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Marathon metrics: A closer look at the 2016 Boston field

All 50 states and 81 countries are represented in the Marathon field.
All 50 states and 81 countries are represented in the Marathon field.(Michael Dwyer/Associated press)

More than 30,000 runners will descend on Boston over the next several days as the 120th Boston Marathon nears.

Some are traveling more than 11,000 miles to make the famed 26.2-mile run from Hopkinton into the heart of the city. Others will take a short drive to get to the starting line.

With all 50 states and 81 countries represented, we wanted to sift through the Boston Athletic Association’s database of entrants to take a closer look at the demographics of this year’s marathon field.

Here’s what we found:

Of the 30,656 runners in the field, 54.1 percent are men and 45.9 percent are women.

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Runners by gender
Women
14,082
Men
16,574

Of the more than 16,000 men competing, the oldest is an 84-year-old from Medford, N.Y. The oldest woman? Not far behind. She’s an 83-year-old from Santa Cruz, Calif. The average age of the men’s field is four years older than the women’s.

Average age of runners by gender
Women
40.09
Men
44.88

The age bracket with the most competitors? Forty-five to 54 years old.

Numbers of runners in each age bracket
18-24
1,398
25-34
6,695
35-44
8,702
45-54
8,859
55-64
4,124
65-74
816
75-84
62

Though there are about 2,500 more men than women running in this year’s race, the gender totals don’t tell the whole story.

From ages 18 to 34, there are 1,365 more women and men. But from ages 35 to 84, men far out number women, 8,859 to 5,002.

Gender breakdown in each age bracket
Age brackets Women % of age bracket Men % of age bracket
18-24 824 58.94 574 41.06
25-34 3,812 56.94 2,883 43.06
35-44 4,444 51.07 4,258 48.93
45-54 3,679 41.53 5,180 58.47
55-64 1,162 28.18 2,962 71.82
65-74 156 19.12 660 80.88
75-84 5 8.06 57 91.94
Total 14,082 45.94 16,574 54.06

More maps: Massachusetts per capita by city/town and US per capita by state

Outside of the US, 80 other countries are represented. Canada has the second-most runners competing with 2,403.

Twelve countries are represented by at least one runner: Albania, Andorra, Bangladesh, Falkland Islands, Jamaica, Jordan, Nigeria, Romania, Uganda, British Virgin Islands, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Nine countries had at least 100 runners qualify.

Countries that are represented by at least 100 runners
United Kingdom
411
Mexico
305
Japan
211
Germany
187
Australia
179
Italy
170
China
149
Brazil
142
France
118
Note: Calculated by country of residence

Australia claims not only 179 competitors, but also 15 who will travel more than 11,000 miles to get to Boston for the race.

Farthest distance traveled
City Miles traveled Runners
City Beach 11,638 1
Dalkeith 11,641 1
Karrinyup 11,634 2
Maida Vale 11,634 1
Meadow Springs 11,674 1
Mount Hawthorn 11,635 1
Northbridge 11,637 1
Perth 11,637 4
South Perth 11,638 1
Stoneville 11,624 1
Subiaco 11,637 1

Little has changed on the popular name front from two years ago: Michael and Jennifer still reign.

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This year, the average age of the Michaels is five years older than the Jennifers, about on par with the difference between average age of the men’s and women’s fields.

On the men’s and women’s sides, there are 106 names that have at least 30 runners competing.

Most popular men's names
Name Count Average age
Michael 590 44.1
David 485 47.6
John 455 48.4
Robert 277 48.6
James 271 47.4
Brian 242 44.1
Mark 240 47.6
Daniel 230 41.9
Kevin 200 43.5
Paul 199 47.6
Matthew 197 36.6
Scott 195 44.1
Christopher 183 39.7
Thomas 179 45
Richard 174 50.1
Andrew 172 39
Eric 168 41.9
Peter 161 46.9
Patrick 159 41.3
William 153 48.5
Stephen 152 46.7
Jason 148 38.8
Jeffrey 140 44.8
Chris 138 42.5
Joseph 137 44.9
Ryan 133 33.5
Steve 120 49.7
Steven 117 45.7
Jonathan 115 38.7
Timothy 115 43.5
Mike 107 47.2
Jim 105 52.2
Jeff 103 47.5
Most popular women's names
Name Count Average age
Jennifer 331 39.1
Sarah 212 34
Lisa 191 44
Elizabeth 189 37.1
Amy 173 39.8
Jamie 172 35.1
Mary 160 46.1
Laura 159 39.1
Michelle 149 40.2
Jessica 144 34
Lauren 134 31
Susan 133 50.2
Melissa 133 38.1
Emily 125 30.5
Julie 121 41.9
Nicole 120 34.4
Kelly 120 39
Stephanie 116 36.8
Karen 116 46.5
Christine 115 42.3
Amanda 115 33.6
Heather 113 40.2
Katie 101 33.9

Rachel G. Bowers can be reached at rachel.bowers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @RachelGBowers. Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele.