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Portland Revealed Top City in the US for Runners

October 29, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Heather Gomez (IG: @heathermgomez)
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When we toss on our Metcons and tackle the one mile run course at our affiliate, we don’t often think about factors such as air temperature and elevation and how they might affect our health or performance. But when it comes to running, these things make a difference. And the more we run, and the further we run, the more various uncontrollable factors related to where we live matter. 

This is why Puma’s Europe’s independent data collection partner analyzed data from cities all across the United States to determine the best place to live if you’re a runner, and found Portland, OR to be the by far the best choice. 

The details: Along with air quality and elevation, the analysis also considered temperature, traffic congestion, water quality and the number of running clubs. 

  • After considering the above factors, cities were given a total score, with Portland, a city with an average temperature of 54F and more than 58,000 running clubs receiving a score of 82.3, crushing the field in the process.
  • In comparison, second place finisher Colorado Springs, CO, scored 70.5, while Tulsa, OK ranked third with 69.6 and Milwaukee, WI and Denver, CO tied for fourth with a score of 69.4
  • Notable: Denver is one of three cities currently in contention to host the 2023 CrossFit Games. Austin, TX, also on the list for the 2023 Games, placed 12th, while Madison, WI, home to the Games since 2017 and the third city shortlisted for 2023, was included in this analysis.

One big thing: Miami, FL, home to Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival—and a city where the average temperature is 76F—was at the bottom of the list with a score of 46.8. Their air quality score was 18, compared to Portland’s score of 30. In fact, Miami scored lower than Portland on every single metric in the analysis.

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