Facebook says Colorado Springs is the 2nd fittest city in the U.S.

By Jesse Byrnes jesse.byrnes@gazette.com - Updated: July 11, 2013 at 7:52 am • Published: July 10, 2013 | 1:40 pm 0

All the running, hiking, biking and general outdoor scampering seems to be paying off. Colorado Springs is the second fittest city in America, according to a new Facebook ranking published Tuesday.

The ranking is based on check-ins, fitness-related mentions and use of fitness apps during a three-month period, Facebook said. Colorado Springs is second only to Virginia Beach, Va.

"We always associate Colorado Springs with being a healthy and fit city," said Chelsy Murphy, director of communications with the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Murphy said that the city has continually received attention for its fitness, attributed to the ample number of recreation opportunities and developed hiking trails in addition to institutions such as the Olympic Training Center.

Colorado Springs, Murphy said, is "so close to the outdoors" while in other places in Colorado, residents might have to travel a bit to get beyond streets and sidewalks.

In addition to outdoor activities like cycling, rock climbing and summiting Pikes Peak, there are more than 100 listed fitness centers, clubs and gyms across Colorado Springs.

And Colorado Springs is not the only place in the state receiving national attention for fitness.

Recently, Colorado was ranked the second fittest state according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index based on more than 353,000 people surveyed last year. Hawaii topped the list.

Colorado ranked first in physical health, and in the top six for life evaluation, emotional health, healthy behavior and work environment.

For the Facebook ranking, developers looked at cities with at least 200,000 Facebook users. Others in the top 10: Austin, Texas; San Antonio; Livingston, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; El Paso, Texas; Oklahoma City, Tacoma, Wash.; and Albuquerque.

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