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To get in the race: stop running, start computer training!
2/3/2015 4:21:51 PM
Very true Kees. You might see the law of unintended consequences here. With having only one (slower) qualification time, in theory, the average finish time could go up dramatically, dependent on the make-up of the field, and could lead to more congestion later in the race. By having separate qualification times in the past, you were guaranteed to have a spread out field at the finish of the race. If they think this through, they would maybe keep two distinct qualification times. They could still have multiple waves (with the faster runners in the earlier waves) but you would still guarantee the mix of the field to have a balance between the faster and the not quite so. Having multiple waves in and of itself should help with congestion at the start of the trail but does does not guarantee that there will not be MORE congestion later. In the past, if 800 made wave 1 (faster quals) and 1000 made wave 2, you knew that MOST of the wave 1, 800 runners would finish before MOST of the wave 2, 1000 runners because they had faster qualifications. Now, potentially, you could have far fewer runners with faster quals that make it in the race and far more with slower quals. If that occurs and there are more people with similar quals, the multiple waves won't help so much later in the race.
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