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Runners enjoy mountain views at the Skinny Raven Half & 10K
Enjoy summer in Ahh-laska at the Skinny Raven Half & 10K

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)


July & August Marathons

Grandfather Mountain Marathon
Jul 9; Boone, NC
Marathon
Rolling, uphill run in the Blue Ridge Mountains
(Registration opens Apr 5)

Madison Marathonย |ย Big Sky Marathon
Jul 9โ€“10; Ennis, MT
Marathon, half marathon (Madison only)
High-altitude off-road challenges in Big Sky Country
(Limited entries available)

Mad Marathon
Jul 10; Waitsfield, VT
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, half marathon relay
New England charm aside, these hills will test your pride

Mesa Falls Marathon ๐Ÿ†
Jul 16; Idaho Falls, ID
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Lovely road/trail hybrid thru Caribou-Targhee Nat’l Forest

Jack & Jillโ€™s Downhill Marathon
Jul 30โ€“31; Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Marathon, half marathon
Gentle downhill + crushed gravel = BQs aplenty

Crater Lake Rim Runs
Aug 13; Crater Lake, OR
Marathon, 13 miler, 6.7 miler
Hilly, breathtaking circumnavigation of Crater Lake

ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon
Aug 14; Rachel, NV
51K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Dark desert highway hosts a quirky run thru Area 51

Anchorage RunFest (Humpyโ€™s Marathon)
Aug 20โ€“21; Anchorage, AK
49K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K, 1 miler
Celebrate AK on tree-lined trails among four-legged locals

Main to Main Marathon
Aug 20; Osage, IA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
A-maize-ing, bucolic gem ๐Ÿ’Ž thru corn & soybean country

Santa Rosa Marathon
Aug 27โ€“28; Santa Rosa, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Flat BQ favorite w/ great swag in Northern CA wine country

New England Green River Marathon
Aug 28; Marlboro, VT
Marathon
Rustic, rolling, riverside route starts in VT & finishes in MA

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more July & August marathons


July & August Half Marathons

Jackson Hole Half
Jul 2; Teton Village, WY
Half marathon, 5K
Relaxed run with spectacular views of the Teton Range

Meijer Festival of Races (Chateau Grand Traverse Half)
Jul 9; Traverse City, MI
Half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K
Summer celebration in the Cherry Capital of the World

Mount Rainier Half ๐Ÿ†
Jul 15โ€“16; Ashford, WA
Half marathon, 5K
Remote road/trail hybrid in the shadow of Mount Rainier

Fueled by Fine Wine Half
Jul 17; Dundee, OR
Half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K
Stunning trail run & wine tasting in Willamette Valley

Skinny Raven Half & 10K (above)
Jul 17; Anchorage, AK
Half marathon, 10K
Miles of popular park trails and a uniquely Alaskan vibe

Madison Mini-Marathon
Jul 23; Madison, WI
Half marathon, 5K
Raucous, rolling urban tour highlighted by UWโ€“Madison

Rocky Mountain Half ๐Ÿ†
Jul 29โ€“30; Estes Park, CO
Half marathon, 5K
Step up to a legit Rocky Mountain runner’s high

Bridge of the Gods Half
Aug 7; Cascade Locks, OR
Half marathon, 10K
โ€œGorgeโ€ous run across & along the Columbia River

Cedar Breaks at Night Half (inaugural)
Aug 12โ€“13; Brian Head, UT
Half marathon
High-altitude moonlit challenge is VR’s newest event

Iron Horse Half ๐Ÿ†
Aug 21; North Bend, WA
Half marathon
Wooded rails-to-trails downhill voted WA’s best half

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more July & August half marathons


July & August Ultra Marathons

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs ๐Ÿ†
Jul 9; San Pablo, CA
12 hr, 12 hr relay, 6 hr, 6 hr relay, 3 hr, 3 hr relay
Festive, fully supported running party on San Pablo Bay

Dances With Dirt Devilโ€™s Lake
Jul 9; Baraboo, WI
50 miler, 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K
Hilly off-road adventure explores a glacier-created reserve

Maah Daah Hey Trail Run
Jul 30; Medora, ND
107 miler, 81 miler, 56 miler, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Bask in the barren & “butte-iful” Badlands of North Dakota

Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon
Aug 20; Custer, SD
100 miler, 100 mile relay, 50 miler, 30 miler, 20 miler
Black Hills beauty ideal for fast times & first-timers

North Country Trail Run
Aug 27โ€“28; Wellston, MI
50 miler, 50K, marathon, half marathon
Smooth single-track, A+ production & massive medals

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more July & August ultra marathons


July & August Other Distances

AJC Peachtree Road Race
Jul 4; Atlanta, GA
10K
Celebrate US independence w/ the nation’s largest road race
(Registration open Mar 15โ€“31)

Boilermaker Road Race ๐Ÿ†
Jul 10; Utica, NY
15K, 5K
Family- and fitness-focused community extravaganza
(Open registration begins Mar 11)

Shawshank Hustle
Aug 6; Mansfield, OH
4.6 miler
Get busy running at this immersive tribute to the 1994 classic

Falmouth Road Race
Aug 21; Woods Hole, MA
7 miler
Iconic Cape Cod coastal course celebrates its 50th year
(General registration opens in May)

Across the Bay 12K & 415K
Aug 28; San Francisco, CA
12K, 5K
Enjoy sweeping views atop the Golden Gate Bridge

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search forย more July & August races of other distances


July & August International Races

Australian Outback Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Jul 30; Alice Springs, Australia
Marathon, half marathon, 11K, 6K
Red dirt run in the shadow of Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site

Come to Galapagos Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ
Aug 5; Galapagos, Ecuador
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Run in Darwin’s footsteps at this eco-friendly adventure

City2Surf ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Aug 14; Sydney, Australia
14K
Sydney comes alive at “the worldโ€™s largest fun run”
(Registration opens Mar 31)

Reykjavik Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Aug 20; Reykjavik, Iceland
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 3K
Dramatic geography in the Land of Fire & Ice

Comrades Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ†
Aug 28; Durban, South Africa
90K
The Ultimate Human Race marks its 95th running
(Registration open Apr 20โ€“May 16 for non-2020 entrants)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search forย more July & August 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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