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Running USA’s State of the Sport – Biggest Races

The Big get bigger with half-marathons leading the road race boom


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (September 26, 2010) – For nearly 25 years, Running USA’s Road Running Information Center (RRIC) has
compiled statistics for the nation’s top road races including such
lists as the Top 100 U.S. Timed, Largest Festivals, Largest by State,
Women-Only, World’s Largest and even Youth Runs. The table below offers
a comparison of the number of events and related finishers for the Top
100 U.S. Timed Road Races in 2000 vs. 2009 and provides a snapshot of
the sports impressive growth at the top end over the past decade.

In 2009, the Top 100
U.S. Timed list accounted for just over 1.3 million finishers compared
to 922,500 finishers in 2000, up 43%, and as a benchmark, in 2000 the
100th race on the list had just over 3,600 finishers; in 2009 that
number had increased to more than 6,000.

For the rest of Running USA’s State of the Sport 2010 – Part IV including where your favorite road races ranked in 2009, CLICK here.

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