Global Warming And Marathons

Two years ago, climate geniuses told us that marathons are doomed by global warming.

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Will Climate Change Slow Marathon Times? – Yahoo News

This weekend will be one of the coldest New York Marathons, with forecast highs in the 40’s. But on November 2, 1950 – temperatures in New York State approached 90 degrees.

All due to your SUV.


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21 Responses to Global Warming And Marathons

  1. More evidence that 2014 is absolutely the hottest year ever!

  2. WJohn says:

    I am sure that times recorded in the past can be homogenised to give the (any) desired result. We cannot trust those old instruments, nor the guys who used them. The old tape measures exaggerated the distance and the clocks ran slower.

  3. Andy Oz says:

    The Ethiopian, Kenyan and Algerians athletes will be devastated. Marathons are what their athletes are best at.

  4. Truthseeker says:

    F$%king SUV’s … they are making the world colder!

  5. John B., M.D. says:

    Yes, warmer temps slow times, but it is impossible to account for all the confounding variables in the study quoted in the article, period.

    Other variables include (off the top of my head): humidity, sun vs. clouds, prize money, strength and composition of the elite fields, injuries to the elite athletes, chronological proximity of major competing marathons, consistency of the pacesetters (rabbits), race tactics (e.g. pace of first 18-20 miles of the race, timing and duration of surges, etc.

  6. Eric Simpson says:

    OT: Iceagenow and Notrickszone is covering this development: apparently 14,000 years ago during the Younger Dryas cold period there was an extinction causing meteor strike, and consequent raging global fires are thought to be responsible for CO2 levels surging from 280ppm to ~ 400ppm. These elevated CO2 levels remained for around 40 years, but there was no warming. In fact, there was cooling. As we already know, the ice core data provides perhaps the strongest evidence that there is no evidence that CO2 affects temperatures. Now this Younger Dryas data provides another point of evidence that CO2 does not in any appreciable way affect climate temperatures (at least beyond a certain ppm, as 200ppm).

    Additionally, CO2 levels rose suddenly and sharply. But then… the elevated CO2 levels declined within decades. So this is key evidence that our CO2 emissions will not persist in the atmosphere for hundreds or thousands of years. So, as society in the near future starts to move toward non-carbon based energy sources, like potentially nuclear fusion etc, then CO2 levels are going to drop quickly. As it is, CO2 is not damaging anything. So why worry?

  7. Mat Helm says:

    Snow?!? Already, this far south. Where’s all the global warming we were promised? And about that “Hottest Year on record” crap…

  8. They train for the marathon all summer and run it in November. ROTFL.

  9. Andy DC says:

    November 1950 started off with record heat, but around Thanksgiving, a Sandy-like “Superstorm” produced widespread 100 mph winds in the Northeast, along with record snows and cold for many inland citiies.

  10. rah says:

    The “Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis starts at 08:00 on Nov. 1st and the forecast temperature at race time is 28 deg. F

  11. bleakhouses says:

    Yes but cold air is denser for a given humidity and slows you down.

  12. rah says:

    For me the best for any type endurance event at temps 60 to 65 deg and elevation of 3,000 feet or less with low humidity. I was never a great runner but could kick butt ruck sacking. In 10th SFG we had a test twice a year called “The Trojan Test”. The day started out with the standard Army APRT. 2 mile run, all the pushups you could do in 2 min., all the situps you could do in 2 min.
    Next, after a break and change into uniform with boots was the 12 mi ruck. 55 lb rucksack, full LBE with two full canteens, and M-16A1. Weights to simulate a basic load of ammo. Max allowable time was 2 1/2 hours.
    Right from the finish line of the ruck we threw our stuff on a truck and were taken to the pool. 50 meters in full uniform with boots, rucksack and dummy M-16. Another 100 meters in uniform and boots. Then strip down to shorts and swim non stop 1,000 meters.
    I did that test at Ft. Devens, MA, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and Bad Tolz Germany and my best scores were during the three years at Tolz.
    It didn’t really matter though. After a year on a team in group I could do that test and still go out and dance and party all night.
    The only time I had a problem was when some dumbass officer made the decision one day that we would swim before we rucked. Despite having well developed callus pads a whole lot of us really tore up our feet on that one. They didn’t do that again.

  13. Frank K. says:

    Another “science” myth is busted:

    Dennis Kimetto Breaks World Record at Berlin Marathon
    Kenyan runs 2:02:57 to be the first to go under 2:03.
    September 28, 2014

    (…from the article…)
    Now that the 2:03 barrier has been broken, the debate quickly emerged once more about the possibility of a two-hour marathon. For what it’s worth, the two fastest men in the books believe it’s possible. “I am expecting a marathon in two hours,” said Kimetto. Mutai agreed: “Today showed that the time is coming down and down. To beat two hours is possible.”

    “I can break this record again,” Kimetto said. Like everything in Berlin this weekend, it seems just a matter of time.

    • Few people have any concept of what it means to run 13 MPH for two hours. Mind boggling.

      I was on pace for 3 hours in 1985, but crashed and burned the last few miles of the Fiesta Bowl Marathon.

      • Send Al to the Pole says:

        At six minutes or less, It seemed like I would always run out of sugar in the first few miles. You have to be able to transition off of glucose and start drawing that kind of energy out of fat stores. It’s very stressful. I ran in a Deseret News race in the 1980s, and the course brought the leaders back down a canyon in the opposing direction from those behind them. Those guys looked like they had bigger calves than thighs.

  14. Curt says:

    A couple of years ago, the LA Marathon, which occurs in March, was run in a cold drizzle. The elite runners had their best times ever, which says that for them, how well they can throw off waste heat is a key limiting factor. Hundreds of casual runners were treated for hypothermia.

    • Send Al to the Pole says:

      At a 5 minute pace, it is quite common for people to run out of electrolytes. Their bodies are actually unable to maintain a normal temperature, and the intense heat created by exertion is what keeps them from going into hypothermia. It has happened that they finish the race, start cooling and collapse. This even happened to Alberto Salazar, my hero.

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