Promoting your race online should start as soon as you have a date set for it. And there is no better place to start than listing your race on free race directories.
Below, we’ve put together for you the most popular free-to-list race directories in the US. Millions of runners search these sites for their next race – so dig in and get started listing your race!
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Free-to-list race directories accepting all event types and distances (see more in international race directories)
Running In The USA
Number of races: 48,000
When it comes to race directories, they don’t come any bigger than RunningInTheUSA.com. Truly, this is the one US race directory to rule them all. Add your race for free and instantly be found by hundreds of thousands of racers.
Let’s Do This
Number of races: 20,000+
With more than 20,000 races in the US and growing fast, Let’s Do This offers your race a chance to be discovered by thousands of eager racers each month. The design of the site is slick, making for a very smooth experience for visitors, and the technology behind the scenes makes sure every one of them leaves the site having found their perfect race. To add your event on the Let’s Do This calendar, you can use the form below, with the ability to make changes to your listing directly coming soon.
US Race Calendar
Number of races: 2,000
US Race Calendar is a fairly new race directory, offering users a number of ways of searching for races by date, state or event type. Although not particularly fancy visually, the directory presents listings with all the information a user would need and a SEO-friendly URL that can help boost your search engine visibility.
Number of races: 10,000
We love RacePlace. They offer an excellent race discovery website that sees upwards of 1,000 race searches per day. The website has plenty to keep racers coming back and more than 350k of them do every year.
Number of races: 6,000
RaceRaves is a race directory with an emphasis on race reviews and substantive editorial content, so if you want a calendar you can list your race on and get to know what your participants think of your event, this is the place to list it. To add your race, simply follow the link below and provide some basic info about your event – you don’t even have to register.
Number of races: 8,000
RunGuides is one of those well-designed race directories that are a pleasure to use and navigate. Events in the US and Canada are grouped by metropolitan area, so if you find your city or state/region listed here, it’s more than worth while adding your race on it. No registration required, just use the website contact form to submit your race details to the RunGuides admins.
Number of races: 500+
Another great looking race discovery website with an inventory (at time of writing this) of about 500 races and growing. You can search for events by state and distance and you can add your own for free (don’t even need to register).
GetSetUSA.com offers a basic listing for your race for free with several premium options from there on – including email blast packages (select states only) – starting at $45. It’s fair to say they are not one of the largest directories, although the wealth of listings is state-dependent.
A modest-sized searchable race directory. You can submit your race for free once – you don’t event have to register – and then keep refreshing the race date every year without the need to add a new entry.
Kukimbe is a race discovery app available on both iOS and Android and currently mostly catering for US races. App race directories seem to be the new thing and Kukimbe are definitely doing well for inventory, with several thousand races on the platform. If your race isn’t already on, you’ll be able to add it for free.
Marathon & Half-Marathon Race Calendars
Free-to-list race directories specifically for marathons and half marathons (see more in international race directories).
A very popular race directory & resource for marathons. Registering your race takes two steps and it all starts with registering with the site by clicking the link below.
If you’re organising one of the 1,100 or so marathons taking place in the US, you’ll need all the maniacs you can lay your hands on. So jump on to Marathon Maniacs and get started with reaching those runners!
Half Fanatics are the sister site to Marathon Maniacs (nifty, eh?) and their users are “half-marathon crazy” (apparently). Definitely a key directory for your half. Don’t get confused that the link below takes you to the Marathon Maniacs website – same database, different links.
Half Marathons is both the most popular and fastest growing event distance. That also makes it one of the most competitive. HalfMarathons.net offers a great, well-designed website with a very comprehensive list of US (and some international) half marathons. You gotta be on this one.
Half Marathon Calendar USA
A no-nonsense calendar of half marathons in the US that claims to be the largest of its kind. Entries in Half Marathon Calendar USA are organized by month and state, making it easy for users to find their perfect half marathon. And it’s also easy to add your race, requiring nothing more than filling in a form with your race details.
Ultramarathon Race Calendars
A few more directories to try, if you’re planning an ultramarathon (see more in international race directories).
Number of races: 700
Listing your ultra on the largest US ultrarunning magazine’s race directory should be a no-brainer. So don’t think about it! The listing is fairly basic, but the audience is prime and you get to add a link back to your race website.
Mud, Obstacle, Trail & Adventure Race Calendars
A collection of free-to-list race directories specifically catering to the mud, obstacle, trail and adventure racing scenes (see more in international race directories).
Number of races: 2,000
Something is stirring at ATRA, the American Trail Running Association. From recent communications, it looks like ATRA has woken from a period of lethargy and is getting a lot more energetic. That includes their website. If you organize a trail race, you got to be on the ATRA directory.
Mud Run Guide
Number of races: 800
List on MudRunGuide.com and you’re listing on the strongest OCR/Mud Race directory in the US. Not only that, but your event will also appear on sites like Mud & Adventure as a bonus! These guys have built a very active 50k+ Facebook audience with another 11k+ followers on Twitter, so they must be doing something right!