Running Facts

Running is one of the most functional fitness activities and we’re excited to host the nation’s first three-level, all indoor 5K and 10K this year. To get you excited about the race, here are some interesting running facts:

Music can boost your running performance by up to 15%.

Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold world-wide each year.

Unlike men, women usually run the second half of a race faster than the first.

Runners usually take between 185-200 steps per minute.

The fastest animal on earth is the cheetah and the slowest is the garden snail.

Breast milk can taste sour after intense running training.

The fastest mile ran: Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men’s record holder with his time of 3:43.13, while Svetlana Masterkova has the women’s record of 4:12.56.

The neighborhood cat can run faster than a human.

Fauja Singh (106) is the oldest marathon runner in the world.

The I-X Center is so large… One time around the building is equivalent to a 5K.

The fastest runner in the world is Usain Bolt.

There are about 570 marathons held in the United States every year.

The youngest marathon runner in the world is Budhia Singh… He finished his 48th marathon before his fifth birthday.

Your feet can produce up to a pint of sweat each day… ew!

It takes 200 muscles to take a step when you run.

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