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

Exercise Physiology Laboratory, 18450 Nikaia, Greece
School of Health and Caring Sciences, University of West Attica, 12243 Egaleo, Greece
Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Management, Singidunum University, 1100 Belgrade, Serbia
Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
Medbase St. Gallen Am Vadianplatz, 9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1777;
Received: 25 March 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 20 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health, Exercise and Sports Performance)
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 (n = 9137) in the Ljubljana 2017 half-marathon (n = 7258) and marathon (n = 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−1 respectively, p < 0.001), but faster among men (3.14 ± 0.45 versus 3.08 ± 0.46 m·s−1 respectively, p < 0.001). In both race distances, the <25 age group was the fastest and the >54 age group the slowest (p < 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: aging; endurance; gender; master athlete; performance aging; endurance; gender; master athlete; performance
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Nikolaidis, P.T.; Cuk, I.; Rosemann, T.; Knechtle, B. Performance and Pacing of Age Groups in Half-Marathon and Marathon. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1777.

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