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Marathon Statistics


How many marathons are scheduled for 2015?

There are 749 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2015.  686 of these are in the U.S. and 63 in Canada. In 2014, 728 were held, 722 in 2013, and 678 were held in 2012.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 553 of this year's marathons (Boston Marathon Qualifiers).

Which month has the most marathons?

There are 120 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 (2015):
Month Races Finishers
January 37 42,407
February 44 15,637
March 73 46,861
April 64 38,801
May 91 24,350
June 57 0
July 34 0
August 42 0
September 88 0
October 120 0
November 76 0
December 27 0

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 87 58,196
June 57 25,663
July 32 13,138
August 52 8,991
September 87 25,912
October 111 139,503
November 71 100,826
December 26 44,197

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 5,673
August 42 7,860
September 91 29,629
October 120 152,062
November 69 99,568
December 29 40,551

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 102 141,103
November 62 48,860
December 29 50,069



Which marathon had the most finishers last year?

In 2014 50,564 people finished the New York City Marathon. Canada's largest marathon was the Ottawa Marathon with 5,425.

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 392 marathons (more are being added) and determined that the 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 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 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 164 (165 in 2013). The 10 largest marathons accounted for 39% of the total number of marathon finishers in the U.S. and Canada in 2014.





How many people finish a marathon each year?

2010 - 535,206 finishers
2011 - 554,769 finishers
2012 - 529,875 finishers
2013 - 585,093 finishers
2014 - 589,069 finishers (not completed yet)

In 2012 there were 605 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 631 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 107 runners).

In 2014 there were 642 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 (the average increase was 142 runners per race). 58% of marathons had decreased participation in 2014 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 96 runners).

Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 749 marathons in 2015, 167 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 69 marathons scheduled in California this year. Washington has the second most marathons with 36.
North Dakota 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 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 11th, there are 23 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, October 18th is a close second with 20 races on this day.