Getting Caught Up in Finishing Times
You remember how the Fort Lauderdale half I ran last week had some issues with timing? Some of us got caught at a draw bridge and others got caught at a train crossing. The race was kind enough to provide two sets of results – the “official” time and an “unofficial” or adjusted time based on these two factors.
I am not sure how the adjusted time was calculated though because my official time is listed as 3:03:20 and my adjusted time is listed as 3:03:21.
So basically, instead of subtracting X minutes from my adjusted time they added one second?
I couldn’t help but notice that other people have complained.
Someone on the Facebook Page wrote, “Official time 1:45:41. Unofficial time 1:45:42. Watch time around 1:41.”
Another person wrote, “I had two minutes less on my watch than your official or unofficial time.”
And a third person wrote, “You do know the unofficial and official are the same right?”
So, the general consensus seems to be that the race times are off by 2-3 minutes, which is what I believe as well since I crossed the finish line in under 3:01 and both of my times are listed at 3:03.
I saw one person comment about the draw bridge and the official response was that people who got stopped at the bridge were running slower than 16 min per mile which is the cutoff time so their times wouldn’t be adjusted, but that would be impossible since at that time I was averaging about 13:25/mile and my finishing time averaged out to 13:45. Even if my time WAS 3:03 there is no way I could have been averaging 16+ min/mile at the bridge and finished in the time I did. Maybe the drawbridge went up twice?
Plus my time WAS adjusted and an extra second was added.
I know I really should not care what some website says about my finishing time, nor should I care about a couple of minutes here or there. It really shouldn’t make a difference…. but it is kind of driving me crazy!
I should be like the person who commented and said, “Wow folks! It was a race for fun. Yes we all take our training seriously but we are not professionals. Get over it and just put an asterisks by it and chalk it up to an unfortunate part of an otherwise great event.”
And the guy who said, “AMAZING EVENT! WHO CARES ABOUT A SMALL HICCUP! ITS ABOUT THE RUN AND THE ATMOSPHERE NOT ABOUT YOUR TIME! YOU STILL GOT A MEDAL RIGHT?”
I want to be like them, and I usually am! I guess the couple of minutes here just matter to me because this was such a big PR race for me. I don’t want to put an asterisk next to it!
Even with a 3:03***** finishing time I still had a huge PR day so I really should not care but … hmmmm!
This is just adding more fuel to the fire for my upcoming half marathons!!!
And just so this post doesn’t seem too negative, I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures from this weekend:
Can you believe this guy?! 😛 He’s living the good life!
Have you ever experienced a race timing issue like this before? Or ever had a bit of a grey cloud hang over your PR times?