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Participation and performance trends in elderly marathoners in four of the world’s largest marathons during 2004–2011

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Title
Participation and performance trends in elderly marathoners in four of the world’s largest marathons during 2004–2011
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SpringerPlus, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40064-015-1254-6
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Baschir Ahmadyar, Christoph Alexander Rüst, Thomas Rosemann, Beat Knechtle

Abstract

Performance and age of elite marathoners is well known. Participation and performance trends of elderly marathoners (75 years and older) are not well investigated. This study investigated participation and performance trends in elderly marathoners older than 75 years competing during 2004-2011 in four races (Berlin, New York, Chicago and Boston) of the 'World Marathon Majors' using mixed-effects regression models. Participation for women and men remained unchanged at 17 and 114, respectively, during the investigated period. For all finishers, marathon race times showed a significant and positive trend for gender, calendar year and age. For the annual fastest, calendar year and age showed a significant and positive trend. For the annual three fastest, gender, calendar year and age showed a significant and positive trend. The gender difference for the annual fastest and the annual three fastest showed no change across years. For the annual fastest and the annual three fastest, race times were fastest in the youngest age group (75-79 years) and slowest in the oldest age group (85-89 and 80-84 years, respectively). The gender difference in marathon race times remained unchanged across years at 19.7 ± 11.2, 28.1 ± 23.8 and 41.9 ± 22.6 % for the annual fastest in age groups 75-79, 80-84 and 85-89 years, respectively. For the annual three fastest men and women in age groups 75-79 and 80-84 years, the values were 23.7 ± 3.2 and 30.0 ± 13.2 %, respectively. In summary, for marathoners older than 75 years participating during 2004-2011 in four of the largest marathons in the world, participation for female and male runners remained unchanged, the fastest women and men became slower across years and the gender difference in performance remained unchanged. These findings might be the results of the relatively short period of time of 8 years. Future studies might investigate the performance trends in a large city marathon across a longer period of time.

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United Kingdom 1 4%
Unknown 24 96%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Professor 3 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 12%
Student > Master 2 8%
Lecturer 1 4%
Other 4 16%
Unknown 9 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 7 28%
Sports and Recreations 4 16%
Arts and Humanities 1 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 4%
Other 2 8%
Unknown 9 36%

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