October is not only the month of many marathons, but also offers a wealth of opportunities for half marathon participation.

In addition, many marathon events have a half marathon race as a supporting event in their program, which usually has a larger number of participants than the "main event" itself.
No excuses in October.

In October there is a lot to be said for taking part in a half marathon event, provided that a marathon is not also planned. This is because the running conditions in October are better than in any other month. While between May and September, high temperatures can be a spoiler, from November to February, temperatures that are too cold or even snow are usually obstacles. Not to mention Christmas cookies, which tend to make the shape disappear in winter. That leaves the time around the beginning of spring and October. In these seasons, the chances for personal best times are above average.

The most beautiful finish in the world?

In October, a trip to Spain is worthwhile. The course at the Medio Maraton Valencia leads through the old town of Valencia, the finish directly at the harbor is described as one of the most beautiful finishes in the world. The course is also really fast. Both the women's and men's half marathons have already set world records over the 21.0975 kilometers. So there are enough reasons to start at the Valencia Half Marathon. At least that's how 15,000 runners see it every year.

In the U.S., thousands of athletes compete at the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon over more than 13 miles. The Lake Tahoe Marathon also offers the opportunity to run the half marathon course.

Cologne or Munich?

In Germany, several marathon organizers offer a half marathon as a parallel event. A classic example is the Cologne Marathon, which is usually held at the beginning of October. But the Munich Marathon also offers a half marathon. Almost 10,000 athletes take advantage of this every year.

Lake or big city?

In Austria, we recommend taking a look at Carinthia, where the Kärnten Marathon invites you to sporting activities at the beginning of October. The half marathon at this panoramic race takes you along beautiful lakes, among other places. The Graz Marathon, on the other hand, takes you through the city, where the half marathon is the most popular event.


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

Half marathons in October: Selection of major events

Hot

SportScheck RUN Nürnberg

 
5
Date of the race | 13:15 Uhr
Location of the race Nürnberg
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km / Kinder: 1,7 km / 0,6 km

Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race San Jose
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Great Bruges Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Brugge
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / Walk: 8 km

Singelloop Breda

 
Date of the race | 05.10.2025 14:00 Uhr
Location of the race Breda
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3,202 km

Cardiff Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cardiff
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Telesia Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Telesia
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Run in Lyon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lyon
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Kosice-Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kosice
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

swb-Marathon Bremen

 
9
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bremen
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21 km / 10 km
Hot

Köln Marathon

 
24
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Köln
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 4 km

Salzburg Half Jedermannlauf

 
5
Date of the race | 08:50 Uhr
Location of the race Salzburg
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Reims Champagne Run

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Reims
Distance of the race 80 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 3 km

Tokyo Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:05 Uhr
Location of the race Tokio
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Melbourne Marathon Festival

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Melbourne
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3 km Walk

Sofia Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Sofia
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Marathon Eindhoven

 
5
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Eindhoven
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1 mile / 5KM4ALL

Bukarest Marathon / Bucharest Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bukarest
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 3 km

Victoria Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Victoria
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km / 5 km

Bottwartal Marathon

 
10
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Steinheim an der Murr
Distance of the race 50 km / 42,2 km (270 Hm) / 21,095 km / 10 km / 5 km / 4,2 km / 1,5 km / 0,5 km
Hot

München Marathon

 
19
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race München
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / Staffelmarathon
TippHot

3-Länder-Marathon am Bodensee

 
15
Date of the race | 09:45 Uhr
Location of the race Lindau
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 4 km
Tipp

Graz Marathon

 
23
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Graz
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 5 km (Samstag)

Kansas City Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kansas City
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Baltimore Running Festival (Baltimore Marathon)

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Baltimore
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Bilbao Night Marathon

 
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bilbao
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Antwerp Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Antwerpen
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Columbus Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Columbus
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Detroit Free Press Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Detroit
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1 mi

Des Moines Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Des Moines
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 mi / 5 km

Laibach Marathon (Ljubljanski maraton)

 
2
Date of the race | 19.10.2025 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Laibach
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km
Hot

Palma de Mallorca Marathon

 
13
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Mallorca
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Toronto
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Magdeburg Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 05.10.2025 09:10 Uhr
Location of the race Magdeburg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km

Oldenburg Marathon

 
7
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Edewecht
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1,6 km

Lübeck Marathon

 
18
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Lübeck
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21 km / 10 km / 4,2 km / 2,1 km
Hot

Amsterdam Marathon

 
11
Date of the race | 19.10.2025 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Amsterdam
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

SportScheck RUN Berlin

 
5
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Berlin
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kinder: 2 km / 0,4 km

Venice Marathon / Venedig-Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 09:40 Uhr
Location of the race Venedig
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,7 km

SwissCityMarathon Lucerne

 
6
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Luzern
Distance of the race 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Lausanne Marathon

 
6
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lausanne
Distance of the race 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km
Tipp

Röntgenlauf

 
9
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Remscheid
Distance of the race 63,3 km (1.370 Hm) / 42,2 km (960 Hm) / 21,1 km (405 Hm) / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km / 1 km

Dresden Marathon

 
8
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Dresden
Distance of the race 42,2 km (20 Hm) / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km

Peking Marathon / Beijing Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Beijing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

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