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Maine Marathon, Gun Timed ? (Read 467 times)


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    Does anyone know the logic for the ME Marathon / Half Marathon being GUN timed for the official results? 

     

    That doesn't make any sense to me given the size of the race, the crowd at start, and the full chip timing system...

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      Wow, that is surprising.  The HM I did in Hampton today was the same.


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        Turns out I'm a moron for even wondering....the USATF rules say only gun times are official. 

         

        "The actual time elapsed between an athlete reaching the starting line and finish line (in other words, chip time) can be made known to the athlete, but will not be considered as official time."

         

        Which begs the question, why does the Beach to Beacon use chip time for its placements?  Just rhetorical...

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          Wow, I never knew that about the USATF rules!  I guess the really fast runners, especially at races like B2B, start right up at the front, anyway.


          Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

            It depends if there are cash prizes or not, usually.

             

            B2B is actually gun time for cash awards.  Non-cash awards are up to the discretion of the race, and to qualify for other races you can usually use elapsed time since that isn't a USATF standard (Boston/NY marathons, for example.)

             

            For the purposes of national and world records or USATF scoring, though, gun time is always used.

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              Blaine, are you back from vacation?  If so, how was it?? 

               


              Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

                Blaine, are you back from vacation?  If so, how was it?? 

                 

                 

                 I am back, and it was great!  We had a really good time.

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                  Wow.  I just talked to a friend who ran the marathon.  It was her very first one, although she's been a runner for a long time.  She's 44, almost 45, and has three kids (one in college, one a HS sophomore, and a three-year-old!).  She's a nice person, but very scatterbrained.  She got to the race and realized she'd fogotten her WATCH!  She saw a group of younger friends who had Garmins, so she decided to stick with them until she got too tired to stay up with them.  Well, she never got tired, and finished in 3:30:08!!  A BQ time!  I think she's still in shock!


                  Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

                    Wow.  I just talked to a friend who ran the marathon.  It was her very first one, although she's been a runner for a long time.  She's 44, almost 45, and has three kids (one in college, one a HS sophomore, and a three-year-old!).  She's a nice person, but very scatterbrained.  She got to the race and realized she'd fogotten her WATCH!  She saw a group of younger friends who had Garmins, so she decided to stick with them until she got too tired to stay up with them.  Well, she never got tired, and finished in 3:30:08!!  A BQ time!  I think she's still in shock!

                     

                    That's awesome! 

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                      Turns out I'm a moron for even wondering....the USATF rules say only gun times are official. 

                       

                      "The actual time elapsed between an athlete reaching the starting line and finish line (in other words, chip time) can be made known to the athlete, but will not be considered as official time."

                       

                      Which begs the question, why does the Beach to Beacon use chip time for its placements?  Just rhetorical...

                      I was wondering the same thing this year.   

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