Born to run: our future depends on it

Alejandro Santos-Lozano, Alejandro Lucia, Luis Ruilope, Yannis Pitsiladis

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On the 6th May 2017, a Kenyan distance runner ran the marathon in 2:00:25 at the Monza racetrack, Italy. Although Eliud Kipchoge's time marks the fastest marathon ever run, his performance cannot be considered an official world record (currently at 2:02:57) because he benefited from unusual advantages (eg, car drafting and rotating pacemakers, controversial running shoes). Yet, this astonishing performance suggests that a sub 2-hour marathon under official conditions might not be so far away and demonstrates the remarkable capacity of the human body, as exemplified by Kipchoge's ability to endure a gruelling training regime (>120 miles/week at ~2400 m) in typically warm climes, helping him achieve a performance previously considered impossible. Even more important are the lessons we can learn from a global health perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-636
Number of pages2
JournalLancet
Volume390
Issue number10095
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2017

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Santos-Lozano, A., Lucia, A., Ruilope, L., & Pitsiladis, Y. (2017). Born to run: our future depends on it. Lancet, 390(10095), 635-636. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32103-7
Santos-Lozano, Alejandro ; Lucia, Alejandro ; Ruilope, Luis ; Pitsiladis, Yannis. / Born to run: our future depends on it. In: Lancet. 2017 ; Vol. 390, No. 10095. pp. 635-636.
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Born to run: our future depends on it. / Santos-Lozano, Alejandro; Lucia, Alejandro; Ruilope, Luis; Pitsiladis, Yannis.

In: Lancet, Vol. 390, No. 10095, 12.08.2017, p. 635-636.

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Santos-Lozano A, Lucia A, Ruilope L, Pitsiladis Y. Born to run: our future depends on it. Lancet. 2017 Aug 12;390(10095):635-636. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32103-7