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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
EME NEWS (DEC 29, 2009)
PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR 2009
NEW YORK (USA): Participation in American road races grew by a healthy 11% in 2009, according to a detailed analysis prepared by Race Results Weekly.The analysis, which looked at the results of 200 well-established road races in 38 states and the District of Columbia, found that 168 of the races, or 84%, showed growth in the number of official finishers compared to 2008.A total of 1,365,981 finishers were recorded by the group of events analyzed, up 133,706 from 2008.Year-over-year changes ranged from a gain of 10,199 for the Rock ‚n‘ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon (+132%), to a loss of 3,119 for the City of Los Angeles Marathon (-18%).The median event had 4,372 finishers. Races held over the 5-kilometer, 10-mile, and half-marathon distances showed the biggest increases, with each of those groups topping 15% growth.In the 10-mile group, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, held each April in Washington, D.C., was up a hefty 21% to 14,883 finishers.The results of 44 marathons from 28 states were included in the analysis, representing 297,683 finishers, up 5% from 2008.The ING New York City Marathon raised its number of allowed entrants this year to accommodate record demand and recorded a world record 43,660 finishers, up 5,564 or 15% from last year.
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