If you became a runner in the last 25 years, you joined a sport with a hyperbolic rise in popularity. So much growth across the running industry has led to advances in gear, scientific study, number of events, and diversity of participants.
In the recent study and report 2016 State of the Sport — US Road Race Trends, the United States experienced almost 4 times the number of participants in running road races until 2013. The percentage of women competing in these events rose from 25% of the field in 1990 to over 57% in 2013 and every year since.
In order to accommodate this increased interest in running, the number of races offered nationwide rose to over 30,000 races in 2013, with an increased occurrence in women’s specific or themed events.
The industry has seen a slight decline since 2013, and events like Obstacle Course Races saw the biggest hit in registration numbers. From 2014 to 2015, 2,300 more races were added nationwide, but the number of participants in each race distance declined.
Here are a few of the stats I found interesting: [Read more…] about Is the Running Boom Over?