What’s the Most Popular Race Distance to Run?

NYCHALF16_COURSE_01Over the past decade, the half marathon has been growing in popularity as the most popular race to run. The number of runners who sign up and complete the half marathon has grown 10% each year since 2005. No other road race even comes close to the numbers put out by the popular 13.1 mile distance. This is true for both men and women although the women now outnumber the men. According to the Official Race Report, there were 1,543 US half marathons last year with over 2.1 million finishers.

You may look at the half marathon as being far outside your physical grasp, but don’t be easily discouraged. Most all of the half marathon finishers start their running journey with a training plan that usually lasts about 12 weeks. Hal Higdon has a tried and true training plan that can’t be beat. Also it is important to note that all of these finishers start off with a few 5k and 10k runs as part of the training plan.

Most of all half marathons have some sort of theme and are seasonal-based. The courses chosen are usually picturesque and exciting. Once you sign up, register and finish your first half marathon, you’ll get a commemorative t-shirt, swag bag and maybe even a medal. These will create memories that will last you a lifetime and fuel your desire for the next race.