Sports Competition for Adults Over 40: A Participants Guide to 27 Sports
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Each year, there are probably more distance running races available to adult competitors than any other type of sporting event. The three most prominent organizations which support and sponsor distance running are listed below. The USATF is the governing body of the sport in the U.S. However, there are other organizations that serve adult distance runners.

USA Track & Field (''USATF'')
132 East Washington Street Suite 200
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 261-0500
http://www.usatf.org/

Road Runners Club of America (''RRCA'')
1501 Lee Highway Suite 140
Alexandria, Virginia 22209
Phone: (703) 525-3890
http://www.rrca.org/

American Trail Running Association ("ATRA")
PO Box 9454
Colorado Spring, Colorado 80932
Phone: (719) 573-4133
http://www.trailrunner.com

Each of these three organizations sponsor multiple road races for adults. The USATF oversees 12,000 to 15,000races each year, including 26 distance running national championships, four of which are specifically for Masters. The RRCA includes 39 events on its website, three of which are national championships. The ATRA lists more than 1200 races on its website. In addition, high-profile marathons, such as Boston and New York, attract thousands of competitors over 40. The schedule for a selection of these races for 2018 is presented in the first table below.

In addition to these road races there are many marathons, half-marathons, and other races sponsored by local organizations. The marathons have become very popular in recent years, with some races attracting thousands of runners. For this reason the results of the 2018 Boston Marathon and New York Marathon are included in the tables below.

The second table summarizes the number of competitors over 40, by gender and selected age groups, for seven races in 2017. The remaining tables present the national champions and the number of competitors in each age division for selected 2017 long distance national championships.




2018 Long Distance Runnning Championships
EventDateLocation
2018 USATF 100 km Trail Running ChampionshipJanuary 6Bandera, TX
2018 RRCA Napa Valley Marathon ChampionshipMarch 4Napa, CA
2018 Boston MarathonApril 16Boston, MA
2018 USATF Masters 10 km ChampionshipApril 29Dedham, MA
2018 XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain MarathonOctober 7Colorado Springs, CO
2018 New York MarathonNovember 5New York, NY
2018 ATRA Rough Trail Ultra MarathonNovember 10Pine Ridge, KY


2017 Long Distance Running Championships Summary Table
Event Total Competitors Over 40 Total Women Competitors Over 40 Men Over 60 Men Over 70 Women Over 60
2017 USATF 100 km Trail Running National Championship 40 5 4 0 0
    Percent   100%   13%   10%   0%   0%
2017 USATF Masters 8km National Championship 158 55 57 26 22
    Percent   100%   35%   36%   16%   14%
2017 XTERRA Trail Running Championship (21 km) 74 29 10 4 4
    Percent   100%   39%   14%   16%   0%
2017 New York City Marathon 27,183 9,742 1,832 259 677
    Percent   100%   36%   7%   1%   2%
2017 Boston Marathon 17,193 7,086 1,908 211 586
    Percent   100%   41%   11%   1%   3%
2017 RRCA Marathon National Championship (Napa Valley Marthon) 673 254 67 9 15
    Percent   100%   38%   10%   1%   2%
2017 USATF 50 Mile Trail Running National Championship 20 8 2 0 0
    Percent   100%   40%   10%   0%   0%
2017 USATF Masters 15 km National Championship 114 30 44 18 10
    Percent   100%   26%   39%   16%   9%



2017 USATF 100 km Trail Running Championship Bandera, TX Jan 7
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
100 kmWomen40-44Elisa Norman1
100 kmWomen45-49Sheila Pinkerton3
100 kmWomen50-54Kimberly Pilcher1
100 kmMen40-44Chad Lasater11
100 kmMen45-49Will Swenson13
100 kmMen50-54Dana Munari4
100 kmMen55-59James Kelley3
100 kmMen60-64Joe Prusaitis3
100 kmMen65-69Gordy Ainsleigh1

2017 USATF Masters 8 km National Championship Virginia Beach, VA March 13
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
8 kmWomen40-44Janet McDevitt7
8 kmWomen45-49Perry Shoemaker6
8 kmWomen50-54Marisa Sutera Strange13
8 kmWomen55-59Doreen McCoubrie7
8 kmWomen60-64Mo Bartley9
8 kmWomen65-69Edie Stevenson8
8 kmWomen70-74Kathleen Jefferson5
8 kmMen40-44David Angell9
8 kmMen45-49Brent Fields8
8 kmMen50-54Kristian Blaich17
8 kmMen55-59John Vana Kerkhove12
8 kmMen60-64Brian Pilcher18
8 kmMen65-69Thomas Bernharad13
8 kmMen70-74Jim May16
8 kmMen75-79David Turner8
8 kmMen80-84Duane Lougee2

2017 XTERRA Trail Running Championship Ogden, UT Sept. 23
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
Trail Running - 21 kmMen40-44Scott McMurtey9
Trail Running - 21 kmMen45-49Andy Lee12
Trail Running - 21 kmMen50-54Taha Mahmood5
Trail Running - 21 kmMen55-59Brett Peacock9
Trail Running - 21 kmMen60-64Kevin Tuck5
Trail Running - 21 kmMen65-69Doug Beagle1
Trail Running - 21 kmMen75-79Thomas Miller2
Trail Running - 21 kmMen80+Adrian Wolford2
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen40-44Addie Stewart9
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen45-49Karen Openheimer7
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen50-54Lisa Kirby4
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen55-59Tamara Tabeek5
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen60-64Susan Akenhead2
Trail Running - 21 kmWomen65-69Deborah Wagner2

2017 New York City Marathon New York, NY Nov. 3
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
New York City MarathonMen40-44Abidi Abdirahman5227
New York City MarathonMen45-49Massi Milari4590
New York City MarathonMen50-54Mohammed El Yamani3717
New York City MarathonMen55-59Roger Schnyder2075
New York City MarathonMen60-64Dave Walters1147
New York City MarathonMen65-69Peter Camenzind426
New York City MarathonMen70-74Jim Hazucha201
New York City MarathonMen75-79Hernan Barrenche-Rios48
New York City MarathonMen80-89Gerald Miller10
New York City MarathonWomen40-44Christell Daunay3307
New York City MarathonWomen45-49Miranda Boonstra2750
New York City MarathonWomen50-54Eva Schiefloe2042
New York City MarathonWomen55-59Denise Iannizzotto966
New York City MarathonWomen60-64Adelheid Noebel-Schultz461
New York City MarathonWomen65-69Joan Gerold154
New York City MarathonWomen70-74Liz Burger45
New York City MarathonWomen75-79Virginia Pawlyn14
New York City MarathonWomen80-89Ginette Bedarad3

2017 Boston Marathon Boston, MA April 17
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
Boston MarathonMen40-44Abidi Abdirahman2242
Boston MarathonMen45-49Cesar Martins2010
Boston MarathonMen50-54Tim Meigs2205
Boston MarathonMen55-59Douglas Fernandez1742
Boston MarathonMen60-64David Oliver1182
Boston MarathonMen65-69Gene Dykes515
Boston MarathonMen70-74Albert Wieringa165
Boston MarathonMen75-79Hernan Barrenche-Rios38
Boston MarathonMen80+Tony Cerminaro Sr.8
Boston MarathonWomen40-44Dot McMahan2111
Boston MarathonWomen45-49Rachael Glasson2147
Boston MarathonWomen50-54Heidi Schmidt1416
Boston MarathonWomen55-59Heather Knight-Pech826
Boston MarathonWomen60-64Louise Voghel406
Boston MarathonWomen65-69Sharlet Gilbert137
Boston MarathonWomen70-74Diane Leonard31
Boston MarathonWomen75-79Hansi Rigney11
Boston MarathonWomen80+Katherine Beiers1

2017 RRCA Marathon National Championship Napa, CA March 5
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
MarathonMen40-44Jeff Tomaszewski107
MarathonMen45-49Michael McGrane94
MarathonMen50-54Robert Nussear80
MarathonMen55-59Dan Roden71
MarathonMen60-64Rod Camp38
MarathonMen65-69Stephen Freitas19
MarathonMen70-74Dana Henderson6
MarathonMen75-79Les Martin3
MarathonWomen40-44Kelly Lear78
MarathonWomen45-49Mary Schacht68
MarathonWomen50-54Corina Canitz61
MarathonWomen55-59Elizabeth Sblendorio32
MarathonWomen60-64Sue Francis10
MarathonWomen65-69Jeannie Rice5

2017 USATF 50 Mile Trail Running National Championship Ithaca, NY June 3
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
50 Mile TrailMen40-44Ben Nephew5
50 Mile TrailMen45-49Phillip Vondra1
50 Mile TrailMen50-54Ian Schouten3
50 Mile TrailMen55-59Ted Cowles1
50 Mile TrailMen60-64Atlee Burpee1
50 Mile TrailMen65-69Gene Dykes1
50 Mile TrailWomen40-44Kehr Davis4
50 Mile TrailWomen45-49Olga Huber2
50 Mile TrailWomen50-54Julie Deery2

2017 USATF Masters 15 km National Championship Tulsa, OK Oct. 28
EventGenderAge GroupChampionCompetitors
15 kmMen40-44David Angell11
15 kmMen45-49Kevin Castille3
15 kmMen50-54Kent Lemme13
15 kmMen55-59Nat Larson13
15 kmMen60-64Michael Young15
15 kmMen65-69Tom Bernhard11
15 kmMen70-74David Glass13
15 kmMen75-79John Ouweteen5
15 kmWomen40-44Melissa Gacek7
15 kmWomen45-49Heather Meechan1
15 kmWomen50-54Fiona Bayly7
15 kmWomen55-59Doreen McCoubrie5
15 kmWomen60-64Andriette Wickstrom5
15 kmWomen65-69Sabra harvey3
15 kmWomen70-74Judy Bomer2

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