As someone who runs, my inital reaction is "Well, duh. Of course it does." Dr. Costas Karageorghis, an expert on the effect music has on athletes agrees: "Music is a legal drug for athletes." He says listening to music while running can goose your performance by up to 15%.
This brings me to the Rock'n'Roll Marathon series. From The Guardian:
The events, a fixture in the US for almost 15 years, are extremely popular, with 450,000 people running in one of its 2012 races alone. Many other big city races have the occasional band along the route, and London has had the Run to the Beat half-marathon, lined with DJs, for the past five years. But on 15 April the UK finally got its first taste of the action, with the inaugural Edinburgh Rock'n'Roll half-marathon.
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