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In its popular, widely cited annual State of the Sport Series, Running USA examines the industry and sport's demographics, growth and trends, how patterns in corporate, consumer and running behavior have changed over the last decade and what to expect for the future of running - in the sport and the industry. For 2012-14 State of the Sport Series reports, go to the following links:

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2013 National Runner Survey

The biennial National Runner Survey compiled and produced Running USA is a comprehensive survey that includes demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the core running population nationwide. More than 30,000 runners responded to this survey and represent "core runners" (i.e., active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year round).

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2014 Women's National Runner Survey

The Women's National Runner Survey from Running USA is a comprehensive survey designed to assess the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits, and product preferences of the FEMALE running population nationwide. More than 14,000 runners responded to the survey and represent "core runners"; that is active adult FEMALE participants who tend to enter running events and train year round.

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2013 U.S. Road Race Demographics

Participation, Median Time and Average Age

  5K 10K HMAR MARA
FEMALE 58% 57% 61% 43%
  34:58 1:04:49 2:19:48 4:41:38
  33.0 35.7 35.6 36.6
MALE 42% 43% 39% 57%
  28:53 56:05 2:01:37 4:16:24
  33.7 38.4 38.6 40.2

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2013 U.S. Largest Race Top 10

In the U.S. (based on finishers)
1)   55,850   Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K Atlanta, GA 07/04/13
2)   50,266   ING New York City Marathon New York, NY 11/03/13
3)   46,915   Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K Spokane, WA 05/05/13
4)   43,400   BolderBOULDER 10K Boulder, CO 05/27/13
5)   38,879   Bank of America Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL 10/13/13
6)   33,257   Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Chicago, IL 04/07/13
7)   32,251   Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K Richmond, VA 04/13/13
8)   32,075   Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 Mile Philadelphia, PA 05/05/13
9)   31,459   Cooper River Bridge Run 10K Charleston, SC 04/06/13
10)   30,059   OneAmerica 500 Festival Half-Marathon Indianapolis, IN 05/04/13

2010-12 Largest Road Race Lists posted here.

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Questions?
Ryan Lamppa, Media Director
(805) 966-7747 phone
email: ryan@runningusa.org

Tracy Yoder, Demographics
email: tracy@runningusa.org

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