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11/14/15 5:14 P

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Another source for oddball distances comes from course mismeasurements.

I once did an HM - advertised as certified - that ended up being an entire mile short. It was a straight course with a turnaround at the midpoint - how can you screw it up, right? Turned out that the people at the turnaround used a different cert map than the people at the start/finish. Oops.

It was supposed to be a qualifier race for something so some people were quite pissed. The others just said "Hey, we all just set PRs for 12.1M"

My record at athlinks.com is littered with weird distances from mismeasured courses!

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11/14/15 4:24 P

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I like the idea. There are a few local 15K's each year here. I only know of one local 10M race, and it was new in 2015.

There are also some odd-distance local races at various times that aren't quite as long as this forum contemplates: 12K, 7.5 miles, 8 miles, 5 miles. Maybe others as well, but I ran these distances in 2015. None of these is as popular as the 15K distance.


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11/4/15 4:44 A

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Good idea for discussion. Here in France there are a large number of "strange" distances, at least from my US perspective. My city has a 7k every year, the neighboring town has an annual 17k, etc.

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11/2/15 10:13 P

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We have a surprising number of 15Ks in Minnesota. Granted, one of them is the Hot Chocolate race, but it is kind of fun to get chocolate at water stops!

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11/2/15 9:33 P

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This forum is getting a new role: to focus on running "not quite a half marathon." Roughly speaking, anything within 4M of a half marathon. This includes some very popular race distances:

HM - 3.8M = 15K (9.3M)
HM - 3.1M = 10M (16.1K)
HM - 0.7M = 20K (12.4M)
HM + 2.4M = 25K (15.5M)
HM + 3.2M = 26.2K (16.3M) "metric marathon"

There actually was a spark team just for 10M but it never caught on even though 10M is a great race distance and also serves as an important bridge between HM and 10K. Needless to say, if the 10M distance can't generate enough support for a separate team, those other distances will be orphans as well.

This (well, not this message but this forum) is the place to discuss these distances, races, and training programs, and anything else related. Yes, it might not seem fair that HM gets the bulk of the attention on this team and all these other distances are restricted to this one forum. But let's see how it goes for now.

Please don't reply to this unless you're specifically addressing the rationale for this forum. Anything else should go in another topic.

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