50+ Half Marathons Under $50.00 (United States)

Road races don't have to be expensive.  If you don't need big-city races, lines of spectators, live bands, cheerleaders, or a shirt or medal from every race, the odds are you can find affordable races either near you or in other states.

Below is a list of half marathons across the United States with registration fees of $50.00 or less.  I put together this list both from my own research and race participation, and by asking other runners and race walkers to suggest events.  Some are "no shirt/no medal" events, while others offer them.

If you know of a low-cost or free half marathon in the US that should be added to this list, please leave the race information in the comments section below.  

Note: this list is provided as a resource only (not an endorsement of any event).  Check the event websites for course information, time limits, and possible changes in price, date, or location.

ALABAMA

Chief Lagida Trail Half Marathon 
$25.00, includes medal and shirt

http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/chief-ladiga-half-marathon-2

First Light Half Marathon
$40/$45 early registration
http://www.firstlightmarathon.com/

Life Without Limits UCP Half Marathon
$45.00/$50.00/$55.00
http://ucprun.com/

ARKANSAS

Team Loco Half Marathon
$25.00 for the half marathon
http://www.teamloco.org/loco.htm

CALIFORNIA

A Better World Running Half Marathons (multiple)
They organize several half marathons throughout the year in Southern California.  Their half marathon registration fees are $40 or less.
http://www.abetterworldrunning.com/

Fontana Days Run Half Marathon
$50.00 plus cheaper options for registering as a team.
http://www.fontana.org/index.aspx?nid=388

Highland Run Half Marathon
$40.00 early registration; $45.00 late registration
http://www.ymcaeastvalley.org/highland-run/

COLORADO

Vail la Sportiva Trail Half Marathon
$32.00 pre-registration; $42.00 day of
http://www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing

Run the Rockies Trail Half Marathon
$40.00 early; $50.00
http://www.townoffrisco.com/activities/recreation-programs/special-events/run-the-rockies-trail-half-marathon-10k/

CONNECTICUT

Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon
$10.00; $12.00 race-day registration
http://www.lightfootrunners.com/

Roxbury Half Marathon
Pre-registration only, $15.00, sells out fast
http://www.roxburyraces.net/

Colchester Half Marathon
$14.00 early; $20.00 race day registration
https://www.mysportsfee.com/races/RaceInfo.aspx?RID=346


FLORIDA

Rotary Club of Weston Run for Tomorrow Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration; rises to $40.00 and $45.00 (race day).
http://www.westonrotary.com/run-for-tomorrow/

Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon
$50.00 early registration
http://jaxmarinecorpshalfmarathon.com/

Subaru Distance Classic Half Marathon
$40.00, $45.00 early registration
http://www.1stplacesports.com/dc.html

Run 13.1 in Jacksonville
$40.00, $45.00 early registration 
http://www.1stplacesports.com/run13point1.html

Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon
$40.00, $45.00 early registration
http://www.1stplacesports.com/jm.html

Best Damn Race (multiple half marathons)
Registration depends on who signs up first- intial registrants pay the cheapest prices
http://bestdamnrace.com/

Starlight Half Marathon
Early registration- $45.00 then $55.00 (then goes up)
http://www.triumphraces.com/index.php/our-events/starlight-1-2-marathon-5k

GEORGIA

Red Nose Half Marathon
Free race- optional long sleeve shirt for $25.00
http://www.columbusroadrunners.com/

Hot Cocoa Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration; goes up to $40.00, $45.00, $50.00
http://www.savannahraces.com/#!hot-cocoa-half-marathon10k/cqcl

ILLINOIS

Fly With the Eagles Half Marathon
$25.00 non-members
http://rivertoriver.net/news/?page_id=44

IOWA

Marathon to Marathon Half Marathon
$45.00 early registration, then $50.00
http://www.marathon2marathon.com/

Marion Rotary Half Marathon for Shoes
$30.00 early registration; then $35.00, $40.00, $50.00
http://www.marathonforshoes.com/#!half-marathon/c1acr

LOUISIANA

Minden Run for St. Jude
$40.00 early registration; $45.00 late registration
http://mindenrunforstjude.com/

MAINE

Lake Auburn Half Marathon
$45.00 registration fee
https://runsignup.com/Register/?raceId=2533

Race the Runways Half Marathon
$45.00 Registration
http://www.racetherunways.com/entrant-info

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Trail Animals Running Club Fall Classic & Spring Classic Half Marathon
Sells out very quickly; way have a wait list option
http://trailanimals.com/tarc-trail-series/

Castle Awards Half Marathon
$28.00 early registration
http://www.oceanstatemultisport.com/

Black Goose Half Marathon
$32.00 early registration
http://www.oceanstatemultisport.com/

MICHIGAN

Winter Warriors Half Marathon Series
Single race- $35.00 early registration, then $40.00, and $45.00; also offers two race and three race pricing.
http://www.michiganhalfseries.com/About-Us.html

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Coast Half Marathon
http://gulfcoastrunningclub.org/calendar.shtml

MISSOURI

St. Louis Track Club Frostbite Series Half Marathon
$15.00 members, $20.00 non members
http://www.fleetfeetstlouis.com/racing/highlighted-races/frostbite-series

MONTANA

Sweathouse Half Marathon
$40.00 early; $50.00 late
http://www.runwildmissoula.org/runwild/index.php/fuseaction/members.raceChallenge.htm

NEBRASKA

Up Before the Rooster Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration, $40.00 late
http://htrsathleticboosters.weebly.com/booster-run.html

Brownville Freedom Run Half Marathon
$25.00 early, $35.00 late
http://www.brownville-ne.com/freedom-run.html

NEW JERSEY

E. Murray Todd Half Marathon
$35.00, walker friendly
http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/program1/searchdetails.aspx?ID=17083

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bear Brook Trail Half Marathon
$25.00 half, pre-registered only
http://www.acidoticracing.com/events/view_event.php?ID=11

Dixville Half Marathon
$30.00 early, $40.00 late, shirt extra
http://www.northrec.org/dixville-half-marathon.html

NEW YORK

Celebrate Life Half Marathon
$30.00 early registration; $40.00; then up
http://celebratelifehalfmarathon.com/

OHIO

ORRRC Half Marathon
Registration is $25.00 to $50.00 depending upon sign-up date.  Shirt and medal included.
http://orrrc.org/?tribe_events=48th-orrrc-marathon-26th-half-marathon

Dayton Corridor Classic Half Marathon
Early registration- $40.00, then $50.00.
http://www.rundayton.org/

Cincy Loveland Half Marathon
http://www.cincyhalfmarathon.com/

Run for Home Half Marathon
$40.00, $50.00, $60.00
http://runforhome.org/

OKLAHOMA

Jenks Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration
http://www.tulsarunner.com/jenks-half-marathon/

PENNSYLVANIA

Indiana First Bank Veterans Half Marathon
Early registration is $26.20; increases to $40.00, $50.00
http://www.indianaroadrunners.com/#!veterans-marathon/c1zny
(Note- yes it says Indiana but they are in Pennsylvania)

RHODE ISLAND

Quonset Point Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration
http://www.oceanstatemultisport.com/

Run Rhody Half Marathon Series
Three half marathons for $120.00 (half marathons are in RI and MA)
http://runrhody.com/

SOUTH CAROLINA

Run Hard Half Marathon
Early registration- $45.00, $55.00
https://www.runhardcolumbiamarathon.com/pages/halfMarathon.php

SOUTH DAKOTA

Swan Lake Half Marathon
$35.00 early registration; rises to $50.00
http://www.myslcc.com/

TENNESSEE

Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon
$25.00, or $8.00- no shirt
http://www.frostbiterc.org/cedars-frostbite.html

UTAH

Bryce Canyon Half Marathon
Early registration $30.00, $35.00, $40.00, and up
https://bchm.jit.su/#!

WASHINGTON

Nookachamps Half Marathon
$30.00 early registration, $35.00 race-day
http://www.nookachamps.com/

WASHINGTON DC

Gar Williams Half Marathon
$5.00 for non club members; registration closes fast
https://www.dcroadrunners.org/sign-up/gar-williams

2 comments:

  1. Great list. I'm in Boston so quite a few are local for me. I'm going to share this on Facebook.

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  2. Glad I could help! And if there are some I am missing let me know! Thanks!

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