100 Half Marathons Club 2019 “Best Of” Member Survey Results

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 2019 races.

View prior year voting results here:
2018 Results
2017 Results
2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results

2019 Member Voting “Best of” Survey Results

How to read these results:

1. Members voted based on their own personal experiences with races. 

2. Multiple races listed under a state or country are in no particular order.  We’ve listed multiple races where there were votes that were too close to designate an overall winner, or where there were multiple races repeatedly recommended. 

3. While our club has over 300 discounts for races worldwide, we do not accept paid advertisements from race directors. Our members’ responses are based strictly on their opinions 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. 

5. Always treat races as “buyer beware” and know that issues (both preventable and uncontrollable) can impact a race.  If there is a change in race ownership or management, there is a chance the quality of an event can decrease or increase.

6. It is possible that some of our current or prior year favorite races have been discontinued in 2020 or will have their last year in 2020. The racing market is still correcting from its peak in 2012-2018. As a courtesy to everyone, if there was an event that was recommended but we already know it has been discontinued, we did not include it.

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

Results Summary
There are some half marathons that really stood out in our members’ responses.  These are the races we’d call the “best of the best” based on the repeated praise for these events.  In no particular order, these are the most-recommended half marathons by our members. If someone were to ask if they should do these races, the answer would be- yes, absolutely. 

These are our top 25 United States half marathons by vote:

Flying Pig Paycor Half Marathon, Ohio

Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon, Delaware

Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon, Pennsylvania

Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon, Oregon

Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon, Michigan

New York Road Runners United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, New York

Space Coast Half Marathon, Florida

Missoula Half Marathon, Montana

Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon, Kentucky

Running with the Cows Half Marathon, Kansas

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, Nevada

Garmin Half Marathon, Kansas

IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, Iowa

Wineglass Half Marathon, New York

Louisiana Half Marathon (Baton Rouge), Louisiana

Williams Route 66 Half Marathon, Oklahoma

Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, Virginia

Fargo Half Marathon, North Dakota

Cowtown Half Marathon, Texas

Colfax Half Marathon, Colorado

Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon, Massachusetts

Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, Maryland

Tobacco Road Half Marathon, North Carolina

Kiawah Island Half Marathon, South Carolina

Hatfield McCoy Half Marathon, West Virginia

Top International: Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon, Canada

Favorite Races by State and Country

We asked our members to list their favorite events by state and by country. We have listed the top most-recommended races by location. These are listed in no particular order.

Alabama

Big Beach Half Marathon, Mercedes Half Marathon, Mobile Half Marathon (previously named the First Light Half Marathon)

Alaska

Alaska Running Cruise Half Marathon, Anchorage Running Festival (Skinny Raven) Half Marathon, Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon

Arizona

Lake Powell Half Marathon, Revel Mount Lemmon Half Marathon

Arkansas

Little Rock Half Marathon, RussVegas Half Marathon

California

San Francisco Half Marathon: 1st Half, Surf City Half Marathon, Yosemite Half Marathon, Carlsbad Half Marathon, Napa Valley Half Marathon, Orange County Half Marathon

Colorado

Colfax Half Marathon, Revel Rockies Half Marathon, Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

Connecticut

Hartford Half Marathon, Mystic Half Marathon, Hogsback Half Marathon

Delaware

Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon, Delaware Running Festival Half Marathon, Coastal Delaware Half Marathon

Florida

A1A Half Marathon, Space Coast Half Marathon, Key West Half Marathon, Miami Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Georgia

Northside Hospital Orthapedic Institute Sports Medicine Half Marathon (previously named the Jeff Galloway 13.1), Publix Atlanta Half Marathon

Hawaii

Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon, Kauai Half Marathon

Idaho

Bear Lake Half Marathon, Coeur D’Alene Half Marathon

Illinois

Chicago Lifetime Half Marathon (September), Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, Quad Cities Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Indiana

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

Iowa

IMT Des Moines Half Marathon

Kansas

Hangover Half Marathon, Running With the Cows Half Marathon, Garmin Half Marathon, Prairie Fire Half Marathon

Kentucky

Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon, Kentucky Derby Half Marathon

Louisiana

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

Maine

Maine Half Marathon (Portland- September); Bar Harbor Trust Half Marathon (September), Blueberry Cove 13.1, Millinocket Half Marathon

Maryland

Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, Saint Michael’s Half Marathon

Massachusetts

Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon, Martha’s Vineyard Half Marathon

Michigan

Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon, Kalamazoo Half Marathon, Grand Rapids Foster Swift Half Marathon

Minnesota

Med City Half Marathon, RBC Race for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (Grandma’s)

Mississippi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Mississippi Blues Half Marathon

Missouri

Go St. Louis Half Marathon, Kansas City Half Marathon, MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon

Montana

Missoula Half Marathon, Yellowstone Half Marathon, Glacier National Park

Nebraska

Good Life Halfsy, Omaha Half Marathon

Nevada

Revel Mt Charleston Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, Saints and Sinners Half Marathon

New Hampshire

Clearance DeMar Half Marathon, Big Lake Half Marathon, New Hampshire Half Marathon (Bristol), Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon

New Jersey

Ocean City Half Marathon, New Jersey Half Marathon, Rutgers Unite Half Marathon

New Mexico

Santa Fe Thunder Half, Albuquerque Half Marathon

New York

Buffalo Half Marathon, New York Road Runners Brooklyn Half Marathon, New York Road Runners NYC Half Marathon, Wineglass Half Marathon

North Carolina

Tobacco Road Half Marathon, Asheville Half Marathon

North Dakota

Fargo Half Marathon

Ohio

Flying Pig Paycor Half Marathon, Air Force Half Marathon, Rock Hall Half Marathon

Oklahoma

Williams Route 66 Half Marathon, Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon

Oregon

Revel Mt. Hood Half Marathon, Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon, Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon

Pennsylvania

Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon, Hershey Park Half Marathon, Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon, Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon

Rhode Island

Rhode Races Newport Half Marathon (April), Amica Newport Half Marathon (October), Surftown Half Marathon

South Carolina

Kiawah Island Half Marathon, Charleston Half Marathon, Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

South Dakota

Deadwood Mickelson Train Half Marathon, Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon, Sioux Falls Half Marathon, Mt Rushmore Half Marathon

Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon, St Jude Memphis Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon

Texas

Cowtown Half Marathon, Austin Half Marathon, Houston Half Marathon

Utah

Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, Zion Half Marathon, Salt Lake City Half Marathon

Vermont

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

Virginia

Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon, American Family Fitness Richmond Half Marathon

Washington

Jack ‘n Jill Downhill Half Marathon, Rock and Roll Seattle Half Marathon

West Virginia

Hatfield McCoy Half Marathon, Marshall Half Marathon

Wisconsin

Pettit Indoor Half Marathon, Wisconsin Half Marathon, Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon, Rockin Brews Half Marathon, Milwaukee Brewers Mini Marathon

Wyoming

Jackson Hole Half Marathon, Grand Teton Half Marathon, Bear Lake Half Marathon

CANADA

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon, Seawheeze Half Marathon, Army Run Half Marathon

INTERNATIONAL

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, Paris, France

Auckland Half Marathon, Auckland, New Zealand

Reykjavik Half Marathon, Reykjavik, Iceland

Reggae Half Marathon, Negril, Jamaica