Reader: Denver's fitness pales in comparison to Minneapolis'

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We recently counted down the Sharecare.com list of America's most fit cities -- a roster that placed Denver at number one.

Many of our readers agreed with this ranking, but one in particular had a strong reaction to what she sees as a major omission.

Sara Huang writes:

I don't know what Sharecare.com is, but they don't' have Minneapolis listed. Most lists cite Minneapolis in their top 5, if not number 1. And if you've ever been to Minneapolis you know why. Denver's fitness pales in comparison to Minneapolis. Not trying to hate, but they have BIKE HIGHWAYS there and those folks rollerblade like it's 1994. And they continue to massively bike commute in weather like this ALL WINTER LONG. To those of you I've seen biking out there in Denver, ROCK ON!

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Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

NJ is really just an extension of NYC. I suppose a similar relationship could be established between Denver and the Twin Cities, considering the former is increasingly being invaded by annoying "friendly" transplants from the latter.

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

I hate to state the obvious but would it not have made the list if it were in fact healthier.

Broox Pulford
Broox Pulford

Some of us ride our bikes all year long and commute to work in the snow. Some of us think riding our bikes in the snow is a lot of fun.

brooxpulford
brooxpulford

Some of us do ride our bikes all year long. (In weather like this I'm assuming is snow...)

Mike Herold
Mike Herold

And the summer humidity?? No thanks.

Mike Herold
Mike Herold

Also Minneapolis is considered the COLDEST city in the US.Have you ever spent the winter months there?? Unbearable.

Robyn Pindell
Robyn Pindell

Go go roller bladerrrr!! There is a lot more fitness that meets the eye in denver then our bike lanes. Biking to work in snow is certainly commendable but give our rock climbers, skiers, boarders, workout crazies, walkers, hikers, swimmers etc (the list goes on) some freakin credit! Add it all up and we're just friggin awesome!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

So all 10 people who live in Minneapolis rollerblade. Congratulations.

Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe
Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe

I'm sorry but with a population of over 630,000 twice the size of Minneapolis I might add...Denver has the lowest obesity rate in the country .. Comparing Minneapolis to Denver is like comparing New Jersey to New York City

zach.pasdoe
zach.pasdoe

Haha.  The Minneapolis metropolitan area is still larger than the Denver metropolitan.  Furthermore, Minneapolis isn't the cowtown that Denver is.

zach.pasdoe
zach.pasdoe

Latest estimates have Denver's population at 634,265 and Minneapolis' at 392,880 -- hardly twice the size.  Also, Denver's land area is 153.3 square miles whereas Minneapolis has a land area of 54.9 square miles. Minneapolis at 153.9 sq. miles would have over a million people.  Nice try though, Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe.


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