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Runners in costume at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon earns “snout”-outs from runners nationwide

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top upcoming races! Here we highlight a sampling of best bets and personal favorites to ensure your spring racing schedule is on point.

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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)

May Marathons

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 6โ€“7; Cincinnati, OH
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 miler
The pride of Cincinnati rolls out the pink carpet for year 25

OC Marathon Running Festival
May 6โ€“7; Newport Beach, CA
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Coastal tour of Orange County hits all the right notes

Pittsburgh Marathon
May 6โ€“7; Pittsburgh, PA
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K
Yinz will love the crowd support at this Steel City showcase

New River Marathon
May 13; Todd, NC
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Pastoral beauty meets small-town charm in the Blue Ridge Mtns

Fargo Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 19โ€“20; Fargo, ND
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Midwestern favorite starts & finishes in the festive Fargodome

Ogden Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 20; Ogden, UT
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 12K, 5K
Stunning downhill course + amazing support = BQ potential

Queen Bee Montana Marathon
May 21; Billings, MT
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Low-key, net downhill run elevated by great community spirit

Windermere Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 21; Spokane, WA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Nicely shaded point-to-point along the sparkling Spokane River

Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon
May 27; Traverse City, MI
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Lovely out-and-back follows the shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay

Buffalo Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 27โ€“28; Buffalo, NY
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
High-energy urban experience highlights the best of Buffalo

Coeur dโ€™Alene Marathon ๐Ÿ†
May 28; Coeur dโ€™Alene, ID
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Destination race centered around pristine Lake Coeur d’Alene

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more May marathons

May Half Marathons

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indy Mini)
May 6; Indianapolis, IN
Half marathon, 5K
The “Greatest Spectacle in Running” features a lap on the Speedway

Frederick Running Festival
May 6โ€“7; Frederick, MD
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Scenic suburban loop starts & finishes at the fairgrounds

Running with the Cows ๐Ÿ†
May 13; Bucyrus, KS
Half marathon, 5K
The best half in Kansas boasts huge cow-moo-nity support ๐Ÿฎ

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half ๐Ÿ†
May 13; Solvang, CA
Half marathon, half marathon relay
Gorgeous Mother’s Day getaway with a top-notch finish festival

Viola Valley Half
May 13; Viola, TN
Half marathon, 5K
Tiny-town hidden gem ๐Ÿ’Ž showcases Tennessee’s rural beauty

Harpers Ferry Half
May 20; Harpers Ferry, WV
Half marathon, 5K
Hilly & historic road/trail hybrid brings the Civil War era to life

La Jolla Half
May 20; La Jolla, CA
Half marathon, 5K
Quiet coastal course features breathtaking hills & ocean views

Run the Bluegrass
May 20; Lexington, KY
Half marathon, 7 miler, 3.6 miler
“Americaโ€™s Prettiest Half Marathon” rolls past Thoroughbred farms

San Juan Island Half ๐Ÿ†
May 20; Friday Harbor, WA
Half marathon
Picturesque point-to-point where the sea meets the sky

Chicago Spring Half
May 21; Chicago, IL
Half marathon, 10K
Spirited celebration of spring includes post-race brunch buffet

Marine Corps Historic Half
May 21; Fredericksburg, VA
Half marathon, 5 miler
Start with a musket blast, finish with a medal from a Marine

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May Ultra Marathons

Cocodona 250
May 1โ€“5; Flagstaff, AZ
250 miler, 125 miler, 36 miler
For intrepid adventurers, the epic challenge of a lifetime

Strolling Jim
May 6; Wartrace, TN
40 miler, marathon, half marathon, 10K
Rolling TN classic where “no one leaves disappointed”

Bryce Canyon Ultras ๐Ÿ†
May 20; Hatch, UT
50 Miler, 60K, 50K, 30K
Brutal-ful, high-altitude hike among the hoodoos

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs
May 20; Los Alamos, NM
50 miler, 50K, 15 miler
Rugged, formidable mountain ultra pulls no punches

Mind the Ducks 12h
May 20; Webster, NY
12 hr
Birds of a feather run together on a paved, one-mile park loop

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May Other Distances

May 7; Spokane, WA
Spring spectacular showcases Spokane one hill at a time

Bay to Breakers
May 21; San Franciso, CA
15K, 12K
Iconic event is a colorful, costumed celebration of San Francisco

Soldier Field 10 Mile
May 27; Chicago, IL
10 miler, 10K
Patriotic tradition honors fallen soldiers & finishes on the field

Miles on the Mohawk
May 28; Schenectady, NY
10 miler
Savor spring at this speedy point-to-point along the Mohawk River

May 29; Boulder, CO
High-altitude, high-energy Memorial Day tribute

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more May races of other distances

May International Races

Ultra Blue Island by Azores Trail Run ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
May 5โ€“7; Faial Island, Portugal
118K, 65K, marathon, 25K, 11K
Ocean vistas & dramatic landscapes on a volcanic island

BMO Vancouver Marathon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
May 7; Vancouver, Canada
Marathon, half marathon, 8K
Canada’s largest marathon follows the world-famous Seawall

Prague Marathon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ†
May 7; Prague, Czech Republic
Marathon, marathon relay
Culture, castles & cobblestones in a cosmopolitan capital city

Santiago Marathon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
May 7; Santiago, Chile
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Chile’s biggest sporting event welcomes 30,000 runners

Gรถteborgsvarvet ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
May 13; Gothenburg, Sweden
Half marathon
Soak up the sights, sounds & spectacle of the world’s largest half

Bhutan Thunder Dragon Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น
May 28; Paro, Bhutan
Marathon, half marathon
Grueling trail race in a Buddhist Himalayan kingdom

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more May 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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