Clydesdales Are A Growing Weight Class

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 5, 2010

Bigger runners have their reasons to race, too.

Take a look at the top runners across the finish line at any road race and the similarities in body type are striking: rail thin whippets with nary an extra ounce of excess body weight on their frail frames.

Bigger runners finishing in the middle or back of the pack are becoming more and more popular, however, and many races are now offering prizes for the weightier runners who thrive on competition.

“As a Clydesdale, you know you’re never going to win a race,” says Jeffrey West, a 6-foot-3- inch, 245 pounder who has run nine marathons and whose best time is 4 hours 51 minutes. “But can I compare myself to another 45-year-old runner who weighs 145 pounds? Not really.”

Paul Collyer, race promotor and founder of USA Clydesdale and Filly Racing Federation, says the bigger weight classes are becoming more and more popular amongst the running masses.

“Now a lot of big fit guys and big fit women are taking part,” said  Collyer.

For More: New York Times

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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