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Annual Marathon Report 2013

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With the spring marathon season opening, it is time for Running USA’s annual Marathon Report. Despite several cancellations due to weather and the Boston Marathon terror attack, 2013 was another record year for the classic distance with more than 1,100 marathons run across the country generating 541,000 finishers with a breakdown of 57% men and 43% women (a new high).

Last year, we reported that the estimated number of U.S. marathon finishers had declined from a record high 518,000 finishers in 2011 to 487,000 in 2012 (a 6% decrease), but like 2001, most of the decline was attributed to a unique situation; in 2001, it was post-9/11 travel impacting fall marathons, and in 2012, the ING New York City Marathon, the world’s largest 26.2 mile race with 47,000-plus finishers, was cancelled due to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. If the NYC Marathon had been held in 2012, there is no doubt that the 2012 overall marathon finisher total would have exceeded the 2011 record of 518,000 marathon finishers.

TABLE 1

Gender and Age Group Breakdown

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

Women

10%

26%

38%

41%

41%

41%

42%

43%

Men

90%

74%

62%

59%

59%

59%

58%

57%

Masters (40 yrs+)

26%

41%

44%

44%

46%

46%

46%

47%

Open (20 – 39 yrs)

69%

57%

54%

54%

52%

52%

52%

50%

Juniors (under 20)

5%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

Female

Male

  6-17 yrs

1%

1%

18-24 yrs

9%

6%

25-34 yrs

35%

25%

35-44 yrs

31%

31%

45-54 yrs

18%

24%

55-64 yrs

5%

10%

65+ yrs

1%

3%

Median Age

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

(Mean)
Males

34

38

38

40

40

40

40

40

(40.2 yrs)
Females

31

35

35

35

35

35

35

35

(36.6 yrs)
Median Age Overall

37

38

37

37

37

36

(39.0 yrs)
Median Times for U.S. Marathon Finishers

1980

1995

2002

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

Males

3:32:17

3:54:00

4:20:01

4:20:29

4:16:14

4:16:34

4:17:43

4:16:24

Females

4:03:39

4:15:00

4:56:46

4:51:19

4:42:10

4:42:15

4:42:58

4:41:38

Year Estimated U.S. Marathon Finisher Total
1976 25,000
1980 143,000
1990 224,000
1995 293,000
2000 353,000
2004 386,000
2005 395,000
2006 410,000
2007 412,000
2008 425,000
2009 467,000
2010 507,000
2011 518,000
2012 487,000 *
2013 541,000  (all-time high)
*NOTE: ING New York City Marathon cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy (47,000-plus likely finishers if held).

This is the first article in a series, followed by:

Number of U.S. marathons exceeds 1,100 – new record

also see the article: New York City largest ever

 

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