Marathon Statistics

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How many marathons are scheduled for 2014?

There are 736 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2014.  669 of these are in the U.S. and 67 in Canada. In 2013, 717 were held, 670 in 2012, and 639 were held in 2011.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 519 of this year's marathons.

Which month has the most marathons?

There are 119 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 30 34,745
February 36 20,640
March 42 42,408
April 49 42,485
May 93 65,686
June 56 30,474
July 35 11,119
August 33 6,057
September 73 23,158
October 111 143,819
November 55 90,653
December 26 42,956
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2012):
Month Races Finishers
January 33 35,415
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 32 6,161
September 87 31,943
October 100 140,647
November 62 48,860
December 31 50,305
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2013-thru June):
Month Races Finishers
January 37 41,417
February 38 19,387
March 53 49,345
April 65 46,879
May 81 59,164
June 61 33,055
July 34 5,219
August 43 1,869
September 91 21,203
October 118 107,266
November 67 65,980
December 29 33,033
Marathons & Finishers By Month (2014):
Month Races Finishers
January 34 684
February 46 5,314
March 67 6,741
April 63 1,888
May 84 0
June 61 0
July 33 0
August 45 0
September 89 0
October 119 0
November 66 0
December 29 0



What is the median entry fee?

The median marathon entry fee for 2013 races was $75 (2012 median was $70 and $70 for 2011). There are currently 79 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 324 marathons (more are being added) and determined that the Big Cottonwood 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 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
Big Cottonwood Marathon 103.61
Huntsville Marathon 102.09
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 106.25
Peak to Creek (formerly Ridge to Bridge) Marathon 104.37
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 103.98
Huntsville Marathon 102.93
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon 101.59
St. George Marathon 101.36
Steamtown Marathon 101.26
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon 101.22
Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope 100.72
Whistlestop Marathon 100.52


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 Make It By Midnight Marathon in Macon, GA has the highest race day average temperature at 81F/27C. 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 Groundhog Day Marathon in Grand Rapids, MI with an average race day temperature of only 25F/-3C.

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 168 (168 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 - 493,407 finishers
2010 - 534,979 finishers
2011 - 554,200 finishers
2012 - 529,247 finishers
2013 - 483,887 finishers (so far - a little behind in totaling)

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 597 marathons completed that also had been scheduled in 2011. 59% 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). 40% of marathons had decreased participation in 2012 compared to the finishers the prior year (the average decrease was 116 runners).

Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 736 marathons in 2014, 143 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. 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, May 4th, there are 18 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, May 18th is a close second with 15 races on this day.

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