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2005 National Marathon Stats0

Posted by jodi in General Marathon Info (Tuesday January 31, 2006 at 7:59 am)

My fellow runner, Nikki, passed along the following from yesterday – a 2005 statistical recap. I found this table, which details the number of marathon finishers over this decade to date, to be interesting:

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Total Finishers 299,000 295,000 324,000 334,000 362,000 382,000
Percent Male 62.5% 62.1% 61.5% 60.9% 60.5% 60.0%
Percent Female 37.5% 37.9% 38.5% 39.1% 39.5% 40.0%

It seems that finishing a marathon is on many “to do” lists these days. Marathons used to be for running enthusiasts, but now, I am pleased to see, more people use the marathon as that ultimate fitness goal. It is the driving force that propels people through various obstacles in their lives – the struggle for weight loss, the death of a loved one (Team in Training comes to mind here), or just to feel that sense of accomplishment. Perhaps the can-do attitude is more contagious. In any case, I’m all for anything that motivates people to engage in activities that reduce the incidence of diabetes, hypertension, and/or hyperlipidemia.

Evan and I went night skiing last week, and again skiied most of the day this past Sunday. He is becoming quite the athlete – I think he has found his niche! Scott and Arika accompanied us once again and can attest to the fact that it was quite a blizzard at Summit West. At one point, Evan and I were on a chair lift that stopped for about 3-4 minutes, and being suspended in midair with harsh wind pelting snow in my face was not the most pleasant feeling. Regardless, I slept very well that night.