Bio Dome wrote:
What if some dude makes up the 2 minute deficit and still places top 15 crossing the finish line (gun time). Would they still not be eligible for prize money?
W Korir back a few years ago in Chicago. That one was the RD's fault though because Korir hat tried to get into the elite start, but was not let in. Ran anyway and made up the 5 minute gap on most of the elite field.
Wesley Korir was who I was thinking of when I wrote that, though I had forgotten which marathon.
How many elites get to start 2 minutes ahead? If top 15 is in the money, and 30 are "elite", I think someone starting 2 minutes back being top 15 shouldn't be that surprising. If you really want to ensure the top 15 times are actually included in the elite wave, I think you'd need to open it up to the entire wave/corral behind the "elites" because some fast dudes might slip through the cracks, not having run fast recently, or just breaking through.