The following states are the states with the worst distance running in the country. Good runners stay and migrate to states with the best running conditions. Good runners get away from states with the worst running communities and environments.
The South dominates the list with a stranglehold on the top 4 spots. Is there a worse place in the country to live and train than these states?
Alabama - 4,677,464
Louisiana - 4,451,940
South Carolina - 4,503,230
Mississippi - 2,940,212
Over 77% of all people in Nevada live in Las Vegas which is a about as close to hell as you can find for a distance runner.
Nevada - 2,615,722
Speaking of hell...Nebraska deserves to be on this list more than any other state. No other state has worse running conditions unless you like boring terrain, hot and humid summers, no major races, and long cold windy icy winters.
Nebraska - 1,781,949
Hawaii is a bit of a surprise. The year around warm weather would be a bit much, but many good places to run exist.
Hawaii - 1,287,481
The remaining states have small population bases and most have long, oppressive winters. Montana has some nice areas to run in the spring through fall and a few good ultra runners. Delaware should be a decent place to train. They rest of the states are almost as bad as Nebraska.
Montana - 968.035
Delaware - 876,211
South Dakota - 804,532
Alaska - 686,125
North Dakota - 641,421
Wyoming - 532,981
I'll analyze the list of states with the highest percentage of qualifiers in the next week or so. Remember, please don't respond to this thread. It is for informational purposes only.