Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Economics of Big City Marathons

SEATTLE - (September 9, 2009) - The summer's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon, a signature event in partnership with Seafair, produced an economic impact of $30.8 million, according to a third party study conducted by San Diego State University (SDSU) study.

Visiting runners alone brought over $18.9 million in direct spending from outside the region, including expenditures on food, travel, lodging and entertainment -runningusa

MY COMMENT: Very impressive for a sport that doesn't include touchdowns or home runs. Can we run our way out of a recession?

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