Running Survey: Few Take Part in Organized Races

It’s National Running Day, a holiday aimed at getting more people involved in the hobby/sport of running. People run for a whole variety of different reasons, from participating in organized races or events to simply doing it for fun. So how many people plan to take part in National Running Day today? And how many really enjoy running on a regular basis?


Running Habits

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 2% of respondents said they go running multiple times a day. 3% said they run daily. 12% go a few times per week. 4% run about once a week. 3% just go a few times per month. 23% said they rarely ever go running. And 54% said they never do.

Running Benefits

There are several different reasons why people might choose to go running on a semi-regular basis. 55% said they run because of its general health benefits. 36% run to lose weight. 32% simply enjoy running. 10% run to improve their athletic ability or for specific sporting events. 6% run for charity or special events. And 12% run for other reasons such as stress relief.

Organized Races

Just 8% of overall respondent said that they’ve taken part in multiple organized races or charity runs. And 13% have done so once. Some of their favorite races to take part in include the Turkey Trot, Bay to Breakers, Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Color Run, and various other 5K runs and half marathons.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: 33st Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on June 2 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.