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Runners pass vineyards at the Santa Rosa Marathon
Run through Northern California wine country at the Santa Rosa Marathon

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of best bets & personal favorites to help you stay motivated through the dog days of summer.

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NOTE:ย Unless otherwise noted, the following list includes only events that are now taking registrations for an in-person race.

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

July & August Marathons

Mad Marathon
Jul 9; Waitsfield, VT
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K, 5K
If hills pay the bills, the Green Mountains will put you in the black

Waugoshance Trail Marathon
Jul 15; Mackinaw City, MI
50K, marathon, half marathon
Forested single track a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan

San Francisco Marathon
Jul 22โ€“23; San Francisco, CA
Double marathon, marathon, 1st half marathon, 2nd half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K
Sightseeing circuit of one of the nation’s most picturesque cities

Aspen Backcountry Marathon & Heavy Half
Aug 5; Aspen, CO
Marathon, half marathon
Earn a Rocky Mountain runner’s high among the aspens
(Registration not yet open)

Beaver Canyon Marathon
Aug 5; Beaver City, UT
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
High above sea level, small-town gem drops 4,000 ft in 21 miles

ET Full Moon Midnight Marathon
Aug 6; Rachel, NV
51K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Keep an eye on the sky at this nighttime run through UFO country

Tunnel Vision Marathon
Aug 13; Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Marathon, half marathon
Downhill BQ favorite starts with 2+ miles in an old railroad tunnel

Anchorage Runfest (Humpyโ€™s Marathon & Skinny Raven Half)
Aug 19โ€“20; Anchorage, AK
49K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K, 1 miler
Urban Alaska charms with coastal beauty & four-legged locals

Run with the Horses Marathon
Aug 19; Green River, WY
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
High-altitude roadโ€“trail hybrid where wild horses roam free

Santa Rosa Marathon (above)
Aug 26โ€“27; Santa Rosa, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Flat & festive summer finale in Sonoma County wine country๐Ÿท

New England Green River Marathon
Aug 27; Marlboro, VT
Rustic riverside run starts in VT and finishes in MA

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July & August Half Marathons

Meijer Festival of Races (Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon)
Jul 8; Traverse City, MI
Half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K
50th anniversary celebration in the Cherry Capital of the World

Spearfish Canyon Half
Jul 8; Spearfish, SD
Half marathon, 5K
“Downhill all the way” on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Star Valley Half
Jul 8; Thayne, WY
Half marathon
Friendly, small-town family affair near Grand Teton Natl Park

Mount Rainier Half
Jul 14โ€“15; Ashford, WA
Half marathon, 5K
Over the river(s) and thru the woods in the shadow of Mt Rainier

Bryce Canyon Half
Jul 15; Bryce Canyon, UT
Half marathon, 5K
Speedy downhill road race in spectacular surroundings

Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half
Jul 15โ€“16; Napa, CA
Half marathon, 5K
The original wine country half lives up to “grape” expectations ๐Ÿ‡

Rocky Mountain Half ๐Ÿ†
Jul 28โ€“29; Estes Park, CO
Half marathon, 5K
“Challenging altitude course” boasts “stunning scenery” & “epic views”

Bridge of the Gods Half ๐Ÿ†
Aug 6; Cascade Locks, OR
Half marathon, 10K
Heavenly vistas make this a “bucket list race” for mere mortals

Asheville Half
Aug 26; Asheville, NC
Half marathon, 10K
Vibrant, bohemian destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Walt Stack DSE Double Dipsea ๐Ÿ†
Aug 26; Stinson Beach, CA
13.7 miler
“Sadistically designed” out-and-back on the iconic Dipsea Trail
(Registration opens May 26)

Iron Horse Half (above) ๐Ÿ†
Aug 27; North Bend, WA
Half marathon
Downhill rails-to-trails route is a PR waiting to happen

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July & August Ultra Marathons

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run
Jul 8; Leadville, CO
50 miler, 15 miler
Extreme altitude challenge serves up “a true test of your limits”

Maah Daah Hey Trail Run ๐Ÿ†
Jul 29; Medora, ND
106 miler, 81 miler, 56 miler, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Experience the rugged & relentless beauty of the ND Badlands

Marquette Trail 50
Aug 18โ€“19; Marquette, MI
50 miler, 50K, 5K, 1 miler
Sublime climbs rewarded with unrivaled views of Lake Superior

Backcountry Rise
Aug 19โ€“20; Toutle, WA
50 miler, 50K, 20 miler
Explore remote landscapes shaped by the 1980 Mt St. Helens eruption

A Race for the Ages (ARFTA)
Aug 31โ€“Sep 2; Manchester, TN
# of hrs = your age
Quirky competition where the older you are, the longer you run

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

July & August Other Distances

AJC Peachtree Road Race
Jul 4; Atlanta, GA
Kick off July 4th festivities at the world’s largest 10K ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Boilermaker Road Race ๐Ÿ†
Jul 9; Utica, NY
15K, 5K
Community-minded celebration dials up the spirit & support

Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race
Aug 5; Cape Elizabeth, ME
Brainchild of Joan Benoit Samuelson marks its 25th year
(General Registration opens Apr 20)

Shawshank Hustle
Aug 12; Mansfield, OH
4.6 miler
Inspired tribute starts & finishes at Shawshank State Prison

Falmouth Road Race
Aug 20; Falmouth, MA
7 miler
Cape Cod’s iconic coastal course enters its 6th decade
(Lottery registration opens in May)

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

July & August International Races

Zermatt Marathon๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Jul 1; Zermatt, Switzerland
45.5K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Uphill alpine adventure ends at the highest finish line in Europe

Gold Coast Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Jul 1โ€“2; Southport, Australia
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Flat seaside run showcases world-class surfing beaches

Victoria Falls Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ
Jul 2; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, 7K
Wild elephants ๐Ÿ˜ย & one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World

Reykjavik Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Aug 19; Reykjavik, Iceland
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 3K
Tour of Iceland’s captivating capital coincides w/ Reykjavik Culture Night

Mexico City Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Aug 27; Mexico City, Mexico
Latin America’s largest marathon earns the World Athletics Elite Label

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for 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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