5 Must Run Seattle Half Marathons
Seattle’s super active running community provides an enormous variety of event types. Half marathons are the fastest growing race length, and the Emerald City offers a cornucopia of options! We’re put together a list of the top five half marathons that every Seattle runner MUST try!
This international race series features live bands at each of the 13 mile markers in the race! Rock to the rhythm as you pound the pavement during this scenic event along with over 22,000 other participants. The race starts in downtown and follows the lakeshore before looping back to the grande finale. If you’re looking for a party on the path, this is your race!
Looking for a fit vacation? Take a weekend to visit Whidbey Island, just north of the city, and enjoy all that the location has to offer during their springtime race. Known for being both scenic and challenging, this race will kick your body into gear while refreshing your mind. This course has some elevation, and begins with a two mile incline. Have you been practicing your hill sprints?
One of the most winding and hilly courses offered in the area, Mercer Island is not for the faint of heart. The race seems easy at first, but challenges lay in wait for participants in the second half. This is a great event for those looking to test their strength and endurance, and get a fantastic speed-boosting workout.
With a tagline like “I run for chocolate & champagne,” how could you pass this race up? The See Jane Run half marathon celebrates the everyday woman, motherhood, and female fitness. The event is open to women of all fitness levels, so no matter whether you’re competing for first place, or just want to earn your post-party bubbly, you don’t want to miss this run!
Heroes Half Marathon
Be a Hero, and honor your brothers and sisters in arms by running this course. If you’re a part of the active military or a first responder, there is a unique first place medal available as well. The course is mostly flat, with the exception of a few rolling hills near the start/finish of the course, so participants can look forward to a fast, flat race. Don’t forget to come early for the free group stretching session!
Already experienced each of these races? Check out the RunGuides list of Seattle Half Marathons for a full list of 13.1 miles races in the area. If half marathons aren’t your thing RunGuides has a complete list of Seattle running events available as well.