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New Research: Women Are Better Runners Than Men

Each year, 8 March marks International Women’s Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and the huge strides that have been made towards equality. 

While women still receive the thin end of the wedge in terms of prize money and sponsorship in some running disciplines, according to new research, women are better runners than men.

Danish statistician Jens Jakob Andersen, studied results from 131 marathons and concluded that women are 18.61% better than men at running with a controlled and consistent pace when comparing results for the first and the last part of the marathon. This means that men are more likely than women to slow down throughout the course of a 26.2 mile race.  

Another interesting aspect of the study is the finding that during the last 5 years, the highest rise in marathon participation is for women aged 50+ (growth of 89.70%).

Read the full results from the study here >>

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Blog cover image: Photo by Peter Boccia on Unsplash