2015 State of the Sport – Largest Road Races

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April 19, 2016

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Largest U.S. Races: 2015

 

In this year's State of the Sport: Largest Road Races, a number of the largest races in the United States retain their top

ten positions, including the largest in the AJC Peachtree Road Race, but there are a number of races climbing the ranks,

along with seven races moving into the top 50.

 

A comprehensive analysis of finisher totals at the nation’s Largest Road Races, the report analyzes available finisher

data for 2015. 

 

Each year, Running USA releases rankings for the nation’s top road races including such popular lists as the Top 100

U.S. Timed, Largest by Distance, Largest by State, Largest Festivals, Women-Only and Youth Runs as well as the

World’s Largest. Data is sourced from Athlinks. These lists are cited by the media, used by race organizers and

brands, and perused by running fans around the world.

 

Largest Road Races - Analysis: 2015

 

  • The top five races in the United States in 2015 retained the same spots from 2014.
  • AJC Peachtree Road Race, retaining its top spot overall with 54,752 finishers in 2015, down from 57,660 finishers in 2014
  • TCS New York City, BolderBOULDER, Lilac Bloomsday, and Chicago Marathon retained the second to fifth spots.
  • Six of the races have at least 30,000 runners, down from 9 in 2014.
  • Chicago and Washington DC each have 4 races in the top 50 overall.
  • 19 of the top 50 races are half marathons, the most popular and most favored distance overall (as reported in the National Runner Survey).

 

Largest Road Races - Top 50: 2015

 

Overall Rank 

2015

Overall Rank 

2014
(If In Top 50)

Event Name

Total Finishers

City, State

Event Date

Distance

1

1

AJC Peachtree Road Race

54,752

Atlanta, GA

7/4/2015

10K

2

2

TCS New York City Marathon

49,365

New York, NY

11/1/2015

Marathon

3

3

Bolder BOULDER

45,336

Boulder, CO

5/25/2015

10K

4

4

Lilac Bloomsday Run

42,294

Spokane, WA

5/3/2015

12K

5

5

Chicago Marathon

37,395

Chicago, IL

10/11/2015

Marathon

6

6

Blue Cross Blue Shield Broad Street Run 10 Miler

35,854

Philadelphia, PA

5/3/2015

10 Miles

7

17

Zappos.com Bay to Breakers 2015

29,962

San Francisco, CA

5/17/2015

12K

8

8

Cooper River Bridge Run

27,323

Charleston, SC

3/28/2015

10K

9

7

Boston Marathon

26,612

Boston, MA

4/20/2015

Marathon

10

13

Brooklyn Half Marathon

26,479

Brooklyn, NY

5/16/2015

Half Marathon

11

11

Army Ten Miler

26,363

Washington, DC

10/11/2015

10 Miles

12

10

Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K

25,540

Richmond, VA

3/28/2015

10K

13

16

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

25,100

San Francisco, CA

10/18/2015

Half Marathon

14

24

Marine Corps Marathon

23,184

Washington, DC

10/25/2015

Marathon

15

12

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Chicago

23,096

Chicago, IL

11/8/2015

5K

16

15

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon

23,092

Las Vegas, NV

11/15/2015

Half Marathon

17

9

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

22,873

Chicago, IL

3/29/2015

8K

18

14

Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

22,466

Indianapolis, IN

5/2/2015

Half Marathon

19

18

Pat’s Run

22,338

Tempe, AZ

4/25/2015

4.2 Miles

20

25

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

22,083

Buena Vista, FL

1/8/2015

Half Marathon

21

20

LA Marathon

21,940

Los Angeles, CA

3/15/2015

Marathon

22

19

Honolulu Marathon

21,551

Honolulu, HI

12/13/2015

Marathon

23

38

Across the Bay 10K

21,031

Annapolis, MD

11/8/2015

10K

24

23

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

19,974

Buena Vista, FL

1/8/2015

Marathon

25

21

NYC Half-Marathon

19,414

New York, NY

3/15/2015

Half Marathon

26

22

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

18,497

Orlando, FL

2/19/2015

Half Marathon

27

26

Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon Nashville

18,350

Nashville, TN

4/25/2015

Half Marathon

28

29

Cherry Blossom

17,881

Washington, DC

4/13/2015

10 miles

29

27

Crescent City Classic 10K

17,377

New Orleans, LA

4/4/2015

10K

30

31

Rock 'n' Roll DC

15,317

Washington, DC

3/14/2015

Half Marathon

31

33

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

15,225

Anaheim, CA

9/3/2015

Half Marathon

32

35

Gate River Run

14,918

Jacksonville, FL

3/14/2015

15K

33

32

Great Aloha Run

14,720

Honolulu

2/16/15

8.1 Miles

34

40

Pittsburgh Marathon

14,576

Pittsburgh, PA

5/3/2015

Half Marathon

35

--

Statesman Capitol 10K

14,355

Austin, TX

4/12/2015

10K

36

34

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

14,246

Philadelphia, PA

10/31/2015

Half Marathon

37

36

Surf City USA Marathon

14,189

Huntington Beach, CA

2/1/2015

Half Marathon

38

30

San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon

13,704

San Diego, CA

5/30/2015

Half Marathon

39

46

106th Thanksgiving Day Race

13,627

Cincinnati, OH

11/26/2015

10K

40

--

Ohio State Four Miler

13,489

Columbus, OH

10/25/2015

4 Miles

41

--

Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon

13,345

Brooklyn, NY

10/10/2015

Half Marathon

42

41

Bellin Run

13,178

Green Bay, WI

6/13/2015

10K

43

37

Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

13,138

Miami, FL

1/24/2015

Half Marathon

44

--

Delaware YMCA Turkey Trot 8K

12,835

Buffalo, NY

11/26/2015

8K

45

42

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Chicago

12,218

Chicago, IL

11/8/2015

15K

46

--

Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

12,168

Savannah, GA

11/7/2015

Half Marathon

47

--

Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half-Marathon

12,053

San Antonio, TX

12/6/2015

Half Marathon

48

43

Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon

12,032

Chicago, IL

7/19/2015

Half Marathon

49

50

Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend

12,001

Tampa, FL

2/22/2015

5K

50

--

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Atlanta

11,801

Atlanta, GA

1/25/2015

5K

 

Top Races by Distance: 2015

 

Distance

Race

Number of Finishers

1 Mile

NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile

6,320

2 Miles

Manchester Shamrock Shuffle

2,734

5K

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K (Chicago)

23,096

3.5 Miles

JP Morgan Corporate Chase (Buffalo)

10,006

4 Miles

Ohio State 4 Miler

13,489

5 Miles

The Spring Lake Five Mile Run

10,213

8K

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K

22,873

10 Miles

Blue Cross Blue Shield Broad Street Run 10 Miler

35,854

10K

AJC Peachtree Road Race

54,752

12K

Lilac Bloomsday Run

42,294

15K

Gate River Run (Jacksonville)

14,918

20K

Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race

1,843

25K

Firth Third River Bank Run

5,312

Half Marathon

Brooklyn Half Marathon

26,479

Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon

49,365

 

SOURCE

Running USA advances the growth and success of the running industry. State of the Sport reports, many types of running data and lists of the largest races from past years can be found on RunningUSA.org in the “Statistics” section. Running USA statistics are powered by Athlinks.

 

For other questions about running trends and demographics, contact Running USA Director of Research Jason Jacobson at jason@runningusa.org.

 

For media inquiries, please contact Running USA Director of Communications Scott Bush at scott@runningusa.org.

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