Best Frequent Marathoners 2012

 

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 man runs 2:57:50 in a marathon in which the median time for men is 3:58:08, then he receives a credit of 1:00:18.I add the credits a runner receives in each of his races to get a total credit, then I 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 Robert Reese for 2012.

 

Marathon

Hr.

Min.

Sec.

In seconds

Median seconds

difference

Dallas White Rock

3

6

38

11198

16435.5

5237.5

Philadelphia

2

57

50

10670

14288

3618

Marine Corps

3

12

21

11541

16339

4798

ING Hartford

3

10

7

11407

14333.5

2926.5

Maine

3

17

3

11823

15014

3191

New Hampshire

3

13

18

11598

15508.5

3910.5

Grandmaís

3

16

10

11770

14922

3152

Vermont City

2

52

45

10365

14514.5

4149.5

Big Sur

3

2

20

10940

17698

6758

Gansett

2

57

38

10658

12228

1570

First Light

3

16

40

11800

16291

4491

Mississippi Blues

2

59

37

10777

15931

5154

Youngling Shamrock

2

59

22

10762

15386

4624

 

The total difference is 53,580 seconds, or 14:53:00 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.I have also included results not listed at national sites which were sent to me by runners.If anyone knows of a good source for sex-differentiated results for marathons not listed at marathonguide.com or athlinks.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.†††

 

I included only those marathons held in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, and I included only marathons, not ultra marathons.

 

Here are 16 women who accumulated 11 hours or more of difference in 2012.

 

Name

Number of Marathons

Total Difference

 

Traci Falbo

22

27:40:44.5

Michelle Walker

29

27:38:35.5

Nadia Ruiz

19

25:08:01

Talva Parker

15

18:19:29.5

Alicia Eno

14

16:21:22

Hope Fox

20

16:06:45

Mary Flaws

14

14:39:12

Heather Zeigler

19

13:48:38.5

Beth Woodward

8

13:14:23.5

Bekki Manville

14

12:45:11.5

Allison Lassoe

21

12:01:06;5

Kim Gray

11

11:58:22.5

Shannon Hays

14

11:57:40.5

Julie Musselman

12

11:52:59

Tammy Perez

16

11:47:44

Leah Thorvilson

8

11:11:05.5

 

 

 

 

And now here are 21 men who accumulated 12.5 or more hours of difference in 2012.

 

Name

Number of Marathons

Total Difference

 

Gary Krugger

40

58:23:31.5

Justin Gillette

24

38:56:38.5

John Lui

39

30:19:06.5

Vincent Ma

70

26:06:59

Steven Lee

26

24:35:02

Chuck Engle

16

22:29:01.5

Tony Stafford

20

22:18:36.5

Cade Remsburg

25

22:01:04.5

Hideki Kinoshita

32

21:26:39.5

Gregg Walchli

16

17:48:55.5

David Holmen

24

17:31:28

Tony Phillippi

17

15:16:35

Brian Wright

26

15:15:09

Robert Reese

13

14:53:00

Karsten Brown

12

14:38:59.5

John van Steenbergh

10

14:05:49.5

Keith Schlottman

15

13:54:08

John Piggott

9

13:32:31

Michael Wardian

9

12:59:43.5

Jack McDermott

12

12:53:50.5

Thomas Tisell

9

12:32:15

 

This is the fourth year I have done this.Here are links to the previous three compilations.

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

Dave Trautman