Thursday, January 31

Running, by the numbers

Data and running and charts about racing...
... these are a few of my favorite things!
(Sung as though this were The Sound of Music)

Key findings:

  • Either we're racing more, or there are more of us: Road racing finishers increased by 170% between 1991 and 2011 at a time when the U.S. population grew by only 20%.
  • Despite early sell-out (or maybe because of it?) the number of marathons in the U.S. more than doubled between 2000 and 2011.
  • There were more than 50,000 ultra-marathon finishers in 2011, but that still pales in comparison to the more than 500,000 marathon finishers.

The Running Boom

Thanks to the Running Moron for the link, and for the infographic.

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