About two years ago my housemates and I started wondering if our hamster, Lizzie, could run across the United States in her lifetime. I built a device to count revolutions of her wheel and a website to track her status. Recently Lizzie passed away making it almost 1000 miles (or about a third) of her journey. We were sad to see her go, but she left some interesting data.
How far does a hamster run?
Over her recorded life, Lizzie ran an average of 1.65 miles per day. In the first half of her life this average was higher at 2.27 miles per day. Later in her life, as she started getting old and sick, it dropped to 0.88 miles.
How Far Does a Hamster Run?