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USA Today Best Half MarathonUpdate! Half-marathon To Finish Breast Cancer voted #4 in the country

The DONNA Foundation was recently bestowed the honor of being included in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards. The DONNA National Half-marathon To Finish Breast Cancer, part of the foundation’s annual DONNA Marathon Weekend programming, was chosen as the number four best half marathon in the country.

As part of a nationwide search for the best half marathons, USA Today 10Best editors and a panel of expert runners compiled a list of their top events, then opened the category up to USA Today readers who would vote for their favorites and determine the winners. Voting opened February 26 and ran through March 25. The DONNA half-marathon distance will tout the honor for a year before the contest is opened for 2025.

The 18th Annual DONNA Marathon Weekend, which includes the award-winning half marathon distance, is planned for January 31 – February 2, 2025; registration opens Summer 2024.

Thank you to all who voted for us!


10BESTDid you hear? 🚨 The DONNA National Half-Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer has been nominated as one of the Best Half-Marathons by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

And we need your help to secure the win!

Starting NOW, voting is open through USA Today — and we’d truly appreciate you taking a moment to click through to their website and vote for us.



The DONNA Foundation announced on February 29, 2024 its participation in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The DONNA Foundation’s half marathon, part of the organization’s DONNA Marathon Weekend, is one of 20 contenders for “Best Half Marathon” category — seeking to identify the best 13.1-mile race in the country.

The DONNA Foundation, founded in 2003, provides financial assistance and support to families living with a breast cancer diagnosis, both local to Jacksonville and across the country, through its DONNA CareLine, and supports groundbreaking breast cancer research. Each year, thousands of runners from around the world come to The City of Jacksonville and The Beaches to participate in DONNA Marathon Weekend, including the nominated half marathon distance.

Votes may be submitted by those who are 18 years or older in the United States or Europe once per day through Monday, March 25 at noon.

“Year after year, survivors and runners gather in our beautiful Jacksonville Beaches from across the country and the globe to participate in DONNA Marathon Weekend, and the half marathon distance is always a runner’s favorite,” said Donna Deegan, City of Jacksonville Mayor and Founder of The DONNA Foundation. “What sets this race apart is the way our seaside communities throw their arms around this event –– the crowd support is over the top! They make every runner feel as if they have their own cheering squad all the way to the finish line. I know our runners and the families we serve every day see the DONNA half marathon as the best half marathon in the country, and it is an honor to be among those considered for the title.”

Winners will be announced on the 10Best website on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. DONNA Foundation supporters and runners can learn more about the contest and cast their votes at 10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-half-marathon-2024/. To learn more about The DONNA Foundation, visit thedonnafoundation.org/.