[i]Originally posted by Flash[/i]
I got it from a television program called the nature of things here in canada. The host is nobel prize winner David Suzuki. But now that I thought this over I do believe that they were running downhill, being in mountain terrain in all.
Whatever Dr. Suzuki said is embellished for television because it’s setting off a 5-alarm alert on my B.S. meter. Even if they are somehow able to run extremely fast downhill (this is somewhat of a skill that requires quite a bit of recklessness) there is absolutely NO WAY to determine that they were running upward of 12 m/s. Were there somehow timing eyes on the mountain that could determine the exact velocity of each person (as there have been in all major championship races of the past 20 years)? Perhaps as some of the people ran down the hill to save their lives, others stood on the side of the hill and took 10m splits for all the people as they ran past a set of markers that had been accurately lade out prior to the catastrophic event. Using these 10m splits they then calculated there velocity?
On a side note, is it so hard to believe that people can achieve supernatural strength with the proper motivation. There have been many examples of this with ordinary people, like mothers lifting up a car to save their trapped child. Some things happen that can’t be explained and I dont see how running would be any different.
I would again ask you to show me a source regarding the “mother’s lifting a car off of a child.” I looked in desperation trying to find one years ago but never found anything other than people saying that it happened without ever giving details (where, who, when, etc.). You’d be surprised how many things like this are accepted as fact without ever having a lick of supporting evidence or truth. I think that it’s nothing more than urban legend. Always be skeptical!
Having said that, phenomenal feats of strength or athletic performance are possible due to decreased neural inhibition brought on by extraordinary circumstances. For all cases I’m aware of though, the results have been realistically within the limits of human capacity. A 100 lb mother (as the tale goes) lifting a car off of a child doesn’t fit into this category nor does a group of untrained people running at velocities faster (even if achieved downhill) than those ever recorded by the fastest individuals under the most perfect conditions (mondo track, speed suit, spikes, etc.) in the world who have trained for years. If you can find proof from a credible source to support the “woman lifting a car” story I’ll send you an ELITETRACK t-shirt for free.