Peer-to-peer fundraising is a method of fundraising that leverages your supporters to fundraise on your behalf. Peer-to-peer fundraising is popular for racing events, especially marathons. For nonprofit organizations, peer-to-peer fundraising is a great way to get new donors and reach new networks of people. Our team researched the top 10 marathons in the United States that are the best to launch a fundraising campaign. Check out our top 10 list!
TCS New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, with 50,304 finishers in 2013.
The Chicago Marathon
The Chicago Marathon is a major marathon held yearly in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Alongside the Boston, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo Marathons, it is one of the six World Marathon Majors.
The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April.
The Honolulu Marathon is a major 26.2-mile marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is one of the world's largest marathons, taking place annually on the second Sunday in December.
Los Angeles Marathon
The LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986.
Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is an annual marathon held in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC. The mission of the MCM is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. In 2004, the Injured Semper Fi Fund was created to raise money for wounded service members.
Walt Disney World Marathon
The Walt Disney World Marathon is an annual marathon and weekend race series held every January in Orlando, Florida held by runDisney, a race series and division of Disney Sports Enterprises. The marathon weekend currently includes a 5K, a 10K, a Half Marathon, a Marathon, and the Goofy and Dopey Challenges. There is also a Disney Cruise Line add on 5K race, the Castaway Cay Challenge.
The Philadelphia Marathon, founded in 1954, is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the third Sunday of November each year.
Twin Cities Marathon
The Twin Cities Marathon is an annual marathon in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. The race is often dubbed "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America". The TCM was first run in 1982, and typically takes place during the first weekend in October.
The Houston Marathon is an annual marathon held every January in Houston, Texas. With thousands of runners and spectators, it is the largest single day sporting event in the city. It is run concurrently with a half marathon and a 5 km race. The 2007 race included the first-ever satellite running of the event, run simultaneously in Fallujah, Iraq.
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