6 Most Popular Marathons for Men and Women

6 Most Popular Marathons for Men and Women

What draws men and women out to marathons? Find out which races own the field with these top three races for men and top three races for women, according to Running USA. Editor's Note: Numbers are based on events with >1,000 finishers in each representative category.

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U.S. Air Force Marathon

Dayton, Ohio; 74 percent male finishers

Celebrate your patriotism with your fellow countrymen at this military event. With about 74 percent male participants, this race is full of camaraderie and fun.

Illinois Marathon

Illinois Marathon

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; 68 percent male finishers

This race made its mark during the inaugural event in 2009 with more than 9,000 runners and this year's field looks to increase to 13,000 runners. Read More ?

Suntrust National

Suntrust National Marathon

Washington, DC; 66 percent male finishers

The nation's capital plays host to many popular races, including the popular Suntrust National Marathon event. Find out what it's all about at this year's event. Read More ?

Nike Women's

Nike Women's Marathon

San Francisco, California; 93 percent female finishers

With Tiffany & Co. necklaces presented at the finish, it's no surprise this ladies-only event brings runners back year after year.


Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon

Seattle, Washington; 54 percent female finishers

The perfect running weather and beautiful landscape make Seattle a great place for a race. Though it's a fairly new race, thousands of female runners are flocking to run in the Queen City.
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Portland Marathon

Portland, Oregon; 53 percent female finishers

An annual crowd favorite among men and women of all ages, the Portland Marathon is starting to draw a larger female crowd. A challenging but fair course, this event is a great race for first-time marathoners. Read More ?

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