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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2016?

There are 770 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2016.  712 of these are in the U.S. and 58 in Canada. In 2015, 752 were held, 736 in 2014, and 714 were held in 2013.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 583 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 47 39,848
March 56 25,240
April 74 53,305
May 95 54,257
June 62 26,784
July 36 10,854
August 39 6,180
September 101 13,771
October 127 0
November 80 0
December 32 447

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 36 42,319
February 39 15,680
March 73 47,193
April 64 52,535
May 94 59,960
June 60 18,643
July 33 11,354
August 38 6,853
September 95 26,465
October 122 133,587
November 68 94,863
December 30 42,100

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 33 38,033
February 46 23,572
March 66 49,642
April 60 61,124
May 91 58,544
June 59 25,803
July 32 13,001
August 52 9,185
September 89 26,267
October 110 139,309
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 63 46,899
May 81 59,164
June 62 33,166
July 34 5,673
August 39 7,860
September 93 29,734
October 118 151,699
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 441 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 LBL Marathon in Grand Rivers, KY has an average race day temperature of only 0F/-17C.

The coldest marathon in the United States is Run LBL Marathon in Grand Rivers, KY 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 144 (158 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 - 271,105 finishers
2015 - 553,325 finishers
2014 - 590,690 finishers
2013 - 581,534 finishers
2012 - 529,744 finishers
2011 - 554,413 finishers


In 2016 there were 421 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2015. 44% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2016 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2015 (the average increase was 83 runners per race). 55% of marathons had decreased participation in compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 68 runners).

In 2015 there were 684 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 123 runners).

In 2014 there were 662 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 144 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 633 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 770 marathons in 2016, 176 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 72 marathons scheduled in California this year. Washington has the second most marathons with 40.
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.