Numerous races have added weight categories to their different groups which are usually broken down to male, female and in age categories. The reason is pretty simple and makes a lot of sense; people who are heavier have a much harder time running fast than people who are lighter.
Not all races offer different weight classes for runners, and the ones which do offer it only if the runner wants to put their weight in. It's really done so runners can compare themselves to people who are the same sex, age category, and also weight. It's not mandatory for people to put in their weight. Totally up to to the runner.
While I get ready for the Blue Nose Marathon 10K race I would love to have a Clydesdale category. I'm not the fastest runner on the face of the Earth for sure. My goal is to run a sub 44 minute 10K which hopefully will get me in the top 20 for men between 40-49. I'd be completely happy with that.
I would love to see how I stack up against other runners who are the same weight as I am. I don't think it's much of a challenge for men my age who are 30-60 lbs lighter than I am to beat me in that race. They will destroy me and that's totally OK with me. I just want to compete against myself.
But somewhere in the back of my mind I really want to know how I stack up against someone my size too. Might just be that I'm hyper competitive, but I always love a challenge and I don't think there are too many people who don't want to know how they did overall in a run.
So if you're a runner my age and weight drop me a line and let's see how we do against each other in the Blue Nose. :)
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