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635 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2013 8:47 PM by lenzlaw
Mark120 Rookie 1 posts since
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Dec 7, 2013 5:11 PM

Masters Division

How do you qualify for masters division?

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    1. Dec 7, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to Mark120)
    Masters Division

    Masters Division of what?





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,431 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    2. Dec 7, 2013 5:27 PM (in response to Mark120)
    Re: Masters Division

    40 and over, in distance running at least.  May be younger in track.





    Len

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    3. Dec 7, 2013 7:47 PM (in response to lenzlaw)
    Re: Masters Division

    Len, I believe you are correct in that as a general rule 40 years old is the "Masters" threshold for distance running, however, there are at least a few race organizations which have their own definitions of the "Masters" classification; here is one such:

    • Reach the Beach Relay
      • Masters: All team members over the age of 30
      • Super Masters: All team members over the age of 40
      • Grand Masters: All team members over the age of 50

     

    As for Track & Field, I think I read somewhere that they start at 40 and then have a separate age class every five years from there.





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,431 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    4. Dec 7, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to shipo)
    Re: Masters Division

    Individual events can, and often do, define various categories according to age.  Many events give age group awards in 5-year or 10-year brackets.  For distance running, I know USATF officially defines it as 40 and above, with no further age-group distinction.  That is, everybody 40+ is a "Master".  So you have to be 40+ to set a sanctioned Masters record, for instance.  They recognize age-group records separately.  I have seen some track events that start masters at 35, and I wasn't sure if that was official or not.





    Len

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