The 10K is one of running’s favorite road-racing distances. More challenging than a 5K, but without the training demands of the marathon or half marathon, the 6.2-mile race distance allows for a combination of speed and endurance and remains a great goal for new runners. According to Running USA, nearly 1.5 million runners finished a 10K in 2013, trailing only the 5K and the half marathon in the total number of participants.
There are 10Ks in every corner of the United States, but a few stand out. Whether it’s unmatched scenery, long-standing tradition, a positive race-day experience or the chance to run alongside big-name professionals, these 10Ks have risen to “bucket-list” status—meaning, put it on your to-do list and make sure you cross it off at some point.