What if We Age Graded The Tom Walker Half Marathon Results?

The top 4 women all score  over 78%.
The top 4 women all score over 78%. (photo credit: Leonard Grill)

The 2015 Tom Walker Memorial Half Marathon brought out some top regional runners. The Women’s side was won by Joy Miller from South Carolina in 1:22:03 while a local runner, Mike Hensley, won the Men’s race in 1:13:53. The depth of the field was impressive too. The spread between the 1st place woman and 4th place was just 1:28. The women ran together for much of the race, pushing each other to fast times.

  • 14 runners finished under 1:25:00. That’s 14 runners averaging faster than 6:30 per mile.
  • The top 20 runners all averaged under 7:00 per mile
  • 11 of the top 20 men were Masters runners (over 40 yrs old).
  • At least 10 runners score over 75% on the age graded scale

So what would the top 10 Overall look like if we age graded it? Basically, Age Grading is a way to handicap the performances of various athletes based on age and gender. USATF Masters uses this simplified chart to give you a feel for the scale:
100% = Approximate World-Record Level
90+% = World Class
80+% = National Class
70+% = Regional Class
60+% = Local Class

(If want to know more about Age grading or how it works, click this link: http://www.usatfmasters.org/fa_agegrading.htm )

Name Age Gender Gun Time Pace Age Grade %
JOY MILLER 28 F 1:22:03 6:15 79.46
SABRINA HECK 20 F 1:22:43 6:18 79.43
MIKE HENSLEY 30 M 1:13:53 5:38 79.02
BETSY SUDA 34 F 1:23:31 6:22 78.61
DAN CLARK 43 M 1:18:13 5:58 78.52
ANNE ELISE CREAMER 25 F 1:23:25 6:22 78.16
STEVE DETWEILER 68 M 1:40:31 7:40 76.82
LUKE JESKE 21 M 1:16:25 5:50 76.40
KEVIN SWEENY 46 M 1:22:24 6:17 76.11
DIANE MILLER 64 F 1:58:22 9:02 75.22

There was some impressive running out there and looking at the top 10 Age Graded Performances, you can see the ability levels were very similar too! Congratulations to all of you on a great race.

Want to see how you would come out with an age graded time?

http://www.runnersworld.com/pace-calculators/age-grade-calculator

Full Race Results:  http://georesults.racemine.com/Start-2-Finish-Race-Management/events/2015/2015-Tom-Walker-Memorial-Half-Marathon/results?preview=1

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