Quantifying the Benefits of Drafting for Runners

Clara T. Fryman

For a quick second back in 2017, drafting for runners was a sizzlingly hot subject matter. Eliud Kipchoge had just narrowly skipped the two-hour barrier in Nike’s Breaking2 marathon, and speculation was rampant about the supposed aerodynamic benefits of the big electronic clock mounted on the speed car or truck in entrance of him.

In the conclude, an unbiased investigation concluded that the car or truck most likely didn’t make substantially variance. As a substitute, it was the runners themselves—rotating teams of six pacemakers in an arrowhead formation—who removed most of the air resistance. At minimum, which is what a

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