Had a blast taking photos at the Pikes Peak Road Runners' Tortoise and Hare handicap race.
(More photos here http://bit.ly/1RXWwqk)
This event is a true test of physical conditioning, and this year women runners swept the podium.
Congrats to Teri Harper who took the win with a time of 23 minutes, 31 seconds. Melissa Bay and Jaclyn Roberson finished second and third, respectively.
How does the handicap work? Here is a brief explainaition from the PPRR website:
This race is a true handicap event in that it measures your fitness level based on your age, sex, height and weight!
Over the last several years, Woody Noleen and Bob Mutu have worked on handicap charts for our local running scene. Given that we run high altitude, we wanted to somehow factor in training at 6500 feet. We worked with charts from the National WAVA standards that are used by most races of this type, using local 5K race results to massage the data. We came with charts and a formula to measure performance and fitness levels based on four key body factors: age, sex, height and weight.