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Top 7 Largest Marathons in the United States

Posted on 7 April 2014 by Mitch Wilson

Categories: NY City

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The Seven Largest Marathon Fields in the U.S.

Looking for a BIG Race? Here they are

For some people just traveling isn’t enough, they need to travel when they travel. I know I like to eat a lot when I travel but one way I am able to do so is I am an avid runner and have been for quite some time. Just about every major U.S. city has a marathon these days but here are the largest ones in the United States.

7) Walt Disney World Marathon – This one takes place in January just when the college football fans have cleared out of Central Florida after the bowl games and the Christmas break people are all back in school. While you won’t have peak crowds, you will get peak weather and the course runs through all four Disney parks, which is why it is billed as “The most magical 26.2 miles on Earth”.

6) Los Angeles Marathon – This race is held every Spring and it starts at Dodger Stadium and it ends at the Santa Monica Pier which is why it is billed as the “Stadium to Sea” course. The LA Marathon started in 1986 and with no qualifying time needed to enter it gains momentum every year.

5) Boston Marathon – The Boston Marathon is the oldest Marathon and in 2014 it will be the 118th time this race will be held. The Boston course isn’t for beginners and they don’t let beginners in the race as it is one of the toughest out there to qualify for and with the limited field qualifying times are at about three hours and five minutes for an 18-34 year old male and three and a half hours for a 18-34 year old female.

4) Marine Corps Marathon – The Marine Corps marathon is known as the Peoples Marathon because it doesn’t offer prize money and it is the largest marathon not to do so. This race is held in October in Washington D.C. and while there isn’t a qualifying time needed, registration spots are limited.

3) Honolulu Marathon – With a picturesque course this one sounds inviting but don’t be fooled, it is one of the tough ones because of the hilly course and tropical weather which could easily make this race run in 80 degree weather. There are no qualifying limitations on this one and everyone is invited to run at their own pace and take in the beauty that is Hawaii.

2) Chicago Marathon – The flat course and ideal weather make for fast times in the Windy City but there are no qualifying times needed to enter the race. While the Chicago Marathon has been around since 1977, it is gaining in popularity each year and selling out faster and faster. The race starts and ends in Grant Park and goes through many areas of Chicago and is run in October.

1) New York City Marathon – The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. The course for the NYC Marathon is spectacular going through all five boroughs. The race starts in Staten Island and goes over the Verrazano Bridge and eventually ends in Central Park. Registration for the New York City Marathon is done by lottery and the race takes place in early November. 

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