Most World Cup talent are born in France (data analysis)

Most World Cup talent are born in France (data analysis)

We set out to find the city with the most football stardust in their water. The short answer, it's the one on the river Seine. However, we stumbled on some intruiging results on a national level as well. In the last two decades France have graced the football masses with more talent at the World Cup than any other country. We are not even counting the 1998 triumph on home soil.      52 representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup were born in France Th[…]


Fun in the mud - trends in obstacle course racing

Fun in the mud - trends in obstacle course racing

In this article, we explore the development of obstacle course racing (OCR) in the last 8 years. For this reason, we have analyzed 3,698,112 results from 1,825 events held in the USA between 2010 and 2017.     Key Result The following graphs show that obstacle course racing has become increasingly more popular over the last 8 years. Attracting ever more participants. The data also shows, that in 2015 a saturation of the market occurs. And since then the n[…]


The complete science-backed guide to lifting shoes: barefoot and beyond

The complete science-backed guide to lifting shoes: barefoot and beyond

    Why do we wear shoes? I mean, it isn’t like cavemen used to camp outside for 2-3 days to cop the freshest pair of shoes from the Air Jordan Hunter Gatherer collection. Yet, they seemed to have done alright fighting to survive day in and day out. Nowadays everyone always has a pair of shoes on unless they are swimming or showering. Hell, I have never even seen my own dad’s feet (true story). But why is that? Do shoes improve our physical cap[…]


Why you are 12% more likely to run a marathon at a milestone age?

Why you are 12% more likely to run a marathon at a milestone age?

In this article, we focused on the age distribution of marathon finishers. And we were looking for the patterns in the participants' age.   For this research, we have analyzed 2,340,118 results of marathon finishers from 148 races.  Also, we interviewed 7 experts and asked for their observations and explanation of the visible trends.     Feel free to use any material from this page, as long as you refer to this original source.[…]


The Dog Race Database: Fido, Fitness and Fun

The Dog Race Database: Fido, Fitness and Fun

By: Bethany D. Merillat, MS, MEd Did you see a dog at the last walk or run you attended? Odds are if you live in California or Texas you are likely to jog alongside a furry friend this year. Which state hosts the most dog races? Can you run a color run or a warrior dash with your dog? You asked, we researched, and the results are barking mad! What Our Paper Found A summary of the fantastic, furry, fun insights you will gain reading this paper! Research supports a[…]


Aussies have never been slower

Aussies have never been slower

For this study, we analyzed all available marathon results from all marathons conducted in Australia from the year 2000 to 2016. Our database consists of 183,061 results from 154 different races. And the conclusion is clear - Australians are getting slower.  In this study, we analyze how Australian finish times are changing. Also, we examine the influence of some health parameters on their overall performance.  Feel free to use any material of this page as lo[…]


Runner's Sex Guide

Runner's Sex Guide

Aerobic exercise is meant to work best for weight loss. Many would say that running is best for the purpose, and this opinion is well-grounded. However, we need to admit: there may be another way to get fit, equally as effective and joyful. It’s called sex. Sex can increase running stamina and effectively improve your running routine, if not make you happier and healthier on daily basis. We gathered the proof that sex is the “night shifter” of runnin[…]


How do you measure up? The runners percentile calculator

How do you measure up? The runners percentile calculator

Compare your running time to the time of your fellow runners. Results are based on 35 million results collected in the last 20 years from more than 28,000 races.    [marketing_calculator] Using this calculator you can see how many people, in general, are slower than you at the distance you are competing at. Also, you can compare yourself to the people of your gender and age group.  For a detailed analysis of American runners, check this state compariso[…]


Who’s faster? The Ultimate State Comparison for Marathons (Test Yourself)

Who’s faster? The Ultimate State Comparison for Marathons (Test Yourself)

For this study, we analyzed 5,704,281 results from 3,828 marathon races. All the races taken into account had a minimum of 2,000 participants.  We recently published our mega-study on Americans getting slower and were curious to see how the individual states are performing. Do all states conform to the overall trend?  Feel free to use any material from this page, as long as you refer to this original source.       We've also created a too[…]


71 benefits of running backed by science

71 benefits of running backed by science

20 - 25 minutes of running can transform your mind, body, and soul. This is not hyperbole. All these benefits are backed by various scientific studies. When you read about just one or two benefits, it is easy to overlook and continue with your sedentary routine. We wanted to create something more powerful. Something that is hard to ignore. So, we reviewed and compiled hundreds of studies to present the incredible, almost life-changing effects of running. Caution: The[…]