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Walker-Friendly Marathons

Upcoming Marathons For Walkers

So you're not a runner — that doesn't mean you can't fulfill your dream of finishing a marathon. Many races allow and greatly encourage walkers. Here's a huge list of upcoming marathons to choose from, brought to you by Runner's World.

A1A Marathon: Feb. 21, 2010
Austin Marathon: Feb. 14, 2010
Baltimore Marathon: Oct. 10, 2009
Big-D Texas Marathon: April 5, 2009
Buffalo Marathon: May 24, 2009

There are a whole bunch more, so


Calgary Marathon: May 31, 2009
Carlsbad Marathon: January 24, 2010
Cleveland Marathon: May 17, 2009
Columbus Marathon: Oct. 18, 2009
Country Music Marathon: April 25, 2009
Dallas White Rock Marathon: Dec. 13, 2009
Des Moines Marathon: Oct. 18, 2009
First Light Marathon: TBD
Gasparilla Distance Classic: Was on March 1, 2009
Grand Rapids Marathon: Oct. 18, 2009
Green Bay Marathon: May 17, 2009
Honolulu Marathon: Dec. 13, 2009
Indianapolis Marathon: Oct. 17, 2009
Lake Tahoe Marathon: Sept. 23-27, 2009
Lewis & Clark Marathon: Sept. 13, 2009
Little Rock Marathon: Was on March 15, 2009
Long Beach Marathon: Oct. 11, 2009
Los Angeles Marathon: May 25, 2009
MDI (Mount Desert Island) Marathon: Oct. 18, 2009
Mad City Marathon: May 24, 2009
Maine Marathon: Oct. 4, 2009
Mardi Gras Marathon: February 28, 2010
Marine Corps Marathon: Oct. 25, 2009
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon: June 20, 2009
Melbourne and Beaches Marathon: Feb. 7, 2010
Mercedes Marathon: TBD
Miami Marathon: Jan. 31, 2010
Mississippi Blues Marathon: TBD
Missoula Marathon: July 12, 2009
Myrtle Beach Marathon: Feb. 11-14, 2010
New Jersey Marathon: May 3, 2009
Nike Women's Marathon: Oct. 18, 2009
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: April 26, 2009
Philadelphia Marathon: Nov. 22, 2009
Pittsburgh Marathon: May 3, 2009
Portland Marathon: Oct. 4, 2009
Richmond Marathon: Nov 14, 2009
Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon: Jan. 17, 2010
Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon: Nov. 15, 2009
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon: May 31, 2009
Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon: June 27, 2009
Sacramento Cowtown Marathon: Oct. 4, 2009
Salt Lake City Marathon: April 18, 2009
San Francisco Marathon: July 26, 2009
Seattle Marathon: Nov. 29, 2009
Shamrock Marathon: March 21-22, 2009
Surf City Marathon: Feb. 7, 2010
Tucson Marathon: Dec. 13, 2009
Vancouver Marathon: May 3, 2009
Walt Disney World Marathon: Jan. 7-10, 2010
Windermere Marathon: May 16, 2009

Join The Conversation
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 8 years
I will be walking/running my first half marathon in July! I'm totally nervous and excited all at the same time. Maybe next year I will be ready to do the full marathon, but for now the half is good for me!
kclulu kclulu 8 years
I think it is fantastic that people who may not be able to run a marathon can walk them instead. You are still going the full 26.2 miles which is a feat at any speed. I have also found a lot of walkers are raising money for charities so kuddos to them. I would just like to suggest that if you are a walker, please be sure to start at the end of the pack and be aware of runners trying to get around you. I find that walkers (and runners for that matter)are sometimes unaware of the runners trying to get around them and it can be really frustrating as a runner to try to dodge everyone, especially at the beginning of a race. There are also some runners who think that people shouldnt be able to walk marathons but I think thats bs, the more the merrier! It is just great to see people being active.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
kia kia 8 years
Well the eligibility for the random draw for Nike closed last night. Good luck to everyone who entered.
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
You should add the Preferred Care Marathon in Rochester, NY to this list. I'll be walking the half there for the third time this fall. The race is on Sunday, September 13. Great list, Fit! I've also walked halfs in Houston and Nashville, and am always looking for walker-friendly races. Thanks!
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
anybody know of any 'walking marathons' in the UK?
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