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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.
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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:
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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