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Want to get running? Try “Eye of the Tiger”

May 12, 2010

JAPAN/Rocky Balboa might pack a punch with boxers but Sylvester Stallone’s character has also proved to be an inspiration for another sporting group - marathon runners.  Ahead of last month’s London marathon, a group of marathon runners were asked by which songs kept them motivated as they trained for the 26.2 mile event and songs from the  soundtrack of the classic Rocky films came out tops.

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor again topped the poll which is now in its fourth year but this year also saw “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti shooting into the top 10.

“Rocky films have obviously been watched by many as they have trained for this iconic race, and have motivated runners to go the distance … The tunes that runners have chosen all demonstrate strong beats and rhythm, which always helps maintain a good running pace,” said Managing Director Chris Twamley in a statement.

“Chariots of Fire” remained in the top 10, as did “Proud” by Heather Small and Kings of Leon dropped a couple of places with “Sex on Fire.”  New entries included Black Eyed Peas “I gotta feeling” and Ron Goodwin’s “The Trap.”

Here is a list of  of the Top 10 motivational songs to run for by 2010:

- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
- Keep on Running – Spencer Davis Group
- Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
- Don’t stop me now – Queen
- Don’t stop Believing – Journey
- Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
- I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
- Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
- The Trap – Ron Goodwin
- Proud – Heather Small

- Photos by Reuters

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