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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2016?

There are 775 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2016.  716 of these are in the U.S. and 59 in Canada. In 2015, 757 were held, 739 in 2014, and 717 were held in 2013.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 584 of this year's marathons (Boston Marathon Qualifiers).

Which month has the most marathons?

There are marathons scheduled in January in the U.S. and Canada in 2016. Below is a breakdown of each month with the number of marathons and finishers for 2013-2016.

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2016):
Month Races Finishers
January 38 40,318
February 48 39,660
March 56 25,318
April 74 53,370
May 95 54,257
June 62 26,784
July 36 10,854
August 39 6,180
September 102 24,636
October 130 124,264
November 83 74,200
December 32 7,498

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 36 42,319
February 39 15,680
March 73 47,193
April 65 52,585
May 94 59,960
June 60 18,643
July 33 11,354
August 38 6,853
September 96 26,550
October 124 133,701
November 68 94,863
December 31 42,237

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 33 38,033
February 46 23,572
March 66 49,642
April 61 61,256
May 91 58,544
June 59 25,803
July 32 13,001
August 52 9,185
September 89 26,267
October 112 139,501
November 70 100,895
December 28 44,915

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2013):
Month Races Finishers
January 35 41,492
February 38 19,404
March 53 45,962
April 64 47,030
May 81 59,164
June 62 33,166
July 34 5,673
August 39 7,860
September 93 29,734
October 120 151,903
November 71 99,852
December 27 40,629



Which marathon had the most finishers last year?

In 2015 49,595 people finished the New York City Marathon. Canada's largest marathon was the Ottawa Marathon with 4,504.

Below is a list of the marathons with the most finishers in recent years.





Which is the fastest marathon?

We've analyzed the course profile, elevation, and race day weather data for 451 marathons (more are being added) and determined that the REVEL Canyon City Marathon is the fastest race among those.

When looking at just the course profile and elevation (not factoring in the typical race day weather), the fastest marathon course is also the REVEL Canyon City Marathon.

**The list only includes certified marathon courses. Keep in mind that it assumes very good course management and pacing - especially for the extremely downhill races.

Visit the FAQ page to see what these PR Scores and Course Scores mean and how they are determined. If you want to see what your time on one course may translate to another course, use the calculator on the Marathon Time Converter page.

For a full list of the rankings visit the Fastest Marathons and Fastest Courses pages.


What is the easternmost marathon? Westernmost?

The Newfoundland Provincial Marathon in St. Johns, NL is the farthest East and the Kauai Marathon in Poipu, HI is the farthest West.

The Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks, AK is the northernmost and the Kona Marathon in Kailua-Kona, HI is the southernmost.

Which are the warmest and coldest marathons?

The Kauai Marathon in Poipu, HI has the highest race day average temperature at 80F/26C. At the other extreme, the Run for the Americas Marathon in San Marcos, TX has an average race day temperature of only 0F/-17C.

The coldest marathon in the United States is Run for the Americas Marathon in San Marcos, TX with an average race day temperature of only 0F/-17C.

You can find the marathon with your ideal race temperature by filtering temperature ranges using the By State or the By Location search tool.

What is the median number of finishers per marathon?

In 2015 the median number of finishers per marathon was 140 (157 in 2014). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 40% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2015.





How many people finish a marathon each year?

2016 - 487,651 finishers
2015 - 553,574 finishers
2014 - 591,014 finishers
2013 - 581,869 finishers
2012 - 529,757 finishers
2011 - 554,416 finishers


In 2016 there were 563 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2015. 40% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2016 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2015 (the average increase was 101 runners per race). 59% of marathons had decreased participation in compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 90 runners).

In 2015 there were 687 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2014. 34% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2015 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2014 (the average increase was 70 runners per race). 65% of marathons had decreased participation in 2015 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 122 runners).

In 2014 there were 665 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2013. 40% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2013 (the average increase was 143 runners per race). 58% of marathons had decreased participation in 2014 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 90 runners).

In 2013 there were 634 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2012. 48% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2012 (the average increase was 109 runners per race). 51% of marathons had decreased participation in 2013 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 107 runners).



Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 775 marathons in 2016, 175 have pace groups. You can find the marathons that have pace groups by filtering that criteria on our search tools.

Which State has the most marathons?

There are 68 marathons scheduled in California this year. Washington has the second most marathons with 41.
Washington D.C. has the least scheduled with only 3.

You can view each of the marathons by state or province by using the By State search tool or filter by state on the Calendar.

On which day of the year are the most marathons scheduled?

If you are looking for a race on Sunday, October 9th, there are 26 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, May 1st is a close second with 21 races on this day.