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Question #3902 posted on 03/06/2004 12:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

As a follow-up to my altitude question from before, a friend of mine wants to know how much time to subtract from a distance race (running) of a mile, 3000 meters, 5000 meters and 10,000 meters run in Cedar City at an altitude of 5,782 feet or 1762.35 meters above sea level. What would be the percentage to multiply it by in order to convert it to a sea level time?

-Mountaineer Gasping for Breath with a friend on Southern Utah University's track team

A: Dear hypoxiated:

Calculating altitude effects on athletic performance isn't nearly as easy as gas-phase physics. I'll refer yo to Jonas Mureika, who studies this sort of thing for a living:

http://desert.jsd.claremont.edu/~newt/track/

-- The Keeper of Razor-sharp Tubules