1. Lesia Atkinson Boulder CO 43 40-49 1st 23:10 6:38Top three overall and masters were awarded cash ($30, $20, $10) and top three per ten-year age groups were awarded gift certificates for an optometrist (at similar increments). So for this race, it was decided that since the top three were all masters runners they would be given the awards for the top three masters finishers. However, what follows is the point where the decision-making process gets really interesting. The fourth place finisher was given the 40-49 age group first place award and then the runner in fifth was given the first place overall award. Obviously overall prizes are meant to carry greater import than age group awards and yet they were not awarded on the basis of straightforward merit as reflected in performance in the results. It would seem far more ideal to award the first three the overall awards and then give the next three masters runners the masters awards, presuming based on appearance that this race wanted to avoid 'double-dipping' entirely. Or even just start the overall awards with the runner finishing immediately behind the third masters runner. I have been around the sport for over two decades and I cannot recall seeing such a ridiculous handling of race awards like this instance. Hopefully it was merely an oversight as a result of a hastily-made decision.
2. Kristi Jordan Longmont CO 46 40-49 2nd 23:40 6:47
3. Sarah Krakoff Boulder CO 44 40-49 3rd 23:52 6:50
4. Marian Salley Boulder CO 41 40-49 4th 25:30 7:19
5. Colleen Cooke Boulder CO 37 30-39 1st 25:48 7:24
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Twin Peaks Rotary Cross Country Challenge: A Study In Jacked Up Awards
Marring an otherwise well-done cross country race on a beautiful day in November, the race director for Longmont's Twin Peaks Cross Country Challenge managed to fumble the awards for the women. Here are the top finishers today: