Some medical travelers are all about adventure and even further, that running lifestyle. We support that! Running has a whole variety of physical and emotional benefits. It strengthens your heart, reduces your blood pressure, improves your immune system and reduces stress, which are all important things to consider when you’re a traveling medical professional.
Stay healthy and check off a few bucket list marathons while you’re on your latest assignment. Check out these summer marathons and get a move on!
28 Summer Marathons: Where Are You Running This Season?
Grandma’s Marathon actually consists of three different races to participate in: Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the William A. Irvin 5k. Grandma’s Marathon started in 1977 and has grown to a bigger movement than just a 26 mile race along North Shore. The Garry Bjorklund Half marathon is mapped from the edge of the city limits to the heart of Duluth, and The William A. Irvin 5k course starts and finishes near the William A. Irvin ore boat by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).
Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon
The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon includes a series of events: The Mayor’s Marathon (26.2 miles), Marathon Relay, Alaska Half Marathon, Coastal 5k, and the Health Futures Kids Mile. The finish line is the same for all events and is at the west end of the Delaney Park Strip.
Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run
The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race, starting in 1974. Starting in Squaw Valley and ending in Auburn, runners follow the historic Western States Trail, climb 18,000 feet and descend 23,000 feet before crossing the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn. This run is considered one of the ultimate endurance tests.
Kona Marathon & Half Marathon
Big Island, Hawaii
The Kona Marathon and Half Marathon start and end at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden. These events also include a quarter marathon option, if you’re wanting something a little less extreme.
Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon
The marathon starts early, and runners get to experience a beautiful mountain sunrise while running through the course. It ends in historic downtown Missoula. This marathon was started by a group of local members of Run Wild Missoula to share Missoula’s beauty with runners from all over.
AJC Peachtree Road Race
This is a 10-kilometer race held on Independence Day annually. It’s the world’s largest 10-kilometer race with an estimated 60,000 participants. It’s a citywide tradition and has additional races and divisions, including the Shepherd Centers wheelchair division, and special divisions for soldiers.
Utica, New York
Boilermaker is It includes several events throughout the weekend, but the actual Sunday event hosts the original 15k road race, the 5k road race, and the wheelchair race. Of course, there’s also a post-race party to hang out at to keep the vibes going.
Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon
The Napa-to-Sonoma race is the main event for the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. The route starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishes in Sonoma Plaza City Hall. The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon was recently named one of the Top 20 Half Marathons in BibRave 100.
Badwater 135 Ultramarathon
Furnace Creek & Lone Pine, California
Known as “The World’s Toughest Foot Race” this Ultramarathon covers 135 miles that starts at Badwater Basin, Death Valley and ends in Mt. Whitney. It’s the most extreme running race out there. Runners see landmarks like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada.
Bix 7 & Quick Bix
The Bix 7 is a seven-mile race up famous Brady Street in Davenport. The Quick Bix covers two miles and is a fun-run style race, starting at the same time and place as the Bix 7.
San Francisco Marathon & Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Marathon route travels through the city’s most famous landmarks. The event features a full marathon, half marathon (first or second half), and a 5k. If you’re feeling extra bold, you can take on two back-to-back marathons. Starting at midnight, run the full marathon course in reverse, with a detour along the Great Highway, before joining other runners to complete the Official Full Marathon course.
Beach to Beacon
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Beach to Beacon is a 10k race beginning in Cape Elizabeth near Crescent Beach State Park on Route 77 and ending in Fort Williams next to Portland Head Light, the nation’s first commissioned lighthouse and the most photographed lighthouse in America. Beach to Beacon is held along the Maine coastline on the first Saturday of August, promoting health, fitness and giving back.
Crater Lake Rim Marathon
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Choose from a 6.7-mile, 13-mile or marathon distance and run along the rim of Crater Lake with challenging altitudes ranging from 5,900 to 7,800 feet and breathtaking views of Crater Lake National Park.
Falmouth Road Race
More than 11,000 runners gather in Woods Hole for a seven-mile road race and fun run event. Falmouth Road Race starts on Water Street to the finish at the beach in Falmouth Heights.
America’s Finest City Half Marathon
San Diego, California
This is San Diego’s fastest and most scenic half marathon with a route from the Cabrillo National Monument atop the tip of Point Loma, along San Diego Bay, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, past the Star of India, through downtown San Diego and finishing in historic Balboa Park.
Leading Ladies Marathon & Half Marathon
Spearfish, South Dakota
This is an all-woman marathon! Run downhill on a 26.2-mile trek through Spearfish Canyon from Lead Country Club. This is the fastest marathon course in South Dakota!
Crim Festival of Races
No matter where you’re starting point is for running, the CrimFit Training Program helps you train for your race of choice at the HAP Crim Festival of Races. It’s grown to be the largest program of its kind in the country. Choose from a 5k, half Crim 5 mile, or 10-mile race.
Pikes Peak Ascent
Manitou Springs, Colorado
The Pikes Peak Ascent marathon is a physically demanding course with narrow paths, winding roads, and sudden changes in elevation or direction. The average descent time is about 63% of the runner's Ascent time. In other words, the downhill is not just an easy free ride, and there are a few inclines on the way down, too.
The Santa Rosa Marathon & Half Marathon
Santa Rosa, California
Run through the heart of California’s wine country and experience all the beauty on a quick and flat course. Runners start and finish in Juilliard Park. The path treks through scenic Santa Rosa Creek Greenway. You also get some post-race goodies, including a 3/4 zip jacket, a full bottle of De Loach wine, and a festival complete with pancakes, a free glass of beer or wine, and watermelon.
Skagit Flats Marathon & Half Marathon
Run through the Skagit Valley! The marathon and 1/2 marathon routes run through rural roads in the Skagit Valley farmlands and finish on the Burlington-Edison High School track.
St. Lukes Via Marathon
With marathon and half marathon options, enjoy a scenic, shady run from St. Luke’s University Health Network Allentown Campus or from the midpoint Bethlehem to Easton. Fourteen small bridges add an accent to the race scenery. The Via Marathon gives runners the opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon and is one of the fastest races in the country.
Sioux Falls Marathon
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Sioux Falls Marathon race is a loop course run that spans 26.2 miles around Sioux Falls. See the city’s historic downtown, Falls Park, the Sioux Falls River Greenway, and its trail alongside the banks of the Big Sioux River.
Omaha Marathon & Half Marathon
Choose from the Boston Qualifier marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k or the friends and family mile. The annual Omaha Marathon offers “a distance for everyone” as you race through the city. Part of the registration fees benefit Partnership 4 Kids, the Official Charity of the Omaha Marathon.
Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Marathon Series
Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll! Join your fellow 15,000 runners and choose from a half marathon, 7.6k or 5k option as you race along the Schuylkill River.
Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon
The Air Force Marathon was first started in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary founding of the Air Force. Since then, it has become an even with over 13,000 participants, runners from all fifty states and participants from foreign countries. The marathon distances are a choice of a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5K race and has other events hosted throughout the weekend.
Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon
Rated as a flat and fast course, this marathon is a great Boston qualifier. The Quad Cities Marathon features one of the most scenic river views in the country. Four cities, three bridges, two states, and one island, all along the mighty Mississippi River. This is a race to remember!
Akron Marathon & Half Marathon
Journey through the West Akron neighborhoods, across the All-America bridge, into Firestone Park, and downtown on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Your race entry directly benefits Akron Children’s Hospital.
Hamptons Marathon & Half Marathon
Southampton, New York
The Hamptons Marathon was started by two women runners in 2005, who wanted a race to compete in on the East End of Long Island. Since then, this marathon has donated over $750,000 of the proceeds to local groups including after-school programs in East Hampton and Southampton Hospital.
Running a marathon is a great way to stay motivated on your runner’s goals and training. Plus, a lot of them donate the registration proceeds to a great cause. Fusion has partnered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. NAMIWalks events bring people together from all fitness backgrounds and ages to promote mental health awareness. Find a NAMI event close to you here and start getting active for mental health. While you’re powered up on that runner’s high, you’re doing good for your community and for yourself.