Chapel Hill Treehouse

A decidedly mixed bag of musings by andrew reynolds, professor of political science at UNC Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Running races

Layna and Themba are the real runners

"Mosley Crushes Opposition in Pittsboro"
http://www.runnc.com/exec/young/pdf/reindeer05.txt

"Mosley wins Kidney Kare 5k"
http://www.offnrunningsports.com/results/2006/2006_04_01_kidneyag.htm

but she (and the chocolate dog) drag me round the trails of Chapel Hill huffing and puffing behind them. Now I have entered the track and field circuit I am competing against other old people due to the glorious invention of "age groups." My age group is 35-39 and over the last three races (8k Carrboro, 5k in Meadowmont, and 5k at UNC) I have managed to win that age group -- which sounds good but then you realise that the 35-39 year olds are the slow pokes of the running world. The early 30s are faster (no surprise there) but so are the 40 year olds! What's the deal? Why should men in the second half of their 30s be slower than everyone else?

Evidence:

Kidney Kare - 8k Run (April 1, 2006)

30-34 Group
Place    Name                    City              Age   Overall       Time      Pace
1 Patrick Archdeacon Chapel Hill NC 34 2 29:23.10 5:55/M
2 Andrew Fedoriw Durham NC 30 11 34:05.00 6:51/M

35-39 Group
1 Andrew Reynolds Chapel Hill NC 38 13 34:27.10 6:56/M
2 Howie Kashefsky 36 17 35:56.30 7:14/M

40-44 Group:
1 David Holmes NC 42 8 33:45.00 6:47/M

Girls on the Run 5k Meadowmont (April 22, 2006)

30-34 Group:
1    Brian Smith             Durham  NC          34        2        17:53    5:46/M
2 Ronnie Weed Chapel Hill NC 31 4 18:19 5:55/M
3 Josh Edwards 31 7 18:43 6:02/M
35-39 Group:
1    Andrew Reynolds         Chapel Hill  NC     38       25        20:33    6:38/M
2 Jared Resnick Chapel Hill NC 38 47 21:46 7:01/M
3 Joe Deehan 37 51 21:49 7:02/M
40-44 Group:
1    Bob Callanan                                41       18        20:02    6:28/M
2 Robert Vonalten 40 84 23:13 7:29/M
This inequity troubles me.

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