The physics of fluids explains how crowds of marathon runners move

A new liquid-inspired theory can predict the jostling of throngs of marathoners lining up to race

marathon finish line

SMOOTH MOVE  Packs of runners in the Chicago Marathon behave like a liquid in the lead-up to the race, a new study finds.

N. Bain, D. Bartolo

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Physics

From the Nature Index

Paid Content