ATTENTION RUNNERS! AND WALKERS? Make your insights, opinions and preferences count with the US running industry. Take the 2017 National Runner Survey.
The RunningUSA organization encourages your participation. “We're collecting responses now for our latest National Runner Survey, measuring the trends, preferences and insights from thousands of runners across the country.”
Earned Runs thinks walkers might also take the survey because there are questions that list "untimed" events and distances of 1 and 2 miles as well as 5k (3.1 miles) as potential favorites for survey takers. Organizers of running events could benefit from the input of walkers, especially if they are accompanying runners.
This survey is fairly long. It gathers a relatively small amount of information about you as a person (gender, age group, ethnicity, years running, weekly mileage, income and employment). Other items seek to determine your preferences in running, training and exercising, and competing. There is interest in learning how you become aware of and select events, your use of and sharing on social media, and reliance on electronic device apps.
Race organizers and directors will be eagerly awaiting this information so that future events can be designed to draw in more participants and increase the enjoyment that comes with attending. Some questions ask for opinions on the cost of events. If you’d rather pay less for less swag, pay more for a more exciting experiences, or have other thoughts on how you’d like to spend your running event-related money here’s a chance to have an impact on what’s offered.
If you wish to influence this group, don’t leave it to everyone else! Another reason to take the survey is to learn more about yourself as a runner; it’s an exercise in self-examination as much as a survey.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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