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Aging, Fitness, and Marathon Times in a 91 Year-old Man Who Competed in 627 Marathons.

Addison O, Steinbrenner G, Goldberg AP, Katzel LI - Br J Med Med Res (2015)

Bottom Line: His times plateaued at ~ 600 minutes in his late eighties.Between ages 68 and 89 his VO2max declined from 43 to 20 ml/kg/min.His marathon times were highly correlated with his VO2max (r(2)=0.87).

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Affiliation: Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA. ; The Baltimore Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA.

ABSTRACT

Aging is associated with a decline in maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) that may be attenuated by chronic endurance exercise. This case study chronicles the changes in marathon times in a 91 year old man who completed 627 marathons and 117 ultramarathons over 42 years. He began running marathons at age 48. His yearly best times remained fairly constant at ~240 minutes from age 50 - 64 years and then gradually rose to about 260 minutes in his early seventies followed by a curvilinear deterioration as he approached his ninth decade. His times plateaued at ~ 600 minutes in his late eighties. Between ages 68 and 89 his VO2max declined from 43 to 20 ml/kg/min. His marathon times were highly correlated with his VO2max (r(2)=0.87). The decline in marathons times and VO2max may reflect the contributions of biological aging, changes in exercise training volume and intensity, injuries, and comorbid disease.

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Figure 1: There is a curvaliner increase in this patient’s marathon times as he approached his ninth decade of life

Mentions: The patient ran his first marathon, the Boston Marathon, at age 48 in 1969. During his first decade of training there was a decrease in his marathon times and he achieved his personal lifetime best marathon time of 231 minutes at age 51 years (Fig. 1). His yearly best times remained fairly constant at ~240 minutes until 64 years and then gradually rose to ~260 minutes in his early seventies. As he approached his eighties, there was a curvilinear deterioration in his marathon times with a plateau at ~600 minutes in his late eighties.


Aging, Fitness, and Marathon Times in a 91 Year-old Man Who Competed in 627 Marathons.

Addison O, Steinbrenner G, Goldberg AP, Katzel LI - Br J Med Med Res (2015)

There is a curvaliner increase in this patient’s marathon times as he approached his ninth decade of life
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: There is a curvaliner increase in this patient’s marathon times as he approached his ninth decade of life
Mentions: The patient ran his first marathon, the Boston Marathon, at age 48 in 1969. During his first decade of training there was a decrease in his marathon times and he achieved his personal lifetime best marathon time of 231 minutes at age 51 years (Fig. 1). His yearly best times remained fairly constant at ~240 minutes until 64 years and then gradually rose to ~260 minutes in his early seventies. As he approached his eighties, there was a curvilinear deterioration in his marathon times with a plateau at ~600 minutes in his late eighties.

Bottom Line: His times plateaued at ~ 600 minutes in his late eighties.Between ages 68 and 89 his VO2max declined from 43 to 20 ml/kg/min.His marathon times were highly correlated with his VO2max (r(2)=0.87).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA. ; The Baltimore Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA.

ABSTRACT

Aging is associated with a decline in maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) that may be attenuated by chronic endurance exercise. This case study chronicles the changes in marathon times in a 91 year old man who completed 627 marathons and 117 ultramarathons over 42 years. He began running marathons at age 48. His yearly best times remained fairly constant at ~240 minutes from age 50 - 64 years and then gradually rose to about 260 minutes in his early seventies followed by a curvilinear deterioration as he approached his ninth decade. His times plateaued at ~ 600 minutes in his late eighties. Between ages 68 and 89 his VO2max declined from 43 to 20 ml/kg/min. His marathon times were highly correlated with his VO2max (r(2)=0.87). The decline in marathons times and VO2max may reflect the contributions of biological aging, changes in exercise training volume and intensity, injuries, and comorbid disease.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus