Strava, the social network for athletes, has released data from over 5.6 million runners showing the average best mile efforts from 25 countries. This is ahead of the Strava Mile – a new campaign to encourage all runners to try to run their fastest mile during June for a chance to win running shoes from Wiggle for themselves and up to ten of their Strava followers.
Over 60 years after Sir Roger Bannister ran the first ever sub-four-minute-mile and Diane Leather ran the first-ever sub-five-minute-mile mile by a woman, Strava notes that the magic of the mile distance hasn’t been lost, nor has the prestige.
A release from Strava adds that ‘Almost any runner can get through a mile, but it takes courage to toe the line and go for a new PR. The Strava Mile campaign is about bringing runners from all over the world together and encouraging them to run their best miles together.’
Any runner who uploads a run at least one mile in distance on Strava and includes #MyMile in their activity title has the chance to win running shoes from Wiggle for themselves and up to ten of their Strava followers. The campaign will run until 30 June 2017.
Strava’s data reveals how fast, on average, runners in different cities and countries can run a mile, giving athletes a goal to strive for.
Strava – fastest 1 mile runners overall by country, city
Boston, Portland and San Francisco topped the list of fastest cities in the US with average best mile times of 7:54, 8:00, and 8:04, respectively. Female runners ran at an average pace of 9:03, while male runners ran at an average pace of 8:23. In the U.S. and globally, female and male runners ages 35 to 44 achieved the fastest pace of any age group, at 8:13 and 8:14, respectively.
Globally, US runners ranked 18th, with an average mile best effort pace of 8:31/mile. UK runners ranked 16th, with an average mile best effort pace of 8:23/mile, and Germany ranked 9th with a pace of 8:16/mile. The fastest four nations included Sweden, France, Switzerland and Norway, which were significantly faster than the rest of the nations (8% quicker than the global average of 8:27/mile).
The Strava Mile is positioned as a chance for everyone to experience how the mile is one of the most accessible sporting challenges. Strava will also be bringing the campaign to life at a series of global events throughout June in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Berlin.