2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Effect of Temperature on 10k Race Times 


Samantha E. Bostick * and Ashleigh B. Sharkey
Dr. James A. Padfield, Faculty Mentor



This study aimed to evaluate the effect of temperature on the largest ten kilometer (10k) race in the US in relation to the well established temperature marathon correlation.



The Atlanta Journal- Constitution Peachtree Road Race times were analyzed for 15 years separately for men and women (576,777 total finishers). Race times of the first, 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles were gathered and averaged. Temperatures used were at 7:52 on race day. Data was analyzed using a coefficient of determination for each percentile. 



There was no significant correlation between temperatures and 10k times for men or women. Men: First R2:0.1865, 25th R2: 0.028, 50th R2:0.0389,  75th R2: 0.0262. Women: First: R2:0.2945, 25th: R2:0.0375, 50th: R2:0.0384, 75th: R2:0.025. 



There is no significant relationship between 10k race performance and temperature within this temperature range. This is notable due to the previously observed significant relationship between marathons and temperature.


Keywords: temperature , running, race times

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Poster

Session: 10-4
Location: https://flipgrid.com/21dd1d00
Time: 0:00

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