100 Half Marathons Club

2017 "Best Of" Member Survey Results

The 100 Half Marathons Club is a racing club that celebrates those who have achieved the accomplishment of completing 100 lifetime half marathons (or more), and encourages and supports those who are on the way to reaching this goal.  We love the 13.1 race distance, and we enjoy sharing our experiences and feedback on events to help each other select better races.  For more information about our club, please visit us online at www.100halfmarathonsclub.com.

Our members fill out an annual survey to recognize their favorite half marathons by state and by category.  These are the results of our member voting for 2017 races.

2017 was one of the most challenging race and travel years for many.  Dozens of events were cancelled, rescheduled or altered in the United States due to extreme weather conditions, storms, lightening, or forest fires.  Travel was interrupted or cancelled for many who missed events that were still held but they could not get there.  We definitely saw an impact in the number of races our members participated in during the 2017 race year.

View prior year results here:

2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results

2017 Member Voting “Best of” Survey Results

How to read these results:

1. Members voted on their own personal experiences with races.  These are the races they identified as the "best of" in the categories listed below.
2. If multiple races are listed in a category, they are in no particular order.  We've listed multiple winners where there were votes that were too close to call the overall winner, or where there were multiple races repeatedly recommended. 
While our club has over 200 discounts for races nationwide, we do not accept paid advertisements from race directors. Our member’s responses are based strictly on their opinion and experiences.  We’re not paid to promote any of the events listed below, nor has any race paid us to be on this list.
4. If there is a race you are considering and you don't see it on the list- remember, this vote is based on actual race experiences, so if no one in the club has completed the race, they're not voting for it. 

Results Summary

There are some half marathons that really stood out in our member’s responses.  These are the races we’d call the “best of the best” based on the number of repeated praise for these events.  In no particular order, these are the races that were almost unanimously recommended by state and were nominated for several other categories.  If someone were to ask if they should do these races, the answer would be- yes, absolutely. 

Overall Top Best-Rated Individual Events (in no particular order):

Flying Pig Half Marathon, Ohio

Wineglass Half Marathon, New York

NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, New York

Fargo Half Marathon, North Dakota


Section 1: Best Half Marathons in US Each State, Best of Canada, and Best International

We asked our club members to list what they consider to be the best half marathon in each state.  In cases where there’s a tie, or members listed multiple events (such as in large states or states with the highest amount of races, such as California or Florida), we’ve noted them all below. 

There are many races that have similar names.  We have done our best to make sure it is clear what race we are referring to by adding city names or the month of the race to try to avoid any confusion.

Again, if there is more than one race listed per state, these races listed are in no particular order.

Canada and international event results are also listed below.


First Light Half Marathon, Mercedes Half Marathon; Big Beach Half Marathon


Anchorage RunFest


Lost Dutchman Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon, Phoenix Half Marathon


Little Rock Half Marathon, RussVegas Half Marathon


San Francisco Half Marathon (first half), La Jolla Half Marathon, Pasadena Half (Rose Bowl); Surf City Half Marathon


Revel Rockies Half Marathon, Colfax Half Marathon


Fairfield Half Marathon, SoNo Half Marathon


Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon, Monster Mash Half Marathon


Space Coast Half Marathon, Celebration Half Marathon, Gasparilla Half Marathon, Key West Half Marathon


Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon, Jeff Galloway Half Marathon, Snickers Half Marathon, Area 13.1 Half Marathon


Maui Half Marathon, Kauai Half Marathon


Bear Lake Half Marathon


Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago, Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon


Indy Mini 500 Half Marathon, Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon, She Power Half Marathon


Des Moines Half Marathon


Garmin Oz Half Marathon, Running with the Cows Half Marathon, Hangover Half Marathon


Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon, Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon


Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, Baton Rouge Half Marathon


Mount Desert Island Half Marathon (October), Blueberry Cove 13.1 Half Marathon


Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, Fredrick Running Festival Half Marathon


Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon


Detroit Free Press Half Marathon


Minnesota Nut House Challenge Half Marathon, MN Indoor Half Marathon


Mississippi River Half Marathon; Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon


Kansas City Half Marathon, Joplin Memorial Half Marathon


Missoula Half Marathon, Yellowstone Half Marathon


Monument Half Marathon, Lincoln Half Marathon


Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, Tahoe Half Marathon

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Half Marathon (Bristol), Manchester Half Marathon

New Jersey

Unite Rutgers Half Marathon, RunAPalooza - Asbury Park Half Marathon

New Mexico

Day of the Dead Half Marathon

New York

Wineglass Half Marathon, NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (NYRR)

North Carolina

Ashville Biltmore Half Marathon, Tobacco Road Half Marathon

North Dakota

Fargo Half Marathon


Flying Pig Half Marathon, Air Force Half Marathon


Route 66 Half Marathon, Oklahoma City Memorial Run Half Marathon


Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon, Newport Half Marathon (Newport, OR)


Bird in Hand Half Marathon, Runner's World Half Marathon

Rhode Island

Newport Half Marathon (April); Providence Half Marathon

South Carolina

Kiawah Island Half Marathon, Palmetto Half Marathon

South Dakota

Leading Ladies Half Marathon


Four Bridges Half Marathon; Race 13.1 Nashville


Cowtown Half Marathon, Chevron Armaco Houston Half Marathon


Bear Lake Half Marathon


Covered Bridges Half Marathon, Mad Half Marathon, Maple Leaf Half Marathon


Marine Corps Historic Half, Anthem Richmond Half Marathon


Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon, Amica Seattle Half Marathon

West Virginia

Hatfield & McCoy Half Marathon, Marshall Half Marathon


Brewers Mini Marathon, Wisconsin Half Marathon


Bear Lake Half Marathon


Niagara Women's Half Marathon, ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon; ScotiaBank Ottawa Half Marathon


Berlin Half Marathon; Bermuda Half Marathon; Hamburg Half Marathon, Prague Half Marathon; Torshavn Half Marathon; Copenhagen Half Marathon

Section 2: General Categories

The races listed below were our "top mentioned" in these categories.  We included the all of the most-frequently voted for races. Again, the winners are listed in no particular order.

Honorable Mention Races: These are events that were cancelled and not rescheduled in 2017 due to weather issues (lightening, snow, ice storms, etc.) but are historically known as being wonderful events.
Mississippi Blues Half Marathon (MS); Walt Disney World Half Marathon (FL)

Best "Hidden Gem" Races
Blueberry Cove 13.1 (ME); SoNo Half Marathon (CT); RussVegas Half Marathon (AR); Runs With Scissors Half Marathon (CO)

Best Race Shirt (Excludes RunDisney events)
Revel Races Series; Space Coast Half Marathon (FL); Route 66 Half Marathon (OK); ShePower Half Marathon (IN)

"Must Do In Your Lifetime" Half Marathon
Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon (MA); NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (NY); Big Sur Half Marathon (CA); Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); San Francisco Half Marathon (CA); 26.2 With Donna Half Marathon (FL)

"The Course Almost Killed Me, But It Was Soooo Worth It" Half Marathon
Mad Half Marathon (VT); Celebrate Life Half Marathon (NY); Hatfield/McCoy Half Marathon (WV); Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon (KY)

Favorite Flat Half Marathon

Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon (DE); Key West Half Marathon (FL); Shamrock Virginia Beach Half Marathon (VA); Half at the Hamptons (NH); First Light Half Marathon (AL); Kiawah Island Half Marathon (SC)

Best Big Bucks Race That’s Worth the Registration Fee ($100 or more)
New York Road Runners United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (NY) 

The Half Marathon You'd Do Every Single Year If You Could
Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); Wineglass Half Marathon (NY); Little Rock Half Marathon (AR)

Best Multi-Day Event or Race Series (includes weekends that have a half marathon plus other distances as a part of a challenge or event race schedule)
Mainly Marathons Series (nationwide)
; Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge (FL); Runner's World Half & Festival (PA); Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

Best National Race Organizing Companies (events are offered by company in multiple states)
Mainly Marathons Series; Rock 'n Roll Marathon Series; Vacation Races

Best Race Expo
Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); Rock 'n Roll Marathon Series (Nationwide); NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (NY)

Best Spectators / Community Support
Fargo Half Marathon (ND); Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); Anthem Richmond Half Marathon (VA); Baltimore Half Marathon (MD)

Best Volunteers

NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (NY); Richmond Half Marathon (VA); Route 66 Half Marathon (OK); Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH); Bird in Hand Half Marathon (PA)

Best On-Course Entertainment (music, live bands, displays, etc.)
Fargo Half Marathon (ND); Anthem Richmond Half Marathon (VA); Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH)

Best Destination Half Marathon (as in doing a race where there are lots of tourist activities and sightseeing opportunities)
Key West Half Marathon (FL); Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (NV); Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (LA); Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (PA)

Best "Is This A Race Or Just Really A Huge Party?" Half Marathon
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (NV); Route 66 Half Marathon (OK); Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (LA); Shamrock Half Marathon (VA); Mainly Marathons races (nationwide); Flying Pig Half Marathon (OH)

Best Race for a PR Attempt
Snickers Half Marathon (GA); Charleston Half Marathon (SC); Fargo Half Marathon (ND)

Best Women's-Themed Half Marathon
Niagara Women’s Half Marathon (Canada); She Power Half Marathon (IN); NYRR Shape Women's Half Marathon (NY); RunDisney Princess Half Marathon (FL)

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