Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Prague Half Marathon Ranking: 2% or 25% missing?

I am a regular participant of Prague International Half Marathon. In a mass event like this the horde of runners needs a long time to reach the starting line. To make the times mutually comparable the “start time” is measured and afterwards subtracted from the “finish time”. Also the crowd is organized to corridors in such a way that faster runners are ahead of the slower ones.

Sometimes everything goes wrong and that was the case of the year 2010. Imagine yourself to train for months then make your best – just to discover that your time of start was not recorded. Organizers apologized but claimed that only less than 2% of the participants were affected. Really?