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Happy runners at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon
Run among heroes at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of best bets plus some personal favorites we think you’ll enjoy. (Sign up now for a free RaceRaves account to add these events & thousands more to your Future Races!)

NOTE:Β 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.

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

December Marathons

Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon
Dec 1–4; Teec Nos Pos, AZ (UT, CO, NM)
Marathon, half marathon
Four marathons, four states, four days on the Navajo Nation

Millinocket Marathon
Dec 3; Millinocket, ME
Marathon, half marathon
Free event started to support a struggling mill town

Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon
Dec 3; Rehoboth Beach, DE
Marathon, half marathon
Beautiful mix of coastal scenery plus a great after-party

St. Jude Memphis Marathon
Dec 3; Memphis, TN
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Inspirational race day benefits the courageous kids of St. Jude

BMW Dallas Marathon Festival
Dec 9–11; Dallas, TX
50K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
Big D-elight is a shining star among urban marathons

Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon
Dec 10; Little Rock, AR
Hidden gem πŸ’Ž centered around the Arkansas River

Kiawah Island Marathon
Dec 10; Kiawah Island, SC
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Winding route features grandeur & golf courses galore

Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon
Dec 10–11; Biloxi, MS
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Flat beachfront getaway along the Gulf of Mexico

Palm Beaches Marathon
Dec 10–11; West Palm Beach, FL
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Tropical waterfront run boasts an amazing swag bag

Rocket City Marathon
Dec 10–11; Huntsville, AL
Marathon, marathon relay, front half marathon, back half marathon, 10K, 5K
AL’s top marathon expands to a two-day running festival

Hawaii Bird Conservation Marathon
Dec 18; Volcano, HI
BQ-friendly downhill starts alongside an active volcano

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more December marathons

December Half Marathons

OUC Orlando Half
Dec 3; Orlando, FL
Half marathon, 5K
“Orlando’s Hometown Half” showcases The City Beautiful

Run Laughlin Half
Dec 3; Laughlin, NV
Half marathon, 12K, 5K
2 states, 2 time zones & a net downhill 4 the win

Wilmington Historic Half
Dec 3; Wilmington, NC
Half marathon, 5K
Over 3 bridges & ’round the lake to Riverfront Park we go

Nittany Valley Half
Dec 4; State College, PA
Half marathon
Hilly rural run starts & finishes on the Penn State campus

Holiday Running Festival
Dec 10–11; Pomona, CA
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Scenic yuletide celebration on an NHRA dragstrip

Islamorada Half
Dec 10–11; Islamorada. FL
Half marathon, 10K, 5K, beer mile
Balmy destination relaxation in the Florida Keys

Foot Traffic Holiday Half
Dec 11; Portland, OR
Half marathon, 10 miler, 10K, 5K
‘Tis the season for cookies, carolers & Freddi the Yeti

Santa Hustle Race Series
Dec 11/18; locations in AZ, CA, IN, NJ, TX
Half marathon, 5K
Festive multi-state series spreads the holiday cheer

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more December half marathons

December Ultra Marathons

Brazos Bend 100
Dec 3; Needville, TX
100 miler, 50 miler, marathon, half marathon
Chase a personal best in alligator country 🐊

McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs
Dec 3; Fountain Hills, AZ
50 miler, 50K, 25K, 10 miler, 5 miler
Rolling, rugged, runnable terrain in the Sonoran Desert

Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic (TUDC)
Dec 10; Crawfordville, FL
50 miler, 50K, Marathon
Run paved 10K loops & soak your legs with the manatees

Rodeo Beach Trail Run
Dec 11; Sausalito, CA
50K, 30K, 20K, 8K
Savor breathtaking views of the San Francisco cityscape

Paramount Ranch Trail Runs
Dec 17; Agoura Hills, CA
50K, marathon, 30K, half marathon, 10K
Holiday run thru an iconic Hollywood Western movie set

The HUFF 50K Trail Run
Dec 17; Albion, IN
50K, 50K relay, 11 miler
Come for the chilly challenge, stay for the scrumptious soups
(Registration expected to open in Aug)

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more December ultra marathons

December Other Distances

Savannah Bridge Run
Dec 3; Savannah, GA
15K (10K + 5K), 10K, 5K
“Strut” your stuff with up to 3 crossings of the Savannah River

Tiger 10K
Dec 4; Baton Rouge, LA
10K, 5K
Tour the LSU campus & finish on the field at Tiger Stadium

Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler
Dec 10; Cape Canaveral, FL
10 miler
Inaugural race in the historic home of the U.S. space program

Crystal Cove Trail Run
Dec 17; Laguna Beach, CA
15K, 6K
Enjoy well-groomed trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more December other distances

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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 β€” including 50+ marathons and ultras β€” in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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