This year the Hospital Hill Run, that race I love to blog about, will be implementing: Seeded Time Corrals!
Beth Salinger, the race director, had this to say in a recent E-Mail/Newsletter:
“We heard you in your post-race surveys regarding the confusion and difficulty entering the start line last year. We will once again have combined start line located on Grand Blvd. just north of Pershing Road, but it will be wider and we will be offering start line corrals. Athletes will be assigned their specific corrals based upon pace. In addition, Hospital Hill Run will have four seeded corrals where you need to prove your skill level in order to be assigned and allowed in. The four seeded corrals will have athletes from all three distances. In addition, there will be a dedicated group of volunteers at the start line assisting athletes in finding their correct corrals and lots of new signs to help direct you. ”
So now the big question is… what will be the qualifiers? I am supposing that they will have one “elite” corral and then the last one try to be somewhat accessible and fairly lenient. Here’s my own guess at the times… you’re welcome to copy it or tweak it or come up with your complete own. Whomever guesses the closest in the comments, by March 31st – or whenever HH releases the times officially… which ever comes first — will recieve a $15 gift certificate code for a RoadID! How’s that for nice free swag?
So here’s what I’m guessing…
Corral A – Sub 1:25 Half / Sub 17:00 5k
Corral B – Sub 1:35 Half / Sub 20:00 5k
Corral C – Sub 1:45 Half / Sub 23:00 5k
Corral D – Sub 2:00 Half / Sub 26:30 5k
I spent no time coming up with these numbers and they are based on nothing other than a random guess.
So… leave a guess in the comments – and how do you feel about HH implementing seeded corrals? I personally think its pretty cool — an attainable (maybe) goal to go for!
Make sure you guess both HALF-MARATHON times AND 5k Times. Everyone in all 3 distances will be seeded, and I’m thinking they will roughly follow the format I’ve guessed with here. Of course there is the 10k but as I’m pretty unfamiliar with competitive times at that distance I’ve left it off. I’ve run countless Half-Marathons and 5ks and have a pretty good handle on what constitutes a good/elite/average time… but the 10k I’ve just run a handful of. Feel free to include it though if you like!