[Nutritional behaviours in ultra-endurance runners--Deutschlandlauf 2006]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 2008 Mar 5;97(5):243-51. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157.97.5.243.
[Article in German]


We investigated the nutritional habits of ultra-endurance runners before, during and after the Deutschlandlauf 2006 in Germany, from the north (Kap Arkona-Rügen) to the south (Lörrach), over 1,200 km and 17 stages. Twenty male ultra-runners completed a questionnaire about their nutrition before, during and after the race. In the 4 weeks, and the day before the race, 70% of the runners followed no special diet. In the morning before the start of a stage, the main nutrients were buns with jam, butter and cheese and the preferred drink was coffee. During the stages, the athletes preferred to consume bread, bananas and chocolate and preferably drank pure water, Apfelschorle and Coca Cola. In the evening, the athletes preferred to consume meat, noodles, pure water and beer. During the run, 40% of the athletes had a special desire for salty and fatty food and 10% a particular reluctance for sweet and carbohydrate-rich products. After the race, the runners preferred apples, vegetables, rice, bread, pure water, Apfelschorle and beer. Multi-vitamin products, multi-mineral products as well as magnesium were the preferred supplements before, during and after the race. We conclude that 70% of the ultra-endurance runners in the Deutschlandlauf 2006 followed no special diet before the race. Multi-vitamins, multi-minerals and magnesium were preferably consumed as ergogenic supplements. Before the start of a stage they ate a normal breakfast; during a stage they preferred carbohydrate-rich products and water; and in the evening after a stage they preferred to consume meat with a carbohydrate-rich nutrition and drank water as well as beer.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dietary Supplements / statistics & numerical data
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Physical Endurance / physiology*
  • Running / physiology*