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Best of 2013 RacePacket Regional Runner Rankings


By James Moreland

There were 1317 races were qualifiers, a 4% drop but with 2% increase to more than 691,000 runners. Every season there were scores more races that did not have qualifiers. There were 237 major races, meaning 500 or more runners and surprisingly the average race size was 508.

2013     Major     Total    Percent    Ranked   Runners
Winter      66       253      3.08%      3803     123,517
Spring      82       381      1.61%      4399     273,286
Summer      46       303      3.43%      3891     111,527
Fall        55       380      2.10%      3844     183,114
Total      249       1317     2.37%     15937     691,444

The percent reflects the number of ranked runners compared with the total runners in all the races for that period.

Men and women’s ranked times represented 16,004 times with women representing 56% of the times. 324 different men and 359 women qualified to be ranked.

As is mostly the case in the past, the largest division was the 60-64 with 52 qualifiers. The Open women’s division had 76 and Open men’s division had 60 but both of them came from multiple divisions. The top women’s division was the 45-49 with 47.

In the Elite division, 26th place Ryan Carroll commands the south with 17 overall victories. Top ranked Josef Tessema had nine victories. Five other men including second and third place had 5 victories. Champion Claire Hallissey leads all runners with 25 wins. Sherry Stick had 14 with Anna Holt-Gosselin next win 12. Katie Ogden and Brenda Schrank had 11 and Renee High had 10. In the age group battles, Seventeen men and nineteen women had 15 or more victories.

 PL   Name                        Age   AG Win
 1    Poulos, Ted                  52     68
 2    Gurtler, Robert              78     60
 3    Shapiro, Lou                 72     36
 4    Graf, Tami                   77     31
 5    Noone, Jim                   69     29
 6    Whalen, Mandy                73     29
 7    Franks, Alice                65     29
 8    Brown, Karsten               39     26
 9    Wind, Jay                    64     25
 10   Pointer, Maurice             58     25
 11   Nelson, Dee                  70     25
 12   Robbins, Chan                76     24
 13   Wong, Ronnie                 67     24
 14   Castillo D'Amico, Mercedes   55     22
 15   Aasen, Yvonne                82     21
 16   Sharer, Louise               61     21
 17   Hall, Maureen                48     21
 18   Chall, John                  56     20
 19   Perotti, Ofelia              55     20
 20   Ross, Cathy                  42     19
 21   Weyers, Maynard              77     18
 22   Rogers, Ron                  61     18
 23   Piggott, John                48     18
 24   Conant, Cindy                51     18
 25   Biasi, Barbara               66     18
 26   Denise Knickman              45     18
 27   Yannakakis, George           81     17
 28   Fleming, Mike                68     17
 29   Chasse, Craig                44     17
 30   Hughes, Janet                75     16
 31   Rigby Kash, Leslie           55     16
 32   Neff, Mark                   52     15
 33   Berglund, Mary Kate          73     15
 34   Williams, Ecris              74     15
 35   Schrank, Brenda              41     15
 36   Sheptock, Tatiana            37     15

Listed below are the top five races in each of the major race distances

There were 19 half marathons with more than 1,000 finishers. The 5K had 55 times and the 8K had 9 times. For the marathon there are 4 and the 10 Mile there are 9. Finally in the 10K there is the largest of all races and there are 16 times.

      Race                                           Runners
  1   Kelly's Shamrock 5K                              4271
  2   Drumstick Dash 5K                                3746
  3   Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K                      3664
  4   Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9-11 Memorial   3507
  5   SOME Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K         3456
  1   Charlottesville 4 Miler                          3029
  2   Virginia 4 Mile                                  1188
  3   Fairfax Four Mile                                1155
  4   PRR Twilight Festival 4 Miler                    841
  5   ZERO Prostate Cancer Run 4 Miler                 646
  1   TowneBank Shamrock Festival 8K                   8036
  2   Jingle All the Way 8K                            4711
  3   Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M                        4246
  4   St. Patrick's Day 8K                             3782
  5   Celtic Solstice 5M                               3069
  1   Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K                      32226
  2   Marine Corps 10K                                 7603
  3   Anthem Wicked 10K                                5906
  4   YMCA Turkey Chase 10K                            4022
  5   Sole for the City 10K                            2770
  1   Army 10 Mile                                    26025
  2   Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M                 17350
  3   Baltimore 10 Miler                               4937
  4   George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile        4819
  5   Annapolis 10 Miler                               3363
  1   Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon                     19945
  2   Nike Women's HM                                 14478
  3   Rock N Roll Half Marathon                        9853
  4   Baltimore Half Marathon                          9655
  5   Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon           8424
  1   Marine Corps Marathon                           23712
  2   Rock 'n' Roll Marathon                           3552
  3   Baltimore Marathon                               3029
  4   Yeungling Shamrock Festival Marathon             2845
  5   Blue Ridge Marathon                              424

Races with more than 100 Ranked Runners

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M            286
Army 10 Mile                               264
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K          186
Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K                 163
Marine Corps Marathon                      153
Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon     149
RRCA Challenge 10 Mile                     133
Annapolis 10 Miler                         132
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon                125
George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile  100

To qualify for the RacePacket Runner Rankings for the whole year, a runner must be ranked with two races each in at least two periods. Many racers change age group during the year. A runner can use an older age group ranking as the "second" ranking period to qualify for the year. However, they may not use a younger age group to qualify for the older division. It is possible to be ranked in both divisions for those with one younger group rankings and two or more in the older division.

The "Speed Alone," reported at the beginning of each section, is the fastest qualifying time run for each division. In Red, it means the division champion ran it.

Rankings Explained - What It Is, Who Does It, How We Do It, and Where We are Going

The goal of the runner rankings is to rank the best runners of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, in five-year age groups, for the purpose of stimulating competition in the Washington region. Runners are ranked only according to performances in rated races. To be rated, a race must meet the following criteria:

  • Take place in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia
  • Full results listed on the RacePacket Web site
  • Must list age (and preferably also city and state of residence) of all runners
  • Standard distance--5K, 4-Mile, 8K, 10K, 12K, 15K, 10M, 20K, 1/2 Marathon, 25K, 30K, 20M, or Marathon
  • Road race or cross-country

To be included, a race must meet all of the above criteria. There will be no exceptions. If you place well in a race and want it included in the rankings, be sure to ask the race director to e-mail the complete results to the RacePacket at james@racepacket.com so the race can be posted on the RacePacket Web site and counted in the runner rankings.

Runners will be ranked by age divisions for both men and women, with the divisions being open, 19 & younger, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 & older.

The rankings are established using a nearly completely objective rating procedure. A preliminary sort, followed by an intensive analysis of competitive results, forms the rankings. The preliminary sort is based on number of qualifying marks and best times. The final ranking is based on head-to-head competitive results against the other top placers (50%), with time playing a major but secondary role (40%). Our general philosophy is that competition is about beating other runners and we intend to place an increased emphasis on competitive results.

To qualify for the end-of-year rankings, top priority will go to runners who qualify in two ranking periods. A preliminary sort, followed by a more involved analysis of competitive results, also forms these rankings. The preliminary sort is based on seasonal rankings and best times. The final ranking is again based on head-to-head competitive results, with time playing a secondary role, though at times a deciding role. One special race can at times put a runner over the top, though consistency is a valued asset.

Qualifying times are set in each age division for the 10K, and then adjusted for other distances. I believe in a constant time so that, while a runner may not make the top ten, he or she may consider himself or herself a ranked runner. My primary concern is that of believability. There should be few surprises. Competitiveness will always find a few disputes. Most runners know whom they can best and who remains unbeatable. The rankings should fairly reflect that. If you have comments and questions or would like to get a more complete explanation of individual rankings contact me at james@racepacket.com.

The current qualifying standards for the 10K are:

Age Group          Men        Women
Open              34:20       41:15
19 & Younger      38:20       48:45
35-39             36:40       44:10
40-44             38:20       46:05
45-49             39:45       48:45
50-54             42:00       51:45
55-59             43:55       54:30
60-64             49:45       62:05
65-69             52:50       75:00
70-74             56:20      1:29:40
75-79            1:32:30     1:39:00
80 & older       1:45:00     1:50:00

The ranking periods for the 2014 ranking year:

  • Winter 2014 - November 12, 2013 – March 9, 2014
  • Spring 2014 - March 10, 2014 – May 26, 2014
  • Summer 2014 - May 27, 2014 – September 1, 2014
  • Fall 2014 – September 2, 2014 – November 10, 2014

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