List of largest running events

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The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada's largest running event.

This, list of the largest running events in the world is based on the number of participants. If available, the number of "registered" participants or finishers may be specified. Not all participants will actually complete a race. Running USA's Road Running Information Center estimates that, on average, 80%-85% of registrants will complete a race.[1] If a yearly event has consistently high participation, the year in which that event had the largest number of participants has been listed.

With 110,000 participants, the Bay to Breakers race held on May 18, 1986 in San Francisco, California was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest footrace.[2] On October 10, 2010, 116,086 out of 160,000 registered runners in Manila were reported to have finished a run entitled "10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River".[3] An official for the ABS-CBN Foundation said that documentation of the event was being forwarded to Guinness World Records.[3] The Guinness World Records certified Run for the Pasig River as having the most participants in a racing event in December 26, 2010.[4]

Largest running events[edit]

Position Race Name Location Date Distances Participation* Notes
1 Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run SM Mall of Asia, Pasay, Philippines 22 January 2012 10 km, 5 km, 3 km 209,000[5]
2 A Run for the Pasig River Manila, Philippines 10 October 2010 10 km, 5 km, 3 km 116,086[4]
3 Bay to Breakers San Francisco, California, United States 18 May 1986 12 km 110,000[2]
4 Cursa El Corte Ingles Barcelona, Spain 5 June 1994 11 km 109,457[6]
5 Broloppet/Broløbet Malmö / Copenhagen, Sweden / Denmark, 12 June 2000 Half-Marathon 92,266, 79,837[7]
6 City2Surf Sydney, Australia 14 August 2011 14 km 86,696, 68,930[8]
7 Dam tot Damloop Amsterdam, The Netherlands 20 September 2009 10 miles, 4 miles and kids runs 74,020,
8 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong, Hong Kong 15 January 2015 Marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, 10 km wheelchair race, 3 km wheelchair race 73,070,[9]
9 Round the Bays Auckland, New Zealand 10 March 2013 8.4 km 70,000[10]
10 Lilac Bloomsday Run Spokane, Washington, United States 5 May 1996 12 km 61,298[11]
11 United We Run Beirut, Lebanon 10 April 2005 5 km, 60,000,[12]
12 Vancouver Sun Run Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 15 April 2012 10 km 89,000[13]/44,167[14]
13 Göteborgsvarvet Gothenburg, Sweden 21 May 2011 Half-Marathon 59,417[15]
14 Peachtree Road Race Atlanta, Georgia, United States 4 July 2008 10 km 58,000,[16] 54,954[14]
15 Great North Run Newcastle, England, United Kingdom 26 September 2004/ 19 September 2010 Half-Marathon 54,500[17]
16 Bolder Boulder Boulder, Colorado, United States 26 May 2008 10 km 54,040[18]
17 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 3 November 2013 Marathon 50,740, 50,266[19]
18 Carrera Día Olímpico 5k Olympic Day Run 5K Medellin, Colombia 23 June 2013 5 km 50,000[20][9]
19 Grete Waitz-løpet Oslo, Norway 4 May 1996 5 km 48,461[21] (women only)
20 Ottawa Race Weekend Ottawa,Canada 23/24May, 2014 Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K, Kids Run 47,387[22]
21 Holmenkollstafetten Oslo, Norway 10 May 2014 Relay, 18,7 km 44,270[23] [24]
22 Bogota Half Marathon Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia 1 August 2010 Half-Marathon, 10 km 44,186[25] [26]
23 Lidingöloppet Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden 24 September 2011 Cross country, 30 km 43,230[27]
24 Monument Avenue 10K Richmond, Virginia, United States 2 April 2011 10 km 43,214[28]
25 Vienna City Marathon Vienna, Austria 12 April 2015 Marathon 42.657[29]
26 BUPA Great Manchester Run Manchester, England, United Kingdom 18 May 2014 10 km 41,300[30]
27 Mumbai Marathon Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 20 January 2013 Marathon, Half-Marathon, Dream Run(6 km), Senior Citizens Race (4.3 km), Champions with Disability category (2.4 km) 40,000
28 Broad Street Run Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 5 May 2013 10 miles 38,144[31]
29 Chicago Marathon Chicago, Illinois, United States 7 October 2012 Marathon 37,455[32]
30 London Marathon London, England, United Kingdom 25 April 2010 Marathon 36,523[33]
31 Boston Marathon Boston, Massachusetts, United States 15 April 1996 Marathon 35,868[34]
32 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 28 September 2008 Marathon 35,786[34]
33 Sydney Running Festival Sydney, Australia 18 September 2011 Marathon, Half-Marathon, 9 km 35,033[35]
34 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 4 May 2008 Half-Marathon 35,000[36]
35 Great Ethiopia Run Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 2010 10k 35,000[37]
36 Athens Classic Marathon Athens, Attica, Greece 9 November 2014 Marathon, 10k, 5k 35,000[38]
37 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Chicago, Illinois, USA March 25, 2012 8k 34,369[39]
38 City to Surf Perth, Australia 28 August 2011 Marathon, Half-Marathon, 12 km 34,306[40]
39 Bridge to Brisbane Brisbane, Australia 11 September 2011 10 km, 5 km 42,546, 34,146[41]
40 Cooper River Bridge Run Charleston, South Carolina, United States 27 March 2010 10 km 33,000[42]
41 Grand Prix von Bern Berne, Switzerland 10 May 2014 10 miles, 4.7 km, 1.6 km 32,116[43]
42 Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 17 November 2013 Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8K 31,471[44]
43 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, The Netherlands 16 November 2014 15 km, 7 km 31,307[45]
44 Amsterdam Marathon Amsterdam, The Netherlands 19 October 2014 Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8K 31,197[46]
45 Paris Marathon Paris, France 11 April 2010 Marathon 30,815[33]
46 Tokyo International Marathon Tokyo, Japan 28 February 2010 Marathon 30,170[33]
47 City-Bay Adelaide, Australia 18 September 2011 12 km, 6 km 29,715[47]
48 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 8 December 2002 Marathon 26,382[48]
49 CPC Loop Den Haag The Hague, The Netherlands 8 March 2015 Half-Marathon, 10K, 5k 25,425[49]
50 Great South Run Portsmouth, United Kingdom 30 October 2011 10 miles 24,000[50]
51 Marine Corps Marathon Washington D.C., United States 28 October 2012 Marathon 23,519[51]
52 La Parisienne Paris, France 9 September 2012 6.5 km 23,510[52]
53 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, The Netherlands 12 April 2015 Marathon, 1/4 Marathon 23,403[53]
54 Gold Coast Marathon Gold Coast, Australia 2 July 2011 Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10 km 22,269[54]
55 Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, California, United States 21 March 2010 Marathon 21,440[33]
56 Seoul International Marathon Seoul, South Korea 13 March 2005 Marathon 21,067[55]
57 Naha Marathon Naha, Okinawa, Japan 6 December 2009 Marathon 20,860[51]
58 NYC Half New York City, United States 16 March 2014 Half Marathon 20,828[56]
59 Comrades Marathon KwaZulu-Natal Province, Republic of South Africa 16 June 2000 87.6 km 20,047[57]

* bold indicated number of race registrants, italics indicates number of race finishers

The Run Kerala Run held on 20 January 2015 in the Southern state of Kerala in India reportedly had a participation of 10 Million but wasn't considered for the record as there were around 32 various starting points spread across the state. But the main run flagged off by cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was at Trivandrum and had an official participation of 1.23 Million which would make it the world's largest marathon. Other points like Cochin, Calicut, Quilon, etc. doesn't really have an exact figure and the projections are all approximate. Trivandrum is scheduled to host another major run event called Trivandrun in March which as per plan will have a participation of over 2 million runners.

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