In 2012, RunningUSA’s list of the top 100 timed races accounted for more than 1.5 million finishers compared to 922,500 finishers in 2000, a 73 percent increase. In 2000, the 100th race on the U.S. list had more than 3,600 finishers and by 2012 that number had grown to more than 8,300. Half-marathons made up 43 of the top 100 races, compared to just 17 in 2003; 15 of the half-marathons were from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K (58,043 finishers), Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K (48,229) in Spokane, Wash. and Dick’s Sporting Goods Boulder (Colo.) 10K (47,925) continue to rank as the top three largest timed road races in the nation. The largest marathons last year were the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (37,475), the Honolulu Marathon (24,069) and the Marine Corps Marathon (23,519). Keep in mind that the ING New York City Marathon, which was the top marathon in 2011 with 47,133, was cancelled last year after Hurricane Sandy left much of New York without power.
It’ll be interesting to see how the numbers shake out next year, but chances are the running resurgence will continue for the foreseeable future.
Starts and stops
A new race making its debut in Beverly this weekend is the Lungstrong 5K on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Cherry Hill Corporate Center, 66 Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly. Planned as an annual event, Lungstrong includes both a 5K and a 1-mile fun run. Contact Jill O’Leary (Lungstrong) at 1-978-270-6038 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Also on Sunday is the Stone Tower Trail Run #VI at 9 a.m. in Lynn Woods, Lynnfield Street Entrance (near Gannon Golf Course). The event benefits the preservation of Lynn Woods. Visit http://danvers5k.com/stonetower or contact William Liam Brady (Stone Tower Events) at 1-978-762-3994 or email@example.com.
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