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7/12/14 11:30 P

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I agree. I totally prefer the 5 year age groups. I have been in races where there was no gender distinction. It was everybody 20-29, 30-39, etc. Not surprisingly, few women won anything.

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6/25/14 10:25 P

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Check the minimum age limits on your HM. My local running club has two HMs each year and both have minimum ages of 18. In terms of the 2-20 AG, that effectively results in a 3-year AG of 18-20. I can live with that.

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6/25/14 9:30 P

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In a small-town half where I live, the increments started at 2-20 years, then went by 5 year increments (i.e. 21-25 and up). I've never really thought about age increments as I'm a middle to back packer. Love the comments though, they make me go 'hm'....

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6/19/14 11:19 A

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I personally love my when races split up the older runners because it motivates me. I run in some where they go up to 90+ and when I see there is someone out there over 90 it is so awesome because you can see that if you keep moving anything is possible. 50+ is crazy...a 50 year old competing with a 90 year old??

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6/18/14 9:32 P

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Ugly business - as a dedicated middle-of-the-packer, my only hope is truly 5 year age groups!

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6/17/14 3:27 P

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There's a series of 10-mile races in Texas that gives cash awards at the end of the season. You need to run a certain number of the races, and earn points for placing as well as showing up!
I managed to win first place in my age group last year, got free registration to three of the races this year, and walked away with cash as well. Yup, I like smaller races.

But this year they've expanded, and there are too many people chasing the cash. I'll miss a good number of races due to conflicts so I don't stand a chance. It was fun while it lasted. emoticon

Oh, this year's age group awards at these races is a glass. Much more useful than another medal or plaque.

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6/17/14 12:39 P

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Good point, IFDEE. If you do larger races, this discussion is irrelevant. These interactions only affect people in small races where one can win an award simply due to wacko AG designs.

I've been to races where the last finisher in the entire race got 1st place in her AG. Just this weekend, I attended a race where the last finisher got a 3rd place AG *cash* award! And some people wonder why I like small races :-)

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6/17/14 9:32 A

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Interesting distribution.
I've run a few races recently where there were more 50+ women running than there were under 20 young women.
Admittedly I enjoy the opportunity to place, but I'm primarily competing against myself, so don't mind a much larger race where I don't stand a chance. Just my two cents.

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6/17/14 8:00 A

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I have the same issues with age groups. I will not even enter a race with age groups that are not in 5 year increments, unless there are more compelling reasons to do so. It's difficult enough to compete with age group peers within a 5 year range. It's almost ridiculous to compete against someone who could potentially be 6-9 years my junior. particularly at my age.

I too have seen some races with 50+ as the top age group. How absurd.

I have also experienced a couple or races lately that were clearly advertised as being chip-timed, when in fact they were not. Just another gripe.

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6/16/14 11:53 P

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I've seen too many HMs with 10-year age groups; I'd rather see 5-year AGs, reducing prize money if necessary. But check out last weekend's Worcester HM; only 5 age groups:

1-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

What's with that first AG? 1-39. That is ridiculously wide. Clearly, the RD has no understanding of reasonable AGs. Indeed, for last week's HM:

1-39: 216 women
40-49: 110 women
50-59: 39 women
60-69: 4 women
70+: 0 women

How is it fair for 3 of 4 women aged 60-69 win awards but teenagers have to compete against hundreds of more seasoned runners.

Another HM with a wacko AG structure is the EX2 HM. I signed up but couldn't get friends to register - because the last AG was so low: 50+. I asked the RD why the last AG was so low. His answer: Because we get so few people that age. My response: Because your award structure is driving them away! I couldn't believe this had never occurred to him before. Alas, I see my argument didn't not convince him. Their website is still showing that same AG award structure.

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