Female participants and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series lead the charge.
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.
From: Running USA