Best Fall U.S. Half Marathons

Best Fall U.S. Half Marathons

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After a summer of training in the heat, runners who choose to run a fall half marathon are often rewarded with favorable temps and beautiful scenery. If you're planning to run 13.1 miles this fall, check out this collection of fall U.S. half marathons that are certainly worth the trip.

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

When:   September 18, 2016
Where:  Philadelphia, Pa.
Why do it:  Rock 'n' Roll events are always well-organized and fun, and their event in Philly doesn't disappoint. Flat and fast, many half marathoners like this course to shoot for a PR. Runners of the Rock 'n' Roll Philly half also get a scenic tour of some Philadelphia landmarks and neighborhoods. Bands along the course provide lots of support and motivation along the way.

Salomon Golden Leaf Half Marathon

Golden Leaf Half Marathon
Golden Leaf Half Marathon

When: September 24, 2016
Where: Snowmass Village, Colo.
Why run it:  If you like the challenges of some big elevation changes and serious trail running, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon may be the one for you. This point-to-point course takes you from Snowmass Village to Aspen, Colo., as you run through the Rocky Mountain ski areas. But, don't worry, your hard efforts will be rewarded with some stunning views and spectacular fall foliage (hence the name).

Chicago Half Marathon

Chicago Half Marathon

When: September 25, 2016
Where:  Chicago, Ill.
Why do it:  With the city’s famous skyline as its backdrop and fantastic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago Half Marathon is a shorter version of the city's well-known full marathon. This flat, fast course takes you through the streets around Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry before winding on to traffic-free Lake Shore Drive.

Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon

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When:  October 2, 2016
Where:  San Jose, Calif.
Why do it:  Like the Rock 'n' Roll half in Philadelphia, the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose half marathon offers runners a fast, flat course with fantastic views of the city. With bands all along the course and a beer tent at the finish, it feels like a 13.1 mile-long party.

Newport Half Marathon

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When: October 9, 2016
Where: Newport, RI
Why do it: If you love leaf-peeping in the Northeast, this picture-perfect New England race may be the one for you. The Newport Half Marathon starts at Easton Beach and then takes you on a spectacular tour of Newport, featuring miles of waterfront views and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

Baltimore Half Marathon

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When: October 15, 2016
Where: Baltimore, Md.
Why do it: Part of the Baltimore Running Festival, the Baltimore Half Marathon features a looped course around the city, giving you plenty of opportunities to take in landmarks and scenery. While the course does feature some rolling hills, there are also some nice, flat stretches and a finish line at Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens) that can't be beat.

Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Half Marathon

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When:  October 16, 2016
Where:  Detroit, Mich.
Why do it:  The Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Half Marathon offers the unique experience of running though two countries in the same half marathon. With four miles of the course in Canada, you'll actually run in scenic downtown Ontario before crossing back over the border to enjoy some more miles in Detroit. Of course, if you're considering the race, keep in mind that you'll need a valid passport or driver's license to register for and run it.

Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

Myrtle Beach Half Marathon
Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

When:  October 23, 2016
Where:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Why do it:  The popular Myrtle Beach Half Marathon is a surf-themed celebration in South Carolina, complete with a surfboard finisher medal, surf style bands, and awesome post-race beach party. After the race, pull up your beach chair, enjoy the post-event bands, or take a dip in the water.

Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

Big Sur Half Marathon
Big Sur Half Marathon

When:  November 13, 2016
Where:  Monterey, Calif
Why do it:  The very scenic Big Sur Marathon is high on many runners' bucket lists, but if you're not interested in the full marathon, the Big Sur half marathon offers equally stunning views. You'll run most of the course along the Pacific Ocean coast, with lots of music from local bands and support along the way.

Route 66 Half Marathon

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When: November  20, 2016
Where: Tulsa, Okla.
Why do it: The Route 66 Half Marathon takes participants on a journey, through Tulsa's scenic and historic neighborhoods and parks, along the Arkansas River, and over the famous Route 66.

Atlanta Half Marathon

Atlanta Half Marathon
Atlanta Half Marathon

When: November 24, 2016
Where: Atlanta, Ga.
Why do it:  While some runners like to kick off Thanksgiving Day with a 5K race, running a half marathon can definitely pre-burn a lot more Thanksgiving calories. With a fast and flat course, the Atlanta Half Marathon will take you past several Atlanta landmarks, including Centennial Olympic Park and the Olympic rings.

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