I was thinking that with so many people burning calories by running, if only that energy could be harnessed it might put a dent in the energy crisis. So for fun, I compared the energy exerted by runners to other worldly things that consume energy.
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- Total calories burned by core runners in one year equals 4,234,278,397,440
- That’s enough to power the electricity needs for 1,771,622 homes for a year.
- That is equivalent to all the homes in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined
- Total energy used by all core runners is equivalent to 177,162,208 gallons of gasoline
- That’s enough to power a Boeing 747 around the world 1,093 times
- That’s also equivalent to the energy expended by 177 atomic bombs the size of Little Boy, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
- Calories a man runner burns per year of running equals 175,386 which is enough to power an LCD TV for 107 days
- Calories a woman runner burns per year of running equals 119,574 enough to power a clothes washer for 6 months
- An average woman running a marathon will burn enough calories to power a 60 watt bulb for 8 days
- An average man running a marathon will burn enough calories to power a laptop computer for 8 days
- For a half marathon, a woman runner will burn enough calories to charge cell phone for more than 21 days
- For a half marathon, a man runner will burn enough calories to run a clock radio for over 3.5 days
- The total calories burned by all finishers of the New York City Marathon equals 145,154,457, that is enough to light up NYC for 7 .5 hours
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