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Marathon Statistics

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How many marathons are scheduled for 2015?

There are 756 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2015.  691 of these are in the U.S. and 65 in Canada. In 2014, 738 were held, 721 in 2013, and 677 were held in 2012.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 544 of this year's marathons.

Which month has the most marathons?

There are 116 marathons scheduled in October in the U.S. and Canada in 2015. Below is a breakdown of each month with the number of marathons and finishers for 2012-2015.

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 86 57,955
June 63 31,143
July 36 11,443
August 34 6,191
September 90 32,135
October 101 140,702
November 62 48,860
December 29 50,069
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2013):
Month Races Finishers
January 38 41,492
February 38 19,404
March 53 49,434
April 65 46,879
May 81 59,164
June 61 33,055
July 35 5,234
August 42 7,761
September 91 29,629
October 119 151,702
November 69 99,146
December 29 40,551
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 33 38,033
February 47 23,576
March 66 49,647
April 62 60,952
May 88 57,758
June 60 24,305
July 32 8,916
August 52 2,979
September 87 14,567
October 113 122,565
November 72 85,843
December 26 40,258
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 37 32,802
February 44 2,353
March 71 0
April 65 0
May 89 0
June 63 0
July 31 0
August 53 0
September 88 0
October 116 0
November 72 0
December 27 0



What is the median entry fee?

The median marathon entry fee for 2015 races is $0 (2014 median was $75 and $75 for 2013). There are currently 104 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 370 marathons (more are being added) and determined that the Canyon City 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 also the Canyon City 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
Canyon City Marathon 110.94
Peak to Creek Marathon 105.03
Tunnel Lite Marathon 102.88
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon 102.09
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 102.04
Leavenworth Marathon 101.83
St. George Marathon 101.81
Phoenix Marathon 101.67
Big Cottonwood Marathon 101.60
Steamtown Marathon 101.22
Fastest Courses:
Race Course Score
Canyon City Marathon 110.94
Peak to Creek Marathon 105.03
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 104.37
Tunnel Lite Marathon 104.37
Leavenworth Marathon 102.80
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon 102.43
St. George Marathon 101.81
Phoenix Marathon 101.67
Big Cottonwood Marathon 101.60
Steamtown Marathon 101.22


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 Triple D Winter Marathon in Durango, IA with an average race day temperature of only 18F/-7C.

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 2014 the median number of finishers per marathon was 232 (165 in 2013). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 0% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2013.

How many people finish a marathon each year?

2010 - 534,846 finishers
2011 - 554,258 finishers
2012 - 529,474 finishers
2013 - 583,687 finishers
2014 - 529,399 finishers (not completed yet)

In 2012 there were 604 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2011. 58% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in (the average increase was 122 runners per race). 41% of marathons had decreased participation in 2012 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 114 runners).

In 2013 there were 627 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 (the average increase was 121 runners per race). 51% of marathons had decreased participation in 2013 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 108 runners).

In 2014 there were 359 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2013. 42% of these races increased the number of finishers in compared to the number that finished the marathon in (the average increase was 220 runners per race). 57% of marathons had decreased participation in 2014 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 139 runners).

Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 756 marathons in 2015, 162 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 37.
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, May 3rd, there are 16 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, May 17th is a close second with 14 races on this day.