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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 

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 ...

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First Published: Fri, November 03 2017. 23:04 IST