7 Races to Run Before the Year is Over

Jennifer Purdie
by Jennifer Purdie
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Whether or not you made a resolution to get a new PR, run a marathon or travel abroad, running one of these seven races will be gratifying in its own right.

REVEL MT. LEMMON MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON
Tucson, Arizona
November 3, 2018

Photo Credit: Revel Mt. Lemmon

This race offers an incredibly fast, downhill course, which is perfect if you’re looking to hit your next PR. Specifically, the marathon starts at an elevation of 7,915 feet and drops to a staggering 2,725 feet, while the half-marathon sees an elevation drop of 3,125 feet. In fact, the average marathon time is 19 minutes faster than Utah’s St. George Marathon (which is famous for blazing speeds).

MALIBU HALF-MARATHON & 5K
Malibu, California
November 4, 2018

Photo Credit: Visit California

Shut down your email and smartphone and soak up the sun after you’ve run this race. This point-to-point course runs along the Pacific Coast Highway and includes views of celebrity homes, rugged cliffs and the bright blue Pacific Ocean. At the finish line, runners receive not just a medal but also a beach towel for a proper ocean cooldown.

SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE
November 4, 2018
San Diego, California

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Held after Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can continue to support the Susan G. Komen charity by participating in this worthwhile race that takes place in Balboa Park. This 5K works to bring together a community of survivors, fighters and anyone wishing to back the cause.

QUEENSTOWN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
Queenstown, New Zealand
November 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Destination Queenstown

Known as the “World’s Most Beautiful Marathon,” runners take in sweeping vistas of the Queenstown Lakes region as they run on packed cycle trails. Not to mention, it’s late spring/early summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so the weather will be a highlight.

OUC ORLANDO HALF-MARATHON & 5K
Orlando, Florida
December 1, 2018

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Signing up for this race means you can run a marathon and keep your family entertained and happy. The race finishes mere minutes from Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal Studios, which will be decorated for the season with dazzling light displays. Bonus: Runners find a mostly flat course, and the 5K option allows you to save your legs for walking around the amusement parks.

KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
December 8, 2018

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Runners in the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon & Half-Marathon will find refreshing starting line temperatures ranging from 40–60ºF in December. Throughout the course there are views of maritime forests and grandiose Southern homes. After the race, you can hit the links — and tell everyone you’re cross-training.

HONOLULU MARATHON
Honolulu, Hawaii
December 9, 2018

Photo Credit: Honolulu Marathon

The Honolulu Marathon is the only world-class marathon that allows every single participant to finish; it has no time limit. If you need to take 8 hours, volunteers and many fans and family will greet you whenever you cross the line. If you’re going to run 26.2 miles, you might as well run it in paradise.

About the Author

Jennifer Purdie
Jennifer Purdie

Jennifer is a Southern California-based freelance writer who covers topics such as health, fitness, lifestyle and travel for both national and regional publications. She runs marathons across the world and is an Ironman finisher. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. You can follow her on Twitter @jenpurdie.

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