CHANGES IN RUNNING GAIT PARAMETERS DURING A 161 KM TRAIL RACE

  • Sarah Breen
  • Mitchell L Stephenson
  • Randall Jensen
  • Scott Drum
Keywords: Stride Length, Stride Rate, Pacing

Abstract

The current study examined changes in running speed and technique during a 161 km trail race and their relationship to performance. Sixteen participants were video recorded during continuous running for each of the five 32 km loops of the race. Participant’s stride length (SL), stride rate (SR), and speed were calculated. Lap and finish times were also collated from the race results. All variables changed significantly during the race (i.e. Speed?, Lap time?, SL? and SR?). Increased consistency in stride rate and length across the five laps, as well as speed, correlated positively with performance. Increased stride length in laps one, two and four correlated positively with performance. Results indicated that fatigue during the race decreased both speed and SL. Better performers ran faster with a longer SL and were able to maintain their initial speed for longer.
Published
2014-10-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities