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Jean Lavigne, Environmental Studies


Running, while often portrayed as an approachable sport, can be difficult to begin to do as shoes and races can be fairly expensive. Other people and groups of people can be discouraged from running for social reasons. Studying how running interest correlates to demographic information can give insight into why people do not express interest in running. This information was studied specifically in the state of Minnesota, in cities with populations larger than 50,000 people. Using available census data for these cities, and the US Track and Field website of running routes these two factors were compared to each other. The number of running routes per city was mapped both normalized for population and not, and the number of routes was compared to the gender, race, and age demographics of the city.