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Finishers jumping for joy at the Quad Cities Marathon
Discover plenty of reasons to jump for joy at the Quad Cities Marathon

Welcome to your RaceRaves guide to top September races! Here we spotlight best bets & hidden gems to help you get a leg up on the fall racing season.

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

September Marathons

Kauai Marathon πŸ†
Sep 1; Koloa, HI
Marathon, half marathon
Hula dancers, tree tunnels & an oceanfront finish

Sackets Harbor Marathon
Sep 1; Sackets Harbor, NY
Marathon, half marathon
“Wonderful” out-and-back on the shores of Lake Ontario

Old Forge Marathon Weekend
Sep 5–7; Old Forge, NY
50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Destination trail race in the gateway to the Adirondacks

Beat the Blerch
Sep 7; Carnation, WA
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Cake, couches & fun inspired by the cartoon cherub

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle
Sep 8; Erie, PA
Flat, two-loop BQ favorite on Lake Erie

Bismarck Marathon
Sep 21–22; Bismarck, ND
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K
43-year tradition starts & finishes at the state capitol

Pikes Peak Marathon & Ascent
Sep 21–22; Manitou Springs, CO
Marathon, half marathon
Grueling up-and-down challenge climbs to 14,115 ft

TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon (above)
Sep 22; Moline, IL
Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K, 1 miler
Two states, three bridges, four cities & one mighty river

Colorado Springs Marathon
Sep 28; Colorado Springs, CO
Marathon, half marathon, 5K
Elevation celebration in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Jackson Hole Marathon
Sep 28; Jackson Hole, WY
Marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon
“Breathtaking scenery” & dazzling views of Grand Teton

Clarence DeMar Marathon πŸ†
Sep 29; Keene, NH
Marathon, half marathon
Small-town gem πŸ’Ž named for Boston’s only 7x champ

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more September marathons

September Half Marathons

Swanzey Covered Bridges Half
Sep 1; Swanzey, NH
Half marathon
Rolling countryside & four covered bridges

Bird in Hand Half πŸ†
Sep 6–7; Bird in Hand, PA
Half marathon, 5K
Old-world, bucket-list weekend in Amish Country

Surftown Half
Sep 8; Westerly, RI
Half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K
Oceanfront tour of affluence passes Taylor Swift’s mansion

Blackwater Canyon Half
Sep 14; Parsons, WV
Half marathon
Riverside rail-trail drops 1,300+ ft in Monongahela Nat’l Forest

Marine Corps Half
Sep 14; Camp Lejeune, NC
Half marathon
Patriotic run thru Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Orca Half
Sep 14–15; Seattle, WA
Half marathon, 8 miler
Shoreline views of Puget Sound & the Seattle skyline

DC Half & Relay
Sep 15; Washington, DC
Half marathon, half marathon relay
Hometown half celebrates our nation’s capital

Willamette Valley Half
Sep 15; Salem, OR
Half marathon, 10K
Verdant park run finishes with a riverfront wine festival 🍷

Corner Canyon Half Marathon
Sep 21; Draper, UT
Half marathon, 10K, 5K
Hilly trail run along the Wasatch Front offers great value

Mount Rushmore Half πŸ†
Sep 21; Hermosa, SD
Half marathon
“Beautiful but brutal” rotating favorite returns in 2024

OCNJ Half πŸ†
Sep 22; Ocean City, NJ
Half marathon, 10 miler, 5K
Run the boardwalk in β€œAmerica’s greatest family resort”

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more September half marathons

September Ultra Marathons

Labor Pain 12 Hour Endurance Trail Run
Sept 1; Reading, PA
12 hr
5-mile loop challenges participants to go the distance

Megunticook Trail Festival
Sep 7; Camden, ME
50K, 20K, 10K
Rugged, ruthless beauty where the mountains meet the sea

Wy’east Wonder
Sep 7; Mt Hood, OR
50 miler, 50K
Ridgeline point-to-point boasts sublime views of Mt Hood

Grindstone Trail Running Festival
Sep 20–21; Mt Solon, VA
100 miler, 100K, 50K, half marathon
Dig deep & test your limits in the Shenandoah Valley

Javelina Jangover Night Runs
Sep 21; Scottsdale, AZ
75K, 50K, 25K, 15K, 7K
Carpe noctum (seize the night) on this desert loop course

πŸ‘‰ Or search for more September ultra marathons

September Other Distances

Around the Crown 10K
Sep 1; Charlotte, NC
On highways & byways, the Queen City shines

Denver Rocks Run
Sep 8; Denver CO
10K, 5K
Summer sendoff in the heart of the Mile High City

Plaza 10K
Sep 8; Kansas City, MO
KC favorite takes over upscale Country Club Plaza

Santa Monica Classic
Sep 8; Santa Monica, CA
10K, 5K
Oceanfront run finishes at Santa Monica Pier 🎑

Base 2 Space Seattle Space Needle Climb
Sep 29; Seattle, WA
832 stairs
Open-air climb to the top of Seattle’s iconic landmark

πŸ‘‰ Or search for September races of other distances

September International Races

Jungfrau Marathon πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­
Sep 6–7; Interlaken, Switzerland
Marathon, 4K
Breathtaking Alpine ascent is both beauty & beast

Kangaroo Island Marathon πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Sep 8; Flinders Chase, Australia
Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Remote island inhabited by kangaroos & koalas 🐨

Vilnius Marathon πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή
Sep 8; Vilnius, Lithuania
Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
Green Baltic capital rolls out the red carpet

Patagonia Running Festival πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±
Sep 21; Torres del Paine, Chile
50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K
“Stunningly scenic” adventure at the End of the World

Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Sep 29; Inverness, Scotland
Marathon, 10K, 5K
Mythology-inspired tour of the Scottish Highlands

πŸ‘‰ Or search for 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 completed over 120 races β€” including 60+ marathons and ultras plus all six Abbott World Marathon Majors β€” in locations ranging from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

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