According to Running USA’s 2020 Global Runner Survey, 66 percent of runners in North America plan to be back out racing as soon as an event is available in their area or within traveling distance. An additional 20 percent wanted a vaccine to be available before they raced again.
The survey found 78 percent of respondents reported participating in fewer events last year due to the pandemic, and 94 percent were unable to participate in events they had planned due to cancellations.
Survey responses were collected from November to mid-December.
“We’re thrilled to bring this exceptionally relevant and current data to our membership and the larger endurance community as plans are made for 2021,” said Dawna Stone, CEO, Running USA. “The results confirm the dedication of the core running participant base to the sport we all love, and that’s great news.”
Additional key takeaways include:
- 61 percent of runners are expected to participate in more events in 2021 than they were able to in 2020;
- 73 percent of runners participated in a virtual event in 2020 as an alternative to in-person racing, but 50 percent said they prefer to race in person; and
- 87 percent believe that COVID-19-related cancellations will continue to hamper their running schedule in 2021.
For more survey details, go here.