Bucket List & Interesting Races

This is a list of interesting races I would like to keep on my radar. Have you run any of these?

The races are listed by month and may include the last date (or very old date) they were run rather than the next future date. I expect this list will be updated extremely irregularly.


Key West Half Marathon & 5K in Key West, Florida
January 16, 2022
Fun course in unique location

The Gumby 10K and 5K in Granite Bay, California
January 30, 2021
Trail race with Gumby & Pokey theme


Sarasota Music Half Marathon in Sarasota, Florida
February 6, 2022
Scenic course with lots of entertainment

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, 10K, 5K in Las Vegas, Nevada
February 26-27, 2022 (previously in November)
Popular race; run the strip at night


Whooping Crane Strut 10K, 5K and 2M in Rockport, Texas
March 7, 2020
Seems like a fun theme

NYC Half Marathon in New York, New York
March 19, 2017
Runs through Times Square and other iconic NYC sites

Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida
March 20, 2021
One of the world's largest races, run over the St. Johns River

Race to the Cave Half Marathon in Woodville, Alabama
March 21, 2021
Runs through Cathedral Caverns

Run the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky
March 31, 2018
Extremely pretty course; rolling hills


Aquarium Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K in Jenks, Oklahoma
April 1, 2017
Benefits the Oklahoma Aquarium

Oak Barrel Half Marathon in Lynchburg, Tennessee
April 3, 2021
Course passes Jack Daniel's Distillery; hilly course; popular race

Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C.
April 8, 2018
Run through the blooming cherry blossoms

Race for the Birds 10K and 5K in Gerrardstown, West Virginia
April 17, 2021
Supports Potomac Valley Audubon Society

7 Mile Bridge Run in Marathon, Florida
April 17, 2021
Unique course over one of the world's largest bridges. Run from Knight's Key to Little Duck Key

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 29, 2018 (October in 2021, permanent change?)
Runs by Oklahoma City landmarks


Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio
May 6, 2018
Popular race weekend with multiple events and challenge opportunities

Dino Half Marathon and 5K in Vernal, Utah
May 8, 2021
Downhill point-to-point race

Running with the Cows Half Marathon & 5K in Kansas City, Missouri
May 12, 2018
Amazing post-race feast

Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl in Jekyll Island, Georgia
May 13, 2018
Benefits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Virginia
May 16, 2021
Course through historic downtown streets; Marines at finish line

Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco, California
May 20, 2018
Popular race, many in costume!

Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
May 22-23, 2021
Scenic runs includes full and half marathon, 7-miler; scenic train ride to start of full or 7M

Bolder Boulder 10K in Boulder, Colorado
May 29-31, 2021 (hybrid COVID event)
One of the largest 10K races in the world


Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Woodstock, Vermont
June 4, 2017
Runs through and by covered bridges

Run Bear Lake in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah
June 10-12, 2021
3 races in 3 days for 50 staters (full or half marathons)

Slacker Half Marathon and 4 Mile Race in Loveland, Colorado
June 26, 2021
All downhill course, ya slacker!

Run & Ride Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia
June 7, 2020
Theme park run

Run & Ride Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio
June 8, 2019
Theme park run


AJC Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, Georgia
July 4, 2021
Extremely popular, large race; lottery entry

Running with the Balloons 5K in Readington, New Jersey
July 25, 2021
Run through hot air balloon festival launch area

Run to Home Base in Boston, Massachusetts
July 27, 2019
Runs on the field at Fenway Park | note insane fundraising requirement


Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
August 3, 2019
Point-to-point course along beautiful Maine coast; race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson

Akron Marathon Race Series Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 8K in Akron, Ohio
August 14, 2021
Run on Goodyear’s Akron Proving Grounds and World Headquarters (normally restricted property)

Run with the Horses Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K in Green River, Wyoming
August 21, 2021
Scenic & challenging course


Saints Kickoff Run 5K in New Orleans, Louisiana
September 9, 2017
Finish on the 50 yard line

Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
September 11, 2021
Runs through Amish Country; great spread afterwards and horseshoe medal

Red Tail Run 5K in Powell, Ohio
September 13, 2020
Benefits wildlife rescue

Orca Half in Seattle, Washington
September 18, 2021
Flat course with beautiful city and Puget Sound views

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K in Cherokee, North Carolina
September 18, 2021
Scenic course, great post-race spread

Cooper River Bridge Run 10K in Charleston, South Carolina
September 25, 2021
Run over a big impressive bridge

Conquer the Cave 5K in Woodville, Alabama.
September 26, 2021
Runs through Cathedral Caverns

Chicago Half Marathon and 5K in Chicago, Illinois
September 26, 2021
Shuts down LSD


Run Conch Republic Half Marathon & 10K in Key West, Florida
October 9, 2021
Formerly the Southermost Half

Fall Foliage Half Marathon and 5K in Rhinebeck, New York
October 10, 2021
Run through beautiful fall foliage

Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois
October 10, 2021
World Marathon Major, my #1 most wanted future marathon

Spacerock Trail Race Half Marathon, 10K and 5K in Vasquez Rocks, California
October 16, 2021
Run Vasquez Rocks Natural Park, backdrop for TV shows including Star Trek

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky
October 16, 2021
Popular race with great spread afterwards

Monster Mash Marathon in Dover, Delaware
October 19, 2019
Start/finish on the Dover International Speedway

Hershey Half Marathon in Hershey, Pennsylvania
October 20, 2019
Run Chocolate Avenue and experience other choco-stuff

Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Virginia
October 31, 2021
Scenic course through Washington, D.C. with Marines along the way


Marshall University Marathon in Huntington, West Virginia
November 3, 2019
Finish in University football stadium and carry a football over the finish line 

Tyranena Beer Run in Lake Mills, Wisconsin
November 4, 2017
Known for great post-race spread

Light the Way 5K in Sieverville, Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Run through beautiful holiday lights in Dollywood theme park

Rocky Run in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 13, 2021
Rocky-themed race *does not go up Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs

Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
November 13, 2021
Scenic course through National Park

Cades Cove Loop Lope 10 Mile or 5K in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 14, 2021
The only race in GSMNP; usually sells out and parking pass sells out on day 1


A Christmas Story Run 5K & 10K in Cleveland, Ohio
December 2, 2017
Lots of running pink nightmares & leg lamps

Islamorada Half Marathon in Islamorada, Florida
December 6, 2020
Scenic course in the Florida Keys