I was recently in my local running store, and I was talking with one of the sales people, who happens to be running races every weekend for the next three weeks. We were talking about the best races, and where people find out about them. Wherever you are, more than likely, the website of your local news station will have an events calendar, and some of those events are bound to be races, regardless of if it’s a 5K or a marathon. But the BIG races aren’t something you can find out about the weekend before. Here are the top 10 biggest races in the country: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K (Atlanta, Georgia): An astonishing 50,918 people not only coming out, but finishing this race on July 4th, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is the biggest race in the United States.
Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K (Spokane, Washington): The Bloomsday Run has been a part of Spokane history since 1977. Every May, several thousand people come out for the run, 50,721 last year alone.
Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K (Boulder, Colorado): With the slogan “Sea level is for sissies,” this race is no joke. You have to qualify for this race, and last year, 50,477 people finished.
ING New York City Marathon (New York, New York): Along with the Chicago and Boston marathons, this is one of the most well known, but it doesn’t attract the most people. Almost half way down the list, this race only had 44,977 people cross the finish line last year, which is still an enormous number. Good thing it’s a big apple!
Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL): The Windy City isn’t nearly as big as Manhattan, but the number of runners it drew last year was pretty close to that on NYC, at 36,088 finishers.
Race for the Cure: DC 5K (Washington, D.C.): Race for the cure is an annual run for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, several are held all over the United States, but the D.C. is by far the largest. The D.C. race alone has raised over $1 billion for breast cancer research, and 35,143 people helped fight cancer in D.C. last year.
Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (Charleston, South Carolina): Is there anyone that wouldn’t love to run over a bridge? This is a very unique run in that the money raised doesn’t just benefit one charity, there is a list of charities to choose from, and you can donate to any of them.
OneAmerica 500 Festival Half-Marathon (Indianapolis, Indiana): The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the largest half marathon in the country, with 31,046 finishers.
Ukrops’ Monument Avenue 10K (Richmond, Virginia): This is probably one of the coolest races ever. The runners dress up in costume! 30,853 people dressed up last year alone!
EIF Revlon Run for Women: LA 5K (Los Angeles, California): Who better to sponsor a women’s run than a makeup company? In it’s nineteen years, this race has raised millions of dollars for cancer research, and had 28,905 finishers last year.