Running USA has completed its yearly state of the sport review, and in the newly released Part One the running industry is assessed by the numbers. The data shows that running is fairly robust, considering the state of the economy.  Although revenues of some top players are down, the sport as a whole is not in decline.  In fact, the number of runners rose more than 18% from 2007 to 2008. Those numbers are not only good for the running industry’s survival, but proof that our sport can withstand strong economic obstacles.