Roanoke's Triple Crown
I've stated repeatedly that the reason running is a sport of all winners is because waking up and going the distance is all the exercise that anyone really needs. You even get to pick your own distance. Hopefully most people will opt to stay in good enough shape to brisk walk a 5k, but if a 1/2 mile is what you do, then more power to you.
I personally choose to stay in good enough shape to run a half marathon on any given weekend with little or no notice. I have to work to build my mileage up to run a full marathon and I have to work to build my intensity up to run a competitive 5k. Its just the routine that suits the time and energy I have available to devote to my recreational life.
Naturally I'm going to run most of the half marathons in the Roanoke area, so I'm glad to see that someone had the great idea to incorporate the 3 biggest road half marathons into one award, the Roanoke Triple Crown.
At this point in time, you get the Triple Crown for showing up and going the distance for 3 separate half marathons. The Blue Ridge Half (or full), the Race Roanoke 13.1, and the Star City Half. I think that is a great incentive to stay relatively active year round and I hope the program continues.
I, however, am also a bit of a numbers geek. My pursuit of numbers and statistics has a lot to do with why I've stuck with running as a recreational past time. As such I've often wanted to see the Roanoke Triple Crown adopt a more numerically driven format.
By adding the times of my 3 halves for each year I get this chart:
|Year||BR 1/2||RR13.1||SC 1/2||Total of first 2||Final Total|
|Race Change||BR 1/2||Salem 1/2||SC 1/2|
So from this chart I am able to monitor my own statistics as they relate to the Roanoke Triple Crown. It leads me to wonder though how much trouble it would be for the Triple Crown organizers to monitor finish times and present a ranked format on their web page. It might help generate some enthusiasm for people to come in from out of the region 3 times during the year to participate in our races.