Excerpt from February 2006 edition of Runner's World:
What percentage of the population attempts and finishes a marathon? - Karen L., Columbus, SC.
While it is hard to say how many started, an estimated 423,000 people finished marathons in the United States in 2004, according to the Road Racing Information Center Annual Marathon Report. With a population of about 280 million, that comes out to about 0.15 percent of the population-though it's likely a much smaller percentage when you consider that many of those finishers ran multiple marathons. So when you finish your next 26.2 miler, give yourself an extra pat on the back.
There is only 7 days left for the big M. I want to be a 0.15 percenter. As of right now, the weather channel is forecasting 71 high, 52 low for next Sunday. Things can change of course. 65 high and 52 low will be perfect for me.
I went for a nice 6 mile run this afternoon. The weather was gorgeous.
Mile 1: 9.43
Mile 2: 9:55
Mile 3: 9:56
Mile 4: 10:14
Mile 5: 10:10
Mile 6: 10:07
Kayano Miles: 85.4
Did I mention 0.15%?