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My husband and I have a bunch of frequent flyer miles that expire at the end of this year and we need to book a trip before we lose them. While contemplating what domestic trips we’d like to take, I suggested to Bill that we return to where we honeymooned thirty-six years ago, the Grand Tetons. And of course if we’re going back to the Tetons, we might as well go the weekend of the Grand Teton Half Marathon. Since registration isn’t open yet, I added my name to Vacation Races’ email notification list. Who wants to join me next June for what should be a gorgeous race?

Photo from our 1981 honeymoon

The Grand Teton Half is part of the National Parks Half Marathon series. Other races include:

  • Zion Half Marathon
  • Yosemite Half Marathon
  • Yellowstone Half Marathon
  • Tushar Half Marathon
  • Shenandoah Half Marathon
  • Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
  • Mount Rushmore Half Marathon
  • Lake Powell Half Marathon
  • Joshua Tree Half Marathon
  • Great Smokey Mountains Half Marathon
  • Grand Teton Half Marathon
  • Grand Canyon Half Marathon
  • Everglades Half Marathon


If Bill were still running, I’m pretty sure we’d consider running all of these races. We’ve already visited nine of the thirteen National Parks listed, but what better way to revisit than by running through the park!


As for the rest of my 2017 racing season, here’s what I’m planning, assuming that I stay healthy and injury free…

August 23 – Lighthouse 5K – Corolla, NC
September 2 – Shenandoah Half Marathon – Lurray, VA
October 8 – Army Ten-Miler – Pentagon, Arlington, VA
November 12 – OBX Half Marathon – Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC
November 23 – Thanksgiving Day 5K – Crossroads UMC, Ashburn, VA
December 3 – Run With Santa – Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
December 10 – NOVA Jingle Bell 5K – Clyde’s at Willow Creek, Broadlands, VA


  • Questions:
  • Have you run one of the National Parks Half Marathons?
  • How many of the listed National Parks have you visited and which was your favorite? 
  • Which race on your 2017 race schedule are you most excited about? ~ OBX Half Marathon birthday girls’ weekend for me!

Hope to see you at a race!