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Press Release
April 29, 2009

The Association of Road Racing Statisticians {ARRS} are proud to announce that the ongoing research undertaken by their  network statisticians  into the development of the Marathon has reached a significant milestone.

The Annual Marathon Rankings  Project , led  and co-ordinated by  Andy Milroy,  has now documented the last 70 years. Annual lists - usually 200 performers deep -  for the years 1940-2009 are posted on the ARRS website.

The Yearly Marathons Project, led and co-ordinated by Ken Young, has now produced well developed draft lists for EVERY known marathon held during the years 1940-2009. http://www.arrs.net/MaraList.htm

Together  these two projects take marathon research far beyond what has previously been attempted. The ARRS network statisticians from across the globe have pooled their research and knowledge to create the most complete picture of the event which has come to dominate long distance running in the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty0first.

Ken Young, who manages the database and website for ARRS, said  "The work done thus far is a huge achievement, particularly bearing in mind that ARRS has only been in existence for a little over five years."

"The intention is to extend the research back to 1900 and earlier, and excellent progress is already been made towards  achieving this."

In addition to the Marathons projects, the ARRS website also documents hundreds of long held marathons, road , track and cross country races, including national  and international championships.  Further information can be easily accessed at www.arrs.net

For further information contact:

Andy Milroy at
[email protected]

Ken Young at  [email protected]




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