PDX Runner wrote:
Not necessarily a reply to you Derek, but I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Others were questing how age graded results work, here is a page that sort of explains it and you can really do a dive into some data if you like that kind of stuff: https://www.runscore.com/Alan/AgeGrade.html
A thought I’ve had today is that timing companies and big events have the data to catch stuff like this, they are just being lazy or not proactive. In an event with multiple splits, especially like LA where it appears they have them just about every 5k, they ought to age grade each split. Any split within a race that generates a score greater than say 85% would be a cause for greater scrutiny. This can all be done automatically with software so that a report spits out a list of questionable results.
This is part of the service my buddy provides races to catch cheaters. He has a client list of about 70 events and growing.
But this is exactly what Sportstats does. Marc from there came on my podcast and explained it a bit. That is also basically how I analyze splits as well. I do look at pace relative to the rest of the field to account for difficult or easy sections of the course. Any timer would be able to do this. That’s the (relatively) easy part.