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How Do Pro Runners Run So Fast?

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Have you ever watched footage of Usain Bolt with a stupefied look on your face, wondering how one man could run... so fast? You're not alone.

This hour, we consider the science behind high-speed running with a researcher at Southern Methodist University.

We also check in with a couple of local runners, including Kiran Majmudar, who ran his first Hartford Marathon at... get this... age 65. 

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Discover: Human Speed -  "'The difference in speed really comes down to what happens on the ground,' says Peter Weyand, a physiologist and biomechanist at Southern Methodist University in Texas. 'Fast people hit with more force in relation to body weight.'"

Hartford Courant: At 71, Enfield Man Doesn't Let Age Get In The Way As He Runs Seventh Hartford Marathon - "Majmudar, who has three children and six grandchildren, has plenty of support. His wife drives around the course with drinks and oranges and ice and whatever he needs."

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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