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May. 29, 2014 11:59pm Liz Klimas
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What would an 18-year-old marathon runner have in common with a 55- or 60-year-old runner, aside from powering through the same 26.2 miles?
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A recent study found that they are actually likely to finish in about the same amount of time.
The study out of Camilo José Cela University in Madrid demonstrated that the relationship between marathon runners times and age is represented by a U-shape graph.
Using the times of 45,000 runners who participated in the 2010 and 2011 New York City marathon, comparing finishes with ages of the runners, who were 18 to 75 years old.
The best finishing times for men came around 27 years old, while for women it was 29 years old. Finish times were 4 percent slower for each year prior to these peak ages and 2 percent slower each year after.
“While the rate at which performance drops is moderate until the age of 55, from then on the drop becomes sharper in both male and female runners,” lead author Juan Del Coso Garrigós said.
Based on these findings, elite marathoners should consider a long-term training program that would allow them to achieve maximum performance in their late 20s."
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Daniel Petty
The Denver Post
The Denver Post
BOULDER — Mamitu Daska is unquestionably the current queen of the Bolder Boulder's elite women's 10K race.
The Ethiopian won her fourth title Monday well ahead of the rest of the field, finishing in 32 minutes, 21.63 seconds. She also won in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and was the runner-up in 2011. Only Portugal's Rosa Mota has more career Bolder Boulder victories with five.
Even with temperatures in the high 60s, and even with a hard early pace from Deena Kastor, Daska felt the pace was too slow. So she took off down the left side of a long straightaway before the first mile while the rest of the women followed the inside curve of the road.
The champion "did good training and felt the pace was easy at the beginning," Daska said through a translator.
That set the tone: If you want to win, prepare for bold moves and a long grind over the scorching pavement of this rolling, high-altitude course.
Shalane Flanagan, who most recently finished as the top American in the Boston Marathon, tried in vain to move with her. But the gap only grew with each passing mile — five seconds at mile one, then nine at two miles, 16, 22, 28 — until the finish: 43.48 seconds. Flanagan and Daska ran nearly the entire race solo.
"I think she knew I probably didn't have the adaptation to altitude, so I was a little cautious, even though that felt really fast for me," Flanagan said. "So I tried to be as cautious as possible but not give away the race. I didn't want to hand it to her. But I tried to keep her within distance to see if she faltered and misjudged herself."
About halfway through the race, Flanagan realized Daska wasn't coming back.
"At that point, the competitor in me — it was hard to let that go," she said. "But I was worried about the team aspect, and I was wanting to safely hold second for my team."
With Kastor's fourth-place finish and Sara Hall's 16th-place finish — a race Hall described as the most challenging she had ever run — the American women's Red team finished third behind Ethiopia and Kenya.
For Daska, there was only one regret: not breaking the course record of 32:13, set in 1995 by Kenya's Delillah Asiago in cool, rainy conditions.
"She says it's very difficult to run alone," Daska's translator said. "If she had other people, it would help her push the pace, and she would run a better time.
"She knows this course very well. She was planning to break the course record, but because of the hot weather, she wasn't able to."
Would she come back to try again?
"Yes, she hopes so," her translator said. So does Cliff Bosley, co-race director and co-founder.
Kastor, 41, turned in another stirring fourth-place finish. The roaring crowd of tens of thousands rose to its feet as she entered Folsom Field, a sign of respect for a woman whose status as a running legend becomes more solidified with dominant performances each passing year.
"My husband and coach, Andrew Kastor ... told me to take it out hard because we live at a higher altitude than Boulder," said Kastor, of 7,880-foot Mammoth Lakes, Calif. "So I knew that it was my intention to take the sting out of the rest of the field. In taking the sting out of myself the rest of the way, I was suffering quite a bit during the race."
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Great Manchester Run: Kenenisa Bekele claims victory
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele saw off the challenge of Wilson Kipsang to take victory at the Great Manchester Run.
The 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder ran in 28 minutes and 23 seconds with marathon world record holder Kipsang of Kenya five seconds back.
World and Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba earned a comfortable victory in the women's competition, finishing the 10km course in 31:09.
Britain's Gemma Steel was second, more than a minute behind Ethiopian Dibaba.
Polline Wanjiku closely challenged Steel on the line, but vocal support saw the 28-year-old run home ahead of the Kenyan in 32:10.
"That really lifted me, I was fighting for that silver and it's good to see that I can sprint when I have to," Steel told BBC Sport.
"It's good to establish myself in these races again, I feel at home in them. To come back and finish behind Dibaba, who is the best in the world, you can't complain about that."
Three-time Olympic champion Bekele, making his British 10k road debut, was matched by Kipsang until the closing stages but a late burst of acceleration in the final 400m earned him victory. South African Stephen Mokoko was third.
Among the 40,000 entrants at Europe's biggest 10km running event were former footballers Phil Neville, Michael Gray and Robbie Savage, soap stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Denise Welch, and former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy.
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