In honor of National Race Day, we’ve compiled a list of the best 5k and half marathon races in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Oklahoma. Whether you are a serious runner or just starting out, these races offer something for everyone and will keep you breathless and inspired.
UTAH: Canyonlands Half Marathon
Mad Moz events set the stage for one of the most anticipated and fun half marathons and 5K races in the country. Held every spring, the 2023 Canyonland Half Marathon (March) is the reason you keep the wheel of your training moving. The first event took place on May 1, 1976, with only 22 finishers (including a dog). Forty-six years later, thousands of runners meet every March to form the famous red stone of Moab and cross the glorious Colorado River. A bucket-list race, the Canyonlands Half Marathon has recently been named one of the “Best Races in the World”. Runners World UK.
Colorado: Boulder Boulder 10K
Like most popular races in the United States, Boulder Boulder is held every Memorial Day weekend (and sells out fast every year), but it’s the ideal Colorado challenge for your 2023 goals. Also, the race is a serious spectator sport, as elite athletes use it as a training ground for Ironman competitions. Check out the top finishers in Folsom Field as they compete for one of the biggest prize purses in the industry. What’s more, like the free-spirited city of Boulder, the event is a full celebration with incredible live music, skydivers and a huge BBQ expo.
Arizona: The Wicked 5K
Earn your treats and parties on the 31st, held the day before HalloweenSt. This festival is by running the phoenix. The Wicked 5K is a fun family event that takes place on October 30, 2022 ৷ Costumes are highly encouraged, and children registered for Spooky Sprint will receive Halloween bags upon check-in and may receive a treat-or-treat course from volunteers.
Wisconsin: Brew City Half Marathon and 10K
Held on April 22, 2023, this fun race celebrates Milwaukee’s scenic beauty. The Milwaukee 118-mile-long Oak Leaf Trail stretches along the Brew City Half Marathon and becomes its fourth run in 10K 2023 — an out-and-back course that begins and ends at McKinley Park (expect Lakefront and Mariner views).
Illinois: Chicago Half Marathon and 5K
Recently renamed Runner World As one of the top 10 half marathons in the United States, the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K run more than half of the 13.1 miles along Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive, with unforgettable views of the city’s Lakefront Park and the city’s skyscrapers. On September 25, 2022, the out-and-back course began and ended at Jackson Park, next to the Museum of Science and Art.
Indiana: D.IN.O du Indiana Offroad
Considered one of the best trail runs in the country, D.IN.O. The Tekumseh Trail Challenge, being held on October 22, 2022, will challenge runners of all levels. During Indiana’s beautiful fall season, this course makes a demanding path in the Yellowwood State Forest. Trail surface varies from narrow forest trail to wide fire road, gravel, dirt, and paved road. Short climbs as well as several height gains are available along the course. Courses consist of Long Loop (13.4 miles) and Short Loop (6 miles). Both run counter-clockwise around Yellowwood Lake.
Oklahoma: RunnersWorld Half N Half
Held on December 4, 2022, RunnersWorld Half n Huff is packed with shoes for early waking and running for training. The out-and-back course follows a loop to the west of the beautiful Turkish Mountains. And considering the holidays, the race also has an elf drive. Bring a new wrapped kids toy for Project Elf, a non-profit organization that benefits Tulsa school students. There is no better way to start the holiday season!