Want to sign up for a race, but have no idea where to start? Lucky for you, we’ve run thousands of collective miles to find the most fun, scenic routes in the world — some that just might help you snag a PR, too.
Whether you’re looking for a 10K, half-marathon or even tackling a full marathon distance, we put together your ultimate race bucket list. We bet you’ll be reaching for your credit card faster than you can say “run!”
263 Races for All Levels
Best Races to See the World
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Nothing says exciting like a race-cation — aka turning race day into a vacation — at a beautiful, sunny location. These races are just as much about the journey as they are the destination. Add them to your list of must-do runs!
The Best 10K Races Totally Worth the Travel
The 30 Best Marathons in the Entire World
15 Races for People Who’d Rather Walk than Run
Half-Marathons to Get You Hooked
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After tackling a 10K, many people move on to the half-marathon, and for good reason! Tackling a 13.1-miler is definitely tough enough that you’ll feel challenged, but the training isn’t as time-intense as a full-on marathon. Plus, if one of your goals is to visit all 50 states, cross off two accomplishments at once by joining the Fifty States Half Marathon Club.
The 50 Best Half-Marathons in the U.S.
The 15 Best Destination Half-Marathons in the World
Marathons to Go the Distance
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You decided you want to go the full distance — congrats! (That in itself is half the battle.) Now it’s time to pick a cool place to make it happen. Whether you’re gunning for a BQ (Boston qualifier), attempting to travel the world or just trying to finish your first 26.2, these races guarantee you hours of enjoyment.
The 15 Best Fall Marathons in the U.S.
15 Fun, Fast and Beginner-Friendly Marathons
The 15 Best Spring Marathons in the U.S.
The 15 Fastest Fall Marathons to Earn a BQ
Races for a Reason
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What’s better than racing for a new record? Racing for a good cause. All of these events double as fundraisers for nonprofits, bringing in much-needed money for causes like breast cancer research or helping our four-legged friends. Endorphins and knowing you did something good for others — all before most people wake up? Sign. Us. Up.
10 Spring Races That Give Back
11 Incredible Charity Races That Give Back
Races That Go Beyond Running
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You don’t have to stick strictly to running to earn a finisher medal. Maybe you (and your BFF) want to get some strength — or other cardio-focused sports — involved. That’s where these mud runs, relays and triathlons come in. Obstacle course races, in particular, not only test your strength with activities like monkey bars and scaling walls, but they’ll also challenge you mentally. From three-mile sprints to Spartan beasts to swimming, biking and running, you’ll find a race to meet your workout needs.
The 10 Most Iconic Spartan Races in the U.S.
The 12 Most Epic Mud Runs in the World
The 17 Best Relay Races in the U.S.
The 13 Most Incredible Triathlons in the U.S.
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