Every year, the number of Americans who participate in marathons continue to grow. For runners looking to take part in the biggest events, the list below would be helpful:
New York City Marathon
Established 48 years ago, the New York City Marathon runs through the five boroughs of New York City. It is not just the largest marathon in the U.S., it is also the biggest in the entire world. In 2017, 51,307 professional and amateur runners from various parts of the world entered the event. And yearly, approximately 2 million spectators line up at the marathon’s course to watch and cheer the competitors.
The Chicago Marathon is one of the most sought-after events for runners and sponsors because it is a flat and fast course. The race is limited to just 45,000 runners, and in 2017, the number of participants fell just 500 short of the maximum. More than 1.5 million people watched the event.
Arguably the most popular marathon in the country, if not the world, the Boston Marathon is also the oldest. The first race was held in 1897 after its organizers were motivated to establish it after the success of the first marathon competition in the Summer Olympics one year prior. This year, nearly 30,000 competitors joined the race.