Running Fun Facts!

Running is fun! Here are some running fun facts:

1. It takes 200 muscles to take a step.

2. When we run, the human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.

3. Twenty-six bones, thirty-three joints, one-hundred-twelve ligaments, and a network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels—all in the feet—have to work together when we run.

4. A 220-pound person running an eight-minute mile burns about 150 calories per mile, while a 120-pound person running at the same pace only burns about 82 calories.

5. Exercise physiologists have found that stride rates are extremely consistent among professional runners; they are between 185 and 200 steps per minute.

6. The fastest human foot speed on record is 44.72 km/h (27.79 mph), seen during a 100-meter sprint by Usain Bolt.

7. Currently, the oldest person to complete a marathon is Sikh Fauja Singh. At the age of 100, he ran the 2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, twenty-five minutes, and eight seconds.

8. In terms of on-site media coverage, the Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single day sporting event in the world. More than 1,100 media members, representing more than 250 outlets, are expected to request and receive media credentials in 2006.

9. Athletes dressed in red are more likely to win events than athletes wearing any other color.