Half Marathon Continues To Grow In Popularity

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 26, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM UTC

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If marathon mania exists, then, the half marathon has reached hyper-mania. Last year, according to Running USA, U.S. half marathons continued their upward trajectory as the “leader of the pack” repeated its phenomenal 24% growth rate, from approximately 1.1 million finishers in 2009 to nearly 1.4 million finishers in 2010, a record annual increase for the distance. In the same 733 U.S. half-marathons for 2009 vs. 2010, there was a 17.24% finisher increase (975,409 vs. 1,143,551).

Since 2003, the half marathon has been the fastest growing road race distance in the United States, and for five consecutive years (2006-10), the number of 13.1 mile finishers in the U.S. has grown by 10% or more each year. Moreover, since 2000, the number of half-marathon finishers in this country has nearly tripled (482,000 to 1,385,000). In short, no other race distance comes close to this type of growth in recent years.

For the rest of the Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report, CLICK HERE.

From: Running USA

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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