Pre-Race Picture of Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club members at Indy 500 Mini Marathon “half marathon”
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive a 30% discount to ALL Elite Sports California Race Series events!
.Jan -Camarillo marathon, half &5k – www.CamarilloMarathon.com
Feb -Seaside half marathon 5k 10k – www.SeasideHalf.com
April -Ojai Half marathon 5k 10k – www.OjaiHalfMarathon.com
May – Lake Balboa Half marathon 5k 10k – www.LakeBalboaHalf.com
June – Father’s day 5k 10k – www.FathersDay5k10k.com
July – Shoreline Half marathon 5k 10k – www.ShorelineHalf.com
August – Arroyo Creek Half marathon 5k 10k – www.ArroyoCreekHalf.com
September -Harvest Half marathon 5k 10k – www.HarvestHalf.com
October – Foster Park Half Marathon 5k 10k – www.FosterParkHalf.com
November – Surfers Point Marathon, half 5k 10k www.SurfersPointMarathon.com
November – Thanksgiving Day 5k –www.ThanksgivingDay5k.com
December – Holly Jolly Half marathon 5k 10k – www.HollyJollyHalf.com
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive a 10% discount to all Volition Half Marathons in the series.
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive a 10% discount to all Race 13.1 Half Marathons Race 13.1 Half Marathon Series
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive 15% discount to all Run & Ride Race Series Half Marathons Run & Ride Race Series Half Marathons [MN, OH, NC, PA]
New cool shirt to check off your 100 Half Marathons Challenge as a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member! Fifty States Half Marathon Club is the original club with the actual challenge to complete 100 half marathons, club founded in 2008. Finishers receive an awesome personally engraved huge Gold Cup Trophy, or a beautiful classy engraved plaque.
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive $10.00 Discount to Rock’n’roll Series Half Marathon events http://www.runrocknroll.com/
$10.00 discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, to the September 2016 Sioux Falls Marathon, Half Marathon. http://siouxfallsmarathon.com/
50 States Half Marathon Club Members: May 2016 Vail Valor Races Half Marathon $15.00 discount for our members http://www.vailvalorraces.com/
Sweet $25.00 Discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to the INAUGURAL Boulder Rez Half Marathon, set to take place on June 7th, 2015!
GREAT COURSE and LOTS to do in Boulder Colorado if you are a visitor from out of state! Of course if you are a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member, you’ll have to have dinner with us as well, since we will be there at expo and live nearby!!! 🙂 [We’ll post dinner plans in our private club group forum]. More race details can be found at http://www.bbscrun.com/#!boulderrezhalf/c1y1d
CONGRATULATIONS are in order to Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member Patricia Greenberg-Grunfeld from Los Angeles, California, for Finishing 100 HALFs this past weekend!!! Wooohooo! Woot Woot!
JUNE 2015 Discount to Volition America CHICAGO Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members. Enjoy beautiful and scenic views along Lake Michigan and the Chicago Lakefront. Athletes will run through/past landmarks such as: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, McCormick Place and 31st Street Beach. http://www.volitionamerica.com/
Head to TULSA to check off a half marathon in Oklahoma this MAY! Discount to the Volition America Tulsa Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! “Push your limits on a challenging course through iconic downtown Tulsa” http://www.volitionamerica.com/events
Discount to MAY Noblesville Mini Marathon (in INDIANA) for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! This scenic event offers runners a tour of beautiful Noblesville, Indiana and showcases the city’s most beloved attractions such as Morse Beach, Forest Park, Potter’s Bridge, and the Courthouse Square nestled in downtown Noblesville. Multiple distances will be offered to appeal to runners and walkers of any ability; choose from a half marathon, 10K, or 5K distances. http://noblesvilleminimarathon.com/
Discount to AUGUST Humboldt Bay Marathon, Half Marathon (in California) for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members!
Inaugural event! Very scenic and mostly flat course from Arcata CA to Eureka CA along the west side of Humboldt Bay and the Eureka Waterfront [aerial shot of Humboldt Bay in photo].
Another RHODE ISLAND Discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to East Bay Half Marathon on AUGUST 16th, 2015 in East Providence, RI http://www.oceanstatemultisport.com/
RHODE ISLAND Discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to Quonset Point Half Marathon on APRIL 12th, 2015 at Quonset Point in North Kingstown,RI http://www.oceanstatemultisport.com/
There is still time to register!
DISCOUNT, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, to upcoming MASSACHUSETTS event in MARCH, the Marathon Park Prep Half Marathon! This is not a flat course. As a matter of fact you will have to tackle the “Green Street Monster”! wink emoticon Part of the course on Union Street in Ashland is the Boston Marathon course which is part of why we they say “Run in the footsteps of Giants”. Learn more at http://www.marathonparkprep.com/
Discount, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, to APRIL 2015 Voalition America Fairview OREGON Half Marathon starting at the Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview, OR. This chip timed event offers a scenic course along the beautiful Columbia River on Marine Drive. This flat course is sure to offer a fast time to early season competitors. After victoriously crossing the finish line you can refuel with a variety of refreshments and enjoy live entertainment at Chinook Landing.
This new half marathon series is the first of its kind to honor America through running and is steeped with patriotic distinction. A stronger America at every finish line. http://www.volitionamerica.com
JUNE 2015 discount to Run & Ride Race Series – Cedar Point, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members. Location: Sandusky, OH. After the first mile you will dive into the park and through the underbelly of Gatekeeper, the world’s longest wing coaster, then wind your way through Cedar Point amusement park. Take in the sights of the coasters as they tower overhead. Don’t forget to pick out your favorite ride so you can come back and ride it later in the day. No stopping now…you still have 10 miles to go. After exiting the park you will pass over the causeway surrounded by Lake Erie on either side and then head into downtown Sandusky for an out-and-back course along closed roads. With towering coasters in the distance, the park will always be a visible reminder of just how far you have gone and how well you are doing. Finish up your 13.1 miles under the finishers’ arch to cheering friends, family, and volunteers. Half-marathon participants enjoy admission to Cedar Point all weekend. http://www.runandriderace.com/#!cedarpoint/c1aw3
Discount to APRIL event in Bloomington, INDIANA, to the Hoosier Half Marathon, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members. This is the 10 year anniversary event and fastest growing half in Indiana which takes place at the Indiana University Campus.
SEPTEMBER 2015 Discount to the Colorado Springs Half Marathon, presented by Penrose-St. Francis, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members. The loop course begins & ends at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. The course will showcase the city of Colorado Springs by taking runners through historic neighborhoods, city parks, by the Olympic Training Center & through downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. A 5K run/walk is available for shorter distance runners. This family friendly race is a premiere half marathon that attracted people from 26 different states in 2014.
Discount to MARCH event in OREGON, the Owyhee Off-Road Challenge Half Marathon, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! Get off the road and into the hills! The breathtaking views and stunning Snake River Valley scenery from the top of the Owyhees are worth the climb. Start and finish in Adrian, Oregon just 47 miles NW of Boise, ID. Your participation will help support the Adrian School District track program. http://owyheeoff-roadchallenge.weebly.com/
JULY Discount to Narragansett Bay Half Marathon in East Providence, Rhode Island, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! The half marathon starts and finishes at the historic Pierce Memorial Stadium. The course heads east along Veterans Memorial Parkway and returns on the beautiful East Bay Bike path with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and the Downtown Providence skyline. http://www.nbhalf.com
Discount to the Worcester Running Festival Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club [JUNE 2015 in Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS] The race starts and finishes at the common downtown Worcester. http://www.runworcester.com/
Looks like a COLD start that morning for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members at Mississippi Blues Marathon Half Marathon!
Reminder to our 50 States Running Club Members: 15% off at JWalking Designs, Earth-friendly, functional fitness fashions, for women and men, for All Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! The owner, Alison O’Brien, is a club member of ours, so even better to know it’s a small business run by one of our very own members! Made from 84% recycled bottles and 16% Spandex, our 3-pocket women’s running/walking skirts come in basic black, patterns and plaids, and our men’s lightweight running kilt and button-down, collared running shirt transition seamlessly from workout to go out. And trust us, you’ll stand out!
Photo of the cute plaid comfortable running skirts
New Club Discount, partner, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members!! Members receive 50% OFF!!! CHAMPION CSX COMPRESSION SOCKS, BRACES & SUPPORTS! http://csxchampion.com/
New RHODE ISLAND discount to APRIL 2015 Blackstone Valley Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! As a member of our club, if you register b-4 12/31 the half marathon will only be $45 for you! http://www.bvhalf.com/
$50 to 12/31/2014
$55 1/1/2015 to 2/28/2015
$60 3/1/201 to 4/24/2015
New Discount to the MAY 2015 Run & Ride Half Marathon in Shakopee, Minnesota for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! The Run & Ride Race Series at Valleyfair will have you running under and around and then riding on some of the best coasters in the Midwest. Half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1-mile participants will have a chance to run through Valleyfair while taking in behind-the-scenes views of some of the park’s most popular attractions before the amusement park opens its gates.
Registration includes single-day admission for 5K and 10K participants and admission for all three days of the event weekend for the half-marathon participants.
New TEXAS Discount to Brazos Bend 25K on April 25th 2015 event for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members!
Big Custom Medals, Great Shirts and Run with the Gators at Brazos Bend State Park!
New DISCOUNT to the INAUGURAL NOVEMBER 2015 Milwaukee Running Festival Half Marathon in#Wisconsin for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! The walker friendly half marathon course is a combination of parkways, neighborhoods of downtown & east side of Milwaukee, and Lake Michigan lakeshore, starting and finishing up on the Summerfest grounds along Lake Michigan!http://www.milwaukeerunningfestival.com/
New COLORADO discount to JULY half marathon Half on the 4th Half Marathon in Colorado Springs, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! This is a fast and well shaded 13.1 mile course with aid stations at every mile and bathrooms along the course. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and medals for half marathon finishers. There is a large play area in Monument Valley Park for the kids (that aren’t running) to play on while mom or dad is finishing her/his race and a public pool (run by the YMCA at additional cost) to cool down after the race!www.spreeracing.com/halfon4th
Half Marathons continue to grow around the globe and across the USA. The current totals of half marathons in the USA equal well over 2000 events, with recent industry leaders’ claims of close to 2 million half marathon finishers over the past year. The number of half marathon events, and the number of finishers continue to increase annually. Trail half marathons (21k’s) have been a significant contributor to this growth! The 13.1 mile distance is perfect for the traveler, allowing the ability to enjoy a weekend destination with little recovery time, contrary to the full marathon distance.
In 2008, Fifty States Half Marathon running club was founded, and has now grown to become a central bonding ground for bringing half marathon runners together from all over the USA, and even some from other countries. The club also has members from Canada, and as far away as UAE. The club features over 300 running event discounts (mostly half marathons), and a fabulous high end gold cup trophy for members who finish a 50 states journey, or 100 half marathons. The challenges also allow for ironman distance and half ironman distance triathlons to count in totals of various challenges. The 500 endurance challenge and a 7 Continents endurance Challenge was added as well over the past year, an enticer to go above and beyond 50 states or 100 halfs. Members meet up for dinner and race photos all over the USA throughout the year, and enjoy an unprecedented camaraderie! The bonds of the members seem to get stronger every year, and more keep joining due to the positive energy the club and members spark amongst others! The annual meet up and awards, which is held in a new destination every year, has also been an exciting event. Members drive and fly in from all over to see one another, celebrate membership and awards for challenge finishers, and enjoy a weekend of socializing. The half marathon group is a welcoming organization with both walkers and runners of all abilities, and is a fabulous running club to meet other likeminded individuals, from some just normal everyday folks, to some with amazing inspirational stories of overcoming adversity.
In 2015, Fifty 50 States Half Marathon Club will hold their annual meet up event at Kooky Spooky Half Marathon in Golden, Colorado (a suburb west of Denver), with expectations of close to 200 members attending. The weekend, October 23rd through October 25th, will consist of a planned light group hike up the scenic Table Mountain, social night of mingling, a Coors Brewery tour, an evening of dinner and awards to be presented to all the 50 States and 100 Half finishers, a race day with mingling at post race tent upon finishing the the half marathon, and another final social gathering the last evening of the weekend. Thank you to all our members who truly make this club very special! Look forward to seeing MANY of you October 2015 in Colorado!
NEW $10.00 OFF DISCOUNT added to the RussVegas 13.1 Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! There are a couple of small hills and two overpasses, but other than that it is a very flat course. Unfortunately this event is NOT Walker friendly, and not even borderline walker friendly.
Congratulations to David Grudzien from Lawrenceville, Georgia, for finishing BOTH the 50 States Half Marathon Club Challenge AND the 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge last week at Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland Maine! David is the 1st ever to finish the two challenges on the same day!
On September 14, this flat, fast race starts at Suffolk Downs and runs along Revere Beach before returning you to the horse race track for a one-of-a-kind post race party. Cool venue, live music, and a free beer for every registered athlete (21 and over, must show id).
Another year, and another discount for Arena Attack Indoor Half Marathon up in Connecticut, put on by the Southern New England Athletic Association! Discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, and these indoor half marathons sell out fast, so register quickly!
This Sunday July 13th, Fifty States Half Marathon Club member David Grudzien will be the first runner ever to finish BOTH his 50th state (of the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge) AND his 100th Half Marathon (of the 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge) the same day at the same time, at the same race! David Grudzien will be running the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon to complete his double journey, with his special bib number 50 given to him by the race director Erik Boucher!
While David ran his 98th half marathon today, with a broken toe, running one of his best times all year, he is going to wrap that last weekend up with broken toe and all! You’ll almost always see David in his Fifty States Half Marathon club shirt, and almost always smiling!
NEW OREGON DISCOUNT to INAUGURAL Monkey Face Half marathon in Terrebonne, OR, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members!
The inaugural Monkey Face Half Marathon is set to kick off this August 2014. This flat and fast half marathon staged at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Oregon, features scenic views of Monkey Face and Eastern Oregon’s high desert. Enjoy a USATF certified course with 5 aid stations, complimentary post-race refreshments for participants, awards and more. Register today – this event will fill up!
NEW OHIO DISCOUNTS 25% off any All Sport FUNdamentals events for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, which includes triathlons, duathlons, 5ks, 10ks, kids FUN runs and family FUN runs! NEXT event UP is the KELLEYS ISLAND Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, 10k, 5k and Kids Fun Run.
Other eligible events club members will receive a discount are the J.F. Walleye’s 5k Race, The Great Mohican Triathlon & Family Races, and Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay
Click here to search for Ohio Half Marathons
NEW California Discount to INAUGURAL half marathon this August in Shaver Lake, CA, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members.
The Fresno County Search and Rescue Team wants to give you a challenge. So they are putting on the 1st SAR Wild Run Trail Half Marathon. This “Half” will have you running the previous year’s bike trail along the southeast side of Shaver Lake while adding more miles in the forest with great views of the lake. But save your energy as you will finish scrambling up the 5K Wild Run. They say with the longer course the chances are better of seeing BIG FOOT!
Click here to view ALL Half Marathons in California
NEW Massachusetts Discount to INAUGURAL Half marathon The Stache Halfe this November in Ipswich, MA, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members. And I want pictures of you ALL in your mustache! LOL
Celebrate “Movember” with a half marathon that is 13.1 miles of mustache fun! Sport your own facial hair with pride or stick on the mustache we’ll give you in your race bag. Join our goofy Best Stache Contest that’s open to guys, gals and kids! In Movember, anyone
and everyone can rock the stache!
On the course you’ll race past some of the oldest and most historical homes (pre-revolution) in the entire country. You’ll also enjoy some beautiful scenic views in this charming coastal community. The Stache Halfe Race Series is a totally unique race concept. Celebrate the stache with two challenging races that will push you to test your own limits. Run both races back-to-back!
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Fifty States Half Marathon Club dinner meet up in Alaska – Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon weekend
Lots’a “Fifty Sates HALF Marathon Club” members at Hatfield McCoy Half marathon 2014
NEW FLORIDA HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT to the Orlando Marathon & Half marathon, Saturday March 7th, 2015, for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members!
Beautiful, scenic course around Lake Baldwin starting at Harbor Park. Run through the Veterans Memorial Park, past the VA Medical Center, see wild birds, turtles and natural Florida wild flowers and plants on sections of path. Paved course, but can run on grass along side. Course is a series of 2.5 Mi loops with restaurants and upscale shopping nearby. Second year of Half Marathon. Every finisher gets a 9 in Trophy with marble base. http://www.omarathon.com/home.html
Click here for ALL Florida Half Marathons
Meredith Sparano from Boston, Massachusetts headed to Hawaii to run her final Half Marathon of her 50 States Half Marathon Challenge! Meredith crossed the finish line at the Kona Half Marathon in Kona, HI, completing 50 States plus DC. Meredith joined the half marathon group Fifty States Half Marathon Club in 2011, and will continue on to finish her 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge, to finish a total of 100 Half marathons!
Laura Qualman from Brentwood, Tennessee headed to Alaska to run her final Half Marathon to complete her journey of finishing a half marathon in all 50 states! Laura completed her 50 States Half Marathon Challenge, crossing the finish line at the Mayor’s Midnight Half Marathon in Anchorage Alaska. Laura joined the half marathon group Fifty States Half Marathon Club this past year, and will continue on to finish her 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge, to finish a total of 100 Half Marathons!
Gloria Hinton from San Leon, Texas, finished her 50th State, completing the 50 States Endurance Challenge (a combination of half marathons and full marathons in all 50 states) this past week in Sun River, Oregon at the Pacific Crest Marathon! Gloria also finished her 50th state placing bronze in her age group! However, there is no stopping Gloria here! Gloria is now continuing on to finisher her 100 half marathons to complete Fifty States Half Marathon Club’s 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge. Gloria just recently surpassed a total of 70 Half Marathons! Congratulations Gloria Hinton!
NEW HAWAII $20.00 DISCOUNT to the Maui Marathon and Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! Set to take place September 21st, 2014. Unfortunately that is the same day this year as our big Fifty States Half Marathon Club member meet up though, at HITS Omaha Marathon and Half Marathon, … bummer!
Click here to search ALL Hawaii Half Marathons
NEW CALIFORNIA HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, to the Peace Love Run Half Marathon set to take place September 7th in San Francisco East Bay, Richmond, California! Views, views and more views! Run the scenic waterfront course-trail and paved paths in Point Pinole. Get your groove on and snag the groovy PLRSF finishers medal! http://www.peace-love-run.com/
NEW TRAIL HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT added for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to the Brazos Bend 100 Half Marathon set to take place December 13th in Needville, Texas! http://www.brazosbend100.com/
The Brazos Bend 100 Miler will aim to be the fastest race in Texas and the NATION with its mostly flat course, easy aid stations and wildlife to watch its the perfect set up for some PRs and some records to be set.
This race will also BE INCLUDED in the 2014 Texas Trail Running Championship http://www.texastrailchampionship.com/ for more information.
Wildlife is diverse and abundant. The white-tailed deer is the largest of more than 25 different species of mammals present, which also include bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, gray and red foxes, river otters, feral hogs and several species of rodents. Approximately 21 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded, and the smaller turtles, lizards, snakes and frogs are overshadowed in general interest by the American alligator, which is present mainly in the wetland areas of Elm, 40-Acre and Pilant lakes. (Feeding/harassment of wildlife is prohibited.) Birds of 290 species have been sighted in and around the park. The diverse habitat is a haven for migratory waterfowl, a variety of shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds and raptors.
NEW HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, to the Boca Raton PAL Half Marathon, set to take place November 2nd in Boca Raton, Florida —
NEW HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT to the Girls on the Go Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, set to take place on August 17th in East Bay San Francisco, California!
Run, walk or samba at the inaugural race Point Pinoli Regional Shoreline. The entire course is included within the park with panoramic views of the bay, numerous bridges that connecting the surrounding seven counties. http://www.girlsonthegorun.com/
NEW Fifty States Half Marathon Club Running Sports Bra now up for Pre Order (order deadline, this Saturday June 7th) to ensure you get your size!
We also added V-neck SLEEVELESS tech shirts!
NEW HALF MARATHON DISCOUNT to the Spooktacular half marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, set to take place October 19th in San Dimas, California!
The course immerses the runner in a beautiful setting, featuring panoramic views of Puddingstone Lake and lush greenery. Beautiful, sugar skull Day of the Dead medal! Long sleeve black tech for half marathon. http://www.spooktacular10k.com/
Congratulations to Susan Newcomb from Mechanicsville, Virginia for finishing her 50 States Half Marathon Challenge this weekend at the Fargo Marathon & Half Marathon!! Susan joined the our 50 States Half Marathon group in 2012, and we’re excited to present her Gold Cup trophy for finishing a challenge at our annual meet up held at HITS Omaha this year! Another incredible member, finishing an amazing accomplishment!
Register before midnight Saturday, May 2, to beat the price increase for the 2014 half marathon in California, Mammoth Half marathon!
AND if you are a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member, you will receive an additional $10 half marathon discount!
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First round of our new half marathon club sticker is now up for sale at our store. One size, good size Oval sticker.
They are the nice quality glossy Vinyl Stickers that last 1-3 years outdoors made with new technology to minimize air bubbles
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn – Happy Friday!! Have a great weekend everyone!
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson – Have a GREAT race out there this weekend for those of you gett’n out there!
Every year, Fifty States Half Marathon Club holds an annual meet up at a new destination. Half Marathon runners fly in from all over the USA, and some from Canada. In 2013, the annual meet up was held at Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon in Florida, an exceptionally well run event put on by a stellar race staff. The 2014 Fifty States Half Marathon Club annual meet up will be held at HITS Omaha Marathon and Half Marathon in Omaha, Nebraska. The 2013 event was so much fun, that the members are really looking forward to the 2014 Omaha event! The annual get together is looking like another great turnout for club member attendance.
Fifty States Half Marathon Club is a national club and has multiple challenges, founded by Nicole Blomgren who runs both the club and the national Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Race Calendar. Challenges include the popular 50 States Half Marathon Challenge (to finish a half marathon in all 50 states), the 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge (to finish 100 half marathons or half ironmans, or combo of either), and the 50 States Endurance Challenge (to finish a half marathon, full marathon, half ironman, full ironman, or combo of any of those 4 distances in all 50 states, for those that like to mix it up). The club also has the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge, and the 500 Endurance Challenge for members who want to remain a club member amongst the many wonderful members, and enjoy the approximate 300 event discounts across the nation. The club even offers a lifetime membership option for existing members, and welcomes members to remain a member long after finishing a challenge or challenges.
The annual meet up in Omaha will start out with a Friday evening cocktail hour meet up at a “to be determined” destination Sept 19, 2014, close to the hotels and race location. Saturday the Pre Race dinner, hosted by the HITS Omaha Marathon & Half Marathon staff, will be a club member gathering where 50 State Challenge and 100 HALF challenge finishers will receive their personally engraved gold cup trophy awards. Sunday September 21st, 2014 will be the race day meet up, post race at tent, and following with a Sunday evening finale meet up at a “to be determined” location. Excitement is heating up as the event weekend gets closer, and looks to be another fun gathering for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! For more information about club membership, feel free to visit www.halfmarathonclub.com
This Quote reminded me of all you Fifty States Half Marathon Club members 🙂
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~ Bob Moawad
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
― Tehyi Hsieh (Thought of our great group of Fifty States Half marathon club members)!
“The best way to predict your future is to create it”
― Abraham Lincoln
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” ~ Confucius
“You are never a loser until you quit trying” Mike Ditka
“There are no gains without pains” Adlai Stevenson ~ For all you runners racing this morning, have a great race day!
“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize” Richard Monckton Milnes
Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself. ~J. Howes
Spring time is here and time to plan your May Half Marathons for 2014. If you are looking for a half marathon in May, the Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar is improving and you will now be able to view in a more multi-device friendly view! As always, you may search for half marathons by month or by state.
“The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain” ~ Kahlil Gibran
Discount to Kona Half Marathon – Last minute vacation to Hawaii this June maybe? 😉
The Kona Coast is well known as the ultimate vacation destination in Hawaii. The 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5K courses run along the spectacular scenic shoreline of the Pacific Ocean offering beautiful views of crashing waves and mountains. The Marathon course extends into the unique black lava volcanic landscape of the Big Island of Hawaii. Experience the true aloha of Hawaii in this smaller family friendly event. RUN THE ROCK – Truly a run you will never forget in the Land of Aloha. AND if you are a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member, you will receive a discount to this event. http://konamarathon.com/
“Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight” Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
Washington State Discount for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to the Rally Round 4 Ultrasound Half Marathon. Half-marathon courses runs through Ft Steilacoom Park, mostly flat, fast and fantastically beautiful with 2 memorable hills. Course is a combination of trail and pavement and is well marked. Free pancake breakfast, event photo and post-race massages for all paying registrants (kids 10 & under are free). Also includes free entrance to our Guiness Book of World’s Record attempt for the World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight following the race. Event T-shirts are $10. Here is a video about the event weekend full of activity http://vimeo.com/82087315
Only a couple weeks away till Boston Marathon! Any of our Fifty States Half Marathon members running it, or attending? So far, I know Amy Spratlin Macon is, Chris Norch are participating.
“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another” John Dewey
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Wayne Gretzky. Take on a half marathon in 50 States or 100 half marathons http://ow.ly/vuvRe
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”
Orison Swett Marden
Fifty State Half Marathon Club members at Atlantic City Half Marathon … Jeff, Maria, Sally, Pam and Steve
This quote reminded me of all you Fifty States Half Marathon Club members …
“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there” Michael Schumacher. You are such a fabulous group of members.
“The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that’s good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.” Julia Roberts
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek” Mario Andretti
Official Finishers of 50 States Challenges, 100 Half Marathons & 7 Continents http://www.halfmarathonclub.com/Official_Finishers.html The list is growing and we have a lot of members finishing a challenge this year! Make sure to keep me updated if you are getting close!
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz
Member Alert! 🙂 We now have OVER 300 half marathon discounts we have come to realize as we counted through yesterday! Most are across the US, and several international. We continue to work on your wish list requests as well.
Fifty States Half Marathon Club members, have you updated your 100 half marathon totals and 50 state challenge totals lately? 🙂 You can find the link in our member login, OR at our “contact” page where it says “Member Challenge Totals” http://www.halfmarathonclub.com/Contact_Us.html
We have another 50 States Half Marathon Challenge Finisher on the Horizon! We’re excited for Stephen Weber to finish his final state in Honolulu Hawaii at the Hapalua Half Marathon Next Sunday the 13th! Anyone going to be there?! Please cheer on Stephen as he enjoys that 50th state on his Hawaiian vacation!
#halfmarathon #halfmarathons #Hawaii #honolulu
Another group photo shot with even more Fifty States Half Marathon Club members Pre Race dinner at the Lincoln Presidential half marathon, Springfield, Illinois weekend
Some of our Fifty States Half Marathon Club members at Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in Springfield, Illinois Saturday Apr 5, 2014.
New OHIO discount to the New Moon Half Marathon for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members! This exciting event takes place Saturday evening, May 31 in the heart of Ohio in the City of Delaware. The event is a kick-off to fun, summer evenings and features a post-event celebration of live music, summer drinks, and festival.
Need the state of Michigan, and love wine? NEW MICHIGAN DISCOUNT added for Fifty States Half Marathon Club members to the 13.Wine Half Marathon Midwest Elite Racing – Michigan Wine Trail Half Marathon set to take place on August 24, 2014. Post race features wine tasting & beer party. All finishers receive tech shirt, finisher medals, and a 13.Wine logo wine glass! However, runners will work for this wine & beer, it is a challenging course. This is a ROAD half marathon. The area is known as the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail because there are several wineries in a small radius. http://www.michiganwinetrailhalf.com/
Congratz are in order for Loree Hoag who just completed the 100 Half Anywhere Challenge. Loree crossed the finish line in Colorado at The Dam Run 13.1 in Denver. Loree has been a member of Fifty States Half Marathon Club since 2010 and continues on her journey to finish the 50 States Endurance Challenge.
Wow, we have been away for awhile and have lots of catching up to do over the next few weeks with new half marathon discount partner announcements, 50 States Half Marathon Challenge finishers, 100 Half Anywhere Challenge Finishers, 7 Continents Endurance Challenge finishers and MORE! Coming soon!
Today we wanted to quick mention that the Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar is improving! The site is partially rolled out with nicer viewing on iPads and mobile, more social media features, and even has social media posts integrated into the website so non-Facebook users can read posts from Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, …..and many more features coming soon!
Not all the states are rolled out yet, but you can take a peek at Washington DC half marathons and Illinois half marathons to see what’s coming! The mobile friendly view should appear for those 2 states. So all you DC half marathon lovers and Chicago half marathon runners out there have an easier view of half marathons from your mobile phone!
Colorado surpasses a total of 100 half marathons, and appears to have had the fastest growth in half marathon additions over the past year of any state in the United States. After evaluation, totals appear to reflect Colorado even surpassed total growth over Texas and California, of total half marathons added over the past year! With Colorado being such an active community, it is no surprise when it comes to growth in running events amongst the giant playground of trails and mountains in Colorado.
The most up to date, complete and accurate listing of Colorado half marathons on the web is the Halfmarathonsearch.com half marathon calendar, featuring search by state and search by month capabilities. The calendar of Colorado half marathons also features a symbol for trail running half marathon events, and has been working on implementing walker friendly symbols throughout the calendar, which will continue to roll out through 2014. The walker friendly races adhere to the new standard in the half marathon industry, supporting a 4 hour / 18:32 minute mile minimum to be officially considered walker friendly. The races must be fully supported the full minimum of 4 hours, including the same road support and aid station support that the fast runners receive, to be “official walker friendly”. Colorado is also leading the way with the biggest ratio of half marathons stepping up to support the walker friendly community and is currently one of the top states with walker friendly half marathons, including the trail running community!
Trail running half marathons have definitely been a popular addition to the growth of Colorado half marathons, which may be one of the leading factors in the increase. Colorado is a popular destination for locals, as well as tourists, to take on some of the most challenging trail events. Over the past year The Endurance Race Series, Colorado’s largest trail running series, added numerous trail half marathons to Colorado, and are also a supporter of the walker friendly community. The Endurance Race Series offers several of the easiest trail half marathons, to the most mountainous, difficult, beautiful and brutal trail half marathons. There are far too many great trail half marathons to list, but the trail symbol can help runners easily identify which half marathons are a trail event at Halfmarathonsearch.com.
Colorado offers a range of flat city half marathons, to the most scenic mountain half marathons, in addition to quite a few very popular downhill half marathons in the mountains, some even within an hour drive of Denver. From the big annual Rock’n’Roll Denver, to some of the best run small to mid-size half marathons in Colorado communities, Colorado is gaining attention as a popular half marathon vacation land, even amongst clubs like Fifty States Half Marathon Club and its members. In September or October of 2015, Fifty States Half Marathon Club is holding its annual member meet up and awards in the Denver / Boulder region at a “to be determined” half marathon event, and expects to have a turn-out of likely at least 200 of it’s members from all over the United States. Colorado half marathon community is only starting to heat up!
The most up to date, complete and accurate listing of Texas half marathons on the web is the Halfmarathonsearch.com half marathon calendar, featuring search by state and search by month capabilities. The calendar of Texas half marathons also features a symbol for trail running half marathon events, and has been working on implementing walker friendly symbols throughout the calendar, which will continue to roll out through 2014. The walker friendly races adhere to the new standard in the half marathon industry, supporting a 4 hour / 18:32 minute mile minimum to be officially considered walker friendly. The races must be fully supported the full minimum of 4 hours, including the same road support and aid station support that the fast runners receive, to be “official walker friendly”. Texas half marathons have grown to a total of 120 half marathons as of January 2014, an increase of over 20 half marathons in Texas since the beginning of 2012. It is no surprise, being such a large state and all, Texas remains in the top 5 for most half marathons in the United States.
Thus far, some of the most widely known larger races that support a minimum of 4 hours to be considered walker friendly in Texas and across the nation, are the Rock’n’Roll half marathons, and The Biggest Loser Run / Walk half marathons. As far as the smaller to mid size races, there is still a large quantity of 1/2 marathon events out there that are not supportive of the walking community at all. There is a very large percent of races that that have a maximum time limit of 3 hours and 15 minutes, or 3 hours and 30 minutes, which truly isn’t really a walker friendly standard, and certainly shouldn’t be promoted as walker friendly on any event website. However there are some extremely supportive small to mid size events out there to be found! Surfside Half Marathon allows up to 5 and a half hours for halfmarathoners. The 3M Half marathon allows 5 hours for the half marathon. The half marathon walking community continues to grow, and events looking to gain a larger total participation should definitely consider a 4 hour or longer fully supported race to draw in this growing market share.
Trail half marathons have also been making headway in Texas and across the United States. While Texas by no means leads the US in percentage of trail events, the state is home of a full Xterra series, which include multiple half marathons, and at least 12 good Trail 21k half marathons across the state. As mentioned prior, runners can easily scroll right down the Halfmarathonsearch.com half marathon schedule for Texas and identify which events are trail runs by the (T) symbol along side the date at the Texas half marathon calendar.
Just a note to our readers, letting everyone know 2014 Half Marathons are up to date at Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar! We will immediately start working on 2015 half marathons in January as they begin to roll in!
Our half marathon calendar is currently the most up to date half marathon on the web, so make sure to bookmark it and share it with all your half marathon running friends!
Here are some Half Marathon Quicklinks!
2014 half marathons (search by state)
The half marathon calendar is managed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club and is a free resource to the public.
As we approach the last quarter of 2013, it is safe to assume about 99% of the 2013 half marathons are published, with 2014 event dates now starting to roll in. Hence, we have totaled the current number of half marathons listed across the USA to evaluate the half marathon growth from 2012 to 2013.
Last year Fifty States HALF Marathon Club & Halfmarathonsearch.com‘s CEO Nicole Blomgren, USATF Certified Official, analyzed and provided a count of approximately 2005 half marathons, officially listed on the Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar, a complete listing of half marathons across the USA with both search by state and search by month features. The new approximate total for half marathons in the USA (total listed on Halfmarathonsearch.com) has now reached a total of approximately 2200 half marathons. This is growth of approximately 200 half marathons added across the USA over the past year.
The most significant half marathon growth over the last year occurred across California, Oregon and Colorado, with over 50 California half marathon additions, 21 Oregon half marathon additions, and 15 new Colorado half marathon additions, followed by Michigan and Virginia with 12 new half marathons.
With no doubt, half marathon events offering an exciting venue with beautiful scenery, or out of the ordinary swag and medals to attract runners, typically sell out year after year. However, we have also seen some events cancel over the past year due to low attendance, observed a few go out of business, and several states with a decrease in half marathons over the past year. This could be evidence of increased competition in some regions, and the importance of planning and a well thought out schedule, a great website, and cool swag and medals to attract runners. Runners will travel from all over to attend a race that has an awesome course or great swag, but it has to be well portrayed on a website to attract runners. Having a race listing on a race calendar registration site alone will not do the job. Additionally, with more races to choose from comes higher expectations from runners and the importance for half marathon events to list their upcoming event dates 8 months to 1 year out in this growing half marathon running era.
The growing half marathon running era shows no slowing trend, and Halfmarathonsearch.com predicts further continuous growth at approximately the same growth rate over the next year. While half marathon events continue to grow, the half marathon runners and clubs such as Fifty States Half Marathon Club, also have seen significant growth over the last 2 years. The half marathon 13.1 mile distance is a fun distance, long enough for a challenge, and short enough to recover quickly and still enjoy an evening out on the town at a weekend destination. Many first timers immediately catch the half marathon addiction once they complete their 1st. We look forward to another exciting year of half marathon growth and are so honored to be a part of this fabulous half marathon running community.
TOP 10 GROWTH STATES
California – over 50 half marathons added
Oregon – 21 half marathons added
Colorado – 15 half marathons added
Michigan – 12 half marathons added
Virginia – 12 half marathons added
Missouri – 11 half marathons added
Washington – 10 half marathons added
Tennessee – 6 half marathons added
Nebraska – 5 half marathons added
Arkansas – 5 half marathons added
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Wishing all you runners out there an extra special National Running day! Runners united like never before this year, and we are so grateful to be a part of such an awesome community full of all you awesome runners.
All the best, From your Running Friends at Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club and Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar USA!
Halfmarathonsearch.com Half Marathon Calendar now has added search by month feature, now providing half marathon runners the capability to search for a half marathon by month or by state in the USA. The popular online half marathon schedule is especially helpful for half marathon 50 Staters and is a free half marathon listing to the community maintained by Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club.
If you Like to Run at NIGHT, Then THIS is the Half Marathon for YOU!
On Friday NIGHT August 23rd 2013, runners will hit the streets for the Annual Moonlight Half Marathon!
Instead of running in the heat of mid-morning, ever wanted to run a half marathon race in the middle of the night, under a full moon? You can get your chance at the sixth annual running of Utah’s Moonlight Half Marathon, which is run in the thick of summer but at night, so the air should be cooled off by the time runners begin their race.
The thing that makes this race different is that this is a race to see who can cross the finish line closest to midnight without crossing it too early. There will be no timing devices allowed. You start when you think it will be the right time so you can cross the finish line at midnight.
Pre-Race Picture of Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club members at Indy 500 Mini Marathon “half marathon”