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By the Numbers: The Female Running Boom

Three competitors at the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon, one of the largest female-only races in the U.S. (Photo by John Herr)

Two important fitness landmarks are celebrated this month: National Running Day (tomorrow) and the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Title IX legislation (June 23)! In honor of these healthy holidays, here are a few fun facts about running and women from Running USA's State of the Run report.

  • 7 million+: Women finished a road race in the U.S. during 2011, a record high
  • 800 meters: The longest distance women were allowed to compete in during the 1960 Rome Olympics
  • 1972: The 1,500 meter race, the new longest distance, is added to the women's track lineup at the Munich Olympics (the marathon is added at the 1984 Los Angeles Games)
  • Less than 20: Percentage of finishers during running events in the 1970s that were female
  • More than 53: Percentage of finishers during running events in 2011 that were female
  • 200+: Women-only running events in the U.S. last year (The top five in terms of participation: Nike Women's Half, Disney Princess Half, St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration 5K, MORE/FITNESS Half, Tufts Health Plank 10K)

Check back tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon!

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