Popularity Of Half Marathons On The Rise

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 27, 2010

The big get bigger with 13.1-mile events leading the road race boom.

From: Running USA

For nearly 25 years, Running USA’s Road Running Information Center (RRIC) has compiled statistics for the nation’s top road races including such lists as the Top 100 U.S. Timed, Largest Festivals, Largest by State, Women-Only, World’s Largest and even Youth Runs. The table below offers a comparison of the number of events and related finishers for the Top 100 U.S. Timed Road Races in 2000 vs. 2009 and provides a snapshot of the sports impressive growth at the top end over the past decade.

In 2009, the Top 100 U.S. Timed list accounted for just over 1.3 million finishers compared to 922,500 finishers in 2000, up 43%, and as a benchmark, in 2000 the 100th race on the list had just over 3,600 finishers; in 2009 that number had increased to more than 6,000.

For the rest of Running USA’s State of the Sport 2010 – Part IV including where your favorite road races ranked in 2009, click here.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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