Pikes Peak Road Runners

Colorado Springs, Colorado


2006 Tortoise and Hare 5K Age/Gender/Weight/Height Handicap Race

This race format seeks to reward the runners in the best condition for their age/sex/weight and height. The premise of these formulas is that men and women are not the same physically and women get a handicap for that difference. Younger and older runners are not in their prime, thus more handicap. Lastly, a runner carrying more weight for an equal height does much more work, thus more handicap time. The formulas are derived from national age handicap charts and have been tweaked to account for the Colorado Springs altitude and results from local 5Ks like Jose’s. Women get a 2-minute advantage. Age then adds more advantage for runners older than 34 and younger than 20. Men and women have different age formulas. Then we measure height and weight. Weight divided by inches in height derives a ratio that is used to compute more seconds advantage. For Women a ratio of 1.53 or less is a ‘0’ handicap. For men the ‘0’ ratio is 1.98 or lower.

Once we get the amount of handicap computed we write it on the runners hand so they can remember it. Then we have set up the overhead clock at the largest handicap time, start it timing down and start that runner. As the clock passes down each runner starts at his or her handicap. At ‘0’ on the clock all runners have left and we start the clock timing up and also start the chronomix. The first five runners across the finish line win trophies.

What the race looks like is a race in reverse. The highest handicaps are usually the slower runners. The faster runners end up chasing the slower runners and everyone gets an adrenaline charge out of being chased or trying to catch up…..situations they are not accustomed to in a normal race.

All runners race on equal footing subject to their personal level of conditioning.

                        2006 Tortoise and Hare 5K Results
                                   April 8, 2006
                            South Monument Valley Park

Place Name Handicap Time Actual Time
1 Susan Hirst 16.00 26.24
2 Heather Bates 17.09 22.53
3 Phil Goulding 17.21 22.02
4 Scott Nalback 17.25 18.43
5 Henri St-Martin 17.37 24.07
6 Joe Davis 17.44 22.46
7 Tony Abdella 17.56 21.52
8 Bruce Wacker 18.04 23.05
9 Jon Cornick 18.11 21.57
10 John Maynard 18.43 23.51
11 Tirrel Grovenstein 18.58 25.36
12 Don Johnson 19.07 23.45
13 Marlena Grovenstein 19.16 22.24
14 James Grovenstein 19.42 23.06
15 Jayme Ramson 19.49 22.33
16 Kelly Dubois 20.04 26.36
17 Taylor Fogg 20.17 24.57
18 Dan Bates 20.21 23.59
19 Rita Cardin 20.28 27.56
20 Shawna King 20.33 26.09
21 Jeff Smith 20.34 26.19
22 Mark Greiner 20.41 24.52
23 Janet Edwards 20.42 26.38
24 Mike Pollard 20.50 21.18
25 Steve Furhmann 21.01 26.38
26 Erin Sokol 21.02 26.58
27 Tracy Mann-Reno 21.10 26.26
28 Kevin Sears 21.19 24.39
29 Christina Brown 21.53 25.53
30 Anthony Moyser 21.43 28.05
31 Clark Dyer 21.44 22.31
32 Dick Standaert 21.49 26.49
33 Evan Randall 21.55 22.04
34 Jeth Fogg 22.04 26.14
35 Mark Anderson 22.09 24.13
36 Nick Cipoletti 22.32 25.03
37 Matt Bertsch 22.35 23.35
38 Brooke Payment 22.37 27.49
39 Sonya Grovenstein 22.44 29.08
40 Cindy Smith 22.47 32.27
41 Korina Lyons 22.09 24.13
42 Carole Schroeder 23.05 35.25
43 Marisa Cardin 23.51 29.31
44 Reuben Archuletta 23.57 30.11
45 Tim Weylon 24.12 27.18
46 Ken Holmes 24.49 33.33
47 Chris Ruiz 25.06 26.10
48 Bill Gallegos 25.34 34.54
49 Giselle Gossage 25.53 31.21
50 Jane McCarty 26.33 35.17
51 Geri Widdows 27.09 34.05
52 Patrick O'Conner 29.53 36.05
53 Mark Polard 31.49 35.35
54 Corrina Rettis 44.22 51.40
55 Ashley Lopez 44.22 50.02
56 Amanda Biasini 44.46 53.36