Irish runner Martin Fagan, suspended for EPO use. Image source: http://corkrunning.blogspot.com

When it comes to connecting distance running with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), we know a few things.

  • We know that 2011 saw a record amount of PRs and course records in the sport of distance running.
  • We know that certain illegal substances, specifically EPO, boost the performances of endurance athletes, regardless of sport.
  • We know that purses, appearance fees, and sponsorships have dramatically increased in value.

But, do we know if there’s a problem with PEDs in distance running? Let’s take a closer look.

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