The Clydesdale, in marathons, is a category of male runner.
Like its namesake horse, Clydesdale runners are large and sturdy, built for power more than for speed
— unlike your typically lean marathoner.
Runners in this category race with all the other runners but compete within the category to provide them with fair competition — so a runner may finish poorly overall, but still win his category. For larger marathoners, the category offers an opportunity to participate competitively in a marathon.
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