"Yannis Pitsiladis traveled to the Dead Sea for the same reason that pilgrims wheezing with bronchitis and emphysema head to this low-altitude divide between Israel and Jordan. Yannis went in search of oxygen. A quarter-mile below sea level at the #DeadSea, where the barometric pressure is high, there's about 5 percent more oxygen to breathe. The naturally enriched air has been shown to increase exercise capacity in those with chronic lung disease. What Yannis — a scientist and provocateur — wanted to know was whether it could do the same thing for distance runners. While on assignment for @nytimessports in February, @urielsinai took this photo of Yannis running along a dike that crosses the Dead Sea. Visit the link in our profile to read about Yannis Pitsiladis's quixotic quest to train a #marathoner to break the 2-hour barrier. #nytweekender" By nytimes on Instagram.
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