At our Snowball 5 mile run held the first Sunday in March we used ten year age groups scoring top 3 for both male and females. I use these age group categories:
13 under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 over
This would add up to 8 age groups for a total award count of 48 prizes. The overall male and female winners are excluded from age group results. Thus adding two more awards for total of 50 prizes. Don't forget the walkers. So lets add another 6 prizes for total of 56 awards. Doug White ran in the Snowball run and said we should consider going with 5 year age categories scoring top 2. Let's do the math. Age groups would be as follows:
13 under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
This would add up to 13 age groups for a total award count of 52 awards. Let's add overall male and female and top 3 male female walkers and prize structure goes to 60 awards. Which is only 4 more than the ten year spread. I like this idea. The math works and runners will be able to compete with folks closer to their own age. This should work at most of our events that draw 100 or more runners. We are using the 5 year age groups for our Michelob Ultra Race to the Finish Restaurant Series. We will start posting series results after the Buckley's 5k on April 19th. So....if you have a idea that makes sense go ahead and shoot me an email....I'm all ears and that is the truth.