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A race director for a 5 km & 10 km event has decided to start the two races at the same time and from the same line in order to simplify the process of gathering results. This lengthens the 5 km course by about 120 m. The course's measurement and certification was paid for and it's up to the race director's discretion to use it or not, as long as she doesn't advertise it as a certified course. I will list the course as "unused" and advise her of its status. I have contemplated suggesting that she opt for a certified 5.12 km course and advertise it as such. Any opinions?
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In 1985 I was sent paperwork for the Elby’s Distance Race (20 km) in Wheeling, West Virginia. When I checked the paperwork I saw that it was laid out about 100 meters too long. I told the measurer, who said that the organizers had very specific desires regarding the start and finish locations.

Figuring that it was at least 20 km, I certified it.

As I recall Bill Rodgers ran a record time there, and it was validated. It checked out well over 20 km, which did not surprise me.

This, of course, does not answer Laurent’s question. It does point out, however, that when the day is right and the runner fast, a bit of overdistance is not always a huge handicap.

Earlier this year I measured a 5k/10k pair of races. They wanted same start and the same finish for both races. I managed this by laying out the 5 km course three meters oversize. Three meters isn't much, but I doubt I'd have gone for 120.

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