Running & Jogging - Statistics & Facts

Running & Jogging - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on Running and Jogging

According to Scarborough Research more than 57 million people went jogging or running in the United States in 2012. In its Outdoor Participation Report, the Outdoor Foundation puts the number of participants at around 53 million in 2012. Walking for fitness drew more than 116 million participants in 2012.

In 2012, more than 26 thousand running events took place in the U.S., including 5k, 10k and 5 mile races as well as half-marathons and marathons. All in all, these races were finished by more than 15.5 million people with the number of starters being higher than that. U.S. marathon events had 487 thousand finishers in 2012, of which the majority were aged between 25 and 44 years. The largest group amongst male finishers was the age group of 35 to 44 years with 31 percent, while finishers aged 25 to 34 years constituted the largest group amongst female finishers (35 percent). The Bank of America marathon in Chicago was the biggest marathon in 2012 with more than 37 thousand finishers.

Sales of running and jogging shoes in the United States will amount to approximately 3.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to projections from the National Sporting Goods Association. In terms of units, more than 44 million pairs of running and jogging shoes were sold in the U.S. in 2012. Almost a quarter of these sales were handled by general sporting goods stores. Other points of sale with more than 10 percent market share are discount stores, specialty athletic footwear stores and the internet. The average price per pair was at around 65 U.S. dollars in 2011. Sales of running and jogging apparel are estimated at over one billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

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