Prairie Fire races add to honor rolls again
October 2016 - The Prairie Fire Marathon and Half Marathon this year have again produced another bumper crop of new state records and people making the honor rolls. Scroll the rolls to check on the updates.
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.
Commentary on the race scene in 2015: State of the State's Running
Our primary objective in making this data available is two-fold:
- To give more recognition for racing achievements by our Kansas runners,
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
- 12 & under
- OPEN - this grouping includes all ages, but is the only group in
which ages 20
through 34 can be listed
- 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.