Training for and competing in a Valentine’s Day run or marathon is a great way for you and your sweetheart not only to get into shape, but to strengthen your bond. More, your spouse or significant other will be touched by your creativity in coming up with a mutual marathon for the big day of love. You don’t have to start with a half-marathon or even a 10K. Plenty of runs listed here limit the exhaustion factor to 3 miles and or even 1.5! Start planning your Valentine’s Day run, half-marathon or marathon now so you deliver your best performance once that gun goes off.

Because of work and school schedules, most of these races take place on the weekend before Valentine’s Day and not on Tuesday, February 14, the day itself. Whether you choose Florida’s Kiss ‘em to the Finish 8K or Las Vegas’ Love on the Run 10 miler, use this comprehensive list of Valentine’s Day runs, walks, half-marathons and marathons to find the perfect mutual fitness activity near you.

Notes:

  • Many of these races get pricier as the date nears. For instance, the San Dieguito race costs $63 before December 1, then $70 before January 1, then $80 before January 27 and $85 after. Plan early.
  • While some races have day of race registration, others sell out weeks in advance or only take early, online registration. Make sure to go to the organizer’s site and get all the details.
  • Make sure you’re on the registration page for the right YEAR of the race. Smaller organizations can leave prior pages up for years, causing confusion over dates and locations.
  • Check “packet” pick-up dates and times for individual races. Packets are typically involved with the more serious races where runners are looking to establish new time goals. They include runners’ bibs or numbers, course maps, timing chips and other race information. Some races insist participants pick packets up one to two days ahead.
  • Even if online or mail pre-registration is not required and you plan to register on the day of the event, check the event’s home page a day or so before the race for an updates or changes.

 

Arizona

Glendale

Sweetheart and Singles Valentine’s Day 5K Run/Walk

Date & Start Time:      Sunday, February 12, 2012, 8:00 a.m.

Location:                     Paseo Park, 59th Avenue and Thunderbird

Entry Fee & Close::     $15 for singles, $25 for couples before midnight Friday,

February 10, 2012

 

Run with your sweetheart or pick a new one out of the crowd while running in Glendale’s Annual Sweetheart and Singles Valentine’s Day Run. A two-night stay at the Hampton Inn at Westgate City Center goes to one lucky entrant. For the rest, Hampton Inn is offering a romantic night in Glendale at discount rates.

Tucson

A Fine Valentine 5k & 10K 2012

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Location:                     Main Gate at the University of Arizona, between Euclid and

Tyndall

Entry Fee & Close::     $15 – $30 depending on event, registration date and number in

family. Register between 2:30 – 3:30 Saturday, February 11 at

Main Gate of University of Arizona or online.

 

Celebrating its 15th year, this fun event contains three different races. The four mile couples’ relay requires two team members run two miles each. There’s also a four mile ramp run for individuals and a two mile walk/jog intended for the whole family (and their strollers if need be.) Join the happy couples and families at this light-hearted outdoor celebration in Tucson.

 

Tempe

Skirt Chaser 5K

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Location:                     Tempe Beach Park

Entry Fee & Close::     $35 – $55 before midnight on February 8, 2012. Late registration

subject to $5 – $10 increase in registration fee.

 

Fitness skirt manufacturer, Skirt Sports and other sponsors mix running, flirting and entertainment in this exciting social opportunity. Women get a three minute head start in shirts the backs of which bear enticements like, “Catch Us If You Can!”  While established couples find the race a great alternative to the typical night out for dinner, this event also encourages Tempe single men and women to show up as chasers and chasees as well!

 

Arkansas

Russellville

The Valentine’s Day 5K

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; Women’s heat: 12:30, Men’s heat: 12:30

Location:                     Bona Dea Wildlife Sanctuary 

Entry Fee & Close::     TBD

 

An hour and a half away from Arkansas capital Little Rock, Russellville hosts a Valentine’s Day 5K race that’s been operating since 1984. In both the Married Sweethearts and Unmarried Sweethearts Division, the finishing times for the team members are added together and compared to those of other pairs to determine the race winner. The Valentine’s 5K also features male and female individual races.

California

Coronado

The Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K

Date & Start Time:      Sunday, February 12, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Location:                     Tidelands Park

Entry Fee & Close::                 $25 – $85 depending on age, couple or single and registration date. Race sells out at 2,000 runners.

A picture-perfect course that’s also completely flat, the Coronado 10K winds along the shoreline, around a stunning golf course and through million-dollar, gingerbread cottages that cover the island. Want more? How about $2,500 in prize money for the top three overall male and female runners and $2,500 for the top male and female over 40? Right over the bridge from downtown San Diego, Coronado is conveniently located near more art, music and shopping than you can shake a sneaker at (not to mention the world famous San Diego Zoo).

Del Mar

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk

Date & Start Time:                  Sunday, February 12, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Location:                                 Via de la Valle & Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach

Entry Fee & Close::                 $35 – $55 adults, $15 for children. Runners must register by 7:15 Sunday, February 12 to race. Those wanting a packet have to pick it up by Saturday Feb 11. Walkers can register between 7:00 – 8:00 Sunday February 12.

Get the dog walked and the sweetheart entertained all in one afternoon. After all, many couples bond over their pets, so why not a Valentine’s Day event that includes the Fur Child. This Del Mar race benefitting abandoned dogs, cats, rabbits and even horses features separate courses for runners and walkers. Dogs are welcome. Once it’s finished, walkers and runners cool off in the Wagging Wellness Village where vendors, food stands and entertainment help to raise even more money for orphan pets.

Long Beach

Long Beach Love Birds Run 5K, 10K & 15K

Date & Start time:                  Sunday, February 12, 2012, 7:30 a.m.

Location:                                 Belmont Plaza Pool, 1000 Olympic Plaza, Long Beach

Entry Fee & Close::                 $18 – $35 depending on run before midnight Friday, February 10

 

This relaxed race in Long Beach is fun for the whole family. Each race consists of a flat trip out and back along a beach boardwalk with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Who said exercise is hard?

Sacramento

Race for Justice Valentine Run 2012

Date & Start time:                  Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:40 – 9:00 a.m. depending on event

Location:                                 Butano Drive, Arden Park neighborhood

Entry Fee & Close:                  $16 for children and $25 for adults for registration before

Wednesday, February 8

This may be the perfect race for the couple that with activism at the heart of their relationship. The Race for Justice Valentine Run benefits the Legal Services of Northern California, an organization that aids 500,000 under-represented often impoverished citizens of Northern California. Organizers welcome dogs, strollers, kids and more, featuring ¼ and ½ mile fun runs for the littlest activists of Sacramento.

San Diego

San Dieguito Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

Date & Start time:                  Sunday, February 12 8:00 a.m.

Location:                                 San Dieguito County Park

Entry Fee & Close:                  $30 – $85 depending on event and registration date. No event day

registration available.

 

Benefitting the San Diego County Park system, this course starts in the San Dieguito County Park and winds through the elegant and upscale neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe before finishing back in the park.

San Francisco

Golden Gate 5 Mile, 30 KM, 50 KM, Half-Marathon and Marathon

Date & Start time:                  Saturday, February 11, 2012, 8:00 a.m.

Location:                                 Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Entry Fee & Close:                  $30 – $60 depending on event and registration date.

Pre-registration through Thursday, February 9, 2012

 

Following the Pacific Coast, this course gives runners views of the spectacular Marin Headlands with views of Tiburon, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The first male and female overall finishers and top three in each age category receive awards.

 

Colorado

Denver

Cupid’s Undie Run Denver 2012

Date & Start time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 12:00 noon at bar; race at 2:00. After-party

at 3:30 p.m. back at original bar for awards and fun.

Location:                     Stoney’s Bar & Grill at 12:00; Civic Center Park at 2:00

Entry Fee & Close:      $30 pre-registration recommended as event sells out; those who

raise $500 in sponsorships drink for free at participating bar.

Denver is one of the 6 cities in the U.S. that supports The Children’s Tumor Foundation through Cupid’s Undie Run. The “undie” run features intrepid runners wearing long johns and other undergarments running a short distance (1 – 1.5 miles) in the cold. Runners start in bars for a little “fuel” before heading out into the February afternoon. The race ends back at the bar for more festivities and awards. The Children’s Tumor Foundation strives to discover causes of and treatments for Neurofibromatosis, which affects one in every 3,000 children born in the United States. Cupid’s Undie run not only sets the stage for sweethearts to enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day, it gives singles an immediate shared history! (“Did you slip on that ice patch on 4th? I sure did.”)

Connecticut

Hartford

Cupid’s Chase 5K Run

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Location:                     Bushnell Park

Entry Fee & Close:      Register online before Thursday, February 9 for $35 per person or $50

when registering at race between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. day of run

 

 

Cupid’s Chase 5K runs are organized by non-profit Community Options, Inc. which develops community-based homes and employment for people with disabilities. Hartford is one of the 25 cities in the U.S. that supports Community Options through Cupid’s Chase Valentine’s Day runs.

 

Stratford

YMCA Sweetheart Run

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Location:                     North Stratford/Boothe Park Facility

Entry Fee & Close:      $17 – $22 depending on early or late registration

 

With the warning, “Please. No arguments or lovers’ spats on race day. Save them for your private times,” perhaps the YMCA has done this race a time or two. While it encourages couples teams, the YMCA even lets avid runners partner with someone who is their running mate rather than their romantic mate. In these cases, sweethearts are welcome to shout from the sidelines. Run individually or as a team in this Stratford event.

Delaware

Dover

Valentines Cupids Chase 5K Run/Walk

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Location:                     Silver Lake Park

Entry Fee & Close:      Register online before Thursday, February 9 for $35 per person or $50

when registering at race between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. day of run

 

Cupid’s Chase 5K runs are organized by non-profit Community Options, Inc., which provides community-based homes and employment support for people with disabilities. Dover is one of the 25 cities in the U.S. that supports Community Options through Cupid’s Chase.

 

District of Columbia

Washington

Cupids Undie Run DC

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 12:00 noon at bar; race at 2:00. After-party

at 3:30 p.m. back at original bar for awards and fun.

Location:                     Pour House Bar & Grill, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast

Entry Fee & Close:      $30 pre-registration recommended as event sells out; those who

raise $500 in sponsorships drink for free at participating bar.

 

 

Washington is one of the 5 cities in the U.S. that supports The Children’s Tumor Foundation through Cupid’s Undie Run. The “undie” run features intrepid runners wearing undergarments and running a short distance (1 – 1.5 miles) in the cold. The race starts at noon for a little “fuel” before heading out into the February afternoon at 2:00. The race ends back at the bar for more festivities and awards. The Children’s Tumor Foundation strives to discover causes of and treatments for Neurofibromatosis, which affects one in every 3,000 children born in the United States. Cupid’s Undie run not only sets the stage for sweethearts to enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day alternative, it gives singles an immediate shared history! (“Did you slip on that ice patch on 4th? I sure did.”)

Florida

Destin

Valentine’s Kiss ‘Em to the Finish 8K

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 9:00 a.m.

Location:                     The Track Family Recreation Center 1125 Highway 98

Entry Fee & Close::      $18, no close

 

This 8K road race starts and finishes at The Track and winds through Indian Bayou subdivision before finishing back at The Track. Top 5 couples receive awards at this Destin fitness event.

 

Tampa

Race for Red Cross Cupid Shuffle  5K, 10k or Children’s Race

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 8:00 – 9:00 depending on race

Entry Fee & Close::     $15 – $35 depending on race, $500 fundraising suggested

 

 

Participants run the 3.1 mile track around Cory Lake (north of University of South Florida in Tampa)  in either the 5K Disaster Dash, the 10K Hurricane Hustle or the Tornado Trot Children’s Race. Tampa runners or supporters with the best “Disaster Themed” attire win prizes.

 

Georgia

Atlanta

Cupids Undie Run

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 12:00 noon at bar; race at 2:00. After-party

at 3:30 p.m. back at original bar for awards and fun.

Location:                     Hand & Hand and Neighbor’s Pub 752 N Highland Ave NE

Entry Fee & Close::     $30 pre-registration recommended as event sells out; those who raise

$500 in sponsorships drink for free at participating bar.

 

 

Atlanta is one of the 6 cities in the U.S. that supports The Children’s Tumor Foundation through Cupid’s Undie Run. The “undie” run features intrepid runners wearing undergarments and running a short distance (1 – 1.5 miles) in the cold. The race starts at noon for a little “fuel” before heading out into the February afternoon at 2:00. The race ends back at the bar for more festivities and awards. The Children’s Tumor Foundation strives to discover causes of and treatments for Neurofibromatosis, which affects one in every 3,000 children born in the United States. Cupid’s Undie run not only sets the stage for sweethearts to enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day alternative, it gives singles an immediate shared history! (“Did you slip on that ice patch on 4th? I sure did.”)

 

Lithia Springs

SweetH2O Sweetheart Half Marathon

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 8:00 a.m.

Location:                     Sweetwater Creek State Park

Entry Fee & Close::     $35.00 before January 28, $45.00 after January 28. Registration

closes midnight, Thursday, February 9

If you’d prefer to keep the jogging suit on, just 27 miles north of Atlanta in Lithia Springs, Sweetwater Creek State Park offers a half marathon on winding trails ranging from easy to difficult. The time limit of 3.5 hours gives walkers from Douglas County and Lithia Springs a do-able 16 minutes to complete each mile.

Illinois

Chicago

Cupid’s Chase 5K Run

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Location:                     1765 N Stockton Drive

Entry Fee & Close::     Register online before Thursday, February 9 for $35 per person or $50

when registering at race between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. day of run

 

Cupid’s Chase 5K runs are organized by non-profit Community Options, Inc. (COI) which develops community-based homes and provides employment support for people with disabilities. Chicago is one of the 25 cities in the U.S. that supports Community Options through Cupid’s Chase.

 

The Northshore’s Cupid Love Dash 5K, 10k

Date & Start Time:      Sunday, February 12, 2012; 8:15 a.m.

Location:                     Highland Park, 445 Central Avenue

Entry Fee & Close::     $25 – $50 depending on race and registration time

 

Look out, Highland Park. If ever a running event was a singles’ mixer, this one would be it. Organizers encourage participants to wear costumes indicating whether they are either Cupid’s Sweethearts (in a relationship), Cupid’s Singleton (single, but looking for luv and running with a friend) or Cupid’s Lone Solo (Running Solo and not looking for love). Stations stocked, not with Gatorade and endurance gel, but heart-shaped candies. Refuel with cocoa and cookies at the finish line.

 

Iowa

Des Moines

Red Flannel Run

Date & Start Time:      Sunday, February 12, 2012; 8:15 a.m.

Location:                     Highland Park, 445 Central Avenue

Entry Fee & Close::     $25 – $50 depending on race and registration time

 

 

Make Valentine’s Day weekend extra special for your sweetheart by signing you both up for Des Moines Red Flannel Run. February in Iowa requires red flannel and if you can fashion that fabric into its most amatory form, the two of you will win the race’s Icy Cupid Award for best dressed couple in Valentine’s Day apparel. There are also Penguin, Iditarod, Igloo and Frosty Cubicle awards. When doing Valentine’s Day outdoors in Des Moines, couples need red flannel, either over or under their other warm layers!

 

Kentucky

Cupid’s Chase 5K Run

Bowling Green, Bowling Green Senior High School, 1801 Rockingham Lane, Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky, Murray-Calloway Central Park, Murray, KY

 

 

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Entry Fee & Close::     Register online before Thursday, February 9 for $35 per person or $50

when registering at race between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. day of run

 

Cupid’s Chase 5K runs are organized by non-profit Community Options, Inc. which provides community-based homes and employment support for people with disabilities. Murray and Bowling Green are two of the 25 cities in the U.S. that support Community Options through Cupid’s Chase.

 

Louisiana

Mandeville

Full Moon Fontainebleau Park Trail Run 10K

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Location:                     Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, La

Entry Fee & Close::     $1 park entrance fee. Register online. Limited to 300, this event will sell

out early.

 

Calling all lovers and runners in Mandeville! Could any Valentine’s Day event top a full moon run? 6.2 miles under the stars together with matching headlamps could prove one of your most memorable. Post-race activities include music, awards and more.

Massachusetts

Bradford

Bradford Valentine Road Races 5M & 3.7M

 

Date & Start Time:      Saturday, February 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

Location:                      8:00 a.m. at First Church of Christ, 10 Church St

Entry Fee & Close::      $18 until Jan 20; $20 after Jan 20; $25 on race day

 

Don’t want to shell out for candy for your sweetie this year? All Road Races finishers get a box of chocolates and a fresh rose. The interesting twist in this race is that