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

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