Racing season is upon us, so 10Best editors teamed up with a panel of experts to find the best races across the United States by selecting top nominees across six categories. Then, we asked readers to vote for their favorites – and the results are in.
Whether you’re just starting out with 5Ks, enjoy testing your mettle in triathlons or like hitting the streets in road cycling events, there’s a race for you to add to your bucket list.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best 5K Race: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K in Washington, D.C.
Kick off spring by running in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K — Photo courtesy of Credit Union Cherry Blossom
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom races are dubbed “The Runner’s Rite of Spring” in Washington, D.C. The Saturday 5K starts at Freedom Plaza and follows the Presidential Inauguration route down Pennsylvania Avenue, crossing the National Mall by the Capitol Building and returning the same way.
Expert Katie McElveen comments, “A gorgeous setting made even prettier by (if you’re lucky) clouds of blooming cherry blossoms.”
Full list of winners: Best 5K Race »
Best Fun Run: San Diego Santa Run in San Diego, California
You’ll jingle all the way in the San Diego Santa Run — Photo courtesy of 3PIXstudios
The San Diego Santa Run is a unique holiday celebration featuring a range of runs for all levels of participants. Dress up in your best – or worst – Christmas outfit to be a part of this unforgettable event. No Santa suit? No problem! All 5K runners receive a Sunny Santa Suit and Santa Run Sunglasses. Afterwards, catch the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade.
Full list of winners: Best Fun Run »
Best Half-Marathon: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis, Indiana
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes runners around the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Photo courtesy of Banayote Photography Inc.
The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, also known as the Indy Mini, is a half-marathon that takes place annually in Indianapolis, Indiana. The course takes runners through downtown Indianapolis, past historic landmarks and famous sites like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
One of the largest half-marathons in the United States with around 35,000 runners each year, it is part of the larger 500 Festival of events leading up to the iconic Indianapolis 500 car race.
Full list of winners: Best Half-Marathon »
Best Marathon: Pikes Peak Marathon in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Pikes Peak Marathon is probably one of the most scenic marathons in the U.S. — Photo courtesy of Mick Evans Creative
The Pikes Peak Marathon is considered one of the most challenging marathons in the world, with runners ascending and descending the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. In addition to the grade, the altitude can prove difficult for many runners. Despite the challenges, runners are rewarded with breathtaking views (literally) of the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding wilderness.
Full list of winners: Best Marathon »
Best Road Cycling Event: El Tour De Tucson in Tucson, Arizona
Cyclists of all skill levels can participate in El Tour De Tucson — Photo courtesy of canaran // Getty Images
El Tour De Tucson is a ride that’s been a part of the Tucson community for decades. It has route options for cyclists of all skill levels, and all routes start and end at or near the Tucson Convention Center. Options include The Century (102 miles), The Metric Century (62 miles), The Half Metric Century (32 miles) and the FUN rides (1-mile, 5-mile or 10-mile options).
Full list of winners: Best Road Cycling Event »
Best Triathlon: Door County Triathlon in Door County, Wisconsin
Test your endurance in the Door County Triathlon — Photo courtesy of Focal Flame Photography
The Door County Triathlon features a course that winds through the scenic countryside of Door County, Wisconsin. The swim takes place in crystal-clear Horseshoe Bay, the bike ride goes along the shoreline and through the bluff area, and the run goes north through Egg Harbor before looping around.
Full list of winners: Best Triathlon »
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