We all have a bucket list, right? Things you want to challenge yourself to do, places you want to go to stretch out of your comfort zone...bucket list races are no different. Sure, it’s fun and comfortable to get in your car and drive a few miles to a race taking place on a trail you’ve run more times than you can count--but it can also be incredibly exhilarating to travel for a race.

Traveling for a race requires tons of extra preparation.. You have to think of all race variables and pack every possible piece of gear you could need for any scenario. You also have to pack extras in case you lose something, have a plan for in case you forget something and then you have to actually prepare (make a long drive, or get on a plane) and pack for your actual trip to the race.

Are you feeling the excitement and/or anxiety yet? If that mix of emotions is getting you hyped, read on for a list of 12 great destination mini or half marathons.

Photo courtesy of Bermuda Marathon Weekend Facebook;  @50shades_bermuda

Photo courtesy of Bermuda Marathon Weekend Facebook; @50shades_bermuda

Bermuda Marathon Weekend

Location: Bermuda
Date: January 12-14, 2018
Distances Offered: Mile, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon

Bermuda, Jamaica, Oooh I wanna take ya…The Bermuda Half Marathon takes place in mid-January and has approximately 600 finishers. The course is described as rolling, and it loops along the coastline on both sides of the island. The race finishes along the waterfront in downtown Hamilton. Run just the half then relax on the beach or go all out and take on the Bermuda Triangle Half Challenge wherein you run a road mile, a 10k and a half marathon in three consecutive days--doing so gets you an extra race medal and a special T-shirt.

Photo courtesy of Run Disney

Photo courtesy of Run Disney

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
Date: February 22-February 25, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

Boasting more than 37,000 participants from more than 26 different countries clad in tutus, costumes, mouse ears and more, this race typically takes place in February and is sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Runners get to experience spectacular surprises, amazing sights, plenty of Disney entertainment and photo opportunities, incredible medals and more. This is a women’s themed race that runs through both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks. If you’re really geared up, you can sign up for the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge which combines two days of runs--the Disney Princess Enchanted 10k followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Accepting the 19.3-mile challenge gets you a medal for each race won and a third medal for doing the combo.

Photo courtesy of  Sedona Marathon

Photo courtesy of Sedona Marathon

Sedona Half Marathon

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Date: February 3, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon

Jamie O’Neal once sang, “There is no Arizona.” Well she’d obviously never run the February  Sedona Half Marathon. Dubbed one of the “most beautiful races in the country,” this race is well-known for its supportive volunteers and gorgeous scenic (and hilly) beauty. According to the website, about half the course is along one of Sedona’s most scenic paved roads--Dry Creek; the other half is  on USFS dirt/gravel...so be prepared for anything (like loose rocks, dust and moving vehicles--since the roads are open during the race).

Photo courtesy of Team Continuum

Photo courtesy of Team Continuum

United Airlines NYC Half

Location: New York City, New York
Date: March 18, 2018
Distances Offered: Half Maraton

This race takes place in March in the Big Apple and takes runners from on a tour of NYC led by a talent-packed roster of American and International elites (this is also part of the NYRR Five-Borough Series). The course is full of landmarks and you run, not only through Central Park, across the East River via the Manhattan Bridge, Canal Street, East Broadway, and East 42nd Street, but also right through Times Square (where you can see yourself in lights and on the big screen).

Photo courtesy of La Jolla Half Marathon Facebook

Photo courtesy of La Jolla Half Marathon Facebook

La Jolla Half Marathon

Location: San Diego, California
Date: April 22, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, Half Marathon

An April race that earns you a technical fabric short-sleeved race shirt, a finisher medal and a complimentary beer garden beer post-race, you just about won’t believe the views of the San Diego coastline this race provides without viewing this promotional video. The race begins at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and takes runners along the Pacific coastline (over a few bridges and challenging hills) to the finish line near La Jolla Cove.

Photo courtesy of Active.com

Photo courtesy of Active.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Date: April 27, 2018
Distances Offered: Half Marathon, Marathon

Start drinking your mint juleps now. This race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Main Street/Brook Street in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and finishes at the intersection of Preston and Witherspoon Streets near Waterfront Park. This is the largest annual day of road racing in the state that takes place annually in April, the weekend just before the famed horse race of the same name. In fact, the race route passes through historic Churchill Downs Racetrack at mile eight.

Photo courtesy of  Downtown Indy

Photo courtesy of Downtown Indy

Indy 500 Festival Mini Marathon

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: May 5, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, Half Marathon

Affectionately called the Indy Mini, this race is anything but. Taking place in May, it is actually one of the largest races (most participants) of this distance annually and is dubbed the nation’s premier half marathon. What makes this race bucket-worthy besides the size? You get to run miles six through eight on the actual Indianapolis 500 track. For 2018, just one day after his retirement from competitive marathons, Meb Keflezighi announced his return to this race in 2018 for the third straight year.

Photo courtesy of  Run to Remember

Photo courtesy of Run to Remember

Boston’s Run to Remember

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date: May 27, 2018
Distances Offered: 5 Mile, Half Marahton

This run takes place in May over Memorial Day Weekend to honor the service of fallen first responders. It offers both half marathon and 5-mile race options through historic downtown Boston and draws over 10,000 runners who represent all 50 states and nearly a dozen countries. This race is a great way to get a feel for the Boston Marathon even if Marathon-distance isn’t your thing.

Photo courtesy of  Frank Kovalcheck

Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalcheck

Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon and Half Marathon

Location: Anchorage, AK
Date: June 23, 2018
Distances Offered: Half Marathon, Marathon

Taking place in June in Alaska and timed to coincide with the summer solstice, when the longest day of the year bring a full day of sunlight to the region, this race pulls just a few thousand runners and walkers. Located on the coastal lowlands in south-central region of the state, just north of the Kenai Fjords National Park and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the race travels along the coastal trails of Anchorage along the Cook Inlet. You can’t believe the breathtaking views of the Alaskan wilderness visible in Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Photo courtesy of Best In Sonoma

Photo courtesy of Best In Sonoma

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

Location: Sonoma, California
Date: July 15, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, Half Marathon

Typically taking place in July and boasting just under four thousand participants, this is a point-to-point race that starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishes in historic Sonoma Plaza near City Hall often sells out on the first day of registration. On the course, you’ll enjoy vistas of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Preserve, San Pablso Bay and Mt. Tamalpais as you pace through literally hundreds of rolling vineyards in mid-July. There is a pre-race dinner and a post-race wine and music festival featuring tastings from over 35 local wineries and access to the Lagunitas Beer Garden--plus part of your finishing reward is a signature wine glass.

Photo courtesy of  Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas

Photo courtesy of Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Date: November 12, 2017
Distances Offered: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon

Consider this race the total opposite of the small serene Bermuda race. This Sin City race has usually has more than 25,000 finishers and takes place on one of only two times the Las Vegas Strip is shut down each year (the other is New Year’s Eve). This is a night race so the sights and sounds are certainly spectacular. The race even boasts a mass wedding ceremony at the five kilometer mark. The race took place Nov. 11 and 12 in 2017 and had huge sentimental significance after choosing to stay on course --so to speak-- in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in Modern American history, which took place in Vegas just weeks before. #VegasStrong.

Photo courtesy of Run Disney

Photo courtesy of Run Disney

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
Date: November 4, 2018
Distances Offered: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

This second RunDisney race takes place in November and features a Disney Fall Feast 5k, Disney Wine & Dine 10k and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon (and kids races). If you get froggy, you can take on the DiIsney Two Course Challenge, combining the 10k and half marathon and earning a coveted Challenge medal. The race starts bright and early at 5:30 a.m. and finishes right around sunrise with an epic view of Epcot. You’ll also get a day in the park and exclusive access to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Are you feeling inspired? Go ahead lace up those shoes, pack your bagck and get to crossing these races off your bucket list!

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