Competitive road races in Victoria
Posted 16 July 2003 - 07:39 PM
- 50 runners or more under 40minutes for 10k (or equivalent for other distances); AND
- 10 runners or more under 35 minutes for 10k (or equivalent for other distances)
I've cut some races some slack, when they've fallen just outside the criteria.
Here's the list:
Mountain to Surf
Runners World Run to the 'G
Geelong Half Marathon
The Great Train Race
Aths Vic Cross Country Relays
Aths Vic Geelong Cross Country
Aths Vic Sandown Park Road Race
Aths Vic Albert Park Road Race
Aths Vic Road Relays
Aths Vic Bundoora Park Cross Country
Aths Vic Coburg Cross Country
Aths Vic Half Marathon
Asics Melbourne Marathon (both marathon and half marathon)
Herald Sun Olympic Dream
I'm sure I've missed a couple. Feel free to point them out.
Either way, there's not that many.
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Posted 16 July 2003 - 08:08 PM
- Feb 8/36/200
- Mar 6/43/214
- Apr 4/35/160
- May 8/41/195
- Jun 7/64/227
- Jul 6/42/205
Posted 17 July 2003 - 06:22 PM
I'd love to see a national list of all competitive road races.
Action, maybe you could help out with a list of NSW races? Feel free to adjust my arbitrary criteria if you want.
Posted 17 July 2003 - 10:46 PM
For example, if a 10K race had fifty runners, all under 40 minutes, and 10 under 35 minutes, I'd personally find that competitive and finish near the back of the field if not stone cold last.
Now think of a 10 K race with 2000 competitors. With the same number of runners under 40 minutes, I'd finish in the top 3% and feel like a legend, but really it wasn't a very competitive race.
So, maybe competitiveness could be measured by the proportion of runners finishing within 50% (for example) of the world's fastest time (e.g., proportion of male runners under ~40 minutes for 10 K or under ~3:08 for marathon, etc).
I know this approach doesn't deal with adw's issue about the density of fast runners at the finish of a race, but it would better capture my feelings of what makes a competitive race.