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Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report

Running USA
April 6, 2014

A record of nearly 2 million finishers in U.S. half-marathons in 2013; female finishers hit new highs; Nike Women's DC largest inaugural and Göteborg largest 13.1 mile ever

 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - (April 6, 2014) - Since 2003, per Running USA State of the Sport Reports, the half-marathon has been the fastest growing standard distance in the United States with a 12.5% annual finisher growth rate, and moreover, from 2006-12, the number of 13.1 mile finishers grew a noteworthy 10% or more each year. In 2013 that historic growth rate slowed as U.S. half-marathons had an estimated 1.96 million finishers (a new high) with a solid 6% increase from 2012 (1,850,000 vs. 1,960,000), but not nearly as impressive as the 24% record rise in both 2009 and 2010. Also, in the same 1,135 U.S. half-marathons for 2012 vs. 2013, there was a 1.6% finisher increase (1,528,938 vs. 1,552,696). By comparison, in the same 1,136 U.S. half-marathons for 2011 vs. 2012, there was a 5.1% finisher increase (1,522,637 vs. 1,599,838).

There were several factors why there was a single digit percent increase in U.S. half-marathon finishers. First, in 2013, like some U.S. marathons, several half-marathons were also impacted by weather cancellations including larger ones such as MetroPCS Dallas and St. Jude Memphis, both the same weekend in December. Second, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series reported fewer finishers than the previous year. Third, there were only two inaugural half-marathons with more than 5,000 finishers compared to a record six in 2012 including two with more than 10,000 finishers. Collectively the aforementioned reduced the 2013 U.S. half-marathon count by an estimated 60,000 finishers.

Half-marathon fun facts snapshot:

  • Since 2000, the number of half-marathon finishers in this country has quadrupled (482,000 to 1,960,000) or an impressive increase of 307%.
  • For the first time in history, 61% of U.S. half-marathon finishers were females (approximately 1,196,000, a record), the highest proportion of any race distance.
  • Although their percent fell to 39%, there was also a record 764,000 male finishers last year.
  • Also, in 2013, there were 34 U.S. half-marathons with 10,000 or more finishers (second highest total ever). This data point has doubled since 2009 when there were 17 with 10,000-plus finishers, and in 2000, there was only one.
  • For the year, there were a total of 42 half-marathons that make up the Top 100 U.S. timed road race list with 15 of them from the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.
  • The Nike Women's event in Washington, DC last April was the largest inaugural annual half-marathon ever with 14,478 finishers.
  • Since 2010, 13.1 miles has been the second most popular distance by finishers behind the 5K.
  • According to Running USA's 2013 National Runner Survey, the half-marathon distance is the favorite race distance by core runners nationwide (preferred 38% by men and 43% by women).
  • Last year, there were more than 2,100 active U.S. half-marathons (final road race numbers to be released in an upcoming State of the Sport Report).
  • Per our count, October hosted the most U.S. half-marathons (288), while January had the least (83) in 2013.
  • October 2013 also produced the most 13.1 mile finishers with more than 312,000 and July the least finishers with just under 53,000.

The following tables and lists display the demographics and astounding growth of the half-marathon over recent years.

TABLE 1

Gender and Age Group Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Women   

53%

55%

56%

57%

59%

59%

60%

61%

Men

47%

45%

44%

43%

41%

41%

40%

39%

Masters (40 yrs+) 

41%

 

 

39%

36%

40%

41%

41%

Open (20 to 39 yrs)

56%

 

 

58%

61%

56%

55%

55%

Juniors (under 20) 

3%

 

 

3%

3%

4%

4%

4%

 

FEMALE

 MALE

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-17 yrs

1%

2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-24 yrs

11%

7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-34 yrs

35%

28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

35-44 yrs

31%

31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

45-54 yrs

16%

21%

 

 

 

 

 

 

55-64 yrs

5%

9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

65+ yrs

1%

2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Males  

39.5

39.3

39.2

38.9

38.7

38.2

38.5

38.6

Females

35.9

36.3

36.1

35.8

35.7

35.3

35.6

35.6

Median Times for U.S. Half-Marathon Finishers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Males   

1:58:07

1:59:55

2:00:33

2:00:21

2:00:30

2:01:04

2:01:28

2:01:37

Females

2:16:33

2:19:12

2:19:02

2:19:47

2:19:12

2:19:33

2:19:47

2:19:48

Year Estimated U.S. Half-Marathon Finisher Total
1990 303,000        
1995 420,000        
2000 482,000        
2004 612,000        
2005 658,000        
2006 724,000        
2007 796,000        
2008 900,000        
2009 1,113,000        
2010 1,385,000        
2011 1,610,000        
2012 1,850,000        
2013 1,960,000  (new high)      

SOURCE: Running USA with Athlinks (2009-13) and Active.com (2005-08)

 

 

 

TABLE 2

2013 U.S. Half-Marathons (>2,000 finishers) with the…

 

 

 

… Fastest Median Times

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

New Bedford

1:52:29

1:52:13

1:54:34

1:56:02

Lake Minnetonka

 

 

1:59:08

1:58:32

NYRR: Brooklyn

 

1:58:42

1:59:16

1:58:46

NYRR: Manhattan

1:54:52

1:57:28

 

1:58:56

NYC

 

 

1:59:15

2:00:19

… Slowest Median Times

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Disney's Princess

2:38:49

2:46:00

2:44:49

2:58:41

Tinkerbell

 

 

2:48:51

2:51:01

Disneyland

 

2:38:48

2:40:19

2:50:25

Disney Wine & Dine

2:36:15

 

 

2:45:28

Walt Disney World

 

2:33:33

 

2:41:26

… Most <2 Hour Finishers

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

NYRR: Brooklyn

 

 

7,306 (52%)

11,257 (53%)

OneAmerica 500 Festival

8,816 (28%)

7,966 (26%)

5,749 (18%)

7,179 (24%)

NYC

5,998 (52%)

5,038 (49%)

7,911 (51%)

7,161 (49%)

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia

 

6,416 (39%)

5,556 (37%)

6,396 (35%)

Rock 'n' Roll USA

 

 

4,634 (28%)

5,802 (29%)

… Most >3 Hour Finishers

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Disney's Princess

 

4,866 (35%)

5,716 (34%)

11,012 (48%)

Walt Disney World

4,637 (27%)

5,616 (26%)

5,710 (25%)

7,343 (32%)

Nike Women's San Francisco

4,889 (32%)

5,156 (32%)

6,190 (31%)

6,993 (27%)

OneAmerica 500 Festival

7,091 (23%)

6,931 (23%)

8,197 (26%)

6,545 (22%)

Disneyland

 

 

 

6,412 (40%)

… Most Finishers in Certain Age Groups

 

 

Age Group

Event

2013

Female Juniors

Nike Women's San Francisco

4,370

Male Juniors

Pomona Holiday

1,670

Females 20-29

Disney's Princess

6,554

Males 20-29

NYRR: Brooklyn

2,681

Females 30-39

Disney's Princess

6,635

Males 30-39

NYRR: Brooklyn

4,699

Females 40-49

Nike Women's San Francisco

5,152

Males 40-49

OneAmerica 500 Festival

3,527

Females 50-59

Nike Women's San Francisco

2,422

Males 50-59

OneAmerica 500 Festival

2,376

Females 60+

OneAmerica 500 Festival

595

Males 60+

OneAmerica 500 Festival

1,038

 

 

 

Overall 40+

OneAmerica 500 Festival

13,176

Overall 50+

OneAmerica 500 Festival

5,988

Overall 60+

OneAmerica 500 Festival

1,633

… Highest Percent Women*

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Women Rock

 

 

 

100%

Chicago Women's

 

 

100%

100%

More/Fitness Magazine

99%

100%

100%

100%

Divas DC’s Wine Country

 

 

 

99%

Run Like a Diva

 

 

 

99%

… Highest Percent Men*

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

NYRR: Manhattan

61%

61%

 

60%

NYRR: Staten Island

58%

56%

56%

56%

Race to Robie Creek

 

 

 

55%

Long Island

 

 

 

55%

Dexter Ann Arbor

 

 

57%

54%

… Highest Percent Masters (40+ yrs)*

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Space Coast

 

59%

 

62%

Folsom Blues Breakout

 

 

 

57%

First Watch Sarasota

 

54%

59%

57%

National Breast Cancer  - 26.2 with Donna

55%

56%

54%

57%

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A

54%

55%

57%

56%

*Based upon events with >1,000 finishers in each representative category and >2,000 total race finishers

 

Göteborg again largest annual half-marathon ever; record 10 half-marathons worldwide with >20,000 finishers
In 2013, Göteborg again kept its #1 ranking as the world's largest half-marathon, and with 45,126 finishers, it was the largest annual half-marathon ever, and for the second time (also 2011), there were four halves with more than 30,000 finishers in the same year (Göteborg, Bupa Great North Run, Paris and OneAmerica 500 Festival).

In addition, last year, there were a record 10 half-marathons worldwide with more than 20,000 finishers (previous record, 9 in 2012), and for the first time, just to be in the top 30 world list, a half-marathon had to have nearly 13,000 finishers.

Like previous years, the U.S. dominates the largest half-marathon world lists with 6 of the top 10, 14 of the top 20 and 19 of the top 30.

With 30,059 finishers, OneAmerica 500 Festival retained its #1 U.S. ranking, and impressively, the race has been the largest U.S. half-marathon for 23 of the past 24 years. Also, for the first time, the U.S. had six 13.1 mile road races with more than 20,000 finishers, and to be in the top 10, a race needed 18,000 finishers or more; in 2010, the top 10 cut-off was 13,400-plus finishers, and in 1990, it was just under 1,800 or ten times less than in 2013!

2013              
World’s Largest Half-Marathons (finishers)            
  1)  Göteborg, SWE 45,126  (largest annual half-marathon ever)  
  2)  Bupa Great North Run, GBR 40,763          
  3)  Paris, FRA 30,371          
  4)  OneAmerica 500 Festival, IN 30,059          
  5)  Nike Women’s San Francisco, CA 26,406          
  6)  Walt Disney World, FL 23,148          
  7)  Disney’s Princess, FL 22,739          
  8)  Vattenfall Berliner, GER 22,232          
  9)  NYRR Brooklyn, NY 21,427          
10)  Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, NV 20,665          
11)  Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Nation’s Capital, DC 19,994          
12)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, PA 18,137          
13)  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, CA 18,077          
14)  St. Jude Country Music Nashville, TN 18,022          
15)  Villa de Madrid, ESP 15,943          
16)  Disneyland, CA 15,871          
17)  ING Miami, FL 14,939          
18)  Surf City USA, CA 14,792          
19)  Bupa Great Birmingham, GBR 14,624          
20)  NYC, NY 14,535          
21)  Nike Women’s, DC 14,478  (largest inaugural annual half-marathon ever)
22)  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, TX 14,427          
23)  Lloyds TSB Cardiff, GBR 14,322          
24)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago, IL 14,038          
25)  UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh, PA 14,016          
26)  Mizuno Amsterdam, NED 13,988          
27)  Old Mutual Two Oceans, RSA 13,743          
28)  P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, AZ 13,430          
29)  OMV Vienna, AUT 13,112          
30)  Stockholm, SWE 12,931          
               
U.S. Largest Half-Marathons (finishers)            
  1)  OneAmerica 500 Festival, IN 30,059          
  2)  Nike Women’s San Francisco, CA 26,406          
  3)  Walt Disney World, FL 23,148          
  4)  Disney’s Princess, FL 22,739          
  5)  NYRR Brooklyn, NY 21,427          
  6)  Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, NV 20,665          
  7)  Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Nation’s Capital, DC 19,994          
  8)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, PA 18,137          
  9)  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, CA 18,077          
10)  St. Jude Country Music Nashville, TN 18,022          
11)  Disneyland, CA 15,871          
12)  ING Miami, FL 14,939          
13)  Surf City USA, CA 14,792          
14)  NYC, NY 14,535          
15)  Inaugural Nike Women’s, DC 14,478  (largest inaugural annual half-marathon ever)
16)  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, TX 14,427          
17)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago, IL 14,038          
18)  UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh, PA 14,016          
19)  P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, AZ 13,430          
20)  GORE-TEX Philadelphia, PA 12,480          
21)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle, WA 12,445          
22)  Disney Wine & Dine, FL 12,147          
23)  Long Beach International City Bank, CA 12,033          
24)  Tinkerbell, CA 11,948          
25)  Border Energy Cincinnati Flying Pig, OH 11,925          
26)  Kentucky Derby Festival, KY 11,485          
27)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, GA 11,414          
28)  Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank, MI 11,000          
29)  Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, OH 10,842          
30)  Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas, TX 10,711          

SOURCE: Running USA with Athlinks (2009-13) and Active.com (2005-08)

Contact: Ryan Lamppa, (805) 966-7747 or ryan@runningusa.org

Annual Half-Marathon Reports (2012-13) click HERE.

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