March is the month of many half marathons.
This is because many marathon runners who plan to run a marathon in April or May use March for a half marathon race as an important test of form. In addition, temperatures and conditions in March are usually ideal for good performances. As a result, amateur runners also seek the challenge of participating in a half marathon this month.
With a length of just over 21 kilometers, even less experienced and ambitious runners can take on a half marathon race without a long preparation period. That is why there are now significantly more half marathon competitions than marathon competitions.
Great half marathons in Europe
Internationally, the range of half marathon races this month is also remarkable. In Europe, one great half marathon race follows another. German runners like to travel to the Venloop in Venlo. Around 20,000 take part each year (including fringe events). The Lisbon Half Marathon has long established itself as one of the fastest marathons in the world. From 2011 to 2018, Zersenay Tadese from Eritra even held the half marathon world record here. In 2021, a half marathon time under 58 minutes was even run in Lisbon. Italy has two half marathon classics on offer with the Stramilano in Milan and Roma-Ostia. In the Netherlands, in addition to the Venloop, there is the NN CPC Loop Den Haag, another huge half marathon race with 10,000 participants over the 21.0975 kilometers. The City of Love also hosts the Semi-Marathon de Paris at this time of year. Almost 40,000 participate in one of the largest half marathons in the world.
Fast 21 kilometers through New York
Outside of Europe, New York has a unique starting opportunity with the NYC Half. The half marathon race runs through the middle of downtown New York. Unlike the New York Marathon, the course is flat and fast. Around 25,000 are allowed to participate in the New York City Half Marathon each year.
The nation's capital also hosts Rock 'n' Roll Washington DC, a major half marathon in March.
All big and well-known half marathon competitions in March can be found in the following overview:
Half marathons in March: Selection of major events
Click on "Weiter" to get to the overview of all half marathon races in March in USA: