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1 Distance Runners Series on Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:28 pm


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Interesting to hear what people think of this new initiative. For those who haven’t heard, the VAL are putting up $2000 to go to the top 25 runners who at the end of the season have accrued the most points.
As the press release states, the aim “is to reward competitors who enter and compete regularly not necessarily those that win events.” Thus, instead of a big pay out for the top 4-5, it is spread out in token amounts all the way down to 25th.

The points structure itself is fine, though one concern I have is that this is an initiative that will favor Vets runners, particularly male Vets runners, who have an extra 6-8 races they can compete in (1600m Vets/Womens) and who will also get starts in 3200m races where some women will miss out due to the 400m limit.

Expect the likes of Muir, Hippworth, Whitecross, Weston, Harris, and Noden to be up to their necks in this one.

2 Re: Distance Runners Series on Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:00 am


Great initiative which may reduce scratchings on race day plus increase entries slightly.
With regards to vets, they do have more races to compete in but they are also at a disadvantage as it is harder for them to recover week to week.

Although looking at the likes of Hippo, Downsie and co. you wouldn't know it.

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