Marathon Statistics

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How many marathons are scheduled for 2014?

There are 744 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2014.  678 of these are in the U.S. and 66 in Canada. In 2013, 719 were held, 677 in 2012, and 641 were held in 2011.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 524 of this year's marathons.

Which month has the most marathons?

There are 117 marathons scheduled in October in the U.S. and Canada in 2014. Below is a breakdown of each month with the number of marathons and finishers for 2011-2014.

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2011):
Month Races Finishers
January 31 34,762
February 36 20,640
March 42 42,408
April 50 42,501
May 93 65,686
June 56 30,474
July 35 11,119
August 33 6,057
September 73 23,183
October 111 143,819
November 55 90,653
December 26 42,956
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2012):
Month Races Finishers
January 34 35,413
February 36 17,364
March 53 48,060
April 53 50,139
May 85 57,785
June 63 31,143
July 35 11,425
August 34 6,191
September 89 32,054
October 101 140,702
November 62 48,860
December 32 50,315
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2013):
Month Races Finishers
January 38 41,492
February 38 19,404
March 53 49,345
April 65 46,879
May 81 59,164
June 61 33,055
July 34 5,219
August 42 7,761
September 91 28,762
October 118 151,536
November 69 99,146
December 29 40,551
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 37 33,212
February 44 5,956
March 67 31,733
April 61 33,980
May 87 5,831
June 64 563
July 32 0
August 50 0
September 84 0
October 117 0
November 72 0
December 29 0



What is the median entry fee?

The median marathon entry fee for 2014 races is $75 (2013 median was $75 and $70 for 2012). There are currently 85 marathons with an entry fee over $100.

The New York City Marathon has the highest entry fee: $266. There are several low key marathons without an entry fee.

Which marathon had the most finishers last year?



Which is the fastest marathon?

We've analyzed the course profile, elevation, and race day weather data for 329 marathons (more are being added) and determined that the Huntsville Marathon is the fastest race among those.

**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.

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

Visit the FAQ page to see what these PR Scores and Course Scores mean. 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.

Fastest Marathons:
Race PR Score
Huntsville Marathon 102.09
Big Cottonwood Marathon 101.51
Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope 100.72
California International Marathon 100.39
Two Rivers Marathon 100.18
Mankato Marathon 100.05
Redding Marathon 100.02
Tucson Marathon 99.76
Shamrock Marathon 99.66
Boundary Bay Marathon 99.65
Fastest Courses:
Race Course Score
Big Cottonwood Marathon 104.05
Peak to Creek Marathon 103.10
Huntsville Marathon 102.93
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 102.53
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon 102.49
Deseret News Marathon 101.39
St. George Marathon 101.36
Steamtown Marathon 101.26
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon 101.22
Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope 100.72


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 2012 the median number of finishers per marathon was 166 (166 in 2011). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 31% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2012.

How many people finish a marathon each year?

2009 - 493,161 finishers
2010 - 534,853 finishers
2011 - 554,258 finishers
2012 - 529,451 finishers
2013 - 582,620 finishers

In 2011 there were 543 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2010. 54% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2011 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2010 (the average increase was 106 runners per race). 45% of marathons had decreased participation in 2011 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 127 runners).

In 2012 there were 604 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2011. 58% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2012 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2011 (the average increase was 123 runners per race). 41% of marathons had decreased participation in 2012 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 113 runners).

Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 744 marathons in 2014, 148 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 70 marathons scheduled in California this year. Texas has the second most marathons with 38.
Washington D.C. has the least scheduled with only 2.

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

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

If you are looking for a race on Sunday, October 12th, there are 26 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, October 19th is a close second with 22 races on this day.

**Some 2014 race dates have not been confirmed yet.