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Pace yourself to race: volunteer runners needed for study

Do you want to know your aerobic fitness and a useful training strategy to improve your 10km race performance?

If you are healthy, aged between 18 and 35, and your best time over this distance has been under 35 minutes, you are invited to participate in a study investigating effects of pacing strategy on 10km running race performance.

In the lead up to the 2012 Olympics, Australian and Brazilian researchers are working together to investigate strategies to maximise 10km running performance.

Victoria University Professor David Bishop said that during middle-distance running events, such as the 10km running race, competitors must continuously regulate their velocity in order to finish in the fastest possible time.

"Changes of speed have been termed 'pacing strategy' but unfortunately the optimal pacing strategy to maximise middle-distance running performance has not been established,'' Professor Bishop said.

"The objective of this study is to examine the influence of manipulating starting strategies during the first 1200 metres of a 10km running race to establish which of these pacing strategies maximises performance.

"Some runners like to hold back in the pack and make a charge at the end, while others like to lead from the front, much like stayers in a horse race.''

For more information contact Professor David Bishop on 9919 9471 or email david.bishop@vu.edu.au

 

For interview: Professor David Bishop on 0435 962 364 or 9919 9471

 

Media contact:

Daniel Clarke, Media Officer,

VU Marketing and Communications Department

Ph: 9919 9491 or 0407 771 072

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