Chicago Marathon Week: Women Domination!

Chicago Marathon Week: Women Domination!

Women ROCK!

They have been an increasing group of participants during the Chicago Marathon over the last few years. They have been the group that will be something to watch. Marketers, Race Directors and Social Media have taken notice. Women has been participating in marathons for almost 30 years and the numbers keep growing.

In this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, women represent almost 44 percent of the field, and more women ages 25-34 finish the Chicago Marathon than any other marathon in the world. A women’s running boom is in full swing, remarkable considering 40 years ago women made up less than five percent of marathon participants, and women were not permitted to compete in the Olympic Marathon until 1984, when American Joan Benoit Samuelson won the inaugural event. In 2008, road running in the U.S. flipped to more female than male participants and women continue to flock to the sport at a higher rate.

As a runner myself, I completely agree that running is definitely the sport to go to. I believe the future generations of women will flock to this wonderful sport.

Good luck to the female participants on Sunday!

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