Who’s Faster? How Minnesota Stacks Up Against the Other States
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written with data and research from runrepeat.com. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Minneapolis Running.
For this study, we analyzed 5,704,281 results from 3,828 marathon races. All the races taken into account had a minimum of 2,000 participants. We recently published our mega-study on Americans getting slower and were curious to see how the individual states are performing. Below are some of our findings.
How does Minnesota stack up against the other states?
Here are the Minnesota highlights according to the data collected by runrepat.com:
Overall Marathon Rankings
Overall ranking – 20th place;
Women ranking – 15th place;
Men ranking – 26th place;
Minnesota women are faster than the men from Hawaii and Mississippi
Minnesota women are 7.6% slower than Minnesota men.
Minnesota has 48.6% women participants and 51.4% men.
Minnesota has increased their female participants by 8.88% in the last 17 years
The average age of Minnesota participants is 42.2
By average age group Minnesota ranks:
<20 years – 34th place (average finish time – 4:38:45);
20-29 years – 18th place (average finish time – 4:24:09);
30-39 years – 13th place (average finish time – 4:23:30);
40-49 years – 15th place (average finish time – 4:29:50);
50-59 years – 6th place (average finish time – 4:36:39);
>60 years – 29th place (average finish time – 5:18:59).
Other Fun Stats
Minnesota over 50-year olds are faster than the under 30-year olds from Mississippi.
Minnesota age distribution – <30 (28%), 30-49 (55%), >50% (17%).
Young to Elderly participants – rank 7, coefficient 1.6. This means that there are 1.6 young participants for every elderly participant.
By number of participants Minnesota ranks 7th; By number of participants as % of states population – ranks 8th with 0.15% participation.
By change in speed Minnesota ranks 13th and they have slowed down by 0.72% in the last 17 years.
By change in women time Minnesota ranks 12th and women have slowed down by 0.06%
By change in finish time for men Minnesota ranks 16th with 1.07% slowdown.
By age group the ranking of the slowdown is as follows
<30 – rank 21, slow down 0.56%
30-49 – rank 11, slow down 0.72%
>50 – rank 15, slow down 0.46%.