Introduction - explains how the records are organized, as well as other aspects of the data.

Runners of the Year - the selections are based on performances by Kansas residents competing in races on certified courses.

Synopsis - the state of the state's running: 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2005 | 2003

Age Graded Analysis - best age-graded performances of the year: 2014 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

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Gene Wee

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  • Intro
  • Requirements
  • Target Times
  • Age Groups
  • Abbrev

The State of the State Running in 2017

(Updated Jan 14th) - In 2017 the 5K was again the most commonly run distance with 63 races held on certified courses for which we found results. A total of 48 races were run at all other distances. Because many races included more than one distance (typically a 5K paired with a longer race), there were 92 race events statewide over the course of the year.

These numbers were down substantially from previous years as 39 events either were discontinued or did not provide results in 2017. Read more

The 2017 Runners of the Year were recently announced. Earlier last fall, Runners of the Years were recognized for all the years going back to the 1970s.

Jack Crook's Synopses for 2003 and 2005 have been added.


Our primary objective in making this data available is two-fold:

  1. To give more recognition for racing achievements by our Kansas runners,
  2. To give more publicity to the Kansas racing scene for the hard work of
    both runners and the race sponsors & directors.

Although not a lot of national or world class times have been run on Kansas roads, still a lot of high quality performances have been achieved. A secondary objective, is to encourage all race directors and/or sponsors to certify their race courses and submit the race results to the State Statistician. This provides publicity for the race itself as well as for the top achievements of all runners around the state regardless of the size of the race event. The certification of race courses assures all runners that they are running a course that is legitimate and accurate, whether it be for state recognition or for their own personal records or objectives. Submittal of results to the State record keeper is critical; we are aware that there have been some excellent times run on Kansas certified courses that were not submitted. Runners who know that they have achieved times that are better than the Honor Roll Target Times shown in the Honor Roll listings, can help to correct this situation by contacting the race director and requesting that they submit them to Gene Wee at

Also, some of the results submitted were not complete and some did not list exact ages, hometowns or even enough information to determine the proper Age Group. We also urge both runners and race directors to please furnish corrections to the data listed. Many, many hours of research have gone into making the data as complete and accurate as possible.

Oct, 2017 - After we adjusted some of the target times for many of the distances a few years ago that meant more people were eligible to make the honor rolls. We were able to look at Jack Crook's original race results records and were able to add new names to the honor rolls.

Jan, 2015 - The 1 Mile and ultrarunning events on certified courses have been added: 48 hours, 24 hours, 12 hours, 6 hours, 100K, 50 miles, and 50K.

Aug, 2014 - We suggest race directors include the USATF certification numbers on the entry forms to verify their courses are accurate. Need to recertify? There are several course measurers available throughout the state; check the USATF list.

July 6, 2013 - We have decided to use chip times because that is all that most race timers make available, and it would be more consistent. This disadvantages results from past times from the pre-chip era, but we don't see that we have any reasonable alternative. Time and technology move on. We wish there were chip times from some marathons 30 years ago when it took five or six minutes just to get to the start line after the gun went off. In some of our recent updates, there was a difference of a minute or more in gun times versus chip times, especially in older age groups where (we suspect) the older folks were less inclined to push to the front before the start than younger runners.

To make the data more manageable, we are keeping only the best five times per race distance for each individual. We will begin to delete some of the slower times especially those that do not meet the target times.

Dick Lipsey and Gene Wee

Requirements for State Records

  1. A road race course must be accurately measured by a USATF certifier and his certification papers filed with the USATF Road Running Technical Council.  Each race director must also assure that their race is run on that course as certified with no deviations due to construction, missed turns, or other types of extenuating circumstances.  Race directors must also assure that the race was properly timed.  Chip timing is now allowable. Times must be calibrated to round times "up”, not down. (See 3. below)

  2. Only the following distances are currently certifiable for Kansas records:
    1 MILE, 2 MILE, 5 K, 4 MILE, 8 K, 10 K, 12 K, 15 K, 10 MILE, 20 K, 30 K, HALF MARATHON, MARATHON and some ultra distances.
    There are currently no known certified 20 K or 30 K courses.

  3. All times are maintained only in whole seconds.  Fractional times must be rounded UP to the next whole second, even if it is only 1/100th.  For example, 12.01 seconds = 13.00 seconds.  Race results received that are already rounded to seconds are assumed to have been rounded down, and one second will be added to each time unless the race director notifies us that the proper rounding procedure was used.

  4. Aided Courses:  An "Aided Course" is defined as a certified course that is run from point-to-point, such that a runner could benefit from a significant downward elevation change or obtain aid from a prevailing wind over most of the race course.  Marathons and half marathons are generally excluded from this rule.  Also a race director or certifier may petition to have any course declared "difficult" enough to be excluded from the rule.    Honor Roll times achieved on an "Aided" course will be listed, but with an "A" tag next to the time (Col. K) and no aided time will be considered for a state record.

  5. State Records can easily be noted when viewing the Honor Roll listings - there is also a summary of records by distance and age group in a separate file.  If the state record was set by a non-Kansas resident or foreign runner (coded as FN), the Kansas Resident Record is also listed with a star (*) in column "K" of the listing.   Times achieved in relay events are not eligible for State Records, but are listed on the Honor Roll, provided that the times were properly rounded "UP" for each team member.

  6. Corporate Challenge Ages -(July 2016) - There have been several races where the exact age (on race day) of the runner isn't listed. We will no longer record times that meet honor roll standards unless the exact age is listed. If your time qualifies for the honor roll, please contact us and we will be glad to add your name. Some races only list the age categories. Corporate Challenge results base the age on Dec 31st of the year. Researching Athlinks can be unreliable as ages can sometimes be made up; e.g., everyone in the age 60-69 category are sometimes given the age 60. We ask event directors to please include race day ages as well as home towns.

Honor Roll Target Times

All individual times that meet or better the listed "Target Time" established for each age group and distance, will be listed in the state Honor Roll files. However, these Target Times (abbreviated T.T.) are subject to being updated from time to time to stay in line with changes in the World Masters Athletics published factors for each distance and age within that distance.

Our regional T.T.'s are then adjusted to be more attainable than the World factors. Our regional factors are also sometimes adjusted when it becomes obvious that our T.T.'s are too lax or too difficult to attain.

In the primary Honor Roll, all times are listed that bettered the T.T.'s in any single age group during the past racing season. This is followed by the "ALL TIME BESTS" list that shows only the "best" time that each individual has achieved since the start of course certification in Kansas in the 1970's.

Additional T.T.'s times achieved by each individual are shown in the Log File APPENDIX listed for each sex, age group and distance. Also note that in some instances we list some BEST TIMES that are inferior to the Target Time. These are usually older times in events with few results.

Age Groups

  • 12 & under
  • 13-15
  • 16-19
  • OPEN - this grouping includes all ages, but is the only group in
    which ages 20 through 34 can be listed
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 74-79
  • 80-84*
  • 85 & up**

* At present, most distances except the 5K have only an 80 & UP group and some of the longer distances may not have any qualifiers in this group.

** A 90 & UP group may be established for some distances (see 5K)

In some events and age groups, a “Kansas Additions” list has been added to recognize Kansas residents who don’t meet the primary standard.


= Aided Course.  An "A" in the K column means this time was run on an aided course and is not eligible for a State Record. (See definition under "Requirements")
= Foreign National.  Non-US citizens are given this designation in the ST column of the Honor Roll.
= An asterisk (*) in this Honor Roll column means that this time is the Kansas Resident record.
= Race Code.   A short "9 digit or less” identifier assigned to each race event. If more than one distance is run for that event, each distance may be given the same code.
= Target Time.  Target Times have been established for each age group by sex and each distance. Any time achieved by a runner that equals or beats this T.T. is listed in the Primary Honor Roll or in the APPENDIX Log List. The APPENDIX shows all times accept an individual’s BEST time in that AGE GP and distance. (For greater visibility in some age groups, times that do not attain this T.T. may be listed at the discretion of the State Statistician.)
= (See K definition above)
= This "at" sign in the K field designates a relay time that is not eligible for State Records.
= partial.   In the List of Races, a "p" following a year means that only partial results were received for that race in that year.
= A value in this column designates that this runner has achieved additional times that better the Target Time for that Age Group and distance. The first number indicates how many additional times are listed in the APPENDIX.
  The "A" after the number simple means to look in the APPENDIX.  Also times for "NEW QUALIFIERS" each year may have a dash followed by a number in this LOG column;  that number indicates that this new time is only the 2nd or 3rd or 4th, etc. best time for that runner.


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