Amica Newport Marathon
The first half of this early autumn, seaside marathon in Rhode Island was voted “Best Half Marathon in the Northeast” in 2016,1 and it’s easy to see why. The course takes you past picturesque rolling hills and sand dunes on Aquidneck Island,2 which also sets the scene for a relaxing vacation for your family. Once you’ve crossed the finish line, enjoy a day at the beach on the Atlantic shore, or check out the many historic mansions that dot the landscape.
1 Best of Competitor 2016 – Northeast Region, Competitor Running, 2017.
2 Courses, Amica Newport Marathon, 2019.
Dexter-Ann Arbor Run
Looking for a Midwest locale, or perhaps a few shorter courses? This June event, known as “DXA2,” offers a 5K, 10K, half-marathon and kids run (12 years and under).1 Whiz past the winding, scenic Huron River and finish in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a vibrant, youthful city that’s home to the University of Michigan. If you have high school-aged children, perhaps you can squeeze in a campus tour.
1 DXA2, 2019.
Mount Dora Half Marathon
Get into the holiday spirit with this festive two-day December event – but don’t forget your shorts, because it’s in sunny central Florida.1 Lined with Spanish moss and lakefront neighborhoods, the half-marathon or 5K courses are the perfect opportunity for a serene getaway before returning to the frenzy of holiday shopping. Or, turn the trip into a family holiday: The race is less than an hour’s drive from Disney World.
1 Course, Mount Dora Half Marathon, 2019.
Santa Rosa Marathon
Moving over to the West Coast, this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon with a course that takes you through California’s wine country. Whether you’re interested in the full marathon, half-marathon, 10K or 5K, the panoramic views of Sonoma County’s glistening vineyards won’t disappoint in late August. Don’t miss the after-party with food, drinks and vendor booths the whole family can enjoy.1
1 Race Details, Santa Rosa Marathon, 2019.
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon
One of the largest marathon/half-marathon events in the Northwest and a half-century old,1 the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is a gem in the Emerald City. While the full and half-marathon (and a kids marathon, where participants run or walk the first 25 miles of their marathon 1 mile, or half mile, at a time, in the weeks leading up to the marathon – then run the last 1.2 miles on race day2) are in the fall, you can also sign up for a 5K or 10K in the Pacific Northwest’s temperate late summer. Enjoy vistas that blend urban skyline, mountain terrain and peaceful shoreline, all of which make Seattle a unique and attractive city for a vacation with your family.
1 Full & Half Marathon, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, 2019.
2 Kids Marathon, Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, 2019.
If you’re an avid runner, you probably enjoy participating in a group event annually or multiple times a year, whether it’s a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K. When you also are raising children, however, it can be a challenge finding ways to incorporate these experiences into your family’s school calendars, holidays and summer activities. One possible solution is to plan a vacation around the marathon – a move that’s more seamless and family-oriented than you may think.
Destination marathons can be a great win-win for parents who want to keep up their passion for running while also ensuring that their children have a trip to remember. Some of the best places for a family vacation happen to be nearby popular, nationally renowned races – for example, Disney World being close to the Mount Dora Half Marathon. In turn, several of the best marathons in the U.S. are held in inviting locales, from quiet beaches to exciting cities. (Seattle offers both!) Your family can enjoy everything these surroundings have to offer – and perhaps even take part in the races, too. Because some events provide a special run designed just for children, it gives them a chance to join in on the fun of race day. As a bonus, you can plan to spend quality time together training beforehand.
Whether you’re looking to align your run with a specific time of year or particular location in the U.S., there are several opportunities to choose from that can double as the perfect family vacation.
Register for a destination marathon and turn your next race into a family getaway. As you prep for race day, get tips for creating a running schedule.
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