May is not only the month of many marathons, but also the month of many half marathons.

Every weekend there are many opportunities for sports enthusiasts to start in half marathon competitions.

Large half marathons often booked up ahead of time

With a distance of just over 21 kilometers, the half marathon, unlike the marathon, can be completed without long-term and targeted preparation. Spontaneous participation is quite possible over this distance, while a last-minute start at the marathon usually ends in disaster. Accordingly, it is quite common to decide to participate only a few days before a half marathon. However, athletes should bear in mind that the half marathon events are often booked up many weeks in advance, especially in the case of large city races.

3 Half Marathon-Recommendations in Europe

Three hot tips in Europe: The Great Manchester Run is one of the fastest 10-kilometer races in the world. However, there is also an option to compete over the half marathon distance. It is one of the biggest running events in the UK. The GöteborgsVarvet is even one of the largest half marathons in the world. More than 40,000 take part in the 21.1-kilometer race in of Sweden. At the Night Marathon Luxembourg (held annually at the end of May or beginning of June), the half marathon race is the big highlight of the event, with over 7,000 starters.

Plenty of choice in Germany

The selection of half marathons in Germany in the month of May is large. The classic marathons in Mannheim, Heilbronn, Gelsenkirchen, Würzburg and Regensburg all have half marathon events in their program. The Rennsteiglauf also offers a half-marathon distance. Also highly recommended are the Ingolstadt half marathon and the Herzogstadtlauf Straubing, which is often held in June.

Nice half marathons in Austria and Switzerland

In Austria, we recommend a start at the Salzburg Half Marathon or the Welschlauf. In Switzerland, you can also run the half distance at the Geneva Marathon.


All big and well-known half marathon competitions in May can be found in the following overview:

Half marathons in May: Selection of major events

Eugene Marathon

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Eugene
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Frederick Running Festival

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Frederick
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 5 km

OC Marathon Newport Beach

 
Icon Date | 05:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Newport Beach
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Pittsburgh Marathon

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Pittsburgh
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Belfast City Marathon

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Belfast
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Toronto Marathon

 
1
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue North York
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Vancouver Marathon

 
4
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Vancouver
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

SAS Halbmarathon Heidelberg

 
4
Icon Date | 09:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Heidelberg
Icon Competitions 21,1 km (360 Hm) / 3,1 km / 1,2 km (Kinder)

MK Marathon (Milton Keynes Marathon)

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Milton Keynes
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 2,62 km

WelschLauf

 
8
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Ehrenhausen
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 12,8 km

Rock 'n' Roll Estado de México

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Toluca
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km

Heilbronner Trollinger Marathon

 
5
Icon Date | 08:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Heilbronn
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,095 km / 14,2 km / 3 km / 1,5 km / 0,8 km

WOCHE-Businessmarathon

 
5
Icon Date | 18:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Premstätten
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 5,28 km

Helsinki City Marathon

 
2
Icon Date | 15:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Helsinki
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1 km

SRH Dämmer Marathon Mannheim

 
7
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Mannheim
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km / 2,1075 km / 0,4 km

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Green Bay
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Denver Colfax Marathon

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Denver
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 16,09 km / 5 km

La Route du Louvre

 
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Lille
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Leiden Marathon

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Leiden
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 2 km

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Lorne
Icon Competitions 60 km / 44 km / 23 km / 14 km / 6 km / 1,5 km

Venloop

 
11
Icon Date | 14:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Venlo
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1 km / 0,5 km

Stramilano

 
4
Icon Date | 10:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Mailand
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Riga Marathon

 
3
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Riga
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km / 4,2 km

Marrakesch Marathon

 
3
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Marrakesch
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Genf Marathon / Genève Marathon for Unicef

 
2
Icon Date | 09:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Chêne-Bougeries
Icon Competitions 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km / 3 km / 2 km / 1 km

S 25 Berlin

 
6
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Berlin
Icon Competitions 25 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5x5 km Staffel / 1,2 km Kinderlauf

Salzburg Marathon

 
8
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Salzburg
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

SportScheck Night RUN Bremen

 
3
Icon Date | 22:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Bremen
Icon Competitions 21,1 km/ 10 km / 5 km / 1,3 km Kids

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf

 
14
Icon Date | 06:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Suhl
Icon Competitions 73,9 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 7,2 km / 6 km / 4,2 km / 1,1 km

Cleveland Marathon

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Cleveland
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Herzogstadtlauf Straubing

 
5
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Straubing
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km / 1 km

VIVAWEST-Marathon Gelsenkirchen

 
5
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Gelsenkirchen
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,097 km / 15 km / 10 km / 6 km / Staffeln

Rostocker Citylauf

 
2
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Rostock
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 7 km

Great Manchester Run

 
3
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Manchester
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km

Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

 
3
Icon Date | 14:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Sankt Gallen
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km

Bayshore Marathon

 
Icon Date | 07:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Traverse City
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

ING Night Marathon Luxembourg (Luxemburg-Marathon)

 
4
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Luxembourg
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 4,2 km / 1 km

Buffalo Marathon Weekend

 
Icon Date | 06:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Buffalo
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Boston's Run to Remember

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Boston
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 5 mi

Ottawa Race Weekend - Ottawa Marathon & Ottawa 10K

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Ottawa
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

Calgary Marathon

 
2
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Calgary
Icon Competitions 50 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Edinburgh Marathon

 
2
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Edinburgh
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1,5 km / 1 km

iWelt Marathon Würzburg

 
3
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Würzburg
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Regensburg Marathon

 
7
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Regensburg
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 7 km / 4,2 km / 2,1 km / 1 km

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