TULSA OK, LUBBOCK TX, AND GRAND RAPIDS MI, TAKE A BOW Published by Endurancesportswire.com on January 25, 2017 the info-graphic piece, “2016’s Ten Most Popular Cities for Extremely Active Millennials” has a few surprises.
The site, part of the ACTIVE.com network, revealed that “ACTIVE data for adults ages 25-34 indexed against the total population of each city according to 2016 Nielsen DMA data” was used to determine the ranking.
The piece also indicates that the “key findings come from data and analysis of nearly seven million endurance event registrations managed through ACTIVE’s event management software platform” for the period January 1 - November 30, 2016. Event categories included: running, walking, triathlon, duathlon, mountain biking, open water swim, adventure races, and cycling.
In the Sunshine State, Orlando took first place honors (#1). Two other cities are in Oregon, Portland (#6) and Eugene/Track Town USA (#10), and that’s not shocking. Other west coast cities that made the list are in locations that are NOT famous for long, hard, very cold or snowy winters, Seattle WA (#8) and San Francisco CA (#9). However, Anchorage (#2) and Fairbanks (#5) Alaska placed higher than these four. The three remaining spots went to smaller cities that people who don’t live there might not have guessed would be winners in this ranking: Tulsa OK (#3), Lubbock TX (#4), and Grand Rapids MI (#7). Who knew?
The physical activity-loving individuals who registered for and participated in this network’s endurance events surely must be providing these cites with a huge boost in civic pride. Millennials now represent the largest generation in the US and possibly the most diverse. Those who provided data for ACTIVE’s analysis are potentially among the group’s most healthy. Obviously they comprise one segment of all athletes in this age range who participate is such events.
No doubt I’ll look at the ‘surprise’ cities on this list a bit differently now, and search there for some terrific running/walking/adventure race events!
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