Ultra Running Events Attract Older Runners

Did you know that ultra running events attract surprisingly high numbers of older runners?

“It was great to finish standing up!” said 80-year-old male participant on finishing the National 100K Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, in a record time of 15:05:47.

Surprisingly, ultra-running events attract swarms of older runners. Why is it so? The theory is that older runners know better how to pace themselves and often run on trail so have less impact on their joints.

What’s interesting is that injury rates are no higher among ultra runners than they are for mid-distance runners, according to Californian researchers. And this is not all, it’s the younger, less experienced ultra runners who are more at risk of injury. This clearly shows how important experience is.

In the US, 20% of all ultra distance race finishers were over 50, which is a 50% increase in the number of ultra runners in the last five years.

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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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