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Earlier this week we were informed that Deena Kastor had set apparent world records at 25K and 30K on her way to victory in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 9.

Unfortunately since we decided to certify only the marathon distance the records cannot be accepted by IAAF.

There's no reason these distances couldn't have been certified; I measured them twice and the measurements were within the specified tolerance. Mike Wickiser validated both points in a pre-validation measurement; I rode ahead of him that morning and thus measured the course a third time. We simply didn't document the measurement on the certificate or any other documents that went forward.

I'd be interested to hear what everyone else does. It would seem to me that in a large race where one expects an elite field it would probably be a good practice to certify all of the intermedaite distances where records are normally kept by USATF and IAAF. Putting all of this on a certificate could get ugly but I would suspect it would be OK to document the locations of the points in question, the drop and separation on each point, and the difference between two best measurements on a separate letter to the certifier, which would then be forwarded eventually to the Course Registrar.

If we do this on every course, the course list could get long in a hurry, though. Suggestions on keeping this manageable?
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Taken to an extreme, one could say that every course should have every 5 km certified, just in case somebody runs fast enroute. This is not hard to do, but it does require extra work. In many cases it requires three measurements of a course – First - a series of measurements to get the overall distance correct. Second – an overall measurement to lay out the splits and confirm the overall distance. Third – another overall measurement to confirm the splits. Finally – adjustment of each split so that it meets USATF standard.

One can ask – once this has been done, is the race organization prepared to man each certified split with a complete timing setup to conform to the requirements of whoever may recognize the record? Many reported enroute “records” are based on no more than observations by journalists or fans.

If the measurements already exist in the files of Mike and Jay, it would seem to me that it would be no great stretch to provide adequate paperwork to support a record claim – assuming other technical aspects are in place.
Many events now have timing mats at intermediate points and when this is done they should be measured and placed accurately. The only way we can insure that they are accurate is to certify them and put them on the map. The other day I ran my first negative split in 26 marathons, and I would be quite disappointed to find out that the halfway timing mats were not accurately placed.

The question of recognizing records set at intermediate points raises and number of other questions, as Pete points out. Another question that comes to my mind is gun vs chip times for records as some intermediate points would have to rely on chip times (eg. the 10km between 10km and 20km).
In 1988 I asked A C Linnerud to certify standard intermediate distances in the Camp Lejeune Halfmarathon, and since then I and many others have established many NC state records at these distances while running a halfmarathon.

In 2002 I measured a course near my home, Run for Records, with nine certified distances up to the marathon. The course was along a line of only 3 km and certification required only duplicate rides along this line. Susie Kluttz set several state records and the current 12-km national age-group record for 65-69 on this course.

In races on these courses there was only a small team of timers that moved from one certified point to another at planned times.
In the case of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, the organizers detailed a couple of guys to ride around in a car and stop at each mile to take the leaders' times. I know they did this for the men, because I was on a scooter at the front of the field and the car and I were dodging each other. Jim Knoedel had similar duty for the women, so he could report on whether or not the same procedure was followed.

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