RaceTrends

Each year, we mine our data to generate an overhead view of the endurance market. While specific facets of our technology and business model may impact some results, our large sample size (estimated to be around 40% of the US Market) makes it a robust source of information about the current health of the industry.

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2023 RaceTrends Takeaways


Top 100 Largest Races

There is no single aggregator of data for the running industry, making it challenging to understand what events are the largest. Each year (COVID years aside), we attempt to manually pull race data to ascertain the top 100 largest events across the industry. Corrections are always welcome.

2022 Top 100 Largest Races
2019 Top 100 Largest Races
2018 Top 100 Largest Races

Race Registration Market Analysis

Twice a year we look at internal and external reporting sources to try to evaluate the shifts and trends in the race registration market. Take a look at what we are seeing and make predictions about what is to come.

Registration Market Analysis September, 2023

We have been doing the US race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. We include a ton of analytical data, and also include our analysis of happenings and directions in the market (of course that analysis is done from…

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Registration Market Analysis March, 2023

We have been doing the US race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. We include a ton of analytical data, and also include our analysis of happenings and directions in the market (of course that analysis is done from…

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Registration Market Analysis – September 2022

We have been doing the race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. We include a ton of analytical data, and also include our analysis of happenings and directions in the market (of course that analysis is done from our…

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Registration Market Analysis – March 2022

We have been doing the race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. Last September we stated things were returning to normal, only to be interrupted by the Omicron wave which impacted numbers in December thru March. We will dive…

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Registration Market Analysis

We have been doing race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. We did special ones over the past year and a half due to COVID. Things are more back to normal now, so we will return to the previous…

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Race Registration Market Analysis – March 2021

We usually do a Race Registration Market Analysis twice a year – March and September. 2020 was an unusual year, but we did a special one in April, 2020 and September, 2020 to try to capture what was happening in the endurance market. We will share our data…

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Race Registration Market Analysis

We usually do a Race Registration Market Analysis twice a year – March and September. This is an unusual year, but we did a special one in April, 2020 to try to capture what was happening in the endurance market. We usually include a bunch of…

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Race Registration Market Analysis – April 2020

We usually do a Race Registration Market Analysis twice a year. We usually include a bunch of stats from different sources to compare the various registration platforms and track general industry trends. Usually, we publish the spring one in March. This year is obviously…

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Race Registration Market Analysis – September, 2019

We do a US Registration Market Analysis every 6 months: We try to improve on it with your feedback (so feel free to send suggestions or corrections to bob.bickel at runsignup.com). We do this as part of our own internal market evaluation…

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Race Registration Market Analysis – March, 2019

We do a US Registration Market Analysis every 6 months: We try to improve on it with your feedback (so feel free to send suggestions or corrections to bob.bickel at runsignup.com). We do this as part of our own internal market evaluation…

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Race Registration Market Analysis – September, 2018

We do a US Registration Market Analysis every 6 months: We try to improve on it with your feedback (so feel free to send suggestions or corrections to bob.bickel at runsignup.com). We do this as part of our own internal market evaluation…

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U.S. Registration Market Analysis – March 2018

We do a US Registration Market Analysis every 6 months: We try to make it better with your feedback (so feel free to send suggestions or corrections to bob.bickel at runsignup.com). We do this as part of our own internal market evaluation…

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RunSignup Quarterly Reports

To create a little transparency in the industry, RunSignup reports on it’s quarterly numbers each year (with more frequent reports during the height of COVID shutdowns). While every company and race may not reflect our internal trends, it’s a quick way to get the gist of current trends in the industry.

2023 Year in Review

One of our Year End Wrap-up Blogs. Others include 2023 Year in Review, 2023 RunSignup Product Recap, 2023 GiveSignup Product Recap, 2023 TicketSignup Product Recap, 2023 Infrastructure Report, 2024 Company Strategy, 2024 RunSignup Roadmap, 2024 GiveSignup Roadmap, 2024 TicketSignup Roadmap. TLDR: We had a great year. Our customers can feel…

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RunSignup Q3 2023 Update

This was a very interesting quarter. We saw continued growth in our business. We saw “normal” returning to the endurance community, although with some final adjustments. Specifically, some of the growth we saw in the first two quarters of the year were…

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RunSignup Q2 2023 Update

Q2 2023 saw several very positive trends in our business: We share our high level numbers and thoughts on the market and technology advances on a quarterly and yearly basis – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and Q1 2023. RunSignup Quarterly Numbers We continue to see…

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RunSignup Q1 2023 Update

Q1 2023 saw several trends in our business: We share our high level numbers and thoughts on the market and technology advances on a quarterly and yearly basis – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. RunSignup Quarterly Numbers We had a record quarter as we…

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2022 Year in Review

One of our Year End Wrap-up Blogs. Others include 2022 Availability Report, Company Strategy, TicketSignup 2022 Product Recap, RunSignup 2022 Product Recap, and TicketSignup Product Roadmap. Also, here is our 2023 Roadmap Webinar. RunSignup helped our customers process $400 Million for their events in 2022. We have continued our…

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RunSignup Q3 2022 Update

Q3 2022 saw several trends in our business: We share our high level numbers and thoughts on the market and technology advances on a quarterly and yearly basis –  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, Q1 2022, Q2 2022. RunSignup Quarterly Numbers We had a record quarter as we…

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RunSignup Q2 2022 Update

Q2 2022 saw several trends: We share our high level numbers and thoughts on the market and technology advances on a quarterly and yearly basis –  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, Q1 2022. Endurance Community Still Recovering In addition to our widely used Yearly Trends, we have been…

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Q2 2021 GiveSignup | RunSignup Report

Q2 marks the quarter where our business and our customer’s business returned to growth. Vaccination rates going up, cases, hospitalizations and deaths going down dramatically caused states to open up. As we had been expecting, that is great news for live events….

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RunSignup Q1 2022 Update

As has been the case for the past 2 years, Q1 was impacted by Covid. We saw drops in the number of new and renewed event creation in December and January, with recoveries in February and March as case counts dropped. We…

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2021 Year in Review

As we enter a new year, we are producing multiple blogs that give a full 2021 Product Recap, 2021 RaceDay Recap, Product Roadmap for 2022, our Vision for 2022 and Beyond, and this one – which will review 2021 from a business perspective. 2021 was a…

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Q3 2021 GiveSignup | RunSignup Report

While Q2 was about returning to 2019 levels, Q3 saw us return to growth mode with transaction volume increasing 32% over Q3 2019. In 2021 we are comparing our numbers to 2019 – the last year of normalcy. The quick way to…

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Q1 2021 Report

Q1 2021 marks the turning point for our business. Looking back on the quarter, the year started slowly with many customers and supporters consumed with very high COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths, concerns about vaccine distribution, and the tumultuous passing of power…

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Thanksgiving Reports

As the largest US Running Day of the year, Thanksgiving Day gives us insights into growth in the industry and the building of new running traditions. Each year we run the numbers to see what Thanksgiving can tell us…


More Industry News

Want to know what registration company was recently acquired or how a merger might impact the broader industry? Check out our regular updates on the biggest news in the endurance industry.

RaceInsure is Here to Help Protect Race Directors

This is a partner post in conjunction with RaceInsure, a new insurance option by race director and insurance professional Scott Sutter. How often do you think race directors read the fine print of their race insurance policy? With the juggling act that…

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The State of the Industry: 2023 RaceTrends Report is Here!

Our annual RaceTrends Report is here, breaking down the participation numbers and industry trends from 2023 to help you make better predictions and more successful decisions in 2024. The headline from this year’s report is that race participation in 2023 was down…

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2023 Top 100 Largest Races

We assembled a preliminary list of the 2023 top 100 largest races that were timed. We have been accumulating this list for a couple of years (see 2018, 2019, and 2022). This year, we also added data around the largest individual distances….

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2023 Turkey Trots Shatter Records

The biggest US running day of the year impressed in 2023, with 920,761 people participating in 833 races across the country and raising more than $1.9 million dollars for charities. That represented record-shattering participation on the platform, with an increase of more…

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Founder’s Corner – 2024 Company Strategy

Last year I wrote about our Product Led Company Strategy and how we operate the company on a “Product Led Growth” strategy based on our Guiding Principles. We discussed our basic revenue stream based on payments. And we discussed our Employee Owned…

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Cal Tri Events Provides Free Youth Racing in 2024

Guest Blog by Thom Richmond, CEO of Cal Tri Events. Starting in 2024, young athletes, aged 7-17, can race for free at any race in the Cal Tri Events series. Young athletes can participate for free in a range of race formats: triathlon, triathlon…

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Request for Nominations for Timer of the Year Award

We are now accepting nominations for the Alan Jones Timer of the Year Award. In recognition of the remarkable efforts of race timers, this award honors those who have made a substantial and continued impact on the endurance race industry. Named after the industry’s pioneering figure, Alan Jones, RunSignup established the award to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have contributed to the continuous improvement of the race experience for participants and spectators alike. The award will be presented during RunSigup’s upcoming 2024 Winter Timer Tour. 

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Race Roster High Pricing

As we discussed in our Market Analysis, Race Roster has raised prices quite a bit. Race Roster does not publish pricing (unlike RunSignup), but we went in and set up an event and tried different event pricing to try to understand their…

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Registration Market Analysis September, 2023

We have been doing the US race registration market analysis every 6 months for many years. We include a ton of analytical data, and also include our analysis of happenings and directions in the market (of course that analysis is done from…

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