South African Reserachers have found that if a marathon runner loses 3% of body weight during the race, the chances of winning increases.
The researchers gathered data on 643 competitors, 560 male and 83 female, who completed the Mont Saint Michel Marathon race in France in 2009. They ran 42 kilometers (26.0975 miles).
The study took place during the 2009 Mont Saint-Michel Marathon (France). 643 marathon finishers (560 males and 83 females) were studied. The change in body weight during the race was calculated from measurements of each runner’s body weight immediately before and after the race.
They found that body weight loss during the marathon was inversely related to race finishing time in 643 marathon runners and was >3% in runners completing the race in less than 3 h.
The researchers found that those with the best finishing times were also the individuals who had lost the most weight.
Runners who finished in four hours lost an average of under 2% of their body weight, compared to 2.5% among those who finished within three to four hours.
Those who finished their run within three hours lost at least 3% of their body weight.
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