Who Runs More, Men or Women? The Sports Bras vs. Speedos Infographic

Let’s ask sweeping, sexist questions for a moment: do women run in more expensive shoes? Are men more inclined to race marathons? Who runs more?

If you’re looking for answers to these questions, look no further. This infographic shows us a lot of insights into how men and women are training, racing, and thinking differently about running.

From the data here, it looks like men run more in every aspect: from the number of weekly runs, to overall mileage and number of races. It seems that men also prefer races on the outer ends of the racing spectrum, from marathons to races shorter than three miles.

What does it all mean? Who knows, but it’s fun to look at.


Image courtesy of MP3Running.

What are your thoughts on the trends outlined here? Think they’re bogus or spot on?

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  1. Interesting graphics. As I was reading these I was thinking about how busy women are, let’s be honest, women still do the majority of work around the house, and parenting, so it makes sense that they run less. But I was happy to it’s not much less! and even happier that to see that a lot women are satisfied with their weight.

  2. I love this info graphic. It was pretty cool to watch it make its rounds on Twitter and Facebook last week.

  3. Interesting graphic, but I would like to know more about the sample population. Citing the source as “National Runner Survey and Running USA” isn’t quite enough for me.

    The minimum info I’d like is:
    How many people were asked?
    Where and how was the questionnaire administered?
    The results of a survey administered at a race would be different than those at a specialty running store, big-box sports store, or those at the local track/trail/sidewalk. Also, self-selecting mail-ins/internet questionnaires would also change the results.

    Also, while I’ve got my nitpicky hat on…
    I assume that it’s USA-specific, but is it nation-wide? What about cities? Is it all big urban metropolises, or are there smaller centres and rural areas represented as well.
    I assume “average” means “mean”, but what is the median values? Or better yet, the distribution curve?

    I guess I’d like to see an academic paper with boring graphs rather than an infographic that is somewhat light on the info. The danger hear is that the pretty colours and eye-catching graphics are wont to make one remember this stuff, and it then reproduces as “fact” without regard for the vagaries of research methodology.