25 Jan '13, 8pm

First U.S. runner to blood dope (for study): "That run was the highest I have ever felt."

Mel Williams, Ph.D., was a professor of exercise physiology at Old Dominion University in the late 1970s when one of his grad students brought a Track & Field News story to class. The article said that some people believed Finnish distance great Lasse Viren had blood doped his way to four Olympic gold medals. No one had ever conducted any experiments on blood doping for athletes. So Williams, a dedicated and talented runner then in his early 40s (he would eventually win three, 10-year-age-group awards in the Boston Marathon and has completed all 37 Marine Corps Marathons), figured he and his students should set up a few. They conducted three such studies over the next several years, with the last--a double-blind, cross-over study--being the best of the lot. In that study , a group of local road runners capable of 30- to 35-minute efforts in area 5-milers, improved an avera...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/meet-first-blood-dopin...

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