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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 Bill Rus, 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.

2019 Headstarts

Four runners—three women and one man—established new single-age records in 2018.

Women:

Men:

None of these four record times justifies a change to the 2018 handicaps.

Head Start Table and Start Times for 2019
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