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.
Four runners—three women and one man—established new single-age records in 2018.
- Dipsea winner Chris Lundy set a single-age record of 58:37 at age 47. This betters her 2017 time of 1:01:08—also a winning single-age record—by 2:31. Her time is a remarkable achievement, but not fast enough to adjust the handicaps.
- Jamie Rivers set a new single-age record of 1:17:35 at age 67. The head start is capped at 25 minutes for this group, so no adjustment is recommended.
- Eve Pell ran 2:13:06 at age 81. She improved the record for women aged 81 by more than 11 minutes. She, like Jamie Rivers, runs in group AAA, so no adjustment of the head start is recommended.
- Alex Varner ran 48:51 at age 32, and placed second overall with a 1 minute head start. His time is entirely consistent with records for ages just above and below age 32. No adjustment to the head start minutes is needed.
None of these four record times justifies a change to the 2018 handicaps.
|Head Start Table and Start Times for 2019|