In 2015, the 5K maintained the #1 position of all race distances with 7.6 million finishers, claiming 45% of all finishers in the U.S., while the half-marathon held the #2 position with approximately 12% of the finishers, followed by the 10K (7%). All distances saw a decline in participation from 2014 to 2015.
In 2015, the number of U.S. marathon finishers declined for the first time (with the exception of 2012 when the New York City Marathon was canceled). In 2015, there were a total of 509,000 finishers in the marathon in the U.S., down from a record high of 550,600 finishers in 2014, seeing a net loss of 8%. In 2015, there were 1,100 U.S. Marathon events, similar to 2014.
After a record year in 2014, the number of U.S. Half Marathon finishers declined in 2015. Following similar trends of other race distances, the half marathon distance experienced a net loss of 3% in 2015.
Click on the chart below to see that for the past six years more women have finished road races in America than men, and for the past two years there has been a decline in overall road race finishers -- the first decline in at least 23 years!
Keep reaching for life's mileposts!
Paul Staso, Founder & President
The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.
P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.