Two of the most famous marathons in the U.S. — the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon — are held in spring and fall, respectively. But that doesn’t mean that the months between are completely lacking in great races! In fact, there are plenty of exciting marathons being held in January of 2015. Get your new year off to a great start with these 6 marathons.
The New Year’s Marathon in Allen, Texas is anything but your regular race. Runners can choose to do a marathon, half marathon, or 5K, but those feeling especially confident can complete “doubles,” the most challenging of which adds up to a total of 58.6 miles (two 5Ks and two marathons). Participants receive “Challenge Plates,” which can only be described as mega-medals, with multiple medals within one larger medal.
This race is part of a full weekend event from January 7 – 11, 2015 with the marathon taking place on the last day. Described as “the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth,” the course winds through all four theme parks, starting and finishing in Epcot. Participants are awarded Mickey Mouse medals and Disney characters are there to cheer runners on the whole way.
The San Diego Trail Marathon takes runners through scenic San Dieguito River Park and Black Mountain Open Space Park. Lake Hodges is visible for most of the course, which makes for a beautiful trail race. For runners who aren’t quite ready to stop after 26.2 miles, a 50 mile race happens simultaneously. The 50 and Marathon take place on January 17, 2015.
As if you needed an excuse to get away from the cold winter weather and head to Maui! This January 18th race also has half marathon, 15K, 10K, and 5K options. As the name suggests, the course takes runners along asphalt roads with ocean views. Supporters are welcome to sprawl out on the beach and cheer on the runners.
Held on January 25, 2015, the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon takes runners around City Park and along Lake Pontchartrain, as well as down historic St. Charles Avenue. Mini-concerts are put on along the entire course of the race, with jazz, blues, rock, and soul bands performing live.
This unique race takes place on January 31, 2015. It starts at 6:00 pm with a cutoff of 11:30 pm. Headlamps or flashlights are required gear for all runners. A slogan of the nighttime race is, cheekily, “You’re only cold if you’re standing still,” a nod to Indiana’s very cold January temperatures. Some of the food passed out at the end of the race bears the label “bragging rights earned.”