Big races around the world
A comment in Chris Eckard's well-done marathon preview this morning piqued my interest.
"We've earned our spot on the calendar in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland and the race calendar across the country," the head of Corrigan Sports Enterprises said. "It's a top-10 race in the country."
I realize that Corrigan was referring to stature, not size, in saying this. But the comment got me wondering which races drew the largest crowds of competitors.
From Running USA, here are the 10 biggest races in the world:
Ranksort icon Finishers Code Race Name Location Date 1 67,999 Sun-Herald City2Surf 14K Sydney, AUS 08/08/2010 2 65,000 E Stracittadina Fun Run 4K Rome, ITA 03/21/2010 3 64,000 E JPMorgan Corporate Challenge: Frankfurt 3.5 Mile Frankfurt, GER 06/09/2010 4 55,123 Cursa El Corte Ingles 11K Barcelona, ESP 05/30/2010 5 50,918 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K Atlanta, GA 07/04/2010 6 50,721 Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K Spokane, WA 05/02/2010 7 50,477 Dick's Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K Boulder, CO 05/31/2010 8 44,977 ING New York City Marathon New York, NY 11/07/2010 9 40,000 E Stramilano 10K Milan, ITA 03/21/2010 10 39,861 Vancouver Sun Run 10K Vancouver, CAN 05/09/2010
You can see all sorts of variations on this list here.
Baltimore's not in the top ten on the world size list, but we're in good company: Notice that only one of the World Marathon Majors makes it, and not even very high up -- New York squeaks in at number eight.
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