizard of Oz theme

Salt Lake City Marathon
Apr 23; Salt Lake City, UT
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, bike tour
Rolling, net downhill route showcases Utah’s capital city

2Slow4Boston Marathon 🏆
Apr 24; Greer, SC
Unique race format exclusive to less fleet-footed runners

Big Sur International Marathon 🏆
Apr 24; Big Sur, CA
Marathon, marathon relay, 21 miler, 11 miler, 12K, 5K
Bucket-list run on the ragged edge of the western world
(Second Chance Random Drawing registration open Dec 13–29)

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Apr 24; Oklahoma City, OK
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Run to remember those killed in the 1995 OKC bombing

Maui Marathon
Apr 24; Lahaina, HI
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Tropical oceanside marathon celebrates its 50th year 🤙

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Apr 29–30; Champaign-Urbana, IL
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
Finish on the 50 at this spirited tour of a Big Ten college town

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon
Apr 30; Louisville, KY
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Festive weekend highlighted by a lap inside Churchill Downs

👉 Or search for more April marathons.

April Half Marathons

Hattiesburg Half
Apr 2; Hattiesburg, MS
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
The Hub City welcomes spring at Mississippi’s best half

Havasu Half
Apr 2; Lake Havasu City, AZ
Half marathon, 5K
Cross over & under the world-famous, relocated London Bridge

Lincoln Presidential Half
Apr 2; Springfield, IL
Half marathon
Run in the footsteps of Honest Abe

Run the Bluegrass Spring Original
Apr 2; Lexington, KY
Half marathon, 7 miler, 3.6 miler
Rolling, pastoral route in the heart of KY thoroughbred country

Rock the Parkway
Apr 9; Kansas City, MO
Half marathon, 5K
Speedy Midwest favorite follows picturesque Ward Pkwy

Hapalua Half
Apr 10; Honolulu, HI
Half marathon
Hawaii’s largest half features a loop of Diamond Head crater

The Split Half 🏆
Apr 17; Spokane, WA
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Scenic riverfront out and back w/ views of Spokane Falls

RussVegas Half 🏆
Apr 22–23; Russellville, AR
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Russellville rolls out the red carpet w/ A+ community support

Drake Road Races
Apr 24; Des Moines, IA
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Des Moines showcase finishes on Drake U’s iconic Blue Oval

Capital City Half
Apr 30; Columbus, OH
Half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K
Soak up the sights & sounds of springtime in Columbus

👉 Or search for more April half marathons.

April Ultra Marathons

Zion Ultras & Trail Half
Apr 9–10; Apple Valley, UT
100 miler, 100K, 50K, half marathon
Beauty meets the beast in the shadow of Zion National Park

Canyons Endurance Runs
Apr 23; Foresthill, CA
100K, 50K, 25K
Rugged, hilly challenge on the iconic Western States Trail

Evergreen Squak Mountain Trail Runs
Apr 23; Issaquah, WA
50K, half marathon, 12K
“Gorgeous trails” feature “crazy climbs” and “killer vert”

Frisco Railroad Run
Apr 30; Willard, MO
50 miler, 50K, marathon, half marathon, 8K
USATF-certified out and back thru the Ozarks on flat rail-trail

UROC 100K: Ultra Race of Champions
Apr 30; Raphine, VA
100K, 50K, 25K
Dig deep & find your inner champion in the Blue Ridge Mtns

👉 Or search for more April ultra marathons.

April Other Distances

Cooper River Bridge Run 
Apr 2; Charleston, SC
Amazing energy & spectacular views from the Ravenel Bridge

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Apr 3; Washington, DC
10 miler, 5K
“The Runner’s Rite of Spring” returns to the nation’s capital

Statesman Cap 10K
Apr 10; Austin, TX
Austin’s hilly hometown showcase = a TX tradition for 45 years

Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10K
Apr 16; New Orleans, LA
The Big Easy’s spring fling attracts runners & walkers alike

Grit OCR East Walker Ranch 🏆
Apr 30–May 1; Santa Clarita, CA
8 miler, 5 miler
Innovative OCR challenges & delights participants of all abilities

IPA 10K & Beer Mile Invitational 🏆
Apr 30; Sebastopol, CA
10K, 3K
One-of-a-kind celebration of running, craft brewing & more

👉 Or search for more April races of other distances.

April International Races

Schneider Electric Paris Marathon
Apr 3; Paris, France
26.2 miles of celebrated landmarks & cosmopolitan glamour

Rotterdam Marathon
Apr 9–10; Rotterdam, Netherlands
Marathon, quarter marathon, 4.2K
One of the world’s fastest marathons in Europe’s largest seaport

North Pole Marathon
Apr 13; Longyearbyen; Norway
Marathon, half marathon
Run atop an Arctic ice floe in subzero temps for $19,000 USD

Two Oceans Marathon
Apr 16–17; Cape Town, South Africa
56K, half marathon
Iconic ultra known as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”
(International entries available on a first-come, first-sold basis)

Shakespeare Marathon & Half
Apr 24; Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Marathon, half marathon
To be or not to be your next destination race, that is the question

👉 Or search for more April international races.

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Author: Mike Sohaskey

Mike Sohaskey, Co-founder of RaceRaves

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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