2014 International Survey of Run Commuters

We’re pleased to release the findings of our first International Survey of Run Commuters!

The survey results can be viewed here, and the raw data is available for public use here. Please acknowledge The Run Commuter if using for a publication/blog/paper/etc.

If you would like to provide any feedback or have any questions, please email us at info@theruncommuter.com.

Here are some of the highlights of the survey:

We received a total of 145 responses from 22 different countries.

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Run commuters are more likely to be:

Nearly half of the respondents (49%) have been run commuting less than a year.

57% of run commuters run both ways in the same day.

When not commuting by running, the preferred method of transportation is the bicycle, with 55% choosing cycling over other forms of travel.

On average, respondents live 7.47 miles (12 km) away from their workplace.

The average run commute is between 3 – 7 miles (4.8 – 11.2 km).

93% of run commuters have run with a backpack at some time in the past, while 77% continue to do so regularly.

11 respondents run with laptops.

A majority of respondents keep hygiene items (72%), and an extra set of work clothes, including shoes, at the office (~65%).

More than two-thirds of run commuters have access to a shower at their office, but nearly the same amount say that they would still run if none were available.

Aside from running to work, nearly one-fifth of respondents use running to pick up groceries and run errands. 14% occasionally run to meet friends.

An equal number of respondents have run to the pub as have run to the library.

Technique: Keeping Your Shoelaces Tied

Nothing makes me more angry than having to stop and re-tie shoes during a race.  It doesn’t usually happen during 5K’s because the laces tend to keep themselves together for that short amount of time.  But for anything over that, it’s kind of nice to not have to worry about it and focus on the run.

Over the years, runners develop their own techniques for fixing this potential problem (and many others.)  Here are a few lace techniques that I have used over the past four years without fail:

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By |2016-10-22T20:26:57+00:00September 21st, 2011|Categories: How To|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

In the News: Why a new Burlington cafe offers showers

Cleaning up after running to work is a topic of much discussion and debate.  Some people will absolutely not run to the office if they can’t shower when they get there.  Others, including some of the fine writers here at TRC, clean up without showering at all.  We’ll have a post about that soon, but until then, check out this piece about Maglianero Cafe in Burlington, VT.

Biking or running to work in Burlington and finding that morning fix when you get there can be tough.

Rene Hanson said, “Most offices don’t have a shower and they don’t have a great coffee place either.”

The team at the new Maglianero Cafe on Maple Street is in business to change that. Its space is bike friendly and riders can grab a shower free of charge.

The folks are Maglianero are awesome!  While it looks like their regulars are mainly cyclists, the shower facilities can be used by other alternative commuters, too.  Check out their blog and if you are in the area,  stop in and tell us about your visit!

Article and video:  Why a new Burlington cafe offers showers.

Run Commuting Made Easier? A New Idea Out of London

A recent article in the London Evening Standard  introduces a new company that provides a unique service for people who want to run home from work. 

Home Run describes its services as “a series of guided group runs home from central London…we even carry your bag!”  Gear is transported by bicycle to a designated finish point and you can pick it up once your group arrives. 

Check out their video here:

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It’s a pretty cool concept, but one that probably wouldn’t work in areas outside of large, urban centers.  It would definitely work well in Atlanta – for those people who work and live in Atlanta.  It might even work well for suburbanites if a group run finished at a commuter bus pickup location. 

What do you think?  Would you try run commuting if you were able to run after a long day of work without the hassle of carrying your gear?

By |2016-10-22T20:26:58+00:00July 27th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment