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Quad Cities Marathon runners crossing the bridge from Illinois to Iowa
Runners cross the I-74 bridge at the Quad Cities Marathon

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)

September Marathons

Kauai Marathon
Sep 4; Koloa, HI
Marathon, half marathon
From tiki torches to tree tunnels, the Garden Island amazes

Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon
Sep 10; Geneva, IL and Grand Rapids, MI
Flat loop courses cater to last-minute Boston Qualifiers

REVEL Big Cottonwood
Sep 10; Salt Lake City, UT
Marathon, half marathon
Quad-busting downhill from the Wasatch Mtns to SLC

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle
Sep 11; Erie, PA
Two-loop BQ favorite along Presque Isle Bay & Lake Erie

Sundance to Spearfish Marathon
Sep 11; Beulah, WY
Stunningly scenic 3,000 ft drop from WY to SD

Pikes Peak Marathon & Ascent
Sep 17โ€“18; Manitou Springs, CO
Marathon, half marathon
Grueling up-and-down challenge climbs to 14,115 ft
(Waitlist only for marathon)

Akron Marathon ๐Ÿ†
Sep 24; Akron, OH
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon
Rubber City meets the road in its 20th anniversary

Jackson Hole Marathon ๐Ÿ†
Sep 24; Jackson Hole, WY
Marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon
Mile-high marvel in the shadow of Grand Teton

Monument Marathon
Sep 24; Gering, NE
Marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Rolling road/trail hybrid passes Scotts Bluff Natl Monument

Clarence DeMar Marathon ๐Ÿ†
Sep 25; Gilsum, NH
Marathon, half marathon
Small-town gem ๐Ÿ’Ž named for Boston’s only 7x champ

TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon (above)
Sep 25; Moline, IL
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K, 1 miler
Two-state favorite on the Mississippi celebrates year 25

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more September marathons

September Half Marathons

Oregon Wine Country Half
Sep 4; Independence, OR
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Peaceful run plus wine tasting in the Willamette Valley

Swanzey Covered Bridges Half
Sep 4; Swanzey, NH
Half marathon
Quaint New England countryside & four covered bridges

Bird in Hand Halfย ๐Ÿ†
Sep 9โ€“10;ย Bird-in-Hand, PA
Half marathon, 5K
Idyllic run among the Amish features horseshoe medals

Great Smoky Mountains Half ๐Ÿ†
Sep 9โ€“10; Townsend, TN
Half marathon, 5K
Appalachian charm aplenty at the best half in TN

Dick Beardsley Races
Sep 10; Detroit Lakes, MN
25K, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Running icon hosts a scenic circumnavigation of Detroit Lake

Surftown Half
Sep 11; Westerly, RI
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Oceanfront tour of affluent, picturesque beach communities

Orca Half
Sep 17; Seattle, WA
Half marathon
Epic shoreline views of Puget Sound & the Seattle skyline

St. Lukeโ€™s FitOne Half
Sep 24; Boise, ID
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Community-minded event showcases the best of Boise
(Registration opens Jun 1)

Plano Balloon Festival Half
Sep 24โ€“25; Plano, TX
Half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K
Come for the hot air balloons, stay for the fun suburban run

Chicago Half
Sep 25; Chicago, IL
Half marathon, 5K
Traffic-free out-and-back on Lake Shore Drive

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more September half marathons

September Ultra Marathons

A Race for the Ages (ARFTA)
Sept 2โ€“3; Manchester, TN
# of hrs = your age (40 hrs for 40 yrs or younger)
Innovative competition levels the playing field for all ages

Megunticook 50
Sep 10; Camden, ME
50K, 10K
Rugged, ruthless beauty where the mountains meet the sea

Run Rabbit Run
Sep 16โ€“17; Steamboat Springs, CO
100 miler, 50 miler
Lovely high-altitude challenge in Routt National Forest
(Waitlist only)

Dick Collins Firetrails
Sep 24; Castro Valley, CA
50 miler, marathon (no 100K in 2022)
Iconic event traverses the popular Bay Area Ridge Trail

Vermont 50
Sep 25; Brownsville, VT
50 miler, 50 mile relay, 50K
Welcome the arrival of autumn on Vermont’s verdant trails
(Registration opens May 25)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search for more September ultra marathons

September Other Distances

George Washington Patriot Run
Sep 10; Mount Vernon, VA
10 miler, 5K
Parkway run finishes at Washington’s Mount Vernon home

Imogene Pass Run
Sep 10; Ouray, CO
17.1 miler
High-elevation sensation is equal parts brutal & breathtaking
(Registration opens Jun 1)

5th Avenue Mile
Sep 11; New York, NY
1 miler
The nation’s premier mile attracts elites & first-timers alike

Surf City 10
Sep 24; Huntington Beach, CA
10 miler, 10K, 5K
Run a stone’s throw from the ocean on Pacific Coast Hwyย 

Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race
Sep 25; Pittsburgh, PA
10K, 5K, 1 miler
PA’s largest 10K delivers a high-energy tour of the Steel City

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search forย more September races of other distances

September International Races

Petra Desert Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด
Sep 3; Petra, Jordan
Marathon, half marathon
Hot, hilly trail race in one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

Ladakh Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Sep 8โ€“11; Leh, India
122K, 72K, marathon, half marathon, 10.5K, 5K
Extreme road challenge tops out at 17,600 ft of elevation

Jungfrau Marathonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Sep 9โ€“10; Interlaken, Switzerland
Marathon, 4K
Dramatic Alpine course climbs 6,400 ft to the finish

Marathon du Medoc ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Sep 10; Pauillac, France
The original wine country race is a bucket-list party
(Waitlist only, or entries available thru Marathon Tours & Travel)

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Sep 18; Sydney, Australia
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Iconic cityscape views with a finish at the Opera House

๐Ÿ‘‰ Or search forย more September 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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