10 Mile Road Races: Finding that Unique Race Distance – RunToTheFinish
Over the years as I’ve worked on my half marathon time, done a few more marathons, I find a point during every training cycle where I’m thinking…
Man 10 miles is like a really awesome distance. I really wish there were more 10 mile races!
Turns out I’m not alone! A recent Facebook question about what your perfect race distance would be, lead a lot of you to also say 10 miles. Which lead me to wonder, where can we find these races?
Why are there so few 10 milers?
However, if I tried Googling “10 mile race”, I rarely came up with much beyond the Cherry Blossom 10 miler or a lot of trail races. Nothing wrong with a trail race, but I wanted road time to really test my paces.
So I went to the next source of all knowledge: Social Media. I was not disappointed!
I got so many great answers, I pulled them together along with dates for anyone else who might be looking to test their skills on 10 mile race either as a stand alone or to prep for their next big PR attempt.
**Update, I first created this post a few years ago and suddenly in the last few years there have been a LOT more 10 milers added to races around the US. Which not only excited me, but meant I got to add some new road race ideas to the list below.
What’s the allure of a 10 mile race?
First of all, let’s just talk about the elephant in the room.
Runners like round numbers and yet most races end on a .1 or .2, which should be enough to make us all batty. And yet, we keep doing them!
But seriously, I think for many of us there’s something special about our double digit runs.
- long enough to appeal to our far, not fast mentality
- allow us to push our paces beyond what we would try in a longer race
- gateway from the 10K to the half marathon
- automatic PR when you run a new race distance
How to train for a 10 miler?
There aren’t a ton of 10 mile specific plans out there, so you could use a 15K plan which is a distance seen more in Europe and trail running. Follow all the other smart training advice you’ve seen for half marathons:
10 Mile Races in the US
I’m sure there are plenty of amazing trail runs and possibly 10 milers outside the US, but these are all in the United States. I’m all about finding great racecation places and the dates for many of these definitely qualify. Plus it’s a great excuse to see a place you might not otherwise go.
Many are also smaller races, which could give you a podium chance!
Kailua 10 Miler – Kailua, HI: Feb
Charlottesville 10 Miler– Charlottesville, VA: Mar
Germantown 10 Miler – Germantown, OH: Mar
Harvard Pilgrim 10 Miler – Middletown, VT: Apr
Papa John’s 10 Miler – Louisville, KY: Apr
Runner Dude Challenge – Greensboro, NC: Apr
Soldier Field 10 Mile – Chicago, IL: May
Urban 10 Miler – Denver, CO: May
Broad Street Run – Philadelphia, PA: May
Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs, CO: June
Baltimore 10 Miler – Baltimore, MD: Jun
RC Cola – Moon Pie 10 Mile Run – Bell Buckle, TN: June
Lift Bridge Road Race – Bayport, MN: July
Toronoto 10 Miler – Toronto, ON: Aug
Women Run The Cities 10 Mile – Minneapolis, MN: Sept
Bronx 10 Miler, Bronx NY: Sept
Army 10 Miler – Washington, DC: Oct
Medtronic TC 10 Mile – Twin Cities, MN: Oct
Tower of Terror 10 Miler – Orlando, FL: Oct (night race)
Chicago’s Perfect 10: Chicago, IL: Nov
Iron Girl Fountain Hills 10 Mile – Fountain Hills, AZ: Dec
**Note all these races still appear to be good, but dates are not updated yearly in this post, which is why I left it at the month. So you may need to double check that information!
Have you ever done a 10 miler?
If you’ve done any of these leave me your feedback.
I’m having trouble deciding now that so many have come up…I need a race in June and I’d like to do something like a 10 or a half in August. Am I just asking for punishment wanting to race in the summer?!
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