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Runners pass the Mill City Museum at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Double your pleasure at the 40th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

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:ย 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.

๐Ÿ† = Top Rated on RaceRaves (Overall rating of at least 4.7 across 10+ reviews)


Early October Marathons

St. George Marathon
Oct 1; St. George, UT
Marathon, half marathon
Utah’s top marathon is a downhill destination sensation

Cape Cod Marathon
Oct 1โ€“2; Falmouth, MA
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Meandering route hugs the stunning Falmouth coastline
(Moved from late Oct)

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekendย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 1โ€“2; Minneapolis, MN
Marathon, 10 miler, 10K, 5K
Year 40 of “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in Americaยฎ”

Wineglass Marathon
Oct 1โ€“2; Bath, NY
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Picturesque fall favorite with handcrafted glass medals

Greerbrier River Trail Marathon
Oct 2; Cass, WV
Marathon, half marathon
Hidden gemย ๐Ÿ’Žย showcases charming Pocahontas County

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathonย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 2; Milwaukee, WI
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Wisconsin’s largest marathon follows its Lake Michigan muse

Portland Marathon
Oct 2; Portland, OR
Marathon, half marathon
Rose City revival celebrates its 50th anniversary

Long Beach Marathon
Oct 8โ€“9; Long Beach, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K, bike & run combo, bike tour
You’ll “fall” for SoCal’s premier autumn race weekend

Run Crazy Horse
Oct 8โ€“9; Crazy Horse, SD
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Start in the shadow of the world’s largest monument

Boulderthon
Oct 9; Boulder, CO
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Smiles for miles in the “Happiest City in America”

Kansas City Marathon
Oct 15; Kansas City, MO
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
The City of Fountains puts its best foot forward โ›ฒ๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more October marathons


Early October Half Marathons

Indy Half at Fort Benย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 1; Indianapolis, IN
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Family-friendly fall festivities in Fort Harrison State Park

Jackass Halfย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 1; Kellogg, ID
Half marathon, 5K
Speedy point-to-point in spectacular surroundings

Jamestown Rhode Races
Oct 1; Jamestown, RI
Half marathon
Island loop with epic views of Narragansett Bay

The Race
Oct 1; East Point, GA
Half marathon, 5K
Run to support black-owned businesses & neighborhoods

OCNJ Halfย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 2; Ocean City, NJ
Half marathon, 10 miler, 5K
โ€œAmericaโ€™s greatest family resort” hosts the best half in NJ

Rock Reno Half
Oct 2; Reno, NV
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Inaugural race from the team behind top-rated Rock Tahoe

Smuttynose Rockfest Half
Oct 2; Hampton, NH
Half marathon, 5K
Quaint coastal run boasts a raucous aftah-pahty

Lake Powell Halfย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 8; Page, AZ
Half marathon
Gorgeous road/trail hybrid on the AZ/UT border

Queen Bee Halfย ๐Ÿ†
Oct 8; Cincinnati, OH
Half marathon, 4 miler
Runners swarm to Cincy’s buzzy women’s race

Roots N Blues Festival Betsy Farris Memorial Run
Oct 8; Columbia, MO
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Scenic, spirited run honors former RNB Festival director

Urban Bourbon Half
Oct 8; Louisville, KY
Half marathon
Whiskey-inspired race day is a love letter to Louisville

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more October half marathons


Early October Ultra Marathons

Blues Cruise 50K
Oct 2; Leesport, PA
50K
Rolling, runnable route circumnavigates Blue Marsh Lake

Heartland 100
Oct 7โ€“8; Cassoday, KS
125 miler, 100 miler, 100K, 50 miler, marathon, half marathon
Gravel out-and-back thru protected tallgrass prairie

West Virginia Trilogy
Oct 7โ€“9; Circleville, WV
50 miler, 50K, half marathon, 5K
3-day, 3-distance gauntlet in the mountains of Appalachia

Moโ€™ Bell
Oct 8โ€“9; Burns, TN
24 hr, 24 hr relay, 12 hr, 12 hr relay, 100 miler, 100K, 50 miler, 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
Well-supported road or trail loops & cowbell medals

Wild Duluth Races
Oct 15; Duluth, MN
100K, 50K, half marathon, 10K
Rugged, hilly challenge overlooking Lake Superior

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more October ultra marathons


Early October International Races

Marathon P’tit Train du Nord ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Oct 1โ€“2; Val-David, Canada
Marathon, half marathon
Magnificent setting + gentle downhill = BQ favorite
(Sells out quickly, so plan ahead for 2023)

Koลกice Peace Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Oct 2; Koลกice, Slovakia
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Europe’s oldest marathon comes alive with civic pride

Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
Oct 2; Inverness, Scotland
Marathon, 10K, 5K
Come for the mythology, stay for the dramatic landscapes

Patagonian World Marathon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Oct 8; Torres del Paine, Chile
50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Behold the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine Natl Park

Sparkasse 3-Lรคnder-Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Oct 9; Lindau, Germany
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 11K, quarter marathon
Unique opportunity to run thru 3 countries (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช,๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น,๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search forย more October 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 โ€” including 50+ marathons and ultras โ€” in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.


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