31 Mar '13, 2am

Running USA 2013 Half-Marathon Report: the country's most popular distance again delivers record numbers @runningusa

Since 2003, the half-marathon has been the fastest growing road race distance in the United State s, and for seven consecutive years (2006-12), the number of 13.1 mile finishers has grown by 10% or more each year. No other U.S. road distance comes close to this growth rate during the Second Running Boom (circa 1994). Since 2000, the number of half-marathon finishers in this country has nearly quadrupled (482,000 to 1,850,000), an impressive increase of 284%. For the first time in history, 60% of U.S. half-marathon finishers were females (approximately 1,110,000, a record). Although the male U.S. half-marathon percent has declined to 40%, in absolute terms, last year, there were a record 740,000 male finishers in U.S. 13.1 mile races. Also, in 2012, there were a record number of 36 U.S. half-marathons with 10,000 or more finishers. This data point has more than doubled sinc...

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