List of marathon races in North America

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

Legend[edit]

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]
Atlanta Marathon Hampton, Georgia [3]  United States March 2007 [3]
Atlantic City Marathon Atlantic City, New Jersey  United States October 1960 [4]
Austin Marathon Austin, Texas  United States February 1992 [5]
Avenue of the Giants Marathon Humboldt County, California  United States May 1972 [4] [6]
Baltimore Marathon Baltimore, Maryland  United States October 2001 [7]
Bataan Memorial Death March White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico  United States March 1989 [8]
Bay of Fundy International Marathon Lubec, Maine  United States
 Canada
June 2013 [9]
Baystate Marathon Lowell, Massachusetts  United States October 1990 [5] [10]
Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon Bemidji, Minnesota  United States October 2013 [11]
Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, California  United States April 1986 [12]
Blue Nose Marathon Halifax, Nova Scotia  Canada May 2004 [6] [13]
Blue Ridge Marathon on the Parkway Roanoke, Virginia  United States April 2010 [14]
Boston Marathon Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts  United States April 1897 [15]
Breast Cancer Marathon Jacksonville Beach, Florida  United States February 2008 [16]
Calgary Marathon Calgary, Alberta  Canada May 1963 [7] [17]
California International Marathon Folsom to Sacramento, California  United States December 1983 [18]
Cape Cod Marathon Falmouth, Massachusetts  United States October 1978 [19]
Carlsbad Marathon Carlsbad, California  United States January 1990 [20]
Chicago Marathon Chicago, Illinois  United States October 1977 [8] [21]
Cleveland Marathon Cleveland, Ohio  United States May 1976 [22]
Colorado Colfax Marathon Denver, Colorado  United States May 2006 [23]
Columbus Marathon Columbus, Ohio  United States October 1980 [24]
Cowtown Marathon Fort Worth, Texas  United States February 1978 [25]
Dallas White Rock Marathon Dallas, Texas  United States April 1971 [26]
Denver Marathon Denver, Colorado  United States October 2006 [27]
Des Moines Marathon Des Moines, Iowa  United States October 2002 [28]
Detroit Free Press / Flagstar Marathon Detroit, Michigan
Windsor, Ontario
 United States
 Canada
October 1977 [29]
Earth Day Challenge Marathon Gambier, Ohio  United States April 2007 [30]
El Paso Marathon El Paso, Texas  United States March 2007 [31]
Ely Marathon Ely, Minnesota  United States September 2015 [32]
Empire State Marathon Syracuse, New York  United States October 2011 [33]
Equinox Marathon Fairbanks, Alaska  United States September 1963 [34]
Eugene Marathon Eugene, Oregon  United States May 2007 [35]
Fargo Marathon Fargo, North Dakota  United States May 2005 [36]
Flying Pig Marathon Cincinnati, Ohio  United States May 1999 [37]
Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon Fort Lauderdale, Florida  United States February 2006 [38]
Fredericton Marathon Fredericton, New Brunswick  Canada May 1979 [9] [39]
Glass City Marathon Toledo, Ohio  United States April 1975 [40]
Grand Rapids Marathon Grand Rapids, Michigan  United States October 2004 [41]
Grandma's Marathon Duluth, Minnesota  United States June 1977 [42]
Green Bay Marathon Green Bay, Wisconsin  United States May 2000 [43]
Green Mountain Marathon South Hero, Vermont  United States October 1970 [44]
Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon Nashville, Tennessee  United States November 2006 [45]
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii  United States December 1973 [10] [46]
Houston Marathon Houston, Texas  United States January 1972 [47]
Humboldt Redwoods Marathon Humboldt County, California  United States October 1972 [48]
Illinois Marathon Champaign, Illinois  United States April 2009 [49]
Johnny Miles Marathon New Glasgow, Nova Scotia  Canada June 1975 [11] [50]
Kansas City Marathon Kansas City, Missouri  United States October 2002 [51]
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Louisville, Kentucky  United States April 2002 [52]
Knoxville Marathon Knoxville, Tennessee  United States April 2002 [53]
Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, Nevada  United States December 1967 [54]
Legs for Literacy Marathon Moncton, New Brunswick  Canada October 2000 [12] [55]
Lewis & Clark Marathon Sioux City, Iowa  United States May or June [13]
Little Rock Marathon Little Rock, Arkansas  United States March 2003 [56]
Long Island Marathon East Meadow, New York  United States April 1970 [57]
Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, California  United States March 1986 [58]
Madeline Island Marathon La Pointe, Wisconsin  United States May 2017 [59]
Madison Marathon Madison, Wisconsin  United States November 2006 [60]
Mankato Marathon Mankato, Minnesota  United States October 2009 [61]
Manitoba Marathon Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada June 1979 [14] [62]
Marathon by the Sea Saint John, New Brunswick  Canada August 1994 [15] [63]
Mexico City Marathon Mexico City  Mexico August 1983 [64]
Maratón Lala Torreón  Mexico February 1989 [65]
Mardi Gras Marathon New Orleans, Louisiana  United States February 1965 [66]
Marine Corps Marathon Arlington, Virginia  United States October 1976 [67]
Maui Marathon Maui, Hawaii  United States September 1971 [68]
Medoc Trail Marathon Hollister, North Carolina  United States October 2008 [69]
Miami Marathon Miami, Florida  United States January or February 2003 [70]
Minneapolis Marathon Minneapolis, Minnesota  United States June 2009 [71]
Mississauga Marathon Mississauga, Ontario  Canada May 2004 [16] [72]
Mississippi Blues Marathon Jackson, Mississippi  United States January 2008 [73]
Monster Mash Marathon Dover, Delaware  United States October 2011 [74]
Montreal Marathon Montreal, Quebec  Canada September 1979 [17] [75]
Monumental Marathon Indianapolis, Indiana  United States November 2008 [76]
Mount Lemmon Marathon Tucson, Arizona  United States October 2010 [77]
Myrtle Beach Marathon Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  United States February 1998 [18] [78]
Napa Valley Marathon Calistoga to Napa, California  United States March 1978 [19] [79]
Nashville Marathon Nashville, Tennessee  United States April 2000 [80]
National Marathon Washington D.C.  United States March 2006 [81]
New York City Marathon New York, New York  United States November 1970 [82]
Newport Marathon Newport, Rhode Island  United States October 2018 [83]
Niagara Marathon Niagara Falls, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario  United States
 Canada
October 1974 [84]
Nunavut Midnight Sun Marathon Arctic Bay, Nunavut  Canada July [20]
Okanagan International Marathon Kelowna, British Columbia  Canada October 1995 [21] [85]
Oklahoma City Marathon Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States April 2001 [86]
Omaha Marathon Omaha, Nebraska  United States September 1975 [87]
Ottawa Marathon Ottawa, Ontario  Canada May 1975 [22] [88]
Paavo Nurmi Marathon Iron County, Wisconsin  United States August 1969 [89]
Gran Maratón Pacifico Mazatlán  Mexico December 1999 [90]
Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  United States November 1954 [91]
Pikes Peak Marathon Manitou Springs, Colorado  United States August 1956 [92]
Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  United States May 1985 [93]
Portland Marathon Portland, Oregon  United States October 1972 [94]
Quebec City Marathon Quebec City, Quebec  Canada August 1988 [23] [95]
Reggae Marathon Negril  Jamaica December 2000 [96]
Richmond Marathon Richmond, Virginia  United States November 1978 [97]
Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon Phoenix, Arizona  United States January 2004 [98]
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon San Diego, California  United States June 1998 [99]
Run for the Lakes Marathon Nisswa, Minnesota  United States April 2008 [100]
St. George Marathon St. George, Utah  United States October 1977 [101]
Salt Lake City Marathon Salt Lake City, Utah  United States April 2004 [102]
San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, California  United States July 1977 [103]
Saskatchewan Marathon Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  Canada May 1979 [24] [104]
Seafair Marathon Seattle, Washington  United States July 1950
Seattle Marathon Seattle, Washington  United States November 1970 [105]
Self-Transcendence Marathon Congers, New York  United States August 2002 [106]
Steamtown Marathon Forest City to Scranton, Pennsylvania  United States October 1996 [107]
Sunburst Marathon South Bend, Indiana  United States June 1984 [108]
Surfside Beach Marathon Surfside Beach, Texas  United States February 2005 [109]
Tallahassee Marathon Tallahassee, Florida  United States February 1975 [110]
Toronto Marathon Toronto, Ontario  Canada May 1995 [25] [111]
Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, Ontario  Canada October 2000 [26] [112]
Towpath Marathon Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio  United States October 1992 [113]
Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota  United States October 1982 [114]
United States Air Force Marathon Dayton, Ohio  United States September 1997 [115]
Utah Valley Marathon Provo, Utah  United States April 2008 [116]
Vancouver Marathon Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada May 1972 [27] [117]
Vermont City Marathon Burlington, Vermont  United States May 1989 [118]
Victoria Marathon Victoria, British Columbia  Canada October 1980 [28] [119]
Walkway Marathon Poughkeepsie / Highland, New York  United States June 2015 [29] [120]
Walt Disney World Marathon Orlando, Florida  United States January 1994 [121]
Warm Up Columbus Marathon Dublin, Ohio  United States February 2001 [122]
Whistlestop Marathon Ashland, Wisconsin  United States October 1987 [123]
Williams Route 66 Marathon Tulsa, Oklahoma  United States November 2006 [124]
Wineglass Marathon Bath to Corning, New York  United States October 1981 [125]
Yonkers Marathon Yonkers, New York  United States September 1907 [30] [126]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c IAAF Road Race Labels 2014 Regulations. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-01.
  2. ^ "Akron Marathon Event information". calendarofmarathons.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  3. ^ From 2007 to 2020, was held in Atlanta. Atlanta Track Club moved the race to Hampton on November 2, 2020 for 2021.
  4. ^ "Avenue of the Giants Marathon Winners". www.arrs.run. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  5. ^ "20th Annual BayState Marathon Overall Marathon Results". www.coolrunning.com. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  6. ^ Blue Nose Marathon draws thousands to Halifax
  7. ^ "Record Breaking Day at Calgary Marathon". Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  8. ^ "Race History". Bank of America. 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  9. ^ Sydney Runner Finishes 4th at Fredericton Marathon
  10. ^ "Honolulu Marathon 2009 | Powered by EventsOnline.ca". Honolulumarathon.com. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  11. ^ MacLennan Breaks Johnny Miles Record
  12. ^ Legs For Literacy In The News
  13. ^ "FLEET FEET Sports - Lewis & Clark Marathon and Half Marathon". Fleetfeetstlouis.com. 2009-09-17. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  14. ^ Manitoba Marathon Runners Cross Finish Line
  15. ^ Marathon by the Sea a Success
  16. ^ "Mississauga Marathon Exceeds Expectations". www.marathonguide.com. 2005-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  17. ^ Kenyan Born Runner Wins Record Setting Montreal Marathon
  18. ^ Not held in 2010 because of snow and ice conditions.
  19. ^ "napavalleymarathon.com". napavalleymarathon.com. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  20. ^ "Nunavut town to stage midnight sun marathon", The Globe & Mail, June 18, 2003, retrieved March 11, 2009
  21. ^ "Tremblay takes Okanagan International Marathon". www.marathonguide.com. 14 October 2007.
  22. ^ Kenyan Runner Sets Ottawa Marathon Record
  23. ^ Ontario man dies at Quebec City Marathon
  24. ^ Lundy wins third straight Saskatchewan Marathon
  25. ^ Ontario Teacher wins Toronto Marathon for second straight year
  26. ^ Canada qualifies two marathoners for London Olympics at Toronto Waterfront Marathon
  27. ^ Vancouver Marathon officially largest in Canada
  28. ^ "Victoria Marathon Media Release 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  29. ^ VIDEOS, PHOTOS: Inaugural Walkway Marathon filled with local winners (Poughkeepsie Journal)
  30. ^ "Yonkers Marathon Winners". www.arrs.run. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2010-12-29.