2015 Running USA Annual Marathon Report

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May 25, 2016

TCS New York City Marathon Retains Largest Marathon Title with Over 49,000 Finishers

 

Running USAWICHITA, Kan. - (May 25, 2016) - The number of U.S. marathon finishers declined for the first time (exception 2012 when the New York City Marathon was canceled). In 2015, there were a total of 509,000 finishers in the marathon in the U.S., down from the record high of 550,600 finishers in 2014, seeing a net loss of 8% year-over-year. There were 1,100 U.S. Marathon events, similar to 2014.

 

The TCS New York City Marathon once again retained it's title as the largest marathon with over 49,000 runners completing the race. Similarly, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon finished second and third overall, while the Marine Corps Marathon jumped up two places to fourth overall with over 23,000 finishers.

 

Year

Estimated U.S. Marathon
Finisher Total

1976

25,000

1980

143,000

1990

224,000

1995

293,000

2000

353,000

2004

386,000

2005

395,000

2006

410,000

2007

412,000

2008

425,000

2009

467,000

2010

507,000

2011

518,000

2012

487,000 (NYC Marathon cancelled)

2013

541,000

2014

550,600 (Record High)

2015

509,000

 

Top U.S. Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon retains its #1 spot as the U.S.’s largest marathon with 49,365 finishers.  The top 15 marathons in the U.S. remained fairly consistent.  In 2015, there were 90 marathons with 1,000+ finishers, down from a record high of 98 marathons in 2014.

 

Top 15 U.S. Marathons

2015 Ranking

2014 Ranking

Event

Number of Finishers

1

1

TCS New York City Marathon

49,365

2

2

Chicago Marathon

37,395

3

3

Boston Marathon

26,612

4

6

Marine Corps Marathon

23,184

5

5

LA Marathon

21,940

6

4

Honolulu Marathon

21,551

7

7

Walt Disney World Marathon

19,974

8

8

Philadelphia Marathon

9,161

9

9

Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon

8,543

10

10

Chevron Houston Marathon

7,145

11

13

Grandma’s Marathon

6,077

12

11

San Francisco Marathon

6,063

13

12

Portland Marathon

5,716

14

15

California International Marathon

5,656

15

14

St. George Marathon

5,464

 

Gender & Age Composition

Females continue to represent a higher composition of U.S. marathon finishers, up to a record high of 44% in 2015.  The median age of finishers has remained fairly constant: 36 for females and 40 for males in 2015.  49% of finishers were masters (40 and older), a record high percentage.

 

Gender Composition

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

% Women

10%

26%

38%

41%

41%

41%

42%

43%

43%

44%

% Men

90%

74%

62%

59%

59%

59%

58%

57%

57%

56%

 

Age Composition

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

% Juniors (Under 20 years old)

5%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

2%

5%

% Open (20-39 years old)

69%

57%

54%

54%

52%

52%

52%

50%

49%

46%

% Masters (40 years old+)

26%

41%

44%

44%

46%

46%

46%

47%

48%

49%

 

Median Age

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Women

31

35

35

35

35

35

35

35

36

36

Men

34

38

38

40

40

40

40

40

40

40

 

Average Finish Times

2015 marks the slowest average finisher times since 2005 at 4:20:13 for males and 4:45:30 for females.

 

Median Times for U.S. Marathon Finishers

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Women

4:03:39

4:15:00

4:56:46

4:51:19

4:42:10

4:42:15

4:42:58

4:41:38

4:44:19

4:45:30

Men

3:32:17

3:54:00

4:20:01

4:20:29

4:16:14

4:16:34

4:17:43

4:16:24

4:19:27

4:20:13

 

 

Most Sub 4 Hours Finishers

 

Event

Finishers

% of Total

Boston Marathon

18,896

71%

TCS New York City Marathon

12,407

25%

Chicago Marathon

11,121

30%

Marine Corps Marathon

3,841

17%

Philadelphia Marathon

3,721

41%

 

 

Most Finishers in Certain Age Groups

 

Age Group

Event

2015 Subtotals

Female Juniors

Boston Marathon

6,011

Male Juniors

Boston Marathon

4,965

Females 20-29

TCS New York City Marathon

4,103

Males 20-29

TCS New York City Marathon

3,098

Females 30-39

TCS New York City Marathon

6,911

Males 30-39

TCS New York City Marathon

8,435

Females 40-49

TCS New York City Marathon

6,091

Males 40-49

TCS New York City Marathon

9,628

Females 50-59

TCS New York City Marathon

2,846

Males 50-59

TCS New York City Marathon

5,754

Females 60+

Honolulu Marathon

1,054

Males 60+

Honolulu Marathon

2,076

 

 

 

Overall 40+

TCS New York City Marathon

26,570

Overall 50+

TCS New York City Marathon

10,851

Overall 60+

Honolulu Marathon

3,130

 

Highest Percentage Finishers

Event

2015 % Finishers

Highest % Women *

 

Wineglass Marathon

62%

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

53%

REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half Marathon

52%

Little Rock Marathon

52%

Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon, & 8K

52%

Highest % Men *

 

Air Force Marathon

68%

San Francisco Marathon

66%

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon & Half Marathon

66%

Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

66%

Amica Seattle Marathon

64%

Highest % Masters (40+ years) *

 

REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half Marathon

63%

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

63%

Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K

61%

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K

60%

Boston Marathon

59%

*Based upon events with >1,000 finishers in each representative category

SOURCE: Running USA with Athlinks (2009-15) and Active.com (2005-08)

 

For other questions about running trends and demographics, please contact Running USA Director of Communications Scott Bush, scott@runningusa.org

 

 

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