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Endurance Sports Ranked

Which sports are ranked highest for endurance? This list is based on an analysis of 60 sports by an expert team at ESPN. Distance cycling and running came out on top in the survey, with distance swimming not far behind. See rankings for other components of fitness.

We have also created our own listing of top endurance rated sports, based on what you, the website visitor, think. It is not the same.

ranking sport rating (out of 10)
=1 Cycling: Distance 9.63
=1 Track and Field: Distance 9.63
3 Swimming (all strokes): Distance 9.25
4 Skiing: Nordic 9.00
5 Boxing 8.63
6 Rowing 8.13
7 Water Polo 7.88
8 Soccer 7.75
9 Speed Skating 7.63
10 Basketball 7.38
=11 Ice Hockey 7.25
=11 Tennis 7.25
=13 Canoe/Kayak 6.75
=13 Field Hockey 6.75
=13 Rugby 6.75
=16 Lacrosse 6.63
=16 Wrestling 6.63
18 Figure Skating 6.38
19 Racquetball/Squash 6.13
20 Track and Field: Middle Distance 6.00

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