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Coastal running at the Carlsbad Marathon
January weather brings ’em running to the Carlsbad Marathon, Half & 5K

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of “best bets” for January 2022 as well as some personal favorites we think you’ll enjoy.

NOTE: Scheduling remains fluid, and some January races 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.

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


January Marathons

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Jan 6–9; Lake Buena Vista, FL
Marathon, half marathon (sold out), 10K (sold out), 5K (sold out)
Family-friendly weekend celebrates WDW’s 50th anniversary

Charleston Marathon
Jan 15; Charleston, SC
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Charming port city welcomes winter snowbirds

Houston Marathon
Jan 15–16; Houston, TX
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Fast & flat BQ favorite deep in the heart of Texas

Louisiana Marathon πŸ†
Jan 15–16; Baton Rouge, LA
Marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K
Southern hospitality & one of the best finish festivals in the biz

Carlsbad Marathon
Jan 16; Carlsbad, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Nothing says “winter” like ocean views & SoCal sunshine

Jekyll Island Marathon
Jan 16; Jekyll Island, GA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
“Hyde” from the winter blues at this popular coastal retreat

Maui Oceanfront Marathon
Jan 16; Lahaina, HI
Double marathon, marathon, half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K
Gorgeous oceanfront run with potential whale sightings

Red Rock Canyon Marathon
Jan 22; Las Vegas, NV
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Hilly double loop showcases the magnificent Mojave Desert

Big Beach Marathon
Jan 29–30; Gulf Shores, AL
Marathon, half marathon, 7K
Festive beachside beauty on the Gulf of Mexico

Town of Celebration Marathon πŸ†
Jan 30; Celebration, FL
Marathon, half marathon
Small-town gem πŸ’Ž a short drive from Walt Disney World

More January marathons


January Half Marathons

Deschutes River Half
Jan 1; Maupin, OR
Half marathon, 2 miler
Kick off the New Year at this scenic riverfront out & back

Shark Bite Half
Jan 15–16; New Smyrna Beach, FL
Half marathon, 5K
Expect a fin-tastic time in the Shark Bite Capital of the World

Key West Half
Jan 16; Key West, FL
Half marathon, 5K
Oceanfront tour of the southernmost city in the U.S.

3M Half
Jan 23; Austin, TX
Half marathon
Net downhill course + top-notch swag = a capital experience

Miracle Match Race Series πŸ†
Jan 29–30; Waco, TX
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
“The Toughest in TX” supports marrow & stem cell donation

More January half marathons


January Ultra Marathons

Avalon Benefit 50 Miler / 50K Run
Jan 8; Avalon, CA
50 Miler, 50K
Run among the bison on stunning Catalina Island 🦬

Big Bend Ultra
Jan 16; Terlingua, TX
50 Miler, 50K, 30K, 20K, 10K
Dramatic desert vistas on the trails of Big Bend State Park

Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run
Jan 22; Huntsville, AL
50K
Mud, creek crossings & rugged, technical terrain

Arches Ultra
Jan 29; Moab, UT
50 Miler, 50K, half marathon, 9K
Sand & slickrock a stone’s throw from Arches Natl Park

Florida Skydive Ultra Run
Jan 29; Clewiston, FL
100 miler, 100K, 50 miler, 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K
Adrenaline aficionados, meet theΒ fastest first two miles in racing

More January ultras

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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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