Running USA just released a portion of the results from their 2009 State of the Sport series, which is always an interesting read . . . if you’re a runner, that is.
Among their findings: an 18% increase in the total running population in 2008 (35,904,000 runners) compared to 2007, and a 15% increase in the estimated number of trail runners in 2008 (4,857,000).
More numbers? The mean age of road race finishers in 2008 was 36.3. If you ran at least 100 days in 2008, you were one of 14.9 million. And, despite the recession, running shoe units (39.9 million) and dollars spent on them ($2.3 billion) exceeded those of the previous year.
Additional reports in the Running USA series will be released in upcoming weeks.