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Participation and Performance Analysis in Children and Adolescents Competing in Time-Limited Ultra-Endurance Running Events

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Ultra Sports Science Foundation, 69130 Pierre-Bénite, France
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Health Science Department, Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA), 28400 Collado Villaba, Madrid, Spain
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Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, 8091 Zürich, Switzerland
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Exercise Physiology Laboratory, 18450 Nikaia, Greece
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Medbase St. Gallen Am Vadianplatz, 9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1628; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051628
Received: 8 February 2020 / Revised: 27 February 2020 / Accepted: 29 February 2020 / Published: 3 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Training and Performance in Youth Sports)
Ultra-endurance running is of increasing popularity in the adult population, mainly due to master runners older than 35 years of age. However, youth runners younger than 19 years of age are also competing in ultra-endurance events, and an increase has been observed in distance-limited events, but no data is available on time-limited ultra-endurance events in this age group. This study investigated participation and performance trends in time-limited ultra-endurance races, including multi-day events, in runners younger than 19 years of age. Between the period 1990 and 2018, the most popular events recorded a total of 214 finishes (from 166 unique finishers (UF)) for 6-h events, 247 (212 UF) for 12-h events, and 805 (582 UF) for 24-h events, respectively. The majority of athletes originated from Europe and North America. Only a minority participated in multi-day events. Overall, speed increased with age, but the overall performance speed decreased across calendar years for 6- and 24-h events as participation numbers grew. In summary, in youth ultra-endurance runners, differences were observed regarding participation and performance across the different time-limited events, the age of the athletes and their country of origin View Full-Text
Keywords: boy; girl; ultra-endurance; running; ultramarathon boy; girl; ultra-endurance; running; ultramarathon
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Scheer, V.; Di Gangi, S.; Villiger, E.; Rosemann, T.; Nikolaidis, P.T.; Knechtle, B. Participation and Performance Analysis in Children and Adolescents Competing in Time-Limited Ultra-Endurance Running Events. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1628.

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