Journal Article

A stochastic frontier approach to running performance

Elmer Sterken

in IMA Journal of Management Mathematics

Published on behalf of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Volume 16, issue 2, pages 141-149
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 1471-678X
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6798 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/imaman/dpi007
A stochastic frontier approach to running performance

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Long-distance running performance depends on age of the runner and race distance. In this paper we apply a stochastic frontier approach to estimate optimal running performance across distances from 5000 m up to and including the marathon. We present age correction factors for 5000, 10000 and 15000 m, half-marathon and marathon distances for women and men. Two conclusions emerge: (1) official age grading tables are too optimistic for older runners and (2) running performance–age curves differ across distances.

Keywords: running performance; stochastic frontier estimation; age correction factors

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Subjects: Mathematics

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