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Windermere Marathon course along the Spokane River
Enjoy soothing views of the Spokane River at the Windermere Marathon & Half

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of best bets for May 2022 plus some personal favorites we think you’ll enjoy, as the racing season enters one of its busiest months of the year.

NOTE: 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.

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

May Marathons

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon 🏆
Apr 29–May 1; Cincinnati, OH
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
Two-state favorite embraces its popular porcine theme

Eau Claire Marathon 🏆
Apr 30–May 1; Eau Claire, WI
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Bridges galore, boisterous support & the beloved Blugold Mile

Eugene Marathon 🏆
Apr 30–May 1; Eugene, OR
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Tour of TrackTown USA finishes on historic Hayward Field

OC Marathon Running Festival
Apr 30–May 1; Newport Beach, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Diverse course features exhilarating oceanfront views

Pittsburgh Marathon
Apr 30–May 1; Pittsburgh, PA
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Hilly, challenging route turns on the Steel City charm

Windermere Marathon (above) 🏆
May 15; Spokane, WA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Flat point-to-point along the sparkling Spokane River

Fargo Marathon 🏆
May 20–21; Fargo, ND
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Perennially popular party starts & finishes in the FargoDome

Buffalo Marathon 🏆
May 28–29; Buffalo, NY
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Lively urban loop showcases the City of Good Neighbors

Prince of Wales Island Marathon
May 28; Craig, AK
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Small, stunning hidden gem 💎 far off the beaten path

Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon
May 28; Traverse City, MI
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Charming destination race in the Cherry Capital of the World
(Half marathon is at capacity)

Coeur d’Alene Marathon
May 29; Coeur d’Alene, ID
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Soak up the scenery in this family-friendly resort town

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
May 29; Ojai, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Gradual downhill to the ocean earns M2B top BQ honors

👉 Or search for more May marathons.

May Half Marathons

Mark Twain Redding Road Race
May 1; Redding, CT
Half marathon, 7 miler
These rural hills are alive with the sound of moo-sic 🐮

Greenbrier Half Marathon
May 1; White Sulphur Springs, SC
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Luxury destination race on the grounds of “America’s Resort”

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indy Mini)
May 7; Indianapolis, IN
Half marathon, 5K
Kiss the bricks at “The Greatest Spectacle in Running”

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon 🏆
May 7; Solvang, CA
Half marathon, half marathon relay
Idyllic Mother’s Day getaway on CA’s Central Coast

Yosemite Half Marathon
May 7; Oakhurst, CA
Half marathon
Road/trail hybrid with a fast downhill thru Sierra Nat’l Forest

Running With the Cows 🏆
May 14; Bucyrus, KS
Half marathon, 5K
The best half marathon in KS is a rolling, rustic fan favorite

San Juan Island Half 🏆
May 14; Friday Harbor, WA
Half marathon
Gorgeous island landscapes “where the sea meets the sky”

Thelma & Louise Marathon & Half 🏆
May 21; Moab, UT
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 15K
Moab’s rugged, women-only trail half adds a full marathon

Chicago Spring Half Marathon
May 22; Chicago, IL
Half marathon, 10K
Enjoy dramatic skyline views on the popular Lakefront Trail

Marine Corps Historic Half
May 22; Fredericksburg, VA
Half marathon, 5 miler
Run thru history & earn your finisher medal from a Marine

👉 Or search for more May half marathons.

May Ultra Marathons

Strolling Jim
May 7; Wartrace, TN
40 miler, marathon, half marathon, 10K
Old-school favorite travels the hilly roads of rural TN

Ice Age Trail 50
May 14; Whitewater, WI
50 miler, 50K, half marathon
Iconic ultra boasts an elite field & sells out quickly
(Waitlist only; all 2022 events are at capacity)

Quest for the Crest Trail Races
May 14–15; Burnsville, NC
50K, 10K
One of the nation’s toughest 50Ks is both beauty & beast

Bryce Canyon Ultras
May 28–29; Hatch, UT
100 Miler, 50 miler, 60K, 50K, 30K
Q: Hoodoo you love? A: VR’s high-altitude mountain challenge

Stumptown Trail Runs
May 28, 30; Portland, OR
50K, half marathon
Portland’s only 50K showcases the lush trails of Forest Park

👉 Or search for more May ultra marathons.

May Other Distances

Lilac Bloomsday Run
May 1; Spokane, WA
Spokane’s spring spectacular celebrates its 46th year

Amway River Bank Run
May 14; Grand Rapids, MI
25K, 10K, 5K
Grand Rapids proudly hosts the nation’s largest 25K

Carlsbad 5000 🏆
May 22; Carlsbad, CA
Earn a high-five from Meb at “The World’s Fastest 5K” 🙏

Soldier Field 10 Mile
May 28; Chicago, IL
10 miler
Lakefront tour of local landmarks finishes on the 50-yard line

May 30; Boulder, CO
Celebrate Memorial Day with a Rocky Mountain runner’s high
(Registration opens in early Jan)

👉 Or search for more May races of other distances.

May International Races

NOTE: As of Jan 5, Australia & New Zealand remain closed to international visitors

Du Motion Runners’ Days Dubrovnik 🇭🇷
Apr 30–May 1; Dubrovnik, Croatia
Half marathon, 5K, 2.5K
Seaside tour of a magnificent walled city on the Adriatic coast

BMO Vancouver Marathon 🇨🇦
May 1; Vancouver, Canada
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 8K
Canada’s largest marathon marks its 50th anniversary

Copenhagen Marathon 🇩🇰
May 15; Copenhagen, Denmark
Enjoy the sights & sounds of Denmark’s vibrant capital

Kenya Impact Marathon (Run With the Legends) 🇰🇪
May 16–22; Kericho, Kenya
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Immersive week among elite runners supports Kenyan women

Luxembourg Night Marathon 🇱🇺
May 28; Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Festive nighttime run in one of Europe’s smallest countries

👉 Or search for more May international races.

Looking for more in-person races that may actually happen? Check out our Featured Races for:

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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 — including 50+ marathons and ultras — in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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