Running Fun Facts! #RunWithRadio1045Johnny Blog

It was a great weekend to run around Philly. For my weekly ten miler, I decided to run across the Ben Franklin Bridge into New Jersey…definitely a path I want to run again. I intentionally design my running map to avoid retracing my steps whenever possible, but the trek back and forth across the bridge is definitely worth the exception. How was your long run this weekend?

For this week’s #RunWIthRadio1045Johnny blog post, I thought I’d pass along some fun running stats and fun facts that I’ve picked up along the way. But, first, for next week’s blog post, I’m thinking we will explore the area’s running groups…so, if you know of a running group that deserves a shout-out, let me know. You can Tweet me @Radio1045Johnny

And now, for some fun running stats and fun facts *These are not 'Alternative Facts'…

  • RUNNING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART (but you knew that): The American Heart Association recommends we get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week. (source:
  • RUNNING MAY PROTECT AGAINST DEMENTIA: Running may protect against dementia by triggering an increase in the amount of irisin in the brain. (source:
  • RUNNING HELPS IMPROVE BONE MASS DENSITY: “The results of the study confirm that both resistance training and high-impact endurance activities increase bone mineral density. However, high-impact sports, like running, appear to have a greater beneficial effect" - Pam Hinton, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. (source:
  • THE WORLD RECORD FOR FASTEST MILE: Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men's record holder with his time of 3:43.13, while Svetlana Masterkova has the women's record of 4:12.56. (source: Wikipedia)
  • FASTEST MARATHON RECORD: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has the world record for fastest Marathon time for men, finishing in 2:01:39 on September 16, 2018, at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. The IAAF recognizes two world records for women: Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) on April 13, 2003 during the London Marathon which was contested by some, and a "Women Only" record of 2:17:01, was set by Mary Keitany at the London Marathon on April 23, 2017. (source: Wikipedia)
  • THERE ARE A LOT OF MARATHONS TO CHOOSE FROM!: There are 777 marathons scheduled in the United States and Canada in 2019. (source:
  • OVER 500,000 MARATHON FINISHERS IN 2018: There were 504,138 Marathon finishers in 2018 (*does not de-dupe for those over achievers who finished more than one Marathon in 2018) (source:
  • THE OLDEST MARATHON FINISHER: India's 100 year old Fauja Singh is the oldest marathon finisher, finishing Toronto's Waterfront Marathon in 8 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds.(source:
  • THE YOUNGEST MARATHON FINISHER: Budhia Singh is the youngest marathon runner and finished 48 marathons before his fifth birthday. In case you're wondering, this was followed by an inquiry from Indian child welfare officials. (Check out the film about Singh and his coach's relationship, Budhia Singh – Born to Run. (source: and Wikipedia)

And, now some photo highlights from this week's run! Hope to see you out on the running path this week! Thanks for reading. - @Radio1045Johnny

Run 06-22-19

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