NYCRUNS Better wrote:
You also mistakenly think that we are in the midst of a running boom despite it having occurred several decades ago.
you don't think there is a running boom going on? how can you think that?
I think there is no doubt that running as a participatory sport is in a huge boom. Maybe you are defining boom unconventionally, I don't know.http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/16/running-boom-helps-sport-defy-economic-downturn
"Running is at an all-time high," says Bart Yasso, who has the honor of being Runner's World magazine's chief running officer. He would know—he has worked there for 25 years and is a bright star in the running universe, with a popular marathon workout (the grueling "Yasso 800s") named after him.
"Marathons are selling out in record numbers. Running stores are doing so well. So, yeah—it's a fun time to be in the sport," he says.
By many measures, running has seen astounding growth. According to Running USA, a nonprofit organization that promotes the sport, the number of marathoners is setting new records every year. In 1976, there were around 25,000 marathon finishers. By 2000, that figure had broken 350,000, and it hit an all-time high in 2011, at 518,000.
According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers of America, year-over-year growth continues across the spectrum of runners. 50 million people ran at least once in 2011, up 7.3 percent from 2010, and the population that ran 100 or more days grew by 9.3 percent.