Monday, February 15, 2016

Running and Jogging in the United States

This map shows the participation of runners and joggers in different regions of the United States. Each region groups together different states to gather data. The data has its information based on retail sales in the U.S. projected from consumer surveys of national households in 2013. Since 2004, the number of runners has increased tremendously. 

Over the past decade, running has increased between both genders through the help of traditional and non-traditional running events. In this country, the growth in general running participation and the associated goods such as running shoes, apparel and other gear have also increased to higher records.
 According to the National Sporting Goods Association, running and jogging has been showing constant growth annually as running total participation (about 6 days a week) was up 2.5% overall in the last year. Since 2004, total running/jogging participation (run/jog 6+ days/yr) has increased 70% to a record of nearly 42,000,000. Females in the 25-34 age group category lead participation totals with more than 5.6 million in 2013, and since 2012 more women run than men in the USA (both genders are at record highs) from the maps above. All in all, running and jogging will continue to increase in the United States as it becomes more popular as a form of exercise and activity (racing, marathons, etc).

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"2014 State of the Sport - Part II: Running Industry Report." Running USA. June 15, 2014. Accessed February 10, 2016.


  1. I wonder with the increase of consumerism such as sales of popular tennis shoes, running gear, ect. has led to the increase in those taking up running?

  2. The statistics behind this seem fairly low considering the United States has a population of close to three hundred and fifty million people and only forty two million of those are active joggers. I wonder if there is any similarity in high prices of running gear to obesity? Similar to those who try to partake in a healthy diet but are steered away due to high prices of organic foods.

  3. I wonder about the source of the data here. An increase in running shoe sales could simply mean a desire to buy a new brand rather than replacing a shoe that one has worn out. And running shoes are used for other sports than running, such as hiking or dancing or exercising in a gym. The consumer surveys does seem better a good source of data though, so if they match up then I guess it makes more sense.