If you are among the more than 50,000 people who will run the New York City Marathon on Sunday, you know that training, eating right and getting a good night’s sleep are some of the keys to setting a personal best. But an analysis of more than 4.7 million finishing times from 20 years of data on almost 900 marathons — including those in New York, London, Chicago, Boston, Berlin and the Olympics — shows how much your time can be affected by another factor: temperature. The fastest times are run on days when the average outdoor temperature is in the 40s. (Humidity ...
Your race against time: How climate affects the marathon
The interactions between climate and a sport like long-distance running are only going to get more pronounced as the climate changes
Michael Greenstone | NYT Last Updated at November 3, 2017 23:04 IST