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Jamie Emerson and Brian Hill
''Elite marathon runners: do East Africans utilize different strategies than the rest of the world?''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.3 )
This paper investigates the recent dominance of East African runners at the marathon race distance. Do East Africans utilize different race strategies than runners from other countries? We find that runners who pursue the three strategies of (1) running a negative split, (2) running with the lead pack at the 30 kilometer mark of the marathon, and (3) running faster from 30 kilometers to 35 kilometers than the previous 5 kilometer split (25 kilometers – 30 kilometers) are more likely to win the race and to finish in the top three. We also find that East Africans are more likely to successfully utilize these strategies than runners from other countries.
Keywords: Race Strategies (Tactics), East African, Elite Athletes, Endurance Running
JEL: Z0 - Other Special Topics: General
L8 - Industry Studies: Services: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 25 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 31 2017

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