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|Subject: ||RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum|
Getting back to the masters (50-60) age groups doing the sub-5 mins miles; do you agree that your annual meet (like mny others I spose)is just not sending those results to the national body?
Either that or you are living in Sacramento where
most of the fast times are being done, sheesh.Whats in the water there? ;)
As far as I know, there really is no definitive national system to which all masters times are officially reported and posted. It's not like meet directors are sending in all their results to some national body to be presented on the web in one convenient location. At best, you'll find results from each meet on some local chapter website (or worse, they're buried on some coaches association website mixed in with a bunch of high-school meets) if you are willing to dig. The one place, masterstrack.com, only has self-reported times. So, frankly, there is nothing very official about it (it'd be great if it were more universally embraced.) Bottom line is that the vast majority of masters times remain only locally reported.
I know there are pockets of very fast 50+ runners in isolated regions of the country. New England, CA, DC area, and around Atlanta, to name a few, have clubs with multiple fast 50+ masters. Whether their times make it into some national system is really a crap shoot. Here in Kentucky, I know of about 5-6 50+ guys (I'm sure there are more) that are capable of sub 5-minute mile, but they rarely run that distance (and its rarely run, too), so you won't find much at all from here. Unfortunately, Kentucky doesn't rank as a track haven; wish there was more enthusiasm for the sport. But there are areas as mentioned above where it's taken more seriously, and is much more competitive. I don't think that's the norm, however.
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