I hope everyone is getting fired up for 6FT 2012.
Every year we get a lot of questions about the wave allocations and so I thought it best to put everything into one single thread.
Why do we allocate waves?
The start of the track is very narrow and so we send runners down in groups of around 250 to ease congestion at the start, and also on the single track between Pinnacle Hill and Coxs River.
Also, we will ensure that any runner (male or female) that has any realistic chance of making it on to the podium is selected in Wave 1.
How are runners allocated to waves?
The wave allocation process is designed to be completely objective, transparent and automated.
Every runner will be allocated to a wave based on their previous history. We are changing the process a bit this year and so every runner (whether 6FT experienced or not) can use any qualifier since December 1, 2010 to improve their wave. In other words, past 6FT glories from 2010 and earlier will count for naught and a new time will be needed.
Attached is a small spreadsheet to help you pick which race is the "best" for you. Type in your times (and distance) in the blue cells to see what the best 6FT equivalent time is. If at all possible, try to include a time that conforms to this spreadsheet. It makes our lives much easier in sorting everyone into waves.
What can I do to improve my wave?
Train harder and race faster in a qualifier. Glenbrook, Two Bays and Six Inch in WA are your last chances to improve your qualifying time.
I would like to run with my mates. Can this be arranged?
Yes - we are always happy to arrange this. You will be allocated to the lowest wave from the group. From about mid January (after the entry lists are getting finalised) we will sort all this out.
I think I should be in a higher wave do to recent training / bad day in qualifying race / positive noises from my coach / general sense of entitlement etc?
Sorry, but thems the rules.
Every year we get lots of begging emails from people to be bumped up from, say, Wave 3 to Wave 2. Some people send in references from coaches with phone numbers to call etc. Everyone working on this is a volunteer, and we simply to not have the time to go calling everyone, so please don't bother. After last race we went back and looked at the people who were most adamant about their right to a higher wave and most of them performed wayyy below their expectations.
The course is the same distance for every wave (a seemingly little-known fact), so just be happy to be out there and enjoy the race.
If you still feel aggrieved, then channel that anger into running a sensational time and qualify yourself for a better wave for next time.
How can I make the organisers' lives easier?
Please make sure that you fill in your details (date of birth etc) correctly. This makes the process a lot of better.
If anyone has anyone has any specific questions about the waves, please ask them here. I will try to answer them in a timely fashion.
EDIT: Version 3 of calculator with changes to road marathon ratio
Edited by hatless, 09 November 2011 - 11:29 AM.