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Gyms Reopening: 46.67% of Members Won’t Return [Study]

Gyms Reopening: 46.67% of Members Won’t Return [Study]

In the face of this pandemic, some places are beginning their initial stages of reopening. During so, people have had to go elsewhere to stay active and enjoy the benefits of exercise. With the disruption this crisis is having on the fitness industry, we wanted to understand how gym members feel about gyms reopening. We surveyed 10,824 gym members to learn if they plan to return to gyms upon reopening and whether they will be keeping their memberships or not. The survey[…]


Who’s faster? The Ultimate State Comparison for Marathons

Who’s faster? The Ultimate State Comparison for Marathons

For this study, we analyzed 19.6 million results from over 16 thousand marathon races. We recently published our mega-study on the state of running, where we found that the world, and in particular, the marathoners from the US are getting slower. We became curious to see how the 50 individual states +D.C. are performing. Feel free to use any material from this page, as long as you refer to this original source. We've also created a tool that can help you compare your rac[…]


Which Runners are the Most Obssessed?

Which Runners are the Most Obssessed?

This stats page is a simple look at the participation patterns of runners in the 5 most common distances - 5K, 10K, Half marathon, Marathon and Ultra. In the next tables, we show what % of the runners run 1, 2, 3, etc. or more races in a particular distance, per year, to see which distance has the most insatiable participants that keep coming back for more. We've decided to call this metric Obsession. Key Findings Ultrarunning has the most obsessed runners. 41.02% of ult[…]


"American" EuroLeague: 119% more USA players after 20 seasons

"American" EuroLeague: 119% more USA players after 20 seasons

We analyzed 2,581 players from 85 Euroleague teams from 2000-01 to 2019-20 season. The focus was on players from the USA, and their continued growth over the years. Summary: USA players dominate the Euroleague: Share of Americans in the Euroleague grew by 119% since the 2000-01 season. Their minutes share in the league grew by 84%, and points share by 76% since the first EL season. Europeans are declining in the Euroleague, dropping by 27% since the 2000-01 season. Since[…]


82 Stats on Dunks in the NBA

82 Stats on Dunks in the NBA

"I always used slam-dunking as a tool for intimidation." - Dominique Wilkins The purpose of this page is to provide detailed stats about dunks in the NBA league. Feel free to use this information as long as you link to the original source. The page stats are taken from RunRepeat's database of 169,734 dunks made in the NBA since the 2000-01 season. Navigation League trends Dunks in the NBA over time Player impact on team dunks Share of dunks in team points Distribution of[…]


Unexpected Benefits of the NBA Bubble [injury analysis]

Unexpected Benefits of the NBA Bubble [injury analysis]

172 games were played in the Orland bubble, 89 seeding, and 83 playoff games. We analyzed the first 89 games of each of the past 5 seasons (corresponding with 89 bubble seeding games), along with 5 previous playoffs. We counted the total number of games NBA players missed due to injury during this period and compared the bubble with “outside”. Key findings NBA bubble turned out to be the safest on-court environment for the NBA players: Players in the bubble m[…]


The State of Ultra Running 2020

The State of Ultra Running 2020

In this study, we explore the trends in ultra running over the last 23 years. We have analyzed 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra running events, making this the largest study ever done on the sport. Key results Female ultra runners are faster than male ultra runners at distances over 195 miles. The longer the distance the shorter the gender pace gap. In 5Ks men run 17.9% faster than women, at marathon distance the difference is just 11.1%, 100-mile races see the differ[…]


50+ Ways Strength Training for Golf Improves Performance

50+ Ways Strength Training for Golf Improves Performance

It is well known that exercise benefits sports performance in a variety of ways. For this study we researched and analyzed over 130 scientific studies in order to investigate the effect of strength training for golf on performance. As a result, we identified more than 50 ways strength training improves golf performance. Key Findings Strength training has been shown to increase driving distance in golf by as much as 10.9% in as little as 8 weeks. The overall carry distanc[…]


13 Most Viral Sports Moments of 2019

13 Most Viral Sports Moments of 2019

Using data from BuzzSumo, we have curated the 13 most viral sports stories of 2019. These are the stories that captured the imagination of the public on social media across Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. In a great year for women’s sport, 7 of the 13 most viral stories shared this year, were about women’s sports. This perhaps shows that the appetite is there and with added buy-in from the male dominated governing bodies, we can start to work towards the equal[…]


Black Friday 36.3% More Expensive [Pricing Analysis]

Black Friday 36.3% More Expensive [Pricing Analysis]

Is Black Friday the cheapest day to buy stuff? After investigating the two largest markets - clothing and tech - the answer is a firm no. In this pricing analysis study, we analyzed 1.4 million prices of 4,024 sneakers from more than 200 retailers over the past 3 years to understand the relationship between prices on Black Friday and the rest of the year. We also analyzed one of the 5 most popular products from 3 different tech categories on Amazon to understand if the f[…]