Which State has the most UltraRunning finishers as percentage of population?

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Wondering what state represents the most when it comes to finishes at Ultras?

The map below shows the percentage of Ultrarunning finishers as a percentage of a states population.


*Population data comes from US Census
*Finishers data is looking at the 64,779 finishers from races where state is supplied (2014 Year to Date).

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6 Comments

  1. Two questions: Is the data based on location of the ultra (where the finish occurred) or residence of the runner (where the finisher lives)? And is it based on number of finishes or number of finishers? In other words, if I had 2 finishes this year so far, are you counting it as 2 finishes or 1 finisher?

  2. ultrarunning on

    Good questions. It’s based on total finishes (I may look at trying to segment out just unique finishers at some point). Race location is not taken into account, just the location of the finisher.

  3. Brock Webb on

    Is the results database accessible such that I could download it for my own research and statistical analysis?

  4. James Teixeira on

    Do you have this data categorized by # of events/state? If so, it would greatly help my thesis!!

  5. Gordon Ainsleigh on

    There is a flaw in the methodology: so many of the Utah finishers are not Utah residents. A better measure would be the number of Ultrarunning subscriptions per capita in each state.

    • ultrarunning on

      This is based on the finishers residence. Location of the race is irrelevant.