The Best Winter Half Marathons Internationally
Are you looking for a target half marathon race to keep your butt in gear all winter long? If you are searching for either a goal race or just a fun run, we have researched some of the best winter half marathons internationally to help keep you on track and motivated. Whether you are looking for large field sizes, elite competition, warm destinations or a place that will help you see the world, this list will be sure to have any or all of the above desires. The races on this list are not in any particular order or preference. They are just listed in chronological order by date for the upcoming January to March in 2019. Discover where in the world your next half marathon may take you!
When: January 5, 2019
Where: Tromso, Norway
The PolarNight Half Marathon is Norway’s biggest winter race. An event that takes place in the middle of the afternoon during the polar-light, meaning the sun does not rise above the horizon, you have a pretty good chance to catch the Northern lights, also known as Aurora borealius. Honestly, is there a better way to run a half marathon than with an opportunity to catch a natural wonder of the world while you run? I think not.
When: January 7, 2019
Where: Omsk, Russia
Also known as the Christmas Half Marathon, the Siberian Ice Half Marathon is unofficially recognized as the coldest mass run in the world, taking place in Omsk, Russia. The coldest race day once fell to -39 degrees Celsius in 2001 when there were just 13 finishers! Dating back to 1991, the race has become an annual event and Russia’s only long distance event held in the winter.
When: January 20, 2019
Where: Hamilton, Bermuda
An ideal winter destination, Bermuda offers a rolling course amongst the coastline and pastel colored homes. Race day temps can vary between 16-21 degrees Celsius or 60-69 degrees Fahrenheit. The course itself has a 4 hour time limit which can be helpful with the higher temps.
When: February 8, 2019
Where: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Self-proclaimed as the world’s fastest half marathon, the RAK is limited to 5,000 participants. Runners can pre-qualify for a Prime starting position which lands them a starting place just behind the elites, with a previous half marathon time of sub 1hour:30min for both men and women.
When: March 3, 2019
Where: Moshi, Tanzania
A challenging course with a gain of 830 to 1150 meters above sea level onto to edge of Kilimanjaro, will be the experience in your first 8 kilometers. But what goes up must come down and runners will revel in that fact with a continuous decent after 10 kilometers. Additional travel arrangements and packages tours in Africa can be set up with the official tour operators at Wild Frontiers.
When: March 10, 2019
Where: Rome, Italy
The 45th edition of the Romaostia Half Marathon has some midway hills, not unusual for the city of seven hills. A large interest has this race capped at about 10,000 participants. And be sure that you will definitely have the appropriate carb loading with authentic Italian cuisine at every corner.
When: March 10, 2019
Where: Paris, France
This is France’s biggest half marathon with 45,000 runners. You will get your fill of Parisian architecture and tourist sites with a relatively flat course that begins and ends at Bois de Vincennes park. A very large race that requires day before bib pick-up so plan your weekend accordingly.
When: March 15, 2019
Where: Jerusalem, Israel
A course that will take you back in time, retracing historical and holy steps from 3,000 years ago. The course while it has interesting landscapes is quite challenging with continuous rolling hills up to 820 meters. However, despite the demanding course the weather is typically ideal this time of year with a high of 17C/62F.
When: March 17, 2019
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
The Lisbon Half Marathon is the biggest, flattest and fastest half marathon in Portugal. Heading into their 29th edition, the start of the course goes over the 25th of April Bridge where you will experience one of the best views of Lisbon. The Lisbon Half Marathon is confirmed to be one of the most attractive races in the world after having won the distinguished Gold Road Race title.
When: March 17, 2019
Where: New York City, New York
One of the most popular half marathons in the United States, you will be sure to find a top elite field participating. Amongst 22,000 runners, you will start near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, passing over the Manhattan Bridge into Times Square before finishing in Central Park. Here is one way to get a grand running tour of the Big Apple.
When: March 30, 2019
Where: Iles du Vent, French Polynesia
A beautiful Polynesian island seems like the perfect place to do a winter half. The race provides a festive atmosphere with traditional Polynesian ceremonies including dances and art among the race course. Sport tourism is an important event for the island with up to 1,500 participants visiting and competing. With a 5:30am start time, you’ll have plenty of time to then take advantage of some R&R post race on one of the many serene beaches.