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Best of 2012 RacePacket Regional Runner Rankings
By James Moreland
Sun is comin' and it's getting warmer
Let's run, run, run, runaway
Jefferson Starship 1977
There were 1362 races were qualifiers, a 15% increase with another 11% increase to more than 677,000 runners. Every season there were scores more races that did not have qualifiers. There were 238 major races, meaning 500 or more runners and surprisingly the average race size was 497.
Men and women's ranked times represented 16,951 times, a 15 % increase, with women representing 52.6% of the times. 366 different men and 369 women qualified to be ranked.
Per usual, the largest division was the 60-64 with 52 qualifiers. The Open women's division had 81 and Open men's division had 52 but both of them came from multiple divisions. The top women’s division was the 50-54 with 54 while the men had 49. In the Elite division, 11th place Ryan Carroll commands the south with 21 overall victories. Third place Gurmessa Megressa was next with 15 victories. Three women had 10 or more victories led by 8th place Anna Holt-Gosselin with 27. Renee High as well as master Brenda Schrank had 10. In the age group battles, Seventeen men and fifteen women had 16 or more victories.
There were14 half marathons with more than 1,000 finishers. The 5K had 45 times and the 8K had 12 times. For the Marathon there are 5 and the 10 Mile there are 7. Finally in the 10K there is the largest of all races and there are 16 times.
Races with more than 100 Ranked Runners
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.
In each period the champion is listed to the right of the best time run in the period.
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 2013 ranking year:
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