The  Millennial   Running  Study

A study to understand the social and economic behaviors of Millennials who participate in running events across the United States.

Presented by RunningUSA and RacePartner

Research conducted by Achieve



Nearly 42 million Americans are considered runners today, with 25- to 34-year-olds representing the largest age group.* Will these fitness-conscious Millennials follow in their forerunners’ footsteps and drop out of the race at 35? Or are they already defining a watershed time in the running industry?

RacePartner and Running USA have partnered to publish the first-ever research study to find out why so many Millennials (born 1980-2000) get involved in running, and what organized running events can do to keep them interested and engaged.

The study, which is the first of its kind for endurance sports, takes a two-phase approach. The first phase of the study conducted earlier this year surveyed event directors and Running USA membership to provide interest areas for the results of the upcoming study. Those responses form a key building block for the second phase of the study, which will engage event research partners to distribute the survey to event participants.

The first phase of the Millennial Running Study was released at the 2016 Running USA Conference. Download the Millennial Running Study now.




Feedback from race directors: What information will inform future planning?


Survey of Millennial run/race/walk participants


Qualitative feedback from focus groups, user tests and behavior tracking

About Us

RacePartner is a fully integrated endurance registration, fundraising and website solution. RacePartner is a division of Forte Interactive Inc., which offers innovative online and fundraising solutions for nonprofits and endurance events through cost-effective web-based registration and fundraising technology, creative campaigns and strategic consulting. Forte Interactive also amplifies clients’ impact through two other divisions: TrustedPartner, a complete web solution for busy nonprofit professionals, and Achieve, a research and campaigns agency.  For more information, visit

Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, information and communications within the industry and to the national media, services to events and industry members, and the development of American world class stars. It seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members’ events and businesses. For more information, visit

Achieve is a research and campaign agency for causes. As a division of Forte Interactive, Inc. We help organizations understand the behaviors of today’s donors, activists and employees and engage a new generation of supporters.We believe that creative strategies have the greatest success when backed by solid research. Unlike many other agencies, we help you understand your audience first so that you can effectively build awareness and raise support. With this approach, Achieve has become a national leader in cause research. For more information, visit

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