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2011 Largest Marathons

Posted Nov 02 2012 10:36am

With just over 45,000 finishers each year, the New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world!  I was a little curious and did a research to find out which are the biggest marathons. Below is the list of World’s and U.S. Largest Marathons compiled by Running USA for the year 2011 based on the number of finishers.

Highlights

  • New York City largest ever – again; record 16 marathons had more than 15,000 finishers in 2011
  • The 2011 ING New York City Marathon was the largest marathon ever with 47,133 finishers and the flagship event has held the #1 title as the world’s largest marathon since 2003. For only the second time (also 2010), six marathons – New York City, Chicago , London , Berlin , Tokyo and Paris – had more than 30,000 finishers in the same year, and for the first time, 16 marathons had more than 15,000 finishers. In addition, the U.S. had 6 of the 15 largest marathons in the world.
  • Last year, Japan had two inaugural marathons , Osaka and Kobe, with more than 20,000 finishers, and with 26,175 finishers, Osaka was the largest debut marathon ever (previous record, 15,771 finishers at the 1998 Suzuki Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego).
  • In 2011, there were a record 11 U.S. marathons that had more than 8,000 finishers, while 26 U.S. marathons had more than 4,000 finishers – tied record set in 2009 and 2010. See rankings below.

2011 World’s Largest Marathons (finishers):

  1. ING New York City, NY  ~  47,133 (largest all-time)
  2. Bank of America Chicago, IL   ~  35,755
  3. Virgin London, GBR   ~  35,126
  4. BMW Berlin, GER   ~  32,816
  5. Tokyo Int’l, JPN   ~  32,395
  6. Paris, FRA   ~  31,133
  7. Osaka, JPN   ~  26,175 (largest inaugural)
  8. Boston, MA   ~  23,913
  9. Marine Corps, DC   ~  21,042
  10. Kobe, JPN – ~  20,103 (second largest inaugural)
  11. Honda LA, CA   ~  9,902
  12. Honolulu, HI  ~  19,102
  13. Naha, JPN  ~  17,060
  14. ASICS Stockholm, SWE  ~  15,470
  15. Shonan Int’l, JPN  ~ 15,278

2011 U.S. Largest Marathons (finishers):

  1. ING New York City, NY ~  47,133 (largest all-time)
  2. Bank of America Chicago, IL  ~ 35,755
  3. Boston, MA  ~  23,913
  4. Marine Corps, DC  ~  21,042
  5. Honda LA, CA  ~  19,902
  6. Honolulu, HI   ~  19,102
  7. Walt Disney World, FL  ~   13,551
  8. Philadelphia, PA – 10,267
  9. Medtronic Twin Cities, MN  ~  8,534
  10. Portland, OR  ~  8,461
  11. Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, CA  ~  8,290
  12. Chevron Houston, TX  ~  6,919
  13. Grandma’s, MN  ~  6,337
  14. Nike Women’s, CA  ~  6,108
  15. San Francisco, CA  ~  5,989

I definitely have in my list for next year to run New York . Also in my list of largest marathon I’d love to run the Virgin London Marathon , Berlin Marathon  (as for Dustin request…beer involved), Paris Marathon , Marine Corps in DC, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego and Nike Women Marathon . I also want to run the very first marathon in the world , the  Athens Classic Marathon in Greece and of course the Rome Marathon in my home country and the International Lake Garda Marathon in my home town.


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