Straight from active.com comes a list of the 10 biggest marathons in the US! So if you’re not sure which one to do next (or which to choose for your first!), there are definite benefits to selecting one of the big dogs! First, tons of crowd support on the course. Second, amazing race expos with tons of vendors and great freebies. Third, a chance to visit a great location and see 26.2 miles of a very cool city all in one day!
I did remove a few of the races due to them already being full for 2010 (like Chicago or maybe even some of these by the time you go to the site) or for other reasons (like Boston — you have to qualify to run it). But if you’re looking for a great run, try one of these!
|Washington, DC; 21,405 finishers
Dubbed “The People’s Marathon,” this race is popular for first-timers and veterans alike. Take in the sights of the nation’s capital at the Marine Corps Marathon.
|Honolulu, HI; 20,323 finishers
Running in paradise doesn’t sound like a bad idea. The Honolulu Marathon is one of the classic destination races in the U.S. as runners come for the race and stay for the week.
|Orlando, FL; 14,948 finishers
When the “Happiest Place on Earth” hosts a marathon, runner’s highs abound. Feel like a kid again as you run through the castle and alongside some of Disney’s most famous characters.
|Los Angeles, CA; 14,125 finishers
With a famous landmarks at every mile, the newly revamped LA Marathon course is full of glitz, glamour and maybe a paparazzo or two. See the City of Angels like never before at the 2011 event.
|San Diego, CA; 13,391 finishers
San Diego is where rock ‘n’ roll marathons were born. Come check out the original Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon event and enjoy the sand, surf and sun while you’re there.
|Minneapolis, MN; 8,474 finishers
Dubbed the “Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,” the Twin Cities marathon is full of crowd support and exceptional scenery, including a finish at the state capitol.
|Portland, OR; 8,166 finishers
Rated for many years as one of the top events in the U.S., the Portland Marathon continues to draw the crowds each year and rounds out the top 10 biggest marathons in the U.S.