ERIC Number: ED382648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Resizing Triathlons for Fairness.
Wainer, Howard; De Veaux, Richard D.
As currently configured, triathlons are dominated by cyclists and runners. The concept of fairness, as applied to triathlons, suggests that a cyclist, runner, and swimmer, all equally proficient, can each traverse the associated segment of the triathlon in approximately equal times. This definition of fairness is used to derive fair triathlon proportions for various total elapsed times. The equal variance argument is explored, and a plan is proposed for the Ultimate Paris-to-London Triathlon. World records for the three sports are used to produce estimated distances traversed. These alternative proportions make the three segments more equal and should encourage the participation of swimmers. While the Paris-to-London route is a bit longer than the analysis suggests, it is more appealing than the ideal that would start a little east of Paris and end a little north of London. An appendix considers statistical bias in the analysis, and one figure illustrates the discussion. (Contains 5 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.