List of marathon races in North America

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The following is a list of marathon races in North America.


Symbol/Column Description
Bold Bold faced races are included in the World Marathon Majors
Gold IAAF Label
Silver IAAF Label
Bronze IAAF Label
(year) Defunct

The criteria for whether a marathon receives an IAAF Label designation are based on six general issues: race organisation, course timing and measurement, media services, quality of international field of runners, health and safety, and athlete equality.[1]

  • The race must be organised in accordance with IAAF Competition Rules, the standards of the national athletics body, and must comply with all relevant local and national laws. The race must be organised in a way that minimizes ecological damage to the surrounding areas.[1]
  • All courses must have been measured to AIMS standards and full electronic timing must be in place to provide split timing and final results.
  • The event must be broadcast live on television within the country, or delivered to a good standard through online streaming. Gold Label races must be broadcast in a minimum of five countries, while Silver Label races must have live coverage available on a national broadcaster. A centre must be specifically provided for media personnel, and TV monitors and commentary facilities must be present for Gold Label races. The race organisers must have a dedicated website with published results and must hold press conferences to support the event.
  • A minimum of five nationalities must be represented among the "elite" runners. At least five male and five female elite athletes must be competing in each race. "Elite" athletes are defined as those whose personal best within the 3-year period preceding the respective event has reached a standard set by the IAAF and published on the IAAF website.
  • All traffic must be closed off from the race course at all times during the competition. There must be adequate medical provision for the number of runners at the race. A number of doping tests must also be carried out after each race.
  • All prize money and bonuses offered should be equal, irrespective of the athlete's nationality or gender. However, race organisers are allowed to offer additional bonuses to competitors from the host country in order to boost local participation.

A maximum of 30 marathons may receive Gold Label status. The label statuses are granted on a yearly basis and organisers must apply for renewal each year.[1]

Race list[edit]

Name City Country Month*
*Last race was held
Inception Ref Link
Adirondack Marathon Schroon, New York  United States September 1997 [1]
Akron Marathon Akron, Ohio  United States September 2004 [2] [2]
Athens Marathon Athens, Ohio  United States April 2000 [3]
Atlanta Marathon Hampton, Georgia [3]  United States March 2007 [4]
Atlantic City Marathon Atlantic City, New Jersey  United States October 1960 [5]
Austin Marathon Austin, Texas  United States February 1992 [6]
Avenue of the Giants Marathon Humboldt County, California  United States May 1972 [4] [7]
Baltimore Marathon Baltimore, Maryland  United States October 2001 [8]
Bataan Memorial Death March White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico  United States March 1989 [9]
Bay of Fundy International Marathon Lubec, Maine  United States
June 2013 [10]
Bayshore Marathon Traverse City, Michigan  United States May 1983 [11]
Baystate Marathon Lowell, Massachusetts  United States October 1990 [5] [12]
Bellingham Bay Marathon Bellingham, Washington  United States September 2007 [13]
Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon Bemidji, Minnesota  United States October 2013 [14]
Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, California  United States April 1986 [15]
Big Wild Life Runs Anchorage, Alaska  United States August 1990 [16]
Blue Nose Marathon Halifax, Nova Scotia  Canada May 2004 [6] [17]
Blue Ridge Marathon on the Parkway Roanoke, Virginia  United States April 2010 [18]
Boston Marathon Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts  United States April 1897 [19]
Bozeman Marathon Bozeman, Montana  United States September 2011 [20]
Breast Cancer Marathon Jacksonville Beach, Florida  United States February 2008 [21]
Brooklyn Marathon Brooklyn, New York  United States November 2011 [22]
Buffalo Marathon Buffalo, New York  United States May 2001 [7] [23]
Calgary Marathon Calgary, Alberta  Canada May 1963 [8] [24]
California International Marathon Folsom to Sacramento, California  United States December 1983 [25]
Cancún Marathon Cancún  Mexico December 1985 [26]
Cape Cod Marathon Falmouth, Massachusetts  United States October 1978 [27]
Carlsbad Marathon Carlsbad, California  United States January 1990 [28]
Carmel Marathon Carmel, Indiana  United States April 2011 [29]
Charlottesville Marathon Charlottesville, Virginia  United States April 2003 [9] [30]
Chicago Marathon Chicago, Illinois  United States October 1977 [10] [31]
City of Oaks Marathon Raleigh, North Carolina  United States November 2007 [32]
City of Trees Marathon Boise, Idaho  United States October 2002 [33]
Cleveland Marathon Cleveland, Ohio  United States May 1976 [34]
Colorado Colfax Marathon Denver, Colorado  United States May 2006 [35]
Columbus Marathon Columbus, Ohio  United States October 1980 [36]
Cowtown Marathon Fort Worth, Texas  United States February 1978 [37]
Crazy Horse Marathon Hill City, South Dakota  United States October [38]
Dallas White Rock Marathon Dallas, Texas  United States April 1971 [39]
Death Valley Borax Marathon Death Valley, California  United States February 1998 [40]
Denver Marathon Denver, Colorado  United States October 2006 [41]
Des Moines Marathon Des Moines, Iowa  United States October 2002 [42]
Desert Classic Marathon Surprise, Arizona  United States February 1995 [43]
Detroit Free Press / Flagstar Marathon Detroit, Michigan
Windsor, Ontario
 United States
October 1977 [44]
Dutchess County Classic Marathon Poughkeepsie, New York  United States September 1979 [45]
Earth Day Challenge Marathon Gambier, Ohio  United States April 2007 [46]
Edmonton Marathon Edmonton, Alberta  Canada August 1993 [47]
El Paso Marathon El Paso, Texas  United States March 2007 [48]
Ely Marathon Ely, Minnesota  United States September 2015 [49]
Empire State Marathon Syracuse, New York  United States October 2011 [50]
Equinox Marathon Fairbanks, Alaska  United States September 1963 [51]
Eugene Marathon Eugene, Oregon  United States May 2007 [52]
Fargo Marathon Fargo, North Dakota  United States May 2005 [53]
First Light Marathon Mobile, Alabama  United States January 2001 [54]
Five Points of Life Marathon Gainesville, Florida  United States February 2006 [11] [55]
Flying Pig Marathon Cincinnati, Ohio  United States May 1999 [56]
Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon Fort Lauderdale, Florida  United States February 2006 [57]
Frank Maier Marathon Juneau, Alaska  United States July 1992 [58]
Fredericton Marathon Fredericton, New Brunswick  Canada May 1979 [12] [59]
Glass City Marathon Toledo, Ohio  United States April 1975 [60]
Grand Rapids Marathon Grand Rapids, Michigan  United States October 2004 [61]
Grandma's Marathon Duluth, Minnesota  United States June 1977 [62]
Green Bay Marathon Green Bay, Wisconsin  United States May 2000 [63]
Green Mountain Marathon South Hero, Vermont  United States October 1970 [64]
Green River Marathon Seattle, Washington  United States June 1997 [65]
Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon Nashville, Tennessee  United States November 2006 [66]
Hartford Marathon Hartford, Connecticut  United States October 1994 [67]
Haulin' Aspen Marathon Bend, Oregon  United States August [13] [68]
Heart of America Marathon Columbia, Missouri  United States September 1960 [69]
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii  United States December 1973 [14] [70]
Houston Marathon Houston, Texas  United States January 1972 [71]
Huffin' Puffin Marathon St. John's, Newfoundland  Canada October 1952 [72]
Humboldt Redwoods Marathon Humboldt County, California  United States October 1972 [73]
Hyannis Marathon Hyannis, Massachusetts  United States February 1978 [15] [74]
Illinois Marathon Champaign, Illinois  United States April 2009 [75]
Indianapolis Marathon Indianapolis, Indiana  United States October 1996 [16] [76]
Johnny Miles Marathon New Glasgow, Nova Scotia  Canada June 1975 [17] [77]
Kansas City Marathon Kansas City, Missouri  United States October 2002 [78]
Kenai River Marathon Kenai, Alaska  United States September [79]
Kennebecasis Valley Challenge Marathon (2014) Along the Kennebecasis River, New Brunswick  Canada October 2004 [80]
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Louisville, Kentucky  United States April 2002 [81]
Kiawah Island Marathon Kiawah Island, South Carolina  United States December 1978[18] [82]
King Salmon Marathon Cordova, Alaska  United States July 1986 [83]
Knoxville Marathon Knoxville, Tennessee  United States April 2002 [84]
La Crosse Marathon La Crosse, Wisconsin  United States May 2009 [85]
Lake Atitlan Challenge Marathon Panajachel, Guatemala  Guatemala November 2012 [86]
Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, Nevada  United States December 1967 [87]
Leavenworth Marathon Leavenworth, Washington  United States October 2005 [88]
Legs for Literacy Marathon Moncton, New Brunswick  Canada October 2000 [19] [89]
Let's Go Haiti Marathon Jacmel  Haiti February 2013 [90]
Lewis & Clark Marathon Sioux City, Iowa  United States May or June [20]
Little Rock Marathon Little Rock, Arkansas  United States March 2003 [91]
Long Beach Marathon Long Beach, California  United States October 1982 [92]
Long Island Marathon East Meadow, New York  United States April 1970 [93]
Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, California  United States March 1986 [94]
Lost Dutchman Marathon Apache Junction, Arizona  United States February 2001 [95]
Lower Potomac River Marathon Piney Point, Maryland  United States March
Lucky Trail Marathon Seabrook, Texas  United States March 2004 [96]
Madeline Island Marathon La Pointe, Wisconsin  United States May 2017 [97]
Madison Marathon Madison, Wisconsin  United States November 2006 [98]
Maine Coast Marathon Kennebunk, Maine  United States May 1980 [99]
Mankato Marathon Mankato, Minnesota  United States October 2009 [100]
Manitoba Marathon Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada June 1979 [21] [101]
Marabana Marathon Havana  Cuba November 1987 [102]
Marathon by the Sea Saint John, New Brunswick  Canada August 1994 [22] [103]
Marathon of the Palm Beaches West Palm Beach, Florida  United States December 2004 [104]
Mexico City Marathon Mexico City  Mexico August 1983 [105]
Maratón Guadalajara Guadalajara  Mexico November 1985 [106]
Maratón Internacional Tangamanga San Luis Potosí  Mexico Junio 1984 [107]
Maratón Lala Torreón  Mexico February 1989 [108]
Maratón León Independencia León  Mexico September 1980 [109]
Mardi Gras Marathon New Orleans, Louisiana  United States February 1965 [110]
Marine Corps Marathon Arlington, Virginia  United States October 1976 [111]
Maritime Race Weekend Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia  Canada September 2011 [112]
Marshall University Marathon Huntington, West Virginia  United States November 2004 [113]
Martian Marathon Dearborn, Michigan  United States April 2012 [114]
Maui Marathon Maui, Hawaii  United States September 1971 [115]
Mayor's Marathon Anchorage, Alaska  United States June 1974 [116]
Medoc Trail Marathon Hollister, North Carolina  United States October 2008 [117]
Mercedes Marathon Birmingham, Alabama  United States February 2002 [118]
Mesa Falls Marathon Ashton, Idaho  United States August [119]
Miami Marathon Miami, Florida  United States January or February 2003 [120]
Milwaukee Running Festival Milwaukee, Wisconsin  United States November 2015 [121]
Minneapolis Marathon Minneapolis, Minnesota  United States June 2009 [122]
Mississauga Marathon Mississauga, Ontario  Canada May 2004 [23] [123]
Mississippi Blues Marathon Jackson, Mississippi  United States January 2008 [124]
Monster Mash Marathon Dover, Delaware  United States October 2011 [125]
Monterrey Marathon Monterrey  Mexico December 2005 [126]
Montreal Marathon Montreal, Quebec  Canada September 1979 [24] [127]
Monumental Marathon Indianapolis, Indiana  United States November 2008 [128]
Mount Lemmon Marathon Tucson, Arizona  United States October 2010 [129]
Mount Rushmore Marathon Rapid City, South Dakota  United States October [130]
Myrtle Beach Marathon Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  United States February 1998 [25] [131]
Napa Valley Marathon Calistoga to Napa, California  United States March 1978 [26] [132]
Nashville Marathon Nashville, Tennessee  United States April 2000 [133]
National Marathon Washington D.C.  United States March 2006 [134]
New York City Marathon New York, New York  United States November 1970 [135]
Newport Marathon Newport, Rhode Island  United States October 2018 [136]
Niagara Marathon Niagara Falls, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario  United States
October 1974 [137]
Nike Women's Marathon San Francisco, California  United States October 2004 [138]
North Country Races Wellston, Michigan  United States August 2000 [139]
Nunavut Midnight Sun Marathon Arctic Bay, Nunavut  Canada July [27]
Okanagan International Marathon Kelowna, British Columbia  Canada October 1995 [28] [140]
Oklahoma City Marathon Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States April 2001 [141]
Olathe Marathon Olathe, Kansas  United States April 2004 [142]
Omaha Marathon Omaha, Nebraska  United States September 1975 [143]
Orange County Marathon Orange County, California  United States May 2004 [29]
Old Fart's Marathon Lowell, Michigan  United States August 2007 [144]
Ottawa Marathon Ottawa, Ontario  Canada May 1975 [30] [145]
Outer Banks Marathon Kitty Hawk, North Carolina  United States November 2006 [146]
Paavo Nurmi Marathon Iron County, Wisconsin  United States August 1969 [147]
Pacífico Mazatlán Marathon Mazatlán  Mexico December 1999 [148]
Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  United States November 1954 [149]
Pikes Peak Marathon Manitou Springs, Colorado  United States August 1956 [150]
Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  United States May 1985 [151]
Pocatello Marathon Pocatello, Idaho  United States September 2000 [152]
Portland Marathon Portland, Oregon  United States October 1972 [153]
Presque Isle Marathon Erie, Pennsylvania  United States September 2002 [154]
Prince Edward Island Marathon Prince Edward Island  Canada October 2004 [31] [155]
Prince of Wales International Marathon Craig, Alaska  United States May 2000 [156]
Providence Marathon Providence, Rhode Island  United States May 2008 [157]
Puerto Rico Marathon San Juan, Puerto Rico  United States March [158]
Quad Cities Marathon Moline, Illinois  United States September 1998 [159]
Quebec City Marathon Quebec City, Quebec  Canada August 1988 [32] [160]
Queen City Marathon Regina, Saskatchewan  Canada September 2000 [33] [161]
Querétaro Maratón Querétaro  Mexico October 2013 [162]
Redding Marathon Redding, California  United States January [163]
Reggae Marathon Negril  Jamaica December 2000 [164]
Richmond Marathon Richmond, Virginia  United States November 1978 [165]
Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon Phoenix, Arizona  United States January 2004 [166]
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon San Diego, California  United States June 1998 [167]
Rochester Marathon Rochester, New York  United States September [168]
Rockford Marathon Rockford, Illinois  United States May 2008 [169]
Run Charlevoix Marathon Charlevoix, Michigan  United States June 2007 [170]
Run for the Lakes Marathon Nisswa, Minnesota  United States April 2008 [171]
Run the River Marathon Folsom to Sacramento, California  United States March [172]
St. George Marathon St. George, Utah  United States October 1977 [173]
St. Jude Memphis Marathon Memphis, Tennessee  United States December 2002 [174]
St. Louis Marathon St. Louis, Missouri  United States April 2001 [175]
Salt Lake City Marathon Salt Lake City, Utah  United States April 2004 [176]
San Antonio Marathon San Antonio, Texas  United States December [177]
San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, California  United States July 1977 [178]
San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half San Luis Obispo, California  United States April 2012 [179]
Saskatchewan Marathon Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  Canada May 1979 [34] [180]
Seafair Marathon Seattle, Washington  United States July 1950
Seattle Marathon Seattle, Washington  United States November 1970 [181]
Self-Transcendence Marathon Congers, New York  United States August 2002 [182]
Southern Indiana Classic Marathon Evansville, Indiana  United States April 2010 [183]
Steamboat Marathon Steamboat Springs, Colorado  United States June 1982 [184]
Steamtown Marathon Forest City to Scranton, Pennsylvania  United States October 1996 [185]
Sunburst Marathon South Bend, Indiana  United States June 1984 [186]
Surf City USA Marathon Huntington Beach, California  United States February 2005 [187]
Surfside Beach Marathon Surfside Beach, Texas  United States February 2005 [188]
Surrey International World Music Marathon Surrey, British Columbia  Canada September 2012 [35] [189]
Tallahassee Marathon Tallahassee, Florida  United States February 1975 [190]
Tecumseh Trail Marathon Bloomington, Indiana  United States December 2003 [191]
Timberline Marathon Mt. Hood, Oregon  United States September 2006 [192]
Tobacco Road Marathon Cary, North Carolina  United States March 2010 [193]
Toronto Marathon Toronto, Ontario  Canada May 1995 [36] [194]
Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, Ontario  Canada October 2000 [37] [195]
Towpath Marathon Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio  United States October 1992 [196]
Tucson Marathon Tucson, Arizona  United States December 1995 [197]
Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota  United States October 1982 [198]
Tybee Marathon Tybee Island, Georgia  United States February 1978 [199]
United States Air Force Marathon Dayton, Ohio  United States September 1997 [200]
Utah Valley Marathon Provo, Utah  United States April 2008 [201]
Vancouver Marathon Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada May 1972 [38] [202]
Vermont City Marathon Burlington, Vermont  United States May 1989 [203]
Victoria Marathon Victoria, British Columbia  Canada October 1980 [39] [204]
Walkway Marathon Poughkeepsie / Highland, New York  United States June 2015 [40] [205]
Walt Disney World Marathon Orlando, Florida  United States January 1994 [206]
Warm Up Columbus Marathon Dublin, Ohio  United States February 2001 [207]
Whidbey Island Marathon Oak Harbor, Washington  United States April 2007 [208]
Whistlestop Marathon Ashland, Wisconsin  United States October 1987 [209]
Wichita Marathon Wichita, Kansas  United States October 2010 [210]
Williams Route 66 Marathon Tulsa, Oklahoma  United States November 2006 [211]
Wineglass Marathon Bath to Corning, New York  United States October 1981 [212]
Yellowknife Overlander Marathon Yellowknife, Northwest Territories  Canada August [213]
Yonkers Marathon Yonkers, New York  United States September 1907 [41] [214]
Yukon River Trail Marathon Whitehorse, Yukon  Canada August 1999 [215]

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  35. ^ Drew Nicholson wins inaugural Surrey Marathon
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