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Updated on January 28, 2013
Did your most recent half marathon seem a little more crowded than your last? You’re not alone.
Running has more than hit the mainstream. How can we tell? Research shows that a record number of runners are participating in road races now more than ever. It doesn’t matter if it’s a half, full or even an ultra-marathon—runners can’t seem to get enough miles in.
We map out the numbers (and some of the most random races) in our most recent infographic. While the exact cause behind the popularity of running isn’t entirely clear, there’s a litany of scenarios that could have potentially launched this trend.
So, there you have it. We’re officially living in running’s boom era.
Why do you think running is more popular than ever?