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Should you walk or run through rain?

Sun, 9th Mar 2008

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Question

Alan asked:

I got wet and rained on today in Cambridge. Is it better to walk through the rain or to run through it? When do you get most wet?

Answer

If the wind isn't blowing and the rain's falling straight down vertically, as you travel through the rain then your front will always hit the same amount of rain no matter how fast you run.  If you go slowly you'll get more that falls on top of your head, so running is slightly better than walking.

But don't fall over because if you fall over you'll get very wet indeed!

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