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How many marathons are scheduled for 2015?

There are 750 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2015.  687 of these are in the U.S. and 63 in Canada. In 2014, 728 were held, 723 in 2013, and 679 were held in 2012.

The USTAF or Athletics Canada have certified 557 of this year's marathons (Boston Marathon Qualifiers).

Which month has the most marathons?

There are 122 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 36 42,407
February 43 15,680
March 74 47,639
April 64 52,535
May 90 59,707
June 60 18,605
July 33 10,128
August 39 0
September 90 0
October 122 0
November 78 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 58,190
June 59 25,803
July 32 12,958
August 52 9,185
September 86 26,096
October 111 139,756
November 70 100,895
December 26 44,839

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 62 33,166
July 35 5,673
August 42 7,860
September 91 29,629
October 120 152,062
November 69 99,568
December 29 40,554

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 64 31,207
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 394 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 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 2014 the median number of finishers per marathon was 160 (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 - 529,939 finishers
2013 - 585,207 finishers
2014 - 590,365 finishers

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 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 (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).

In 2014 there were 659 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 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).

Do a lot of marathons have pace groups?

Of the 750 marathons in 2015, 172 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 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 25 marathons to choose from.

Sunday, October 18th is a close second with 22 races on this day.