Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Run-commuting's Popularity is Soaring Globally

Social fitness network Strava’s 2018 report was recently released and run-commuting globally has seen a 70 percent increase in popularity over 2017. Globally, run-commuters made nearly 22 million trips in 2018, vs. about 13 million trips in 2017. In the United States, run-commuting was up 56.8 percent in 2018, with a median distance of 4 miles, for a total of 3.6 million trips vs. 2.3 million trips in 2017.

By contrast, the increase in cycle commuting in 2018 was 42.8 percent globally (30.8 percent in the U.S.), though more people cycle to work than run (5.5 million cycle-commuters globally compared to 3.5 million run-commuters). The median distance for cycling commuters is 8 miles.

So, what are the top countries for run-commuting? The United Kingdom and Ireland take top billing, averaging 3.29 weekly trips per commuter. Germany is next with 2.88 weekly trips. In the U.S., Washington, D.C. had the highest average weekly trips per run-commuter, at 3.78, followed by Nevada, at 3.16. North Dakota had the highest increase year-over-year in the number of run-commuters (78.5 percent), closely followed by Mississippi (78.3 percent). Utah had the longest average run-commute, at 4.7 miles. Hawaii, Nevada and New York were tied with an average 4.3 miles per commute.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso