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"Seeded Runner" ~ what does this mean??
This is from the marathon website:
There will be a "Seeded Runner" area at the front of the starting field. Seeded runners will be identified by their race bibs. All other runners should self-seed their starting positions according to the pace signs at the starting line.

I've never heard this term before ~ what does it mean? Are these "seeded runners" leading pace groups? Or are they just the faster runners that start up front??

I've never done a marathon before, and I'm wondering about pace groups. Do all marathons have pace leaders??
7 miles | run a mile
sixgun From: sixgun Date: July 13th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Means they are the pros and likely age group winners. The race organizers don't want them to complain about having to fight their way through the crowds. They get seeded based on past race times and stuff like that depending on how the rules are set up. Don't worry about them, just head for the pace sign you think you will be running at and stick with that group.
From: insane_bassist Date: July 13th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's basically like elite runners or sometimes a less-than-elite, but still really fast group of runners that had under a certain qualifying time.
From: speedymama Date: July 13th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the replies.

I'm still wondering about pace groups.
ava_bee From: ava_bee Date: July 13th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
In my (one) marathon, there were corrals set up for varying paces...I positioned myself at the 11:00/minute pace group, for what it's worth.

Good luck on your marathon, mama! :)
fritz_et_al From: fritz_et_al Date: July 13th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Some marathons have them, some don't; some pace leaders are better than others. If the race has pace groups, when you go to the expo there'll be a table with info about them not far from registration.

I've never used one myself, but I've heard that it can be a great way to find a bunch of other people who will be going through the race and trying for the same goal you are. Chatting with them and talking about training can sometimes make the time go a lot more quickly!
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sportcount From: sportcount Date: July 13th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! That's excellent.
anarcha From: anarcha Date: July 13th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Seeded runners are generally your faster local runners. Not fast enough to be elites, they start right behind the elites, ahead of the other runners.

Here's the qualifications for the seeded runners for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
7 miles | run a mile