Almost no other month has as many running events as May!

So there is definitely a suitable running offer for every runner this month. Every weekend, numerous marathons, half-marathons and fun runs take place in the surrounding area. Also the popular obstacle runs have an extensive offer this month. In the same way, several corporate running series start their season. Triathlon fans can also take part in the first major competitions.

3 huge running events

There are really big running events in the USA with two races that are just less known in Europe. There is the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. The 12-kilometer race was first held in 1912. It is one of the largest road races in the USA.

One of the largest road races in the world is also held in Boulder, Colorado. Around 50,000 athletes have competed in the 10-kilometer "Bolder Boulder" every year since 1979.

And while we're on the subject of "major events," let's not forget the Wings For Life World Run. The worldwide charity run even has more than 100,000 registered runners each year.

Marathon and Half Marathon in Europe

If you fancy a running trip, you'll be almost overwhelmed with a wide range of attractive running events in May: Marathon runners have interesting options with the marathons in Copenhagen and Prague. Over the half-marathon distance, a trip to Sweden could be worthwhile, where the GöteborgsVarvet reaches participant numbers of more than 40,000.

In the UK, on the other hand, the Great Manchester Run has established itself as one of the biggest 10-kilometer races on the planet.

Event tips for Germany

In Germany, of course, it's difficult to choose a few recommendations from among 600 running events. For women, there's the Berlin Women's Run, a charity race with more than 10,000 runners. The Rennsteiglauf, Germany's largest nature marathon, is also held in May. The 18.2-kilometer Schluchseelauf in Baden-Württemberg, which has been held since 1985, also has a long tradition.

Marathons can be run in Regensburg, Mainz or Gelsenkirchen, among other places.

A run for soccer fans

In Austria, it's not just the Wings for Life World Run that takes center stage in May. Marathon runners will find a very good offer at the Salzburg Marathon, for example. The company runs in Klagenfurt and Bruck an der Mur are also very popular. Soccer fans, on the other hand, can compete in the Rapid-Lauf in Vienna.

Those who want to get away from the city and enjoy the great outdoors can try their luck at the Stuiben Trailrun in Tyrol or the Schafberglauf in Salzkammergut.

All major and well-known running events in May can be found in the following overview:

Running Races in May: Selection of major events

Leobersdorfer Fortuna Brückenlauf

 
12
Date of the race | 01.05.2025 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Leobersdorf
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km / 1,85 km / 0,4 km
Hot

Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival

 
10
Date of the race | 23:59 Uhr
Location of the race Innsbruck
Distance of the race 110 km / 85 km / 65 km / 42,1 km / 35 km / 25 km / 15 km / 7 km

HYROX London

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race London
Distance of the race 8 km

SOLA Stafette Zürich

 
4
Date of the race | 17.05.2025 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Zürich
Distance of the race 113,85 km (2.685 Hm)

Bocholter Citylauf

 
18
Date of the race | 20:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bocholt
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km
Hot

Berliner Frauenlauf

 
9
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Berlin
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km

WelschLauf

 
10
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Ehrenhausen
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 12,8 km

Gutenberg Halbmarathon Mainz

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

IRONMAN 70.3 Venice-Jesolo

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Jesolo
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz

Frederick Running Festival

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Frederick
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 5 km

OC Marathon Newport Beach

 
Date of the race | 05:30 Uhr
Location of the race Newport Beach
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Pittsburgh Marathon

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

Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 06:45 Uhr
Location of the race Sydney
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Belfast City Marathon

 
Date of the race | 04.05.2025 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Belfast
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

IRONMAN & IRONMAN 70.3 Australia - Port Macquarie

 
Date of the race | 06:22 Uhr
Location of the race Port Macquarie
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

Toronto Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race North York
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Vancouver Marathon

 
4
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Vancouver
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Genf Marathon / Genève Marathon for Unicef

 
2
Date of the race | 11.05.2025 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chêne-Bougeries
Distance of the race 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km / 3 km / 2 km / 1 km

Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon Duisburg

 
8
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Duisburg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km
Hot

S 25 Berlin

 
7
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Berlin
Distance of the race 25 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 5 x 5 km Staffel / 1,2 km Kinderlauf

Heilbronner Trollinger Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Heilbronn
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,095 km / 10 km / 4,6 km / Kinder: 3 km / 1,5 km / 0,8 km / 0,4 km

Badische Meile

 
2
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Karlsruhe
Distance of the race 8,889 km
Hot

Wings for Life World Run Wien

 
19
Date of the race | 04.05.2025 13:00 Uhr
Location of the race Wien
Distance of the race 80 km - 1 km

MK Marathon (Milton Keynes Marathon)

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Milton Keynes
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,62 km

B2RUN Dortmund

 
4
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dortmund
Distance of the race 5,5 km

Herzlauf Wien

 
13
Date of the race | 18:20 Uhr
Location of the race Wien
Distance of the race 9 km / 6 km / 3 km

Alkmaar City Run by Night

 
Date of the race | 21:30 Uhr
Location of the race Alkmaar
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km

Firmenlauf Trier

 
2
Date of the race | 19:30 Uhr
Location of the race Trier
Distance of the race 5,3 km

Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

 
4
Date of the race | 29.05.2025 16:00 Uhr
Location of the race Sankt Gallen
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km

River Bank Run Grand Rapids

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Grand Rapids
Distance of the race 25 km / 10 km / 5 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

 
1
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Panama City Beach
Distance of the race 1,9 km + 90 km + 21,1 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia-Mallorca

 
2
Date of the race | 07:55 Uhr
Location of the race Alcudia
Distance of the race 1,9 km + 90 km + 21,1 km

Transvulcania

 
4
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Fuencaliente
Distance of the race 74,33 km (4.350 Hm) / 45 km (1.884 Hm) / 24,28 km (2.097 Hm) / 7,6 km (1.203 Hm)

Helsinki City Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Helsinki
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1 km

ING Night Marathon Luxembourg (Luxemburg-Marathon)

 
4
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Luxembourg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 4,2 km / 1 km

Ladies Run Graz

 
7
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Graz
Distance of the race 5 km

Challenge Cesenatico

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Cesenatico
Distance of the race Middle Distance / Sprint / Swim & Bike / Junior Duathlon

Leiden Marathon

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

IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam

 
1
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Đà Nẵng
Distance of the race 1,9 km + 90 km + 21,1 km

Schluchseelauf

 
12
Date of the race | 10:10 Uhr
Location of the race Schluchsee
Distance of the race 18,2 km (80 Hm) / 10,4 km
Hot

Regensburg Marathon

 
7
Date of the race | 01.06.2025 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Regensburg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 31,6 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 7 km / 4,2 km / 2,1 km / 1 km

Salzburg Marathon

 
9
Date of the race | 18.05.2025 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Salzburg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Ultra-Trail Australia (UTA)

 
Date of the race | 06:20 Uhr
Location of the race Katoomba
Distance of the race 100 km (4.400 Hm) / 50,3 km / 22,7 km / 11 km
Hot

Brucker Businesslauf

 
5
Date of the race | 15.05.2025 (Termin vom Veranstalter bestätigt) 19:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bruck an der Mur
Distance of the race 4,567 km

Woche E-Businessmarathon

 
7
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Premstätten
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10,55 km / 5,275 km

La Jolla Half Marathon & 5K

 
1
Date of the race | 06:30 Uhr
Location of the race Del Mar
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 5 km

IRONMAN Lanzarote

 
2
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Puerto del Carmen
Distance of the race Langdistanz

Grand-Prix von Bern

 
4
Date of the race | 10.05.2025 16:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bern
Distance of the race 16,093 km / 4,7 km / 1,6 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bandar Penawar
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Olympische Distanz / Sprint / Kindertriathlon

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Green Bay
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Cleveland Marathon

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

Harpoon 5-Miler

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Boston
Distance of the race 5 mi

Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chicago
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Denver Colfax Marathon

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Denver
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 16,09 km / 5 km

Utrecht Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Utrecht
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km

La Route du Louvre

 
1
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lille
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 15 km / 9 km

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

 
Date of the race | 18.05.2025 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Lorne
Distance of the race 60 km / 44 km / 23 km / 14 km / 6 km / 1,5 km

IRONMAN Brazil (IRONMAN Brasil)

 
1
Date of the race | 06:45 Uhr
Location of the race Florianopolis
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga

 
Date of the race | 06:50 Uhr
Location of the race Chattanooga
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Aix-en-Provence

 
Date of the race | 18.05.2025 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Aix en Provence
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Iron Girl

Riga Marathon

 
3
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Riga
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

SportScheck Night RUN Bremen

 
4
Date of the race | 21:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bremen
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kinder: 1,3 km

Obstacle Run Wettingen-Limmattal

 
1
Date of the race | 12:00 Uhr
Location of the race Wettingen
Distance of the race 20 km / 10 km / Kinder: 2,5 km

Bayshore Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:15 Uhr
Location of the race Traverse City
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Soldier Field 10 Mile Chicago

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chicago
Distance of the race 10 mi / 10 km

Linzathlon

 
2
Date of the race | 24.05.2025 (Termin laut Webseite des Veranstalters) 14:00 Uhr
Location of the race Linz
Distance of the race 10 km (25 Hindernisse) / 6 km / Kinder: 2 km

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf

 
14
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Suhl
Distance of the race 73,9 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 17 km / 10,5 km / 7,2 km - 1,1 km

Buffalo Marathon Weekend

 
Date of the race | 06:30 Uhr
Location of the race Buffalo
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Challenge St. Pölten

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Sankt Pölten
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz

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