So that people of all ages can compete in this race on a more or less equitable basis some runners are allowed to begin the race before others. The following table indicates how many Headstart minutes each entrant will receive based on gender and age. Headstart minutes are based on years of historical data of actual times and records of male and female runners. Compiled and interpreted by "Birdman", the race's official handicapper, the information is presented to the committee for review annually. Typically at least eight of the ten top finishers have been from different handicap groups.
Nine 2014 runners – six women and three men – established new single age records.
Women: Diana Fitzpatrick repeated her 2013 victory by running 1:03.21, a new record for women age 56, but 40 seconds slower than her 2013 time of 1:02:41. Clara Peterson ran: 59.05 for women age 30, an improvement of three seconds. Sissel Berntsen-Heber ran 1:02.39 for women age 50. Melody-Anne Schultz ran 1:21.24 for women age 72, more than 4 minutes slower than her 2013 time. Eve Pell ran 1:51.34 for women age 77, also 8:42 minutes slower than her 2013 time. Barbara Robben ran 2:26.26 for women 80. The new record by Fitzpatrick is close to the handicapping “line”, which derives from a graph of single age record times vs. age, but it is consistent with her 2013 time. None of the new women’s records justifies revision to the 2015 head starts.
Men: Wyatt Miceli ran: 57.26 age 13, an improvement of a few seconds over the previous record. Fourth place finisher Alex Varner ran: 49.09 for men age 28. His time was 31 seconds faster than the previous record, but it was more than 1 minute slower than his 2013 time. Second place finisher Rickey Gates ran: 49.30 for men age 33. His new record is consistent with other records near his age. As with women, the new records by Miceli, Varner and Gates do not justify revisions to the head starts in 2015. Hence, no adjustment to last year’s head starts is made in 2015.
|Head Start Table and Start Times for 2015|