The Boston Marathon, one of the toughest in the country, is a test of character and physical prowess. Then why do men drop out more frequently than women? Take a look at the data.
For men this year, the dropout rate was up almost 80 percent from 2017; for women, it was up only about 12 percent. Overall, 5 percent of men dropped out, versus just 3.8 percent of women. The trend was true at the elite level, too. Conditions were particularly harsh this year.
According to the article in the New York Times written by Lindsay Crouse there are multiple reasons why women rule.
- They persevere no matter how tough it gets for multiple reasons.
- They perform better than men in extreme conditions.
- They have a higher tolerance for pain.
- They pace themselves better.
- They are better adjusted to meeting goals.
- They finish what they start. (We are not quitters).