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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2017?

There are 825 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2017.  762 of these are in the U.S. and 62 in Canada. In 2016, 816 were held, 789 in 2015, and 765 were held in 2014.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 593 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 2017. Below is a breakdown of each month with the number of marathons and finishers for 2014-2017.

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2017):
Month Races Finishers
January 41 36,217
February 50 16,535
March 60 42,414
April 88 52,516
May 97 42,725
June 75 22,606
July 35 6,569
August 42 0
September 116 0
October 123 0
November 80 0
December 32 0

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2016):
Month Races Finishers
January 40 40,413
February 52 40,027
March 58 25,444
April 86 53,704
May 95 54,396
June 69 27,066
July 35 11,048
August 43 7,118
September 109 24,941
October 125 126,694
November 73 93,959
December 31 40,923

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 39 42,869
February 40 15,704
March 76 47,359
April 67 52,743
May 98 60,065
June 66 18,972
July 33 11,354
August 40 6,938
September 102 26,717
October 124 133,769
November 71 95,004
December 33 42,359

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 35 38,072
February 47 23,641
March 68 49,748
April 61 61,264
May 93 58,590
June 63 26,088
July 32 13,001
August 54 9,301
September 94 26,358
October 112 139,501
November 78 101,403
December 28 44,915



Which marathon had the most finishers last year?

In 2016 51,264 people finished the New York City Marathon. Canada's largest marathon was the Ottawa Marathon with 4,181.

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 467 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 Yukon Arctic Marathon in Whitehorse, YT has an average race day temperature of only 10F/-12C.

The coldest marathon in the United States is Willow Winter Solstice Marathon in Willow, AK with an average race day temperature of only 15F/-9C.

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 2016 the median number of finishers per marathon was 122 (134 in 2015). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 40% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2016.





How many people finish a marathon each year?

2017 - 220,587 finishers
2016 - 555,620 finishers
2015 - 555,456 finishers
2014 - 591,882 finishers
2013 - 582,391 finishers
2012 - 530,007 finishers


In 2017 there were 291 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2016. 32% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2017 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2016 (the average increase was 60 runners per race). 66% of marathons had decreased participation in compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 112 runners).

In 2016 there were 721 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2015. 39% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2016 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2015 (the average increase was 90 runners per race). 60% of marathons had decreased participation in 2016 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 80 runners).

In 2015 there were 710 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2014. 34% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2014 (the average increase was 67 runners per race). 64% of marathons had decreased participation in 2015 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 121 runners).

In 2014 there were 674 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2013. 41% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2013 (the average increase was 140 runners per race). 57% of marathons had decreased participation in 2014 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 90 runners).



Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 825 marathons in 2017, 177 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 45.
North Dakota 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 8th, there are 23 marathons to choose from.

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