Study on European Marathons 2017

Last update: May 3rd, 2018


 

After having stagnated in 2016, the number of participants in European marathon races rised by 3 per cent in 2017 (Figure 1). Thus, the increase was smaller than in the years 2012 to 2015 when participation grew annualy by more than 5 per cent on average  However, the Europan marathon scene is back on an upward trend.

 

Figure 1: Number of participants 2010 - 2017























Whereas there was not much change in the number of participant for individual races, the increase was the result by some new events, in particular in the United Kingdom. Most important are the Birmingham International Marathon (more than 5200 Finishers) and Stirling Scottish Marathon (4300 Finisher).


Table 1 presents the races withmore than 10,000 Finisher. There was not much movement in this ranking. The races in Barcelona and in Sevilla overtook the Dublin Marathon, which expieriences a decline in participication by more than 5 per cent. All in all, 9 out of 16 races showed a decreasin number of runners. The highest increase was registered at the Brighton Marathon, which gained three places in the ranking. Noteworthily, four Spanish races can be found in this top list.


Table 1: European Marathons with more than 10,000 Finisher in 2017

 




 

Rk17

Rk16

Event

CCode

2017

2016

Change
(%)

1

1

Marathon de Paris

FRA

42480

41801

1,6

2

2

Virgin London Marathon

GBR

39278

39155

0,3

3

3

Berlin-Marathon

GER

39101

36093

8,3

4

5

Maratona de Barcelona

ESP

16194

16504

-1,9

5

6

Maraton Divina Pastora de Valencia

ESP

16186

15858

2,1

6

4

Dublin Marathon

IRE

15886

16759

-5,2

7

8

Athens Classic Marathon

GRC

14743

13707

7,6

8

7

Maratona di Roma

ITA

13318

13880

-4,1

9

10

Marathon Rotterdam

NLD

13138

12814

2,5

10

9

Stockholm Marathon

SWE

12571

12865

-2,3

11

14

Brighton Marathon

GBR

12131

10666

13,7

12

12

Marathon Hamburg

GER

11932

12098

-1,4

13

11

Amsterdam Marathon

NLD

11442

12193

-6,2

14

13

Frankfurt Marathon

GER

11141

11886

-6,3

15

16

Maraton Ciudad de Sevilla

ESP

10145

10351

-2,0

16

15

Madrid Marathon

ESP

10036

10379

-3,3


The fluctuation in participation has not been very pronounced in 2017. The biggest winner among the races was Berlin Marathon, which gained 3000 runners (Table 3) Nevertheless Berlin continued to be on the third place among the "Big Three", since London and Paris showed increases, too, even if smaller ones. There is ine race in the winners list, which does nor belong to the Top-50 list; which ais the Gdansk Marathon in Poland.

 

 

Table 2: Biggest winners among European Marathons in 2017

 

Rk17

Rk16

Event

CCode   

2017

2016

 Change

 3

 3

Berlin-Marathon

GER

 39101

 36093

 3008

  33

 38

Milano City Maratona

ITA

 5303

 3719

 1584

 11

 14

Brighton Marathon

GBR   

 12131

 10666

 1465

  28

 35

Venice Marathon   

ITA   

 5908

 4620

 1288 

   36

  40

Rock'n Roll Lisboa Marathon   

POR   

 4673

 3540

 1133

   35

   39

Jungfrau Marathon

CH

 4734

 3648

 1086

   7

   8

Athens Classic Marathon   

GRC   

 14743

 13707

 1036

   56

   77

Gdansk Marathon   

POL   

  2376

  1565

 811

   22

   28

Prag Marathon   

CZE   

   6510

  5777

 733

   1

   1

Marathon de Paris   

FRA   

   42480

 41801

 679

 

Table 3 depicts the races that experiences the biggest losses in 2017. On the top of the list can be found the Orlen Warzawa Marathon (POL). In this context must be said that Warzawa is the only city with two major races per year. In the previous year, the Orlen Marathon gained importance against the Warszawa City Marathon. In 2017, both races showed a decline, but the Orlen Marathon the bigger one. For the next three races in the list the minus is within the usual margins of annual fluctuations and does not indicate a downward trend. For the Greater Manchester Marathon it can be argues it suffered from the Birmingham International Marathon which took place for the first time.

 

Table 3: Events with the highest losses among European Marathons in 2017

 Rk17

 Rk16

Event

CCode

2017

 2016

 Change

 31

 24

Orlen Warszawa Marathon

POL

5522

 6591

-1069

  6

 4

Dublin Marathon

IRE

15886

 16759

 -873

13

 11

Amsterdam Marathon   

NLD   

 11442

  12193

 -751

 14

 13

Frankfurt Marathon   

GER   

  11141

   11886

  -745

 17

  17

Greater Manchester Marathon   

GBR   

   8695

  9385

   -690

  93

 68

Marathon Touraine Loire Valley

  

FRA   

 1286

 1958

  -672


 

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