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Running USA’s 2014 US Marathon Report

U.S. Marathons Hit Another All-Time High
With 550,637 Finishers; TCS New York City Marathon Continues to Hold
Largest Marathon Title

Gender split has remained consistent compared to previous years: 57%
males (311,366 ‰ÛÓ all-time high) and 43% females (239,271 ‰ÛÓ all-time
high) finishers. 48% of finishers were masters, 40 and older (264,305,
also a new higher overall and percent).

2014 marks the slowest average finisher times since 2005 at 4:19:27 for males and 4:44:19 for females.

The following tables and lists represent a summary of the
demographics and stats and trends for U.S. marathons and worldwide
rankings. Per the tables below, U.S. marathon demographics – gender,
age group, median age and median time – have remained essentially
static in recent years.
 

TABLE 1

Gender and Age Group Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

 2014

Women

10%

26%

38%

41%

41%

41%

42%

43%

 43%

Men

90%

74%

62%

59%

59%

59%

58%

57%

 57%

Masters (40 yrs+)

26%

41%

44%

44%

46%

46%

46%

47%

 48%

Open (20 ‰ÛÓ 39 yrs)

69%

57%

54%

54%

52%

52%

52%

50%

 49%

Juniors (under 20)

5%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

 2%

Median Age

 

 

 

       

1980

1995

2000

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Males  

34

38

38

40

40

40

40

40

40

Females

31

35

35

35

35

35

35

35

36

Median Age Overall 

 

37

38

37

37

37

36

38

Median Times for U.S. Marathon Finishers

 

 

 

 

 

1980

1995

2002

2005

2010

2011

2012

2013

 2014

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

 4:19:27

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

 4:44:19

 

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

 

2014

550,637

(all-time high)

         

 

Number of U.S. Marathons Exceeds 1,200 – New Record

Another marathon record includes 98 Marathons with 1,000+ finishers,
up from 92 in 2013 and besting the previous high mark of 94 in 2011 and
2012.

In 2014, there were a 1,200-plus U.S. marathons contested, another record; compared to approximately 300 marathons in 2000.
 

TABLE 2

2013 U.S. Marathons (>1,000 finishers) with the‰Û¢

 

 

 

Fastest Median Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Boston

3:44:17

3:44:58

 

3:31:17

3:52:09

Baystate

3:47:42

 

3:53:44

3:54:22

3:53:05

Lehigh Valley Health Network Via

 

 

 

3:49:56

3:54:24

Mountains 2 Beach

 

 

 

3:52:51

 

Santa Rosa

 

 

 

3:57:48

 

Most <4 Hour Finishers

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Boston

15,424 (68%)

16,211 (68%)

8,644 (40%)

16,068 (91%)

18,815 (59%)

TCS New York City

14,724 (33%)

15,166 (33%)

 

15,834 (32%)

14,168 (28%)

Bank of America Chicago

8,294 (23%)

8,743 (24%)

11,717 (31%)

11,933 (31%)

12,547 (31%)

Marine Corps

4,622 (21%)

4,565 (22%)

4,501 (19%)

5,163 (22%)

 

GORE-TEX Philadelphia

3,891 (43%)

4,046 (39%)

4,927 (42%)

4,162 (38%)

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