Will Climate Change Slow Marathon Times?
Climate change is blamed for melting ice, shrinking animals and brewing more intense storms around the globe — but is it slowing the top finish times at the Boston Marathon? Not yet, researchers found, though future increases in temperature could mean fewer records are broken.
Runners typically dread hot race days. Warmer temperatures tend to drag on finish times, studies have shown, and the slower you run, the more minutes you’re likely to pile on during a boiling hot day.
This year saw one of the hottest marathons in Boston, with temperatures on April 16, 2012, soaring into the 80s — about 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) higher than the normal high. Though that race day was unseasonably warm, temperatures in Boston have been rising at a relatively high rate over the past century.
The hottest April 16 in Massachusetts occurred in 1896, with temperatures reaching 87 degrees at Blue Hill and Lawrence. How does this crap get published?
h/t to Marc Morano