Sigma Xi Lecture tests the limits of human performance

October 13, 2018

Run — don’t walk — to this year’s Sigma Xi lecture on the two-hour marathon.

Dr. Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic’s Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology, studies human exercise performance. In 1991, he first suggested that it might be possible for a person to run a marathon (26.2 miles, remember) in less than two hours.

On Tuesday, he’ll take another look at that idea based on the research that’s come out in the last 27 years. How can you be sure he knows what he’s talking about? According to the press release, Joyner has run a marathon in two hours and 25 minutes — closer to that goal than any of his audience members are likely to get.

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