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All of our races now include a 50K option, with a time limit of 8:30. Just register for the marathon and supersize at packet pickup for $10!

The Best Marathon Series in the World just got better!

Come run a marathon (or half) on us!

Full or Half Marathon for everyone!

No matter whether you’ve run with us before or are considering your first Mainly Marathons race, you can now run one of any of our races completely free through the end of December 2016!

The Rules:

  • Good for one full or half marathon.
  • Must register at least 90 days before the event (just under 3 months).
  • Just copy this entry form and waiver (PDF or Word) and paste them into an email, fill in the information requested, then send it to monika@mainlymarathons.com. Do not sign up at Active for your free race.
  • One free race per person, total (not one each year).
  • Good for any one Mainly Marathons race through December 31, 2016.
  • Please note that the free race offer is not applicable to the Hawaiian 2017 series.

Are YOU a Mainlyner?

If you participate in Mainly Marathons events, you are, and we want to reward your efforts!

Click HERE or on the image below to learn how to earn handmade, custom awards by joining us for multiple races!

And click HERE to view our top Mainlyners!



You can find our race calendar HERE. Just pick out your desired free race, one at least 90 days away, and send in your registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact us!

Still on the fence? With over 50 events in 40 states, we are sure to be coming to a course near you. Check out these testimonials from some of our veteran runners!

Thousands of happy runners agree, Mainly Marathons is simply the best marathon series on the planet!

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See you on the course!

You’ve seen them out on the course. They rarely win, but you always see them out there running, and running and running. And sometimes walking.
These events were inspired by and designed for them, and for those who just want to run long and run often.

Whether you want to participate in one marathon, half-marathon, or 5K, pick up a couple of new states in your quest to finish all 50, or you want to take the ultimate challenge and run every race in a series, we encourage you to join us. Walkers are just as welcome as runners: none of our races have a time limit, and you never need to worry about whether you’ll make it before the course support has packed up and gone home. (In fact, we have become famous for celebrating last place in every race with the now-coveted caboose!)

Mainly Marathons puts on a race series like no other, from the unique course setup to the unparalleled spread of food and drinks to fuel you on your journey, all mixed with a sense of fun and family you just won’t find anywhere else.

Check out our schedule to see where we’ll be, then sign up on our simple registration page.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Clint Burleson, founder and race director

HeartlandOH, MI, IN, IL, IA, WI, MNSun, June 5-Sat, June 11, 2016
Center of the NationMT, ND, SD, WY, NE, COMon, Sept.12-Sat, Sept.17, 2016
AppalachianWV, VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, ALSun, Oct.9-Sat, Oct.15, 2016
Day of the DeadLas Cruces, NMSat, Oct.29-Sun, Oct.30, 2016
Southwest (New for 2016!)UT, NV, AZ, CAMon, Nov. 14-Sat, Nov.19, 2016
Aloha (New for 2017!)Kaua'i, HIThu, Jan. 19-Sun, Jan.22, 2017
Dust BowlTX, OK, KS, CO, NMWed, Mar.22-Sun, Mar.26, 2017
RiverboatLA, AR, MS, TN, KY, MO, ILMon, Apr.10-Sun, Apr.16, 2017
IndependenceDE, MD, NJ, PA, NYMay 1-5 (possibly Apr.29-30 as well), 2017
New EnglandME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NYSun, May 14-Sat, May 20, 2017
Click to view and print our full calendar.

We reserve the right to refuse registrations from particular people.

Check out the amazing aerial video shot by a drone flown over our course in Clayton, NM, during the 2015 Dust Bowl Series!
Click HERE to video the full-sized video on our YouTube channel.

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Check out We're All in This Together, an insightful look into the very first 5-state, 5-day series, by author and series participant George Rose!


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