Boy and girl runners are different

Apparently there really are differences between boys and girls.  Runners that is.

I saw this recent survey and it featured some interesting statistics on runners.  While it was based on runners in America, some of the overall findings should apply to all.  Enjoy!

The 2013 National Runner Survey is a comprehensive study conducted every two years by Running USA. This survey is the fourth one conducted by Running USA. The National Runner Survey assesses the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the running population nationwide. Results from the National Runner Survey reflect “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year-round.

Today’s core runners are highly educated with 75.8% having earned a college diploma (overall U.S. adults = 30.4%) and affluent with 73.3% reporting a household income of more than $75,000 (U.S. median household income = $52,700). Core runners are active participants who train year-round and report running / jogging an average of 208 days and logging nearly 1,165 miles per year. These runners are motivated to run in order to stay in shape (77.3%), stay healthy (76.1%), relieve stress (61.9%) and have fun (61.7%).

The profile of an average runner can differ significantly based upon experience in the sport, type of runner and current involvement, but the National Runner Survey captured a number of themes based on the responses of more than 30,000 core runners nationwide. Runners in our survey state they were motivated to start running for exercise and continue to stay motivated for the purposes of staying in shape.

  • They typically run alone, early in the morning, on a paved path or road and likely run with music, GPS, sunglasses, hat/visor, watch, cell phone, keys, and a personal ID.  
  • They are technologically savvy and use their smartphones for GPS, music, social networking, running apps, and race results.
  • Most are likely to participate in a 5K or half-marathon and these decisions are mostly based on the race location, event date, preferred distance, whether it sounds fun and the cost.
  • These runners purchase approximately 3 pairs of running shoes each year from a specialty running store.
  • They consume Gatorade, Clif Bars and energy gel products.
  • But you might be surprised to learn that these runners who are committed to a healthy and fit lifestyle state that they frequently go to McDonald’s and their favorite restaurants include In-N-Out Burger, The Cheesecake Factory and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!

The following female and male runner snapshots represent “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events, train year-round and purchase 2-4 running shoes each year.

Typical U.S. Female Runner
Demographics
Average Age: 39.3
60.7% Married
77.8% College educated
70.8% Earn a household income of $75,000+

Running History
Average number of years running: 9.6
Average number of running events participated in during the last 12 months: 7.1
49.2% have completed 1 marathon or more in their lifetime

Running Routine
66.8% Run/Jog 4+ hours each week
76.1% run 12 months a year
Average number of days run per week: 3.9
Average number of miles run per week: 20.2
64.8% describe themselves as “Frequent/Fitness Runners”

Running Preferences
Favorite race distance is the Half-Marathon (42.5%)
Interested in entering next year: Half-Marathon (80.5%), 5K (57.5%), 10K (57.1%), Marathon (41.1%)

Motivation
Primary motivation to start running: For Exercise (23.1%), Weight Concerns (17.1%), Family/Friend Encouragement (7.6%)
Motivation to continue to run: Staying in Shape (79.0%), Staying Healthy (78.4%), Relieving Stress (66.7%)

Health
Average Weight: 140.2 lbs
Average Height: 65.01 inches / 5 feet, 5 inches
Average Body Mass Index (BMI): 23.3
39.0% are content with their weight
41.0% are content with their fitness level

Typical U.S. Male Runner
Demographics
Average Age: 43.8
71.8% Married
73.5% College educated
76.5% Earn a household income of $75,000+

Running History
Average number of years running: 13.6
Average number of running events participated in during the last 12 months: 8.0
65.9% have completed 1 marathon or more in their lifetime

Running Routine
72.4% Run/Jog 4+ hours each week
78.5% run 12 months a year
Average number of days run per week: 4.1
Average number of miles run per week: 25.5
62.8% describe themselves as “Frequent/Fitness Runners” and 22.8% as “Serious Competitive Runners”

Running Preferences
Favorite race distance is the Half-Marathon (38.1%)
Interested in entering next year: Half-Marathon (73.4%), 5K (54.3%), Marathon (53.9%), 10K (52.7%)

Motivation
Primary motivation to start running: For Exercise (21.0%), Weight Concerns (15.3%), Competed in School and Never Stopped (9.3%)
Motivation to continue to run: Staying in Shape (76.8%), Staying Healthy (74.7%), Having Fun (60.9%)

Health
Average Weight: 174.4 lbs
Average Height: 70.42 inches / 5 feet, 10.4 inches
Average Body Mass Index (BMI): 24.7
43.1% are content with their weight
42.5% are content with their fitness level

With the exception of the average weight, the male profile pretty much nails me though I would have moved the concern about weight up just a little.  Hey…it’s my only vane thing!

Until next time…

Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong)

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Survey and images courtesy of Running USA.

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