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Handicap formula

The handicap formula consists in adjusting the performance of each participant with an equivalence factor based on the world record on 5 km distance for each age categories.

Only the 25 years old male runners (born in 1977) will not get a handicap.

Then it is possible to compare the females performances to the males results.

The performances of older runners can also be compared to the younger performances.

This race is not recommended for the 15 years old or less runners. Handicaps will be calculated for runners of 16 years old or more (born in 1986 or before).


Sources
Statistics of the International Association of Athletics Federations   IAAF
Statistics of the World Masters Athletics    WMA

Example 1. Runners obtained the following results

Rank  Last Name  First Name  Gender  Year  Age  Performance    
1  A  Mr  M 1977 25 15:11.25    
2  C  Mr  M 1983 19 15:16.85    
3  B  Mr  M 1952 50 17:37.00    
4  Z  Mrs  F 1967 35 17:58.00    
5  Y  Mrs  F 1942 60 22:54.00    

After adjusments with handicap they obtain the following results

Rank  Last Name  First Name  Gender  Year  Age  Performance Handicap PerformanceH
1  B  Mr  M 1952 50 17:37.00 117.9% 14:56.21
2  Z  Mrs  F 1967 35 17:58.00 120.0% 14:58.29
3  C  Mr  M 1983 19 15:16.85 101.9% 14:59.83
4  Y  Mrs  F 1942 60 22:54.00 152.1% 15:03.50
5  A  Mr  M 1977 25 15:11.25 100.0% 15:11.25
               

Example 2. All performances are the world record

Rank  Last Name  First Name  Gender  Year  Age  Performance    
1  A  Mr  M 1977 25 12:39.36  World Record
2  C  Mr  M 1983 19 12:53.72  World Record
3  B  Mr  M 1952 50 14:55.60  World Record
4  Z  Mrs  F 1967 35 15:11.28  World Record
5  Y  Mrs  F 1942 60 19:14.80  World Record
After adjustments with handicap they obtain similar results
Rank  Last Name  First Name  Gender  Year  Age  Performance Handicap PerformanceH
1  B  Mr  M 1952 50 14:55.60 117.9% 12:39.36
1  Z  Mrs  F 1967 35 15:11.28 120.0% 12:39.36
1  C  Mr  M 1983 19 12:53.72 101.9% 12:39.36
1  Y  Mrs  F 1942 60 19:14.80 152.1% 12:39.36
1  A  Mr  M 1977 25 12:39.36 100.0% 12:39.36