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How did Austin fare on list of top running cities?

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Austin makes it to the top 10 of another list – and this time it’s all about running.

Active.com compiled a list of the 10 U.S. cities with the most runners per capita, and Austin checked in at number eight. The company based its rankings on a year’s worth of Active.com race registration data.

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Sounds pretty accurate, until you consider that Reno, Nevada, came in first, and Boston doesn’t even make the list. Three Texas cities made the list, and both Houston and San Antonio finished higher than Austin. Huh?

According to the article, which you can read here, Austin has 1.73 runners per 100 residents. By comparison, the article claims Reno has 16.9 per 100. (And you thought they were just about casinos!)

“The newly renovated Butler Trail takes runners along Town Lake in downtown Austin, providing breathtaking views of the city and waterfront,” it says.

The boardwalk opened in 2014; a revamp of the trail’s crossing beneath Congress Avenue on the north side of the bridge is due to begin soon. Also, we call it Lady Bird Lake these days, not Lake Austin.

They did get a few things right – we’re home to the Austin Marathon (and Half Marathon), the 3M Half Marathon, the Statesman Capitol 10K and countless other 5Ks and 10Ks.

Who else made the list? Here you go …

  • 10. Chicago, 0.4 runners per 100
  • 9. Los Angeles, 0.6 runners per 100
  • 8. Austin, with 1.73 runners per 100
  • 7. San Antonio, 1.75 runners per 100
  • 6. San Jose, Calif., 1.9 runners per 100
  • 5. Houston-The Woodlands, 2 runners per 100
  • 4. San Diego, 3.3 runners per 100
  • 3. Las Vegas, 3.4 runners per 100
  • 2. Cleveland, 3.5 runners per 100
  • 1. Reno-Sparks, Nevada, 16.9 runners per 100.