Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Common During a Race

Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Common During a Race

A study of ultra long distance runners has discovered that 96% experience gastrointestinal symptoms (GI) during a race.

Researchers at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, questioned 193 runners after they finished the 161km Western States Endurance Run, and discovered that 66% suffered mild flatulence, 61% belching and 60% nausea.

Gastrointestinal symptoms affected 44% of runners who completed the race, while among the ones that didn’t make it to the finish line 35.6% said GI symptoms were the reason for not completing the race and in 90.5% of cases this was because of nausea.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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