Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Flyer Handicap

A SAFRA MF runner pointed me to this interesting article - Flyer Handicap - , which I thought was very insightful and useful. It computes our run time assuming we are 25 yrs old and weigh 110lbs (women)/ 143lbs (men). You can then compare your timings vs someone who is of a different age & weight than yours....TRY IT!

What is the Flyer Handicap?
The Flyer Handicap is your 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or Marathon race time adjusted by age and body weight. This adjusted run time is a precise computation of what your equivalent time would be if you were younger and lighter, specifically 25 years old and 110 lbs for women and 143 lbs for men. Your resulting score can then be compared to that of any other adult runner of different age. If you are younger or lighter than these figures, then for the purposes of computing your adjusted time, the baseline figures are entered for your age and/or body weight. Dr. Paul M. Vanderburgh and Dr. Lloyd L. Laubach developed it at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.

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