2014 Interim Rankings
Midpoint through the Summer Ranking Period
(As of July 29, 2014)
By James Moreland
There will be four seasonal rankings and a Best of the Year which will decide the top runners in the open as well as 12 age groups. Traditionally the summer season is the longest, going from Memorial Day through Labor Day. With that in mind we have provided interim standings showing the top ten open and the top five age group runners with the best times through July 29, 2013. The runners are all listed in alphabetical order, not ranking as yet. This will give runners a chance to see who is leading the way for the Summer Rankings that will be posted in the October RacePacket as well as on our web site. For reference, we listed the 2014 spring champion and the 10K equivalent time they won with as well as last summer's best time run. An asterisk(s) by the runners name indicate how many age group wins they have or in the open division how many overall wins they had.
Now let's see who made the top.
Men and Women
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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 included races. To be included, 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, 10-mile, 20K, 1/2 Marathon, 25K, 30K, 20-mile, or Marathon
- Road race or cross-country
To be included, a race must meet all of the above criteria. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the 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.
We 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. Our 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 the author at email@example.com.
The current qualifying standards for the 10K are:
Age Group Men Women
Open 34:20 41:15
19 & younger 38:20 46:05
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 89:40
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 Runner Rankings, November 17, 2013 through March 1, 2014 - reported July-August 2014
- Spring Runner Rankings, March 2, 2014 through May 26, 2014 - reported July-August 2014
- Summer Runner Rankings, May 27, 2014 through September 1, 2014 - reported November-December 2014
- Fall Runner Rankings, September 2, 2013 through November 10, 2014 - reported January-February 2015
- Best of 2014 (November 16, 2013 through November 10, 2014) - reported March/April 2015
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