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9/5/2013 10:50:56 AM
I have run the GoG 10 miler the last four years and my best time was this year (2013) (1:59:32 chip time). Trying to run a half marathon under 2:30 for me would be even more difficult. My PPA time this year was 5:45:34. In a previous post (http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/boarddetail.asp?Id=14623), I questioned whether reducing the qual period to two years was appropriate or even necessary. In the past slower runners were a useful part of the PPA. Their entry fees made the race financially viable and the slower times reduced the problem of overcrowding on the narrow parts of the trail. With the advent of chip timing, things have changed. The crowding at the top of the Bell Shaped distribution Curve can be eliminated (or at least minimized) with multiple wave starts that convert the Bell Curve into a rectangle. The convoluted registration requirements regarding wave 1/2 would no longer apply and the first 1,800 applicants, regardless of their qual times would be accepted. The PPA older vets are probably most affected by the proposed new rule changes (2-year window). I think Jim Kerr's post is especially appropriate (http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/boarddetail.asp?Id=15015 ). A vet (age 74) of 24 PPA races ran the GoG 10 this year (2013) in 2:33:12 yet completed the PPA in 5:57:12. Keith Wood at age 84 ran the GoG 10 in 2:07:17 and finished the PPA in 5:42:39. If you are not an elite runner or competitive in your age group, there are other reasons that the PPA presents a "personal" challenge, especially for older runners. In response to: John you stride right to the top of the Ascent even though you say the fire truck follows you in town. If injury/illness kept you from the race for two years, is it possible to run <11min pace for a half or <12min pace for GOG to gain re-entry? Or would you and many others have to say goodbye to the race they train for each year and love doing?
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