Women and Running: The State of the Sport

I’ve been meaning to share this link to Running USA’s State of the Sport 2012 report. If you’re a lady runner (or if you’re just suspicious of what lady runners are up to), it’s interesting reading. Some of the highlights:

  • This year was the 40th anniversary of the first time women were officially allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. Women now make up 42% of entrants, despite concerns that women’s qualifying times are “too soft.”
  • There are now more than 200 “women-only” running events around the country.
  • Women are driving the popularity of the half-marathon distance: 59% of all half-marathon entrants in the U.S. are female. (Of course, my friend Bean is probably throwing off the average!)
  • The first sports bra was invented in the late 1970s… modeled after two jock straps sewn together. Classy. (Also, women were clearly running before that, right? What the heck were they wearing?)

Just… no.



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