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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Marathon Fastest Runner Not the Winner

See the article here.

The basic premise is this. A woman ran the Nike Women's Marathon in 2:55. The fastest elite runner ran it in 3:05. Yet, the elite runner won. The race organizers were apologetic, but the elite runners were given a 20 minute head start, so they are the only ones that have a chance of winning.

Sucks, yes. But, I side with the race organizers here. Honestly, in any big race, if you are going to win, you have to be in the elite group. When the gun goes off for them, that is the start of the race. Normally, that is when everyone's clock time starts, even though your chip time doesn't start until you cross the starting line. Chip times don't count in the results for the winners, although they sometimes count for age group awards, etc. Baltimore had a separate set of awards for non-elite runners, but the elite runners were the only ones with a real chance of winning the top prize.

So, if you think you're going to run that fast, run a small race (like the NCR Trail Marathon), or get yourself into the elite group. Or, just be happy with your time.

The good news is that I will never have this problem.

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