- The number of U.S. marathon finishers increased from just shy of 300,000 in 2000 to 525,000 in 2011, according to USA Marathon. Roughly 2.5 million people participated in a triathlon in 2011, a huge leap from just under 1.5 million in 2008, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.
- In 2006, Mary Wittenberg, CEO of New York Road Runners (which stages the ING New York City Marathon) told the New York Times that her average runner's household income was $130,000. USA Triathlon says the average triathlete's household income is $126,000. (the Ironman guys once told me that the average regular Ironman athlete spends $22,000/year on the sport)
- Studies have shown that pulling rats off of high exercise routines shows symptoms similar to drug withdrawal.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
What's Behind Career Achievers' Love of Marathons? (Fortune)
Laura Vanderkam of Fortune Magazine wrote an interesting article that looks at the correlation of marathon and triathlon participation and high income households. Some interesting tidbits: