A Prairie Fire: 95 Records set on Oct 12
The Prairie Fire, aptly named, races in Wichita on Oct 12 produced 9 new state records and added 95 names to the state honor rolls. In the marathon, Wichita's Raquel Stucky's 2:44:48 broke Kathy Whitcomb's 32 year old record (2:48:37). Perfect conditions led to new honor roll names: 27 in the marathon, 52 in the half and 16 in the 5K. Congratulations to all of the record setters for one of the best days in Kansas road 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.
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 become a permanent record 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 2011 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 many instances we list some BEST TIMES that are inferior to the Target Time for more depth and visibility.
- 12 & under
- OPEN - this grouping includes all ages, but is the only group in
which ages 20
through 24 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 "achievers" in this group.
** A 90 & UP group may be established for some distances (see 5K)
Because of the relatively tough Target Time standards in the OPEN group for the 5K, 8K and 10K distances, both male & female, Target Times for Kansas residents are not as stringent - so there is an addendum set up for "Kansas Additions" at the end of these OPEN Group listings.