Age Related Scoring



What exactly is an age related time? and how is it calculated?

Before getting into age grading here’s some history on road running age groups. About twenty years ago when road racing popularity was just getting under way, awards for the older runners was instituted in the form of age group awards to recognize the performance of the older athletes. The age groups started with ten-year age divisions and recently five-year age divisions have become popular to make things much fairer for the older runners.

Over the last couple of years, the number of masters runners in the field has been increasing and now make up 50% of all runners. With this increase and the fact that men and women lose strength and slow down with age, a way was needed so all masters runners could be compared to each other in one category. By making all masters equal regardless of whether they are 40, 50, or 60 years old, awards can then be given to the athlete with the best performance. With an age grading system the 60 year old would have as even a chance at winning as the 40 year old. In 1989 the World Association of Veteran Athletes (WAVA) developed the first age-graded tables in one-year age increments and they have since been updated in 1994, 2006 & 2010.

The tables are composed of world class standards as a function of both age and distance. That means that for every age starting at age 8 and going to age 100 there are standards for every long distance running event, for every common track & field event, and for race walking. Using the data in the tables it is possible to determine your age graded time as well as the athlete’s age-graded percentage these are used more in track and field because it allow comparisons between the track and the field events, it is also gaining popularity with the road racers. The classifications for age-graded percentages are:

100% = Approximate World Record Level
Over 90% = World Class
Over 80% = National Class
Over 70% = Regional Class
Over 60% = Local Class


Example: A male runner, Runner-X (aged 42) ran a 10K race in 39:57.

The WAVA age-graded tables give an age-graded 10K factor for a 42yr old male of 0.9310.

Runner-X's age-graded time is therefore = actual time x age-graded factor = 39:57 x 0.9310 = 2397sec x 0.9310 = 2232sec = 37:12.

The open standard for a Mens 10K is 26:51 (or 1611sec).

Runner-X's age-graded % = open standard / age-graded time = 1611 / 2232 = 72.18%




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