According to the findings of Running USA’s first ever Women’s National Runner Survey, 55% of all race fields in 2011 were women. In a synopsis of the survey’s findings, Tracy Yoder of Running USA, offers suggestions for the rise in women participating in road races and reminds readers that it wasn’t long ago that women were fighting to compete in the sport. She discloses which race distance most women prefer and how many pairs of shoes they typically buy per year. Yoder expresses how Race Directors have been reacting to the increase in ponytails at their events and how they plan to keep this majority population happy.
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More than 5,000 women responded to the survey that measures “Demographics, Sports Participation, Running History & Routine, Shoes, Events, Community Resources, Sports Apparel, Sponsor Recall, Health & Diet, Technology, Sports & Fitness Products, Food & Drink, and Travel”.