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Oldest and youngest female finishers Gunhild Swanson and Katie Trent basking in the glory and adoration that greeted them at the finish line of Western States 100. Photo: Ted Knudsen, Courtesy of Western States 100 features Sleep, Run, Repeat by Allison Harvey Summer Running Apparel Review by Donald Buraglio Keys Ultra Flatrock 101k Western
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Gunhild Swanson crosses the finish line of the 2015 Western States 100 6 seconds before the 30 hour cutoff to become the oldest finisher in the history of the race.
I decided to examine the question whether women are superior distance runners by consulting the world records. (I assume that the world records give close to the best human performance under ideal conditions.) In order to make comparisons more valid I used records set on the track to eliminate possible uneven performances due to grade (such as the net 490 foot drop at the Boston Marathon) and potential aiding by wind (70% chance at Boston).
Stephanie Howe runs a speedy and impressive race to set a new Lake Sonoma women’s course record. Photo: Bob MacGillivray features Sleep, Run, Repeat by Allison Harvey Achieving Flow State by Fred Surgent Ultrarunner Profile: Bill Dodson Ultrarunner Profile: Gunhild Swanson Ultrarunner Profile: Mark Ritchman Joe Fejes’ Six-Day American Record Bull Run Run Lake Sonoma
How good is Yiannis Kouros? Put it this way: He is the only runner for whom an accusation of cheating eventually became an honor. The quality of his run in the first Spartathlon was so far beyond what anyone thought possible that the only way to put his performance in perspective was to assume that he had cut the course. And so he came to Austria on Easter weekend of 1984 as the object of sincere suspicion.