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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2016?

There are 765 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2016.  705 of these are in the U.S. and 58 in Canada. In 2015, 743 were held, 734 in 2014, and 712 were held in 2013.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 575 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 39 40,744
February 47 39,885
March 59 25,298
April 77 27,645
May 92 0
June 64 0
July 35 0
August 37 0
September 97 0
October 124 0
November 74 0
December 29 0

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 35 42,407
February 39 15,680
March 73 47,602
April 64 52,535
May 92 59,913
June 60 18,619
July 32 11,278
August 38 6,853
September 94 26,416
October 121 133,150
November 67 94,656
December 28 42,015

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 33 38,033
February 46 23,572
March 66 49,643
April 60 61,125
May 91 58,544
June 59 25,803
July 32 12,958
August 52 9,185
September 88 26,186
October 110 139,508
November 70 100,861
December 27 44,852

Marathons & Finishers By Month (2013):
Month Races Finishers
January 35 41,492
February 38 19,404
March 53 49,434
April 63 46,879
May 81 59,164
June 62 33,166
July 34 5,673
August 39 7,860
September 92 29,646
October 118 151,702
November 71 99,890
December 26 40,554



Which marathon had the most finishers last year?

In 2015 49,484 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 428 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 Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Southport, AU 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 Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Southport, AU 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 2015 the median number of finishers per marathon was 149 (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 - 133,572 finishers
2015 - 552,818 finishers
2014 - 590,670 finishers
2013 - 584,864 finishers
2012 - 529,556 finishers
2011 - 554,273 finishers


In 2016 there were 128 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2015. 41% of these races increased the number of finishers in 2016 compared to the number that finished the marathon in 2015 (the average increase was 106 runners per race). 58% of marathons had decreased participation in compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 77 runners).

In 2015 there were 680 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 73 runners per race). 65% of marathons had decreased participation in 2015 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 125 runners).

In 2014 there were 660 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 138 runners per race). 58% of marathons had decreased participation in 2014 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 95 runners).

In 2013 there were 632 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 120 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 765 marathons in 2016, 179 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 37.
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.