Badminton started its boom here in the Philippines about the year 2002. That's when we started seeing badminton courts mushrooming almost everywhere. With badminton newbies going to sports shops and buying their racquets and shuttles, it suddenly became everybody's sport.
Recently, I'm seeing my relatives and a lot of my officemates started joining 5k/10k fun runs. I'm seeing a lot of marathons/funruns being organized lately ---even our office organized one last year. Could it be that running is now the next fad after badminton? Versus the latter, the only basic investment that one needs to have is a good pair of running shoes versus the shoe+racquet gear for badminton.
We'll see in the next couple of months if the sport truly picks up.