Woo! Mary Keitany went for Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 world record in London, but came up a little short in 2:17:01, good enough for the “women’s-only” all-time best. Women’s-only? Yeah. That’s a thing.
You see, after Paula Radcliffe ran 2:15:25 world record in a race with male pace-setters, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), the international governing body for the the sport of track and field, made a rule that a women’s world record would only count if run in a women-only race — meaning either a women-only race or, as is the case for most major marathons these days, in a race with an elite women-only start. Meaning, the IAAF decided it might be easier to run faster with men around rather than just women.
So we wanted to know, in theory or in your experience, for only elites or the rest of us:
Does running with men help women run faster? Why or why not?
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