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Performance and Pacing of Age Groups in Half-Marathon and Marathon


Nikolaidis, Pantelis Theodoros; Cuk, Ivan; Rosemann, Thomas; Knechtle, Beat (2019). Performance and Pacing of Age Groups in Half-Marathon and Marathon. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(10):1777.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the age-related differences in performance and pacing in a half-marathon compared to a marathon. All finishers ( 9137) in the Ljubljana 2017 half-marathon ( = 7258) and marathon ( 1853) with available data on split times during the races, were analysed for pacing. Half-marathoners were slower than marathoners among women, (2.77 ± 0.35 versus 2.86 ± 0.39 m·s respectively, < 0.001), but faster among men (3.14 ± 0.45 versus 3.08 ± 0.46 m·s respectively, < 0.001). In both race distances, the <25 age group was the fastest and the >54 age group the slowest ( < 0.001). All age groups presented a positive pacing in both race distances and genders, with each segment being slower than the previous one. However, an end spurt was observed in the marathon, but not in the half-marathon. A more even pace in the half-marathon than in the marathon was shown for most age groups. In summary, age-group finishers in the half-marathon decreased running speed across the race, presented a more even pacing than marathoners, and did not show an end spurt.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the age-related differences in performance and pacing in a half-marathon compared to a marathon. All finishers ( 9137) in the Ljubljana 2017 half-marathon ( = 7258) and marathon ( 1853) with available data on split times during the races, were analysed for pacing. Half-marathoners were slower than marathoners among women, (2.77 ± 0.35 versus 2.86 ± 0.39 m·s respectively, < 0.001), but faster among men (3.14 ± 0.45 versus 3.08 ± 0.46 m·s respectively, < 0.001). In both race distances, the <25 age group was the fastest and the >54 age group the slowest ( < 0.001). All age groups presented a positive pacing in both race distances and genders, with each segment being slower than the previous one. However, an end spurt was observed in the marathon, but not in the half-marathon. A more even pace in the half-marathon than in the marathon was shown for most age groups. In summary, age-group finishers in the half-marathon decreased running speed across the race, presented a more even pacing than marathoners, and did not show an end spurt.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of General Practice
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:20 May 2019
Deposited On:12 Jun 2019 14:47
Last Modified:01 Jul 2019 12:34
Publisher:MDPI Publishing
ISSN:1660-4601
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101777
PubMed ID:31137495

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