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Table 1 Socio demographic and exercise related characteristics

From: Iron, folate and vitamin B12 status of Ethiopian professional runners

Variables Frequency Percent
Sport category and sex   
 Marathon runners   
  Male 10 9.9
  Female 6 6
 Long (5 &10 km) runners   
  Male 8 8
  Female 10 9.9
 steeplechase (3 km)   
  Male 9 9
  Female 5 5
 Middle distance (800 m)    
  Male 12 11.8
  Female 10 9.9
 Short (100–400 m)   
  Male 18 17.8
  Female 13 12.9
 Weekly training days   
  7 days per week 6 6
  6 days per week 79 78
  5 days per week 8 8
  3–4 days per week 7 7
 Training hour per day   
  1:30–1:45 h 44 43.56
  2:00–2:30 h 57 56.44
 Sleeping hour per day   
   > 12 h 4 4
  11–12 h 29 28.7
  9–10 h 50 49.5
  7–8 h 16 15.8
  6 or less Hrs 2 2
 Training place   
  Stadium, sululta, gefersa, holeta. 28 27.7
  Stadium, sebeta,Ararat, CMC. 26 25.7
  Stadium, entoto, mekele, A.kality. 32 31.7
  Mixture of all 15 14.8
 Athletes age range   
  17–18 19 18.8
  19–25 72 71.3
  26–35 10 9.9
 Religion   
  Orthodox 68 67.3
  Muslim 10 9.9
  Protestant* 22 21.8
  Others 1 1
 Ethnicity   
  Oromo 42 41.6
  Amahara 26 25.7
  Tigre 13 12.9
  Others** 20 19.8
 Marital status   
  Single 99 98
  Married 2 2
  Divorced 0 0
  Widowed 0 0
 Sex of athletes   
  Male 57 56.4
  Female 44 43.6
 Average monthly income (ETB)   
   ≤ 1000 9 9
  1001–1500 24 23.8
  1501–1999 47 46.5
  2000–2500 17 16.9
  2501–3500 4 4
  1. *Hawariat; **Welaita, Sidama, Gurague, Harari, Hadya, Hamer & Benishangul