FN List: 10 Largest Marathons in the U.S.

The biggest races by 2008 finishers.

If there’s one thing in the States that seems to be recession-proof, it’s the running movement, as more races debut each year. And for footwear firms, the events are a promotional smorgasbord, with access to hundreds of thousands of athletes and fans. Here, the 10 biggest U.S. marathons, according to their 2008 finisher totals.

  • 01

    ING New York City Marathon

    2008 Finishers 38,096

  • 02

    Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    2008 Finishers 31,343

  • 03

    Boston Marathon

    2008 Finishers 21,945

  • 04

    Honolulu Marathon

    2008 Finishers 20,061

  • 05

    Marine Corps Marathon

    2008 Finishers 18,228

  • 06

    Los Angeles Marathon

    2008 Finishers 17,247

  • 07

    Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon (San Diego)

    2008 Finishers 16,760

  • 08

    Walt Disney World Marathon

    2008 Finishers 12,964

  • 09

    Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

    2008 Finishers 7,979

  • 10

    Portland, Ore., Marathon

    2008 Finishers 7,879

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