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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.

2020 Headstarts

Five runners—three women and two men—established new single-age records in 2019.

Women:

Men:

Recommendations for 2020:

Head Start Table and Start Times for 2020
Age
Group Minutes Head Start Section
MEN
WOMEN
INV DR
6 & under, 74 & over
7 & under, 66 & over
AAA
25
8:00
8:27
73
65
AA
24
8:01
8:28
72
8, 64
A
23
8:02
8:29
71
63
B
22
8:03
8:30
7, 70
62
C
21
8:04
8:31
69
9, 60-61
D
20
8:05
8:32
68
59
E
19
8:06
8:33
67
58
F
18
8:07
8:34
66
56-57
G
17
8:08
8:35
8, 65
10, 55
H
16
8:09
8:36
63-64
53-54
J
15
8:10
8:37
62
11, 52
K
14
8:11
8:38
9, 61
49-51
L
13
8:12
8:39
60
12, 45-48
M
12
8:13
8:40
10, 58-59
13-14, 44
N
11
8:14
8:41
57
15, 41-43
P
10
8:15
8:42
11, 56
16-18, 40
Q
9
8:16
8:43
54-55
19-39
R
8
8:17
8:44
12,52-53
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T
7
8:18
8:45
13,50-51
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U
6
8:19
8:46
14,48-49
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V
5
8:20
8:47
15,45-47
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W
4
8:21
8:48
16,42-44
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X
3
8:22
8:49
17,38-41
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Y
2
8:23
8:50
18,31-37
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Z
1
8:24
8:51
19-30
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SCR
0
8:25
8:52