2013 was another record year for half marathons in the U.S., with almost 2 million runners crossing the finish line.
In Running USA’s yearly half marathon report, the numbers show there were 1.96 million finishers at the 13.1-mile distance, and the gender breakdown also broke records: 1,196,000 women and 764,000 men. Sixty-one percent of all finishers were females, the highest figure ever.
The number of half marathon finishers per year has increased 307 percent since 2000, from 482,000 to almost 2 million. There were 34 half marathons in the U.S. with at least 10,000 finishers, the second highest ever. In 2009, there were 17 half marathons with that many finishers, and only one in 2000.
The half marathon is America’s favorite race distance except for the 5K, according the report.
Last year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. was the largest debut half marathon in history, as 14,478 finishers crossed the line. October hosted the most half marathons (288) during the year, while January (83) featured the least.
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