Best Marathons in the USA

History

The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 26 miles 385 yards that is usually run as a road race. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens. The historical accuracy of this legend is in doubt, contradicted by accounts given by Herodotus, in particular.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

Top Ten Marathons


1. Boston Marathon

2. New York Marathon

3. Honolulu Marathon

4. Chicago Marathon 

5. Walt Disney World Marathon (Orlando, Florida)

6. San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon

7. Maui Marathon

8. Marine Corps Marathon (Washington, D.C. Area)

9. Grandma's Marathon (Duluth, Minnesota)

10. St. George Marathon (St. George Utah)
 

Other Top Marathons List

      

11. Houston Marathon

12. Mardi Gras Marathon (New Orleans, Louisiana)

13. Napa Valley Marathon (Napa, California)

14. Vermont City Marathon (Burlington, Vermont)

15. National Capital Marathon (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

16. Philadelphia Marathon

17. Portland Marathon (Portland, Oregon)

18. Big Sur International Marathon (Big Sur to Carmel, California)

19. Seattle Marathon

20. Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota)

21. San Francisco Marathon

22. Myrtle Beach Marathon (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

23. Grandfather Mountain Marathon (Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina)

24. Las Vegas Rock n Roll Marathon (previously Las Vegas International Marathon)

25. Atlanta Marathon
   

This listing of the Top Ten Marathons is constantly being revised as old marathon races become more popular and as new races start. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!