Running Is Not for Women (at Least Not in Italy)

The previous post about the different behaviour shown by spectators and volunteers of a race in USA and Italy suggested me to look for other differences.

I looked at Running USA ( According to their “2015 Running USA Annual Marathon Report” it seems that 44% of marathon finishers in 2015 were women. Every February, a monthly magazine specialized on running publishes a list of all the marathon finishers in Italy. What do you think the percentage of women was?


The highest percentage of marathon finisher women ever recorded in Italy up until 2014 (I couldn’t retrieve data about 2015 but I don’t expect a huge increase).

To get similar percentages in USA you’ve got to go back to 1980’s.

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