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Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top early October races! Here we spotlight best bets & hidden gems to kick off the busiest month of the racing season.

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

Early October Marathons

Long Beach Marathon
Oct 5–6; Long Beach, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K, bike and run combo, bike tour
Run or bike SoCal’s autumn oceanfront race weekend

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon πŸ†
Oct 5–6; Milwaukee, WI
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
WI’s largest marathon follows its Lake Michigan muse

Run Crazy Horse
Oct 5–6; Crazy Horse, SD
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Black Hills beauty & the world’s largest mountain monument

Greenbrier River Trail Marathon
Oct 6; Cass, WV
Marathon, half marathon
Speedy Appalachian gem πŸ’Ž starts with a train whistle

Portland Marathon
Oct 6; Portland, OR
Marathon, half marathon
Rose City showcase features four bridge crossings

Wineglass Marathon
Oct 6; Bath, NY
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Finger Lakes favorite boasts handcrafted glass medals

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
Oct 11–12; Bemidji, MN
Marathon, 26K, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Circumnavigate Lake Bemidji in this ode to Paul Bunyan

Cape Cod Marathon
Oct 12–13; Falmouth, MA
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Meandering route hugs the stunning Falmouth coastline

Amica Newport Marathon
Oct 13; Newport, RI
Marathon, half marathon
“Breathtaking” ocean views & Gilded Age mansions

Steamtown Marathon
Oct 13; Scranton, PA
Marathon, wheelchair marathon
Net downhill point-to-point traverses 14 communities

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Early October Half Marathons

Indy Half at Fort Ben πŸ†
Oct 5; Indianapolis, IN
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Fall foliage & festivities in Fort Harrison State Park

Jackass Half πŸ†
Oct 5; Kellogg, ID
Half marathon, 5K
Gentle downhill point-to-point hits all the right notes

Mighty Niagara Half
Oct 5; Youngstown, NY
Half marathon, 5K
Canada to the left of me, US to the right, here I am 🎡

SPACEROCK Trail Race πŸ†
Oct 5; Agua Dulce, CA
Half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K
Out-of-this-world setting for iconic movies and TV shows

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

Smuttynose Rockfest Half πŸ†
Oct 6; Hampton, NH
Half marathon, 5K
Quaint coastal run meets wicked aftah pahty at NH’s best half

Lake Powell Half πŸ†
Oct 12; Page, AZ
Half marathon
“Spectacular” road/trail hybrid in red rock desert country

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
Oct 12; Myrtle Beach, SC
Half marathon, 5K
5+ miles of oceanfront running plus a boardwalk finish

Queen Bee Half πŸ† (above)
Oct 12; Cincinnati, OH
Half marathon, 4 miler
Runners swarm to Cincy’s female-focused favorite 🐝

Northshore Half & 10 Miler
Oct 13; Mandeville, LA
Half marathon, 10 miler, 5K
Idyllic Louisiana run along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain

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Early October Ultra Marathons

Arches Marathon & Half
Oct 5; Moab, UT
50K, marathon, half marathon, 15K
Rugged red-dirt adventure next door to Arches Nat’l Park

Wild Wild West Marathon and Ultra
Oct 5; Lone Pine, CA
50 miler, 50K, marathon, 10 miler
Run in the shadow of Mt Whitney, highest peak in the lower 48

Blues Cruise 50K
Oct 6; Leesport, PA
50K, 50K relay
Rolling, runnable trail circles Blue Marsh Lake

Heartland Spirit of the Prairie 100
Oct 11–12; Cassoday, KS
125 miler, 100 miler, 100K, 50 miler, marathon, half marathon
Tallgrass prairie out-and-back on backcountry gravel roads

West Virginia Trilogy
Oct 11–13; Circleville, WV
50 miler, 50K, half marathon, 5K
3 days, 3 distances in Monongahela Nat’l Forest

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Early October Other Distances

Grand Circle Trailfest: Kanab πŸ†
Oct 3–5; Kanab, UT
16 miler, 10 miler, half marathon
3-day festival in Bryce Canyon, Zion & Antelope Canyon

Ragnar Road Bourbon Chase
Oct 4; Lexington, KY
200 mile relay
Epic tour of Bourbon Country starts at Jim Beam distillery

Manhattan Beach 10K Run
Oct 5; Manhattan Beach, CA
High-energy race day w/an oceanfront beachside finish 🌊

Boston 10K for Women
Oct 12; Boston, MA
48-year tradition inspires & celebrates female runners

Army Ten-Miler πŸ†
Oct 13; Washington, DC
10 miler
Hooah! Patriotic circuit of DC highlights marks 40 years

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Early October International Races

KoΕ‘ice Peace Marathon πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡°
Oct 6; KoΕ‘ice, Slovakia
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Europe’s oldest marathon celebrates its 100th year

Wizz Air Skopje Marathon πŸ‡²πŸ‡°
Oct 6; Skopje, North Macedonia
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Laid-back capital city is a gem of the Balkan Peninsula

Royal Victoria Marathon πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Oct 12–13; Victoria, Canada
Marathon, half marathon, 8K, 5K
Seaside beauty coincides with Canadian Thanksgiving

Melbourne Marathon Festival πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Oct 13; East Melbourne, Australia
Marathon, wheelchair marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Finish strong in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest stadium
(Waitlist only; 2025 registration opens in Nov)

Sparkasse 3-Country Marathon πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ
Oct 13; Lindau, Germany
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 11K, quarter marathon
Unique opportunity to run in 3 countries (πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­)

πŸ‘‰ Or search for 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 completed over 120 races β€” including 60+ marathons and ultras plus all six Abbott World Marathon Majors β€” in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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