Best Age For Ultramarathon Racing

Best Age For Ultramarathon Racing How you train for a 100 km (62.13 mile) foot race is one thing. An analysis of ultramarathon competition from 1960 to 2012 suggests there might be an ideal age for competing in such demanding events. The findings were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

The cross-sectional study analyzed both the age and running speed of 129,019 men and 18,998 women over more than 50 years. The fastest male competitors increased their speed from 8.67 to 15.65 km per hour, and the fastest female competitors speed up 8.06 to 13.22 km per hour. The average age of the fastest 10 men and women really didn't change much, holding steady at 35 years of age.

True Strength Moment: The fastest performances in races of all distances keeps getting faster year after year, but the average age of the top ultramarathon finishers remained the same. This shows that placing at a demanding physical contest like this requires years of training and experience.
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