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Headstarts

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.

2014 Headstarts

There are no changes to the 2013 head start minutes for men and women. The head start minutes used in 2013 will be applied in 2014.

The continuing "1-1-1" system of winner penalties, by which each Dipsea winner is penalized one minute for the ensuing three years, will remain in place for 2014. If they enter the 2014 Dipsea Race, one minute penalty will apply to the following runners: Diana Fitzpatrick (2013 winner); Hans Schmid (2012 winner); and Jamie Rivers (2011 winner).

No change will be made to the 25 minute maximum head start, with a 2 minute gap between the Invitational and Dipsea Runner sections.

Head Start Table and Start Times for 2014
Age
Group Minutes Head Start Section
MEN
WOMEN
INV DR
6 & under, 74 & over
7 & under, 66 & over
AAA
25
8:30
8:57
73
65
AA
24
8:31
8:58
72
8, 64
A
23
8:32
8:59
71
63
B
22
8:33
9:00
7, 70
62
C
21
8:34
9:01
69
9, 60-61
D
20
8:35
9:02
68
59
E
19
8:36
9:03
67
58
F
18
8:37
9:04
66
56-57
G
17
8:38
9:05
8, 65
10, 55
H
16
8:39
9:06
63-64
53-54
J
15
8:40
9:07
62
11, 52
K
14
8:41
9:08
9, 61
49-51
L
13
8:42
9:09
60
12, 45-48
M
12
8:43
9:10
10, 58-59
13-14, 44
N
11
8:44
9:11
57
15, 41-43
P
10
8:45
9:12
11, 56
16-18, 40
Q
9
8:46
9:13
54-55
19-39
R
8
8:47
9:14
12,52-53
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T
7
8:48
9:15
13,50-51
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U
6
8:49
9:16
14,48-49
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V
5
8:50
9:17
15,45-47
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W
4
8:51
9:18
16,42-44
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X
3
8:52
9:19
17,38-41
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Y
2
8:53
9:20
18,31-37
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Z
1
8:54
9:21
19-30
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SCR
0
8:55
9:22