The Complete List Of The 100 Largest Races In The United States

And how the pandemic has lingering effects on registration rates

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RunSignup has unveiled its preliminary list of the 2023 top 100 largest timed races in the United States and has discovered how the pandemic continues to have impacts on race participation. 

After a meticulous compilation process spanning multiple years, including references to the 2019 and 2022 editions of each event which allowed greater understanding of the trends at running events since COVID-19.

However, the absence of a centralized aggregator for timing data highlights the manual effort behind this list, acknowledging potential gaps or incomplete data. Readers are encouraged to contribute to the precision of this information by sharing corrections or additions at eric@runsignup.com.

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Key Insights and Metrics

The compiled data reflects total finishers across various event categories, such as 5K, 10K, Half, and Full marathons, based on publicly available results for each race weekend.

Noteworthy exclusions include untimed events, encompassing some popular point-to-point races and Turkey Trots.

Unveiling the Dynamics of The Largest Races Of 2023

Overcoming Challenges Left From The Pandemic

  • The 2023 finisher totals for the top 100 races reflect a substantial improvement over the previous year.
  • However, the looming impact of the pandemic persists, with many of the larger races (exceeding 5,000 participants) grappling to match the robust registration levels seen in 2019, while smaller races seem to be surpassing pre-pandemic participation.

Statistical Revelations

  • The 2023 top 100 list boasts 1,604,820 participants, a commendable increase from 2022’s 1,389,528. However, it falls short of the 1,874,586 participants recorded in the 2019 list, marking a noticeable decline of 14%.
  • The 100th largest race in 2019 hosted 9,456 participants, a figure that dwindled to 7,175 in 2023.
  • While 33 races surpassed the 20,000-participant mark in 2019, only 25 achieved this milestone in 2023.
  • Encouragingly, 88 out of the 98 races with a 2022 event witnessed growth in attendance over the past year, signaling a positive trajectory.
  • Similarly, 31 out of the 93 races with a 2019 event reported increased attendance compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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The Five Biggest Races In The US

5) Boston Marathon + BAA 5K

  • Location: Boston, MA
  • 2023 participants: 35,445
  • 2022 participants: 32,997
  • 2019 participants: 35,127
  • Change ‘19-’23: 1%
  • Change ‘22-’23: 7%

4) AJC Peachtree Road Race

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • 2023 participants: 37,557
  • 2022 participants: 34,877
  • 2019 participants: 60,636
  • Change ‘19-’23: -38%
  • Change ‘22-’23: 8%

3) Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

  • Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • 2023 participants: 39,906
  • 2022 participants: 34,545
  • 2019 participants: 42,342
  • Change ‘19-’23: -6%
  • Change ‘22-’23: 16%

2) Bank of America Chicago Marathon + 5K

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • 2023 participants: 57,640
  • 2022 participants: 42,784
  • 2019 participants: 45,852
  • Change ‘19-’23: 26%
  • Change ‘22-’23: 35%

1) TCS New York City Marathon + Dash to the Finish Line 5K

  • Location: New York City, NY
  • 2023 participants: 61,480
  • 2022 participants: 58,852
  • 2019 participants: 53,519
  • Change ‘19-’23: 15%
  • Change ‘22-’23: 4%

The compilation of data over the course of years demonstrates the resilience of running events across the country, yet also the challenges many still face as a result of the pandemic.

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You can find the full list below:

2023 Rank202320222019Change ’19-’23Change ’22-’23NameLocationRegistration Provider 2023
161,48058,85253,51915%4%TCS New York City Marathon + Dash to the Finish Line 5KNew York City, NYIn-House
257,64042,78445,85226%35%Bank of America Chicago Marathon + 5KChicago, ILHaku
339,90634,54542,342-6%16%Walt Disney World Marathon WeekendLake Buena Vista, FLHaku
437,55734,87760,636-38%8%AJC Peachtree Road RaceAtlanta, GAHaku
535,44532,99735,1271%7%Boston Marathon + BAA 5KBoston, MAIn-House
635,00728,58241,197-15%22%Bolder BoulderBoulder, COConfigio
729,94619,86031,325-4%51%Flying Pig Marathon WeekendCincinnati, OHRace Roster
828,39421,89825,72910%30%Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and Rothman Institute 8KPhiladelphia, PARace Roster
928,02520,47434,565-19%37%Blue Cross Broad Street RunPhiladelphia, PARunSignup
1026,28723,65732,362-19%11%Disney Princess Half MarathonOrlando, FLHaku
1126,11318,82132,285-19%39%Hot Chocolate Run – ChicagoChicago, ILEnMotive
1225,77321,01834,832-26%23%Lilac Bloomsday RunSpokane, WAClick Management
1325,54422,59025,1681%13%Wine & Dine Half Marathon WeekendOrlando, FLHaku
1425,41618,82426,818-5%35%RBC Brooklyn Half MarathonBrooklyn, NYIn-House
1524,76922,35624,6590%11%United Airlines NYC HalfNew York, NYIn-House
1624,38521,92226,967-10%11%Honolulu MarathonHonolulu, HIReal Buzz
1723,63616,75020,14017%41%Pittsburgh MarathonPittsburgh, PARace Roster
1823,52021,47824,709-5%10%Chevron Houston Marathon / Aramco Half Marathon / ABB 5KHouston, TXHaku
1922,61216,71620,35811%35%Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten MileWashington, DCMarathonGuide
2022,36516,02529,187-23%40%Cooper River Bridge RunCharleston, SCRace Roster
2121,79716,78117,93022%30%Rock ‘n’ Roll San DiegoSan Diego, CAActive
2221,62820,3976%runDisney Springtime Surprise WeekendOrlando, FLHaku
2320,91813,36217,58719%57%San Francisco MarathonSan Francisco, CARunSignup
2420,56623,28228,701-28%-12%Rock ‘n’ Roll Las VegasLas Vegas, NVActive
2520,20118,94419,7023%7%St. Jude Memphis Marathon WeekendMemphis, TNBlackbaud
2619,52116,77220,781-6%16%Bank of America Shamrock ShuffleChicago, ILHaku
2718,20914,18223,060-21%28%Pat’s RunTempe, AZRunSignup
2818,00912,70119,216-6%42%St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll NashvilleNashille, TNActive
2917,70414,69619,535-9%20%Lifetime Miami Marathon, Half Marathon & Tropical 5KMiami, FLChronoTrack Live
3017,58312,00825,107-30%46%Army Ten MilerWashington, DCActive
3117,14416,33023,426-27%5%Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-MarathonIndianapolis, INRunSignup
3216,80912,30826,096-36%37%Los Angeles MarathonLos Angeles, CAActive
3316,80313,3439,51877%26%BMW Dallas MarathonDallas, TXRace Roster
3416,6619,83018,852-12%69%The Cowtown MarathonFort Worth, TXRace Roster
3516,55412,65918,806-12%31%Detroit Free Press MarathonDetroit, MIEnMotive
3616,3798,42510,75052%94%OC Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5KNew Port Beach, CARunSignup
3716,3587,00618,957-14%133%Grandma’s Marathon – Garry Bjorklund Half MarathonDuluth, MNRace Roster
3816,30517,70219,965-18%-8%Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8KVirginia Beach, VAHaku
3915,41512,47426,476-42%24%Gasparilla Distance Classic Race WeekendTampa, FLRace Roster
4015,38815,07616,864-9%2%Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey TrotSan Jose, CARunSignup
4115,09113,65011%Bay Bridge RunAnnapolis, MDRunSignup
4214,98312,12920,170-26%24%Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10KRichmond, VARunSignup
4314,7693,761293%JP Morgan Corporate Challenge- NYNew York, NYIn-House
4414,56012,35815,382-5%18%Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8KRichmond, VARunSignup
4513,99212,54012%Hood To CoastSeaside Beach, OregonIn-House
4613,38212,36512,7525%8%Rock ‘n’ Roll San AntonioSan Antonio, TXActive
4713,37910,15413,914-4%32%Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon & 5KAustin, TXEventDog
4813,20411,734cancelled13%Statesman Capitol 10KAustin, TXEnMotive
4913,00911,41312,6163%14%Gate River RunJacksonville, FLRace Roster
5012,9619,48313,130-1%37%Rock ‘n’ Roll DCWashington, DCActive
5112,8399,06611,31413%42%Rocky RunPhiladelphia, PAActive
5212,4188,47014,348-13%47%Oklahoma City Memorial MarathonOklahoma City, OKHaku
5312,33911,27313,333-7%9%Santa Cruz to Capitola Wharf to Wharf RaceSanta Cruz, CARace Roster
5412,21310,23213,106-7%19%Detroit Thanksgiving Parade Turkey TrotDetroit, MIUSA and Motion
5511,88711,36012,414-4%5%New Balance Bronx 10 MilerNew York, NYIn-House
5611,85816,78218,336-35%-29%Bay to BreakersSan Francisco, CALets Do This
5711,73519,3275,794103%-39%NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & HalfNew York, NYIn-House
5811,5608,8749,45622%30%Long Beach Marathon and Half MarathonLong Beach, CAActive
5911,5508,67311,3961%33%Surf City USA Marathon and Half MarathonHuntington Beach, CAActive
6011,53411,14313,510-15%4%Wheeler Mission Drumstick DashIndianapolis, INRunSignup
6111,4399,8517,84546%16%Denver Colfax MarathonDenver, CORace Roster
6211,3719,17126,106-56%24%Marine Corps MarathonWashington, DCHaku
6311,35510,54811,854-4%8%NYRR Queens 10KQueens, NYIn-House
6411,0469,53411,912-7%16%Buffalo Niagara YMCA Turkey TrotBuffalo, NYRunSignup
6510,95011,92112,948-15%-8%Rock ‘n’ Roll – ArizonaPhoenix, AZActive
6610,8639,12412,530-13%19%Columbus MarathonColumbus, OHRunSignup
6710,71211,52016,182-34%-7%Indianapolis Monumental MarathonIndianapolis, INHaku
6810,5708,60010,4032%23%The Spring Lake 5 MilerSpring Lake, NJRunSignup
6910,2428,41613,942-27%22%Crescent City ClassicNew Orleans, LARunSignup
7010,1658,8708,04026%15%California International MarathonSacramento, CARace Roster
7110,1378,34815,569-35%21%Utica Boilermaker Road RaceUtica, NYRunSignup
729,98410,06017,020-41%-1%Baltimore Running FestivalBaltimore, MDRunSignup
739,9068,75810,723-8%13%Shamrock Run PortlandPortland, ORActive
749,8696,0986,98641%62%Big Sur International MarathonBig Sur, CAHaku
759,5908,3609,956-4%15%Manchester Road RaceManchester, CTRace Roster
769,4656,1158,55611%55%Thanksgiving Day RaceCincinnati, OHGetMeRegistered
779,4537,8239,972-5%21%NYRR Staten Island Half MarathonNew York, NYIn-House
789,25917,768-48%Lexus Corporate Run – MiamiMiami, FLHaku
799,1988,60911,544-20%7%Falmouth Road RaceFalmouth, MARace Roster
808,5946,0979,647-11%41%Quad City Times BixDavenport, IAHaku
818,5868,5129,276-7%1%New Balance 5th Avenue 1 MilerNew York, NYIn-House
828,5726,8519,673-11%25%Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, Mile & DashAtlanta, GAHaku
838,5356,5906,90024%30%Big House 5KAnn Arbor, MIRunSignup
848,4758,3298,536-1%2%Lifetime Chicago Half Marathon & 5K presented by HOKAChicago, ILChronoTrack Live
858,3766,0627,9715%38%Rock ‘n’ Roll San JoseSan Jose, CAActive
868,3717,4028,880-6%13%NYRR New York Mini 10KNew York, NYIn-House
878,3586,7715,35656%23%Mile High United Way Turkey TrotDenver, COEvents.com
888,3297,2508,0004%15%Dana Point Turkey TrotDana Point, CAActive
897,9356,5446,83516%21%CPI Security Charlotte Turkey TrotCharlotte, NCRunSignup
907,8295,1448,003-2%52%BAA 10KBoston, MAIn-House
917,7908,1656,10928%-5%Run as One 4MilerNew York, NYIn-House
927,7117,87810,817-29%-2%Hot Chocolate Run – DallasDallas, TXEnMotive
937,676Hot Chocolate Run – PhoenixPhoenix, AZEnMotive
947,5186,0789,761-23%24%Kentucky Derby Festival MarathonLouisville, KYRunSignup
957,3914,78954%JP Morgan Corporate Challenge- ChicagoChicago, ILIn-House
967,2886,9155,00646%5%O’Side Turkey TrotOceanside, CARace Roster
977,2778,0159,457-23%-9%Hot Chocolate Run – AtlantaAtlanta, GAEnMotive
987,2336,0898,702-17%19%Publix Atlanta Marathon WeekendAtlanta, GAHaku
997,1926,0497,959-10%19%Eversource Hartford MarathonHartford, CTHaku
1007,1756,6849,636-26%7%HAP CareSource CRIM Festival of RacesFlint, MIRace Roster
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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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