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Best of 2014 RacePacket Regional Runner Rankings


By James Moreland

There were 1244 races were qualifiers, another 4% drop and this 4% decrease to 665,000 runners. Every season there were scores more races that did not have qualifiers. There were 230 major races, meaning 500 or more runners and surprisingly the average race size was 534. There were 119 races with more than 1,000 finishers.

2014	Major	Total	Percent	Ranked	Runners
Winter	72	266	3.05%	4060	133320
Spring	70	366	1.85%	4456	240546
Summer	42	302	3.51%	3902	111056
Fall	61	310	1.91%	3446	180449
Total	245	1244	2.38%	15864	665371

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 16,692 times with women representing 55% of the times. 334 different men and 371 women qualified to be ranked.

Per usual, the largest division was the 60-64 with 57 qualifiers. The Open women’s division had 74 and Open men’s division had 65 but both of them came from multiple divisions. The top women’s division was the 50-54 with 44 and 40-44 with 43.

In the Elite division, 49th place Ryan Carroll commands the south with 12 overall victories. Victor Flemming, 35, and Richard Morris both had seven victories. Four other men including second place Biase Moleta had 5 victories. Sherry Stick leads all runners with 12 wins. Fourth place Claire Hallissey had 11 with Megan Digregorio was next with 10. Runner-up Susanna Sullivan, Sika Henry, Anne Mazur, and Brenda Schrank had 8. In the age group battles, ninety-two runners had 10 or more victories and forty-three had more than 15 or more victories. Sixteen had 20 or more including eight members of the 50 Plus Club with the top three having more than 50 wins.

PL	Name			Age	AG Win
1	Brown, Karsten		40	56
2	Poulos, Ted		52	56
3	Gurtler, Robert		79	53
4	Wind, Jay		64	36
5	Nelson, Dee		71	33
6	Franks, Alice		66	29
7	Graf, Tami		78	28
8	Whalen, Mandy		74	28
9	Pointer, Maurice	59	25
10	Noone, Jim		70	24
11	Biasi, Barbara		67	22
12	Novak, Jeannette	70	22
13	Robbins, Chan		77	22
14	McMahon, Jack		83	21
15	Conant, Cindy		53	20
16	Moreland, James		62	20



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

There were 61 half marathons with 18 having more than 1,000 finishers. The 5K had 49 times and the 8K had 12 times over 1,000. For the marathon there are 5 and the 10 Mile there are 9. Finally in the 10K there is the largest of all races and there are 17 times.

        Race                                                        Runners
   1    Kelly's Shamrock 5K                                           4229
   2    Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K             3784
   3    Baltimore United Way 5K                                       3598
   4    SOME Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K                      3480
   5    Drumstick Dash 5K                                             3269
   1    Charlottesville 4 Miler                                       2924
   2    Four Courts 4M                                                1508
   3    Fairfax Four Mile                                             1365
   4    Virginia 4 Mile                                               1284
   5    Freedom Four Miler                                            1206
   1    TowneBank Shamrock Festival 8K                                8310
   2    Jingle All the Way 8K                                         4401
   3    Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M                                     4229
   4    St. Patrick's Day 8K                                          4038
   5    HCA 8K                                                        3378
   1    Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K                                   27404
   2    Across the Bay 10K                                           14921
   3    Marine Corps 10K                                              7635
   4    Anthem Wicked 10K                                             5384
   5    Sole for the City 10K                                         3107
   1    Army 10 Mile                                                 26238
   2    Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M                              17747
   3    George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile                     5161
   4    Baltimore 10 Miler                                            4048
   5    Annapolis 10 Miler                                            3343
   1    Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon                                  16724
   2    Nike Women's HM                                              14761
   3    Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon                        8923
   4    Baltimore Half Marathon                                       8605
   5    Rock N Roll Half Marathon                                     7809
   1    Marine Corps Marathon                                        19661
   2    Anthem Richmond Marathon                                      4841
   3    Yeungling Shamrock Festival Marathon                          2788
   4    Baltimore Marathon                                            2763
   5    Rock 'n' Roll Marathon                                        2722


Races with more than 100 Ranked Runners

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M                 392
Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K                      304
Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon          219
Army 10 Mile                                    195
American Family Fitness Half Marathon           189
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K               180
Anthem Richmond Marathon                        174
Across the Bay 10K                              170
RRCA Challenge 10 Mile                          149
Annapolis 10 Miler                              129
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon                     127
HCA 8K                                          119
Marine Corps Marathon                           118
Yeungling Shamrock Festival Marathon            112
Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K                    107
Parks HM                                        101

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.

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 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 2015 ranking year:

  • Winter 2015 - November 11, 2014 – March 8, 2015
  • Spring 2015 - March 9, 2015– May 25, 2015
  • Summer 2015 - May 26, 2015 – August 31, 2015
  • Fall 2015 – September 1, 2015 – November 9, 2015

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