Best Frequent Marathoners 2011

 

This is an effort to identify those marathoners who a) run a lot of marathons, and b) run marathons fast. The emphasis is on being able to do both. There are some runners who can run a lot of marathons, and there are some runners who can run them much faster than the rest of us; I want to find those runners who can do both.

 

The metric I use for speed is the difference between a runnerís time and the median time for that sex. For example, if a woman runs 2:57:14 in a marathon in which the median time for women is 4:51:52, then she receives a credit of 1:54:38. I then add the credits a runner receives in each of her races to get a total credit, then rank runners by total. (I have separate listings for men and women.) A runner who runs slower than median time receives zero credit (negative credit is not considered).

 

For example, here are the results for Leah Thorvilson for 2011.

 

Marathon

Hr.

Min.

Sec.

In seconds

Median seconds

difference

Midsouth

2

57

14

10634

17512

6878

Chicago

2

46

54

10014

17501.5

7487.5

Grandmaís

2

39

43

9583

15908

6325

Hogeye

3

07

04

11224

18121

6897

Disney World

2

42

11

9731

19179

9448

Little Rock

2

45

51

9951

17894

7943

 

The total difference is 44,978.5 seconds, or 12:29:38.5 in hour:minute:second format.

 

I relied almost entirely on results listed at marathonguide.com. Their list is by no means complete, I think especially with respect to races in the western U.S. I did include some results from athlinks.com, but I am still missing results from many marathons. If anyone knows of a good source for sex-differentiated results for marathons not listed at marathonguide.com, I would be delighted to hear about it.

 

There is absolutely no guarantee that these lists are complete. I checked hundreds of runners but each year there are thousands of runners who run multiple marathons. If you know of someone you suspect may qualify for this list, please let me know. Better yet, please let me know if you are aware of a relatively short list of plausible candidates. (The entire membership of the 50 States Marathon Club or Marathon Maniacs does not qualify as relatively short.)

 

I included only those marathons held in the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

 

Here are 19 women who accumulated 10 hours or more of difference in 2011.

 

Name

Number of Marathons

Total Difference

 

Traci Falbo

23

24:44:50

Shannon Hays

23

19:08:33.5

Kim Gray

19

18:52:13

Stephanie Arango

18

18:00:42.5

Beth Woodward

12

17:31:22.5

Nadia Ruiz

12

14:11:52.5

Talva Parker

11

13:18:28.5

Sue Mantyla

19

13:09:23

Alicia Eno

13

12:48:11

Leah Thorvilson

6

12:29:38.5

Lauren Kearney

11

11:20:06

Rebecca Steven

22

11:04:06.5

Sue Wheeler

10

11:02:21.5

Debbie Cropper

9

10:45:46.5

Allison Lassoe

22

10:41:53.5

Erin Ruyle

6

10:38:16

Michelle Walker

18

10:36:15.5

Suzy Seeley

9

10:29:42

Julie Musselman

8

10:12:40.5

Monica Huff

9

10:06:06.5

 

And now here are 18 men who accumulated 12 or more hours of difference in 2011.

 

Name

Number of Marathons

Total Difference

 

Chuck Engle

44

66:41:40

Gary Krugger

39

48:01:57.5

Justin Gillette

20

35:19:39

Vincent Ma

79

24:48:50

Michael Wardian

14

24:45:32.5

Steven Lee

30

22:04:28.5

Guillermo Rodriguez

21

21:23:00.5

David Holmen

22

20:05:30

Stephen Hibbs

13

16:03:21

Karsten Brown

10

14:52:39.5

Tony Stafford

13

14:30:18

Dane Rauschenberg

14

14:27:58.5

Peter Kemboi

8

14:27:30.5

Mark Ott

12

13:09:30

John Van Steenbergh

10

12:53:00

David Campa

11

12:46:47.5

Kevin Dorsey

12

12:28:51

Jack McDermott

12

12:03:30.5

 

This is the third year I have done this. Here are links to the previous two compilations.

 

2009

 

2010