As you may know, I’m participating in the IJA World Joggling Championships in Lexington, Kentucky two weeks from now. These races will be different than the normal 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and full Marathon distances that I usually do. There will be sprint races of distances like 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, etc. instead.
Well, it turns out that scientists have discovered that sprinters lined up in lane 1 actually have a starting advantage of those lined farther away from the inside track. They measured the reaction time of sprinters in the 2004 Olympics and found that the closer you were to the starter gun, the faster your reaction times were. These hundredths of a second could be the difference between joggling for gold or stumbling for silver.
I know I’m going to try and get closer to the starter gun in these races. This Average Joggler is going to need all the help he can get.
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