10 Upcoming Running Events in 2022
No matter your ability level, there are great running events coming up in 2022 all over the United States and beyond. Let's take a look at 10 of them!
BEAT BEETHOVEN 5K:
Are you a runner with a love for classical music? Head to Fairbanks, Alaska for the Beat Beethoven 5K . The race is held on September 10, 2022; registration opens in June 2022. As soon as the race begins, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony will start playing. If you can complete the 5K before the symphony ends (the symphony lasts around 31 minutes), then you get a voucher for any upcoming concert at the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.
If you’re looking for speed, sign up for the Carlsbad 5000 , the “World’s Fastest 5K.” The race will be held on May 22, 2022 along the coast of Carlsbad, California. The course is described as “flat and fast,” which sets runners up for an easy-to-navigate race. This race welcomes runners of all levels and ages, but at the end of the day, the fastest runners compete in the Elite Invitationals to set new records!
CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC:
One of the oldest 10Ks in the US is the Crescent City Classic . Set in New Orleans and during Easter weekend, this 10K’s main goal is for its participants to have fun. Runners of all levels are encouraged to participate, making it one of New Orleans’ signature events. This year’s Crescent City Classic will be held on April 16, 2022.
BEACH TO BEACON 10K:
Set in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the Beach to Beacon 10K takes you, as the name suggests, from Crescent Beach State Park to an iconic beacon of light: the Portland Head Light, which is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. The race will be held on August 6, 2022. Registration begins March 16.
BAY TO BREAKERS RACE:
The Bay to Breakers Race , a race that was created to rebuild the spirits of San Franciscoans after the 1906 earthquake, is still adding energy and flair to the city all these years later. This 12K winds its way through iconic sites of San Francisco: up Hayes Street Hill, through Golden Gate Park, and ending at Ocean Beach. This race is also the birthplaces of the Centipede World Championships. What exactly is a centipede in the running world? A centipede is a group of 13+ runners that runs the full course attached by a bungee cord or another similar material. Sign up now to run the race on May 15, 2022.
JOSHUA TREE HALF MARATHON:
Want to run under a sea of stars in the desert? Sign up for the Joshua Tree Half Marathon . This is a sunset and evening run, so make sure to bring a headlamp. Because the race happens at night, you’ll have the day to prepare and enjoy all of the beauty Joshua Tree has to offer. The race lasts 4 hours, which translates to an 18 minute mile. It will be held on November 5, 2022.
What are two words that might not go together? Grandma and marathon. But the Grandma’s Marathon , spanning from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota, is an event where runners of all levels are welcome. The website says of the race, “It’s a day the word ‘impossible’ ceases to exist.” The race runs along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota and is held on June 18, 2022.
The Honolulu Marathon is for you if you want to run under palm tree canopies, breathing in the Pacific breeze. It weaves through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace, up and around Diamond Head, and finishes in Kapiolani Park. The Honolulu Marathon is the fourth largest marathon in the US, and they’ll be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The start time is an early 5 AM, but you’ll be met with malasadas and shaved ice at the finish line. The race will be held on December 11, 2022.
LOCH NESS MARATHON:
The US has a lot of great marathons to offer, but so does the rest of the world! The Loch Ness Marathon is described as one of the most scenic marathons in the world. Run along Loch Ness and finish in Inverness, keeping your eyes peeled for Nessie along the way. After the race, enjoy everything the festival has to offer, from street food to bagpipers. The race is set for October 2, 2022.
BRYCE CANYON ULTRAS:
Bryce Canyon Ultras offers a 30K Race, a 50K Ultra, a 60K Ultra, a 50 Mile Ultra, and a 100 Mile Ultra. No matter the distance, you’ll be met with the stunning, warm-toned, craggy landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park. If you want to push yourself both physically and mentally, all while exploring a national park, then consider this running event. The race is happening May 28 - May 29, 2022.