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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2018?

There are 817 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2018.  755 of these are in the U.S. and 60 in Canada. In 2017, 834 were held, 817 in 2016, and 781 were held in 2015.

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 2018. Below is a breakdown of each month with the number of marathons and finishers for 2015-2018.

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2018):
Month Races Finishers
January 46 37,889
February 48 3,980
March 66 0
April 82 0
May 95 0
June 72 0
July 37 0
August 42 0
September 118 0
October 122 0
November 92 0
December 28 0

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2017):
Month Races Finishers
January 40 36,315
February 52 16,735
March 61 42,414
April 94 55,060
May 98 47,857
June 75 24,478
July 36 11,553
August 41 6,432
September 112 16,877
October 125 120,444
November 73 89,132
December 27 40,668

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2016):
Month Races Finishers
January 40 40,413
February 52 40,027
March 58 25,444
April 87 53,769
May 95 54,396
June 69 27,066
July 35 11,076
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 74 47,359
April 66 52,743
May 98 60,065
June 64 18,972
July 33 11,354
August 39 6,938
September 101 26,717
October 121 133,769
November 73 95,084
December 33 42,359



Which marathon had the most finishers last year?

In 2017 50,646 people finished the New York City Marathon. Canada's largest marathon was the Ottawa Marathon with 4,388.

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 478 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 Millinocket Marathon in Millinocket, ME with an average race day temperature of only 25F/-3C.

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 2017 the median number of finishers per marathon was 163 (121 in 2016). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 43% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.





How many people finish a marathon each year?

2018 - 41,869 finishers
2017 - 507,965 finishers
2016 - 545,927 finishers
2015 - 553,933 finishers
2014 - 591,882 finishers
2013 - 582,391 finishers


In 2018 there were 45 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2017. 38% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2018 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2017 (the average increase was 148 runners per race). 62% of marathons had decreased participation in compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 74 runners).

In 2017 there were 588 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2016. 34% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2017 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2016 (the average increase was 80 runners per race). 64% of marathons had decreased participation in 2017 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 100 runners).

In 2016 there were 723 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2015. 39% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2015 (the average increase was 90 runners per race). 59% 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).



Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 817 marathons in 2018, 181 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 66 marathons scheduled in California this year. Washington has the second most marathons with 43.
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, April 29th, there are 18 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, May 6th is a close second with 15 races on this day.