Top 10 U.S. Fall Marathons in 2017
It’s that time of year again. Fall marathon training is in full swing. But have you decided which marathon you are going to run? Take a look at our top 10 picks for fall marathons in the United States this year. (Races are in order according to date.)
1. Air Force Marathon
Where: Dayton, Ohio
When: September 16
This marathon is a journey through 110 years of historic military airpower. Runners will experience numerous aviation sites and will cross the finish line at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The Air Force Marathon was established in September of 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Air Force Base. This marathon has morphed into a 15,000+runner event.
For more info, visit the Air Force Marathon website here.
2. Chicago Marathon
Where: Chicago Illinois
When: October 8
The first Chicago Marathon was run on September 25, 1977. Dorothy Doolittle finished the race in 2:50:47 while Dan Cloeter finished in 2:17:52. This was the largest marathon in the world at 4,200 total runners. Today, it boasts more than 44,000 participants per year. Runners will cross the finish line in Grant Park.
For more info, visit the Chicago Marathon website here.
3. Steamtown Marathon
Where: Scranton, Pennsylvannia
When: October 8
Since starting in 1996, this marathon has donated from the 1.6 million to St. Joseph’s Center, a facility that assists families in need and handicapped children. Runners begin at Forest City High School in Forest City and finish at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Runners will get to experience 13 different communities throughout the marathon, each with their own unofficial aids station manned by local residence. This fall race is known for its fast, downhill course and is a great choice for runners looking to qualify for Boston. Runners will also enjoy the beautiful brilliant fall foliage along the course.
To sign up, visit the Steamtown Marathon website.
4: Portland Marathon
Where: Portland, Oregon
When: October 8
The first marathon took place in November 1972, with 86 participants. Instead of focusing on attracting elite runners with a fast course and prize money, this marathon has focused on the average runner. This marathon also has a reputation of attracting a high number of women and walkers. Participants will enjoy a wide range of scenic views including crossing the St. Johns Bridge, the Williamette River, and historic Old Town.
Learn more about the Portland Marathon here.
5. Maui Marathon
Where: Maui, Hawaii
When: October 15
Originating in the early 1940s, this is the oldest marathon on the west side of the Mississippi River. Participants make their way through the historic whaling village of Lahaina. Runners enjoy the utopia like surroundings consisting of coastal roads that overlook the beautiful blue water of the Maui Auau Channel.
For how to sign up and more information, visit the Maui Marathon website.
6. Baltimore Marathon
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
When: October 21
Since its start in 2001, this marathon is the flagship for the Baltimore Running Festival. This fun yet challenging course takes runner through the Maryland Zoo, the Inner Harbor, and historic Federal Hill. According to previous runners, miles 16-20 have been famously compared to Boston’s “Heartbreak Hill”. The last few miles are extremely rewarding as participants run through Camden Yards ballpark, home of the Baltimore Orioles and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
For more info, visit their website here.
7. Marine Corps Marathon
Where: Washington D.C.
When: October 22
Known as “The People’s Marathon”, this is the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money. Runners will begin the race distinctively positioned between the Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. They will make their way along a scenic course which will end at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Highlights along the course include the Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and the Blue Mile.
To learn more about the Marine Corps Marathon, visit their website.
8. Baystate Marathon
Where: Lowell, MA
When: October 22
Since its beginning in 1990, this marathon has become known as one of the flattest and fastest marathons in the Northeast. For competitive runners, it is also one of the region’s most popular marathons used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course takes participants on a scenic run throughout the center of the city and along the waters of the Merrimack River.
For more information, visit the Baystate Marathon site.
9. New York City Marathon
Where: New York City, NY
When: November 5
This marathon has come a long way over the last 47 years. The first New York City Marathon took place in 1970 and was run in Central Park. Only 127 participants were registered and only 55 actually finished. Last year, the New York City Marathon was crowned the world’s largest marathon due to its record setting number of finishers, which was 51,388. Runners start there race in Staten Island, go over the Verrazano Bridge, and make their way through all 5 boroughs before coming to the finish line at the infamous Central Park.
For more information on how to run next year’s race, visit the New York City marathon website.
10. Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: November 12
Each year, more runners take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll series then any other running series held in the United States. The Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is the only private event that has been able to completely shut down the Las Vegas Strip. Runners begin the race at sunset when the music and lights are at their fullest.
To sign up, visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon website here.