What is Age-Graded Scoring?
Age-Graded Scoring allows all individuals un-bias of age or sex to be "scored" against each other.
Age-Graded Scoring utilizes statistical tables to compare the performance of individual athletes against other athletes of either gender or of any age. Confusing? Let's look at how age-Graded Scoring applies to two road racing athletes of different ages.
How does Age-Graded Scorning work?
Let's say a 55-year old male runs a half marathon in 2:00:00. He would receive an Age-Graded Score of 57.23%.
Now let's say that a 37-year old male ran the same half marathon in 1:45:00. Obviously, that is faster than our 55-year old. However, is the performance of the younger runner really "better" when compared to the time of the older man? The Age-Graded score of the 37-year old is 57.05%.
Who wins? The older guys adjusted time of 1:44:13 beats the younger man's adjusted time of 1:44:33.
Why Age-Graded Scoring?
Age-Graded Scoring corrects each person's performance, no matter what age or sex, to what it would or will be have it been in their "prime" athletic years (20's to early 30's).
This allows you to compare your performance to other runners of any age and/or gender, elite athletes or even past performances.
World Association of Veteran Athletes (WAVA)
The research and statistical analysis that allows us to determine these percentages was developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes (WAVA), the world governing body for master's long distance running, race-walking, and track and field.
WAVA complied approximate world record level performance standards for both genders and age (5 y/o to 100 y/o). Then separate sets of standards were established for each of the standard road racing distances (5k, 8k, 10k, 12k, Half Marathon and Marathon).