Top 100 Road Races 2018 Analysis

We have assembled the Top 100 Road Races in a consolidated list and will be maintaining this along with our RaceTrends Report and bi-annual Registration Market reports on a continuing basis. This helps us understand the market better, and we hope it helps others as well. Since this is our first time, we are sure we have some mistakes – so let us know! Just send an email to to get in touch with Eric Cone, who works with the top races in the industry. You can also contact Eric for a spreadsheet with more data, including 2016 numbers.

The full list is at the bottom of this blog. We have some summary findings and summary lists based on this full list.

3% Decrease – If we exclude the top race, the Disney World Marathon Weekend due to the 2017 weather based 81% decline, the number of finishers fell 3%, or about 59,000 from a total of 1.7 Million. Including the Disney race, there was still a decline of 1.6%. You will see a fair amount of red numbers in the overall chart below.

In comparison, the RaceTrends report for 2018 showed races held on RunSignup in 2017 and 2018, where we have complete data, decreased 0.1% on a total population of 4.2 Million. We also see 6% of races over 500 people held in 2017 not being held in 2018.

Of the Top 100 using RunSignup, there were a number of success stories, such as the Philadelphia Marathon and The Great Pumpkin Run virtual race. There were also challenges, for example the California fires that lowered the number of participants in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot this year.

In general, the data shows there is at least a flattening and most likely a general decline in road race participation. Races and industry vendors need to keep this in mind as they plan for the future – we are not riding an underlying wave of growth that we were in years past. On the positive side, we see lots of success stories and really amazing stories every day of personal goals being met by participants and great nonprofit organizations being helped in significant and powerful ways. We at RunSignup continue to feel happy and lucky we are a growing part of this wondering community.

Biggest Movers – A number of races had great moves up the ranking list in 2018. There are a variety of reasons for these successes, and we continue to highlight some of those success stories at our annual Symposium as well as on our Customer Success pages and blogs over time so others may learn.

2018 Rank2017 RankRaceLocation
59Not rankedThe Great Pumpkin RunVirtual
77Not rankedMcGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Prediction 5K RunPensacola, FL
78Not rankedHot Chocolate 15K/5K – San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA
7293Air Force MarathonDayton, OH
7394NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon and 5K(dropped in 2017)Staten Island, NY
5671Fargo MarathonFargo, ND
8498Spring Lake 5 MilerSpring Lake, NJ
6981Austin Marathon & Half MarathonAustin, TX
2839United Airlines NYC HalfNew York, NY
5465Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8KRichmond, VA
7586Falmouth Road RaceFalmouth, MA

Biggest Growth – Growth in % terms from 2017 was over 10% for the top 10 growth races.

The Great Pumpkin RunVirtual245%
McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Prediction 5K RunPensacola, FL32%
Flying Pig MarathonCincinnati, OH19%
Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and Rothman Institute 8KPhiladelphia, PA16%
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – ChicagoChicago, IL16%
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA13%
United Airlines NYC HalfNew York, NY13%
Air Force MarathonDayton, OH11%
Hot Chocolate 15k/5kColumbus, OH11%

Missing Races
 – Again, Disney has a big impact here since DisneyLand in California did not have races in 2018 due to construction.

2017 RankCanceled RacesLocation
24Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend- The Light SideAnaheim, CA
38Tinker Bell Half Marathon and 10KAnaheim, CA
50Disneyland Half Marathon WeekendAnaheim, CA
64Avengers Half MarathonAnaheim, CA
103Rock ‘n’ Roll BrooklynBrooklyn, NY

New Races – This left room for some new races, and there is always some natural turnover or superstar races that rise rapidly. The creme of that list in 2018 was The Great Pumpkin Run’s virtual race.

2018 RankNew Additions
59The Great Pumpkin RunVirtual
77McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Prediction 5K RunPensacola, FL
78Hot Chocolate 15k/5k – San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA
91Hot Chocolate 15k/5k – ColumbusColumbus, OH
95Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – ScottsdaleScottsdale, AZ
97BAA 5kBoston, MA

Registration Provider – Well, since this is how we make our money we need to track this :-). This stat changes relatively slowly, although there will be some changes next year as a number of races switched providers after their 2018 race. This chart shows the 2018 race stats. Active is still the largest. RunSignup, Haku and RaceRoster all have positive momentum over the past couple of years and continuing into 2019.

RAM Racing / Enmotive is doing well with the Hot Chocolate series as well as continuing to acquire timing businesses.  GetMeRegistered is now part of StackSports. Both Stack and Enmotive are taking an approach of doing timing and technology. It will be interesting to see how that progresses in the future, as RunSignup pursues a pure technology strategy and an open platform approach relative to timers.

Registration PlatformTop 100 Races for 2018

 Top 100 Road Races in the US – Overall List

2018 Rank2018 FinishersNameLocation2018 Jump Rank2018 % GrowthGrowth 17to18Spot 2017
154,804Walt Disney World Marathon WeekendLake Buena Vista, FL1081%24,55911
254,626AJC Peachtree Roadrace 10KAtlanta, GA-1-1%-6961
352700TCS New York City MarathonNew York City, NY-14%2,0592
444,580Bolder BoulderBoulder, CO02%6684
544543Bank of America Chicago MarathonChicago, IL-20%1963
638,068Lilac Bloomsday RunSpokane, WA-1-3%-1,2755
736,726Flying Pig MarathonCincinnati, OH319%5,94310
836,222Blue Cross Broad Street RunPhiladelphia, PA-2-2%-7366
933,185Disney’s Princess Half MarathonOrlando, FL-12%6288
1030548Rock ‘n’ Roll Las VegasLas Vegas, NV-3-10%-3,3457
1129653Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – ChicagoChicago, IL916%4,03620
1227,450Cooper River Bridge RunCharleston, SC-3-16%-5,0809
1327145Marine Corps MarathonWashington, DC10%-13614
1426793Honolulu MarathonHonolulu, HI42%62218
1526,682Gasparilla Distance Classic Race WeekendTampa, FL0-2%-45015
1626,329Star Wars – The Dark Side WeekendOrlando, FL-4-6%-1,63212
1725,831Boston MarathonBoston, MA0-2%-56917
1825,378Brooklyn Half MarathonBrooklyn, NY-5-8%-2,06713
1924845Wine & Dine Half Marathon WeekendOrlando, FL31%18922
2024808Army Ten MilerWashington, DC-1-4%-98019
2124,572Bay to BreakersSan Francisco, CA-5-8%-2,15416
2223,857Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-MarathonIndianapolis, IN55%1,16427
2323,78412th Annual Pat’s RunTempe, AZ20%3725
2423572Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and Rothman Institute 8KPhiladelphia, PA916%3,20933
2523,283Los Angeles MarathonLos Angeles, CA33%77928
2623,176Chevron Houston Marathon / Aramco Half Marathon / ABB 5KHouston, TX00%726
2722923Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & Medtronic TC 10 MileMinneapolis, MN24%77829
2821,957United Airlines NYC HalfNew York, NY1113%2,57639
2921,304Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10KRichmond, VA1-3%-66130
3021,283San Diego Rock N Roll MarathonSan Diego, CA-9-14%-3,54121
3121,135Pittsburgh MarathonPittsburgh, PA13%62632
3220,892Bank of America Shamrock ShuffleChicago, IL24%89534
3320,828St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll NashvilleNashille, TN-10-14%-3,27723
3419406St. Jude Memphis MarathonMemphis, TN2-2%-41736
3519,188Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten MileWashington, DC0-4%-77335
3618,906Lifetime Miami Marathon, Half Marathon & Tropical 5kMiami, FL4-2%-32140
3718,751Statesman Capitol 10KAustin, TX109%1,62547
3818639Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half-MarathonSan Antonio, TX109%1,58348
3918,116Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8KVirginia Beach, VA6-1%-20245
4017752Baltimore Running FestivalBaltimore, MD4-4%-69244
4117,621San Francisco MarathonSan Francisco, CA-10-16%-3,44231
4217568Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank MarathonDetroit, MI0-8%-1,55142
4316749Across the Bay 10KAnnapolis, MD-2-12%-2,38441
4415,908Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll MarathonPhoenix, AZ2-11%-2,01546
4515878Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey TrotSan Jose, CA-2-15%-2,80043
4615,752Utica Boilermaker Road RaceUtica, NY80%-7954
4715,483Grandma’s Marathon – Garry Bjorklund Half MarathonDuluth, MN10-1%-14757
4815,399Shamrock RunPortland, OR4-5%-88252
4915,162Oklahoma City MarathonOklahoma City, OK9-1%-18159
5015031Drumstick DashIndianapolis, IN9-1%-21160
5114992Indianapolis Monumental MarathonIndianapolis, IN6-2%-38458
5214,874Cowtown MarathonFort Worth, TX-16-23%-4,56537
5314545Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8KRichmond, VA11-1%-20565
5414,113Gate River RunJacksonville, FL1-10%-1,52656
5513,981Fargo MarathonFargo, ND156%80371
5613,791Rock ‘n’ Roll USA MarathonWashington, DC-8-19%-3,18049
5713,729Crescent City ClassicNew Orleans, LA-3-13%-2,05355
5813453The Great Pumpkin RunVirtual55245%9,548unranked
5913,418Santa Cruz to Capitola Wharf to Wharf RaceSanta Cruz, CA9-1%-15269
6013408Detroit Thanksgiving Parade Turkey TrotDetroit, MI-10-18%-2,93651
6113,360Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 MarathonNew Orleans, LA-9-16%-2,51653
6213,224Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half MarathonChicago, IL-2-12%-1,76761
6313076The Ohio State 4 MilerColumbus, OH4-7%-95968
6412,618Surf City USA Marathon and Half MarathonHuntington Beach, CA126%77676
6512597New Balance BronxNew York, NY-3-16%-2,39262
6612335Columbus MarathonColumbus, OH7-4%-50173
6712,107Rock ‘n’ Roll SeattleSeattle, WA-4-18%-2,69263
6811,796Great Aloha RunHonolulu, HI2-11%-1,46770
6911,669Austin Marathon & Half MarathonAustin, TX122%17781
7011654The Giant RaceSan Francisco, CA-4-17%-2,44466
7111,598Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and Half MarathonChampaign, IL-4-17%-2,44267
7211590Air Force MarathonDayton, OH2111%1,17093
7311477NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon and 5K(dropped in 2017)Staten Island, NY2111%1,11394
7411,446NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10KQueens, NY80%182
7511063Falmouth Road RaceFalmouth, MA111%16286
7611057Buffalo YMCA TURKEY TROT 8 KILOMETER RACEBuffalo, NY-2-11%-1,35474
7710967McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Prediction 5K RunPensacola, FL3432%2,683unranked
7810,870Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA2313%1,288unranked
7910,868Fifth Third River Bank RunGrand Rapids, MI-7-16%-2,12672
8010,707OC MarathonNew Port Beach, CA7-1%-10687
8110335BMW Dallas MarathonDallas, TX-2-12%-1,42779
8210323Long Beach Marathon and Half MarathonLong Beach, CA-4-12%-1,45978
8310303City of Pittsburgh Great RacePittsburgh, PA-6-13%-1,55677
8410270Spring Lake 5 MilerSpring Lake, NJ141%8998
8510238Thanksgiving Day RaceCincinnati, OH0-8%-86385
869,978Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – DallasDallas, TX6-6%-61992
879,753Kentucky Derby Festival MarathonLouisville, KY9-6%-57396
889687Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – SeattleSeattle, WA3-9%-91491
899,359Bellin RunGreen Bay, WI1-12%-1,28590
909244Manchester Road RaceManchester, CT-7-18%-2,03883
919039Hot Chocolate 15k/5kColumbus, OH2111%886unranked
929037San Jose Rock n RollSan Jose, CA-4-15%-1,65588
938934Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2 MarathonSavannah, GA-13-24%-2,78180
948908Crim Festival of RacesFlint, MI-5-17%-1,77489
958748Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – ScottsdaleScottsdale, AZ112%190unranked
968712Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – San DiegoSan Diego, CA4-10%-1,019100
978670BAA 5kBoston, MA7-3%-253unranked
988,664Lincoln Marathon & Half MarathonLincoln, NE1-15%-1,51099
998522Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half MarathonPhiladelphia, PA-15-24%-2,70584
1008436Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – PhillyPhiladelphia, PA-5-18%-1,89695

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