Ultramarathoners miss less work, less sickly, study says

January 8, 2014 10:01 PM

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Ultramarathoners miss less work, less sickly, study says

People who run races of more than 50 miles get hurt — stresses and strains and bruised toes. But generally they are healthier and take less sick time than the rest of us. None of that’s too surprising, if you imagine what it takes to run even five miles.

Running races longer than a marathon — 26.2 miles — has grown in popularity, with 15,500 people finishing such races in 1998 and 63,530 doing so in 2012, according to UltraRunning magazine. So researchers decided to look at the health effects of extreme exercise. They assessed 1,212 ultramarathoners...

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