4. ROAD RUNNING

4.1. RANKING METHOD

The ranking system is based on the two main elements of all Track & Field performances: the measured results of athletes (result score) and their placing during competitions (placing score).

The combination of these elements provides the athletes’ performance for each competition in which they participate (performance score).

PERFORMANCE SCORE = RESULT SCORE + PLACING SCORE

Athletes’ performances can be considered in all competitions from grass roots to elite international level. However, the results must be in accordance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations in force, and the IAAF or one of its Area Associations or Member Federations must have officially ratified the results.

4.2. RESULT SCORE

  1. The Result Scores are calculated using the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics (by Dr. Bojidar Spiriev) which can be found here.
  2. For disciplines not included in the latest editions of the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics, there are special Scoring Tables developed in full conformity with the IAAF versions.
  3. The World Rankings consider only performances which were achieved at a competition conducted according to the IAAF Rules.
  4. Intermediate splits during a competition are not considered as a result for the athlete and thus are not included in the World Rankings.
  5. The initial Result Score may be altered taking into consideration the following factor:
    • Downhill course (Drop)

4.2.1. Downhill Courses

To avoid disregarding performances achieved on a course not fully complying with the IAAF criteria, a “Downhill Modification System” has been developed to include results achieved on a Downhill course.

  • A “Downhill Couse” is defined as one which has a net drop (decrease in elevation) of more than 1 m/km.
  • A net drop of 1 m/km of the race distance is equivalent to 6 points according to the IAAF Scoring Tables (or the alternate Scoring Tables in case of events that are not included in the IAAF Scoring Tables).
  • These points are deducted from the initial Result Scores of the athletes at the competition concerned.
  • There is no deduction if the net drop is within the allowed 1 m/km.
  • Over the net drop of 1 m/km every 0.1 m/km is equal to 6 + 0.6 points for each 0.1 m/km. (e.g. 1.1 m/km = - 6.6 points; 1.2 m/km = -7.2 points)

4.2.2. Certified Road Courses

Only results achieved on Certified Road courses can be considered. More details and the updated list of these Certified Road Courses can be found on iaaf.org.

4.3. PLACING SCORE

  1. Placing Score is awarded for the placing achieved by the athlete at a competition.
  2. Competitions are categorised, and the Placing Scores are different in each Category. There are 10 different categories for the purposes of Placing Scores. The Placing Scores obtainable at each competition vary according to the level and significance of the competition. The category “OW” reflects the strongest competitions and consequently awards the most points. For example, the Placing Scores available at the IAAF World Athletics Championships or at the Olympic Games are much higher than those at any other competition. See 1.3 - Categorisation of Competitions.
  3. In certain cases, Placing Scores may also be different within an Event Group, depending on whether the discipline is a Main Event or a Similar Event.
  4. In Area Championships and National Championships Placing Scores can only be awarded to athletes representing their home Country or Area respectively. Athletes representing a foreign Member Federation or other Areas are regarded as out of competition participants (OC) and only receive Result Scores for their performances, regardless of their original position indicated in the official results of the competition.
  5. In case a competition belongs to more than one Category, the most favourable Placing Score is considered for each athlete based on the positions achieved in the different classifications.

4.3.1. Marathon Event Group

To give more emphasis to the Main Event of this Group, there are different Placing Score tables for the Marathon (Main Event) and the Half-Marathon, 25km and 30km (Similar Events). If the Half Marathon counts as a Main Event in the Road Running Event Group, Placing Scores are awarded according to Table 4.3.

Table 4.1. Placing Scores for Marathon

Place OW GW GL A B C D E F
1st 270 170 140 70 45 30 20 10 5
2nd 220 130 105 60 35 25 15 7 2
3rd 195 115 90 50 30 20 12 5 1
4th 175 100 75 40 25 15 10 3  
5th 155 85 60 30 20 12 8 2  
6th 145 75 50 25 17 10 6 1  
7th 135 65 40 20 14 8 5    
8th 125 55 30 15 10 6 4    
9th 80 45 25            
10th 70 35 22            
11th 60 25 19            
12th 50 20 17            
13th 45                
14th 40                
15th 37                
16th 34                
17th 31                
18th 29                
19th 27                
20th 25                

 

Table 4.2. Placing Scores for Half Marathon (when similar event), 25km and 30km

Place GW GL A B C D E F
1st 45 30 20 10 5      
2nd 35 22 15 7 2      
3rd 30 18 12 5 1      
4th 25 16 10 3        
5th 20 14 8 2        
6th 17 12 6 1        
7th 14 10 5          
8th 10 8 4          
9th                
10th                
11th                
12th                

 

4.3.2. The Road Running Event Group

In the Road Running Event Group there is only one Placing Score Table, valid for all events in this group.

Table 4.3. Placing Scores for the Road Running Event Group

Place OW GW GL A B C D E F
1st 270 140 90 70 45 30 20 10 5
2nd 220 105 70 60 35 25 15 7 2
3rd 195 90 60 50 30 20 12 5 1
4th 175 75 50 40 25 15 10 3  
5th 155 60 45 30 20 12 8 2  
6th 145 50 40 25 17 10 6 1  
7th 135 45 35 20 14 8 5    
8th 125 40 30 15 10 6 4    
9th 80 35 20            
10th 70 30 15            
11th 60 25 12            
12th 50 20 10            

 

4.4. CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS

Placing Scores are distributed according to the categorisation of competitions, subject to the following:

  1. The IAAF has the exclusive right to determine to which Category a given competition should be assigned. Categorisation of Area Permit competitions (Championships, Games and invitation meetings) will be agreed with the corresponding Area Association. Specific national permit competitions (other than National Senior Championships) will be placed in category E as designated by the Member Federation in agreement with the IAAF. All other national permit competitions are placed in category F.
  2. During a calendar year, only one National Senior Championships per each Member Federation can award Placing Scores according to the Categorisation as shown below. In case a Member Federation organizes more than one National Championships, or an equivalent type of competition (e.g. trials), in any discipline within one calendar year, the first such competition is regarded as the National Championships unless the MF informs the IAAF otherwise, prior to the beginning of the season.
  3. Only those events of a competition are entitled to receive the Category as listed below – and thus the corresponding Placing Scores – which are held primarily for the purpose of the competition for which the corresponding Category was awarded. Extra or supplementary events, national or youth events during international invitational meetings, etc. are considered as Category F regardless of the Category of the main competition during which the event was held.

Table 4.4. Categories of Competitions

Category Details
OW Olympic Games
IAAF World Championships
GW IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
GL IAAF Gold Label Marathons
Area Senior Outdoor Championships
A Major Games (All-African, Asian, Commonwealth, Pan American, European)
IAAF Gold Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
IAAF Silver Label Marathons
B IAAF Silver Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
IAAF Bronze Label Marathons
Regional Games Championships (Universiade, Francophone Games Ibero-American Championships, CAC Games, Balkan Championships)
National Senior Championships (Marathon)
C IAAF Bronze Label Road Races (Not including Marathons)
Area third tier Championships (Area U23 Championships)
Regional Games and Championships (Arab Championships, Mediterranean Games, CISM World Games)
D Other Regional International Championships, Games and Cups (First and senior division only)
National Senior Championships (Indoor and in Similar Events)
E Other International Marathons and Half Marathons (If measured and certified)
Other International Road Races

 

4.5. PERFORMANCE SCORE

The Performance Score is obtained by adding the Result Score to the Placing Score:

Performance Score = Result Score + Placing Score

4.6. EVENT GROUPS, MAIN EVENTS AND SIMILAR EVENTS

The Road Running Event Rankings are produced in 4 Event Groups. Performances in each of the 4 Event Groups count separately for the Event Rankings. Athletes can be ranked in the different Event Groups where they achieved a sufficient number of performances.

Table 4.5. Road Running Event Groups

Nr. Event Group Main Event Similar Events
1. Men’s Marathon Marathon Half Marathon, 25 km, 30 km
2. Men’s Road Running Half Marathon and/or 10 km 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 10 Miles, 20km
3. Women’s Marathon Marathon Half Marathon, 25 km, 30 km
4. Women’s Road Running Half Marathon and/or 10 km 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 10 Miles, 20km

 

4.7. REQUIRED NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events (reference is made to Table 4.5.).

4.4.1. Minimum number of Performance Scores

  • In Men’s and Women’s Marathon Event Groups (Nr.1 & Nr.3) the minimum number of Performance Scores is two (2).
  • In Men’s and Women’s Road Running Event Groups (Nr.2 & Nr.4) the minimum number of Performance Scores is three (3).

4.4.2. Minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events

  • In Men’s and Women’s Marathon Event Groups (Nr.1 & Nr.3) the minimum number of Performance Score in the Main Event is one (1).
  • In Men’s and Women’s Road Running Event Groups (Nr.2 & Nr.4) the minimum number of Performance Scores in the Main Events is two (2).

4.8. RANKING PERIOD

  1. Only those Performance Scores are considered, which were obtained by the athlete in an 18 months period prior to the date of the Rankings, depending on the Event Group the athlete is ranked in.
  2. To avoid overweighting, competitions in the OW and DF Categories will only be included once in any edition of the Rankings, regardless of the 18-months rule. E.g. performances from the 2019 in World Athletics Championships in Doha (OW category competition) will be removed from the Rankings before the 2020 Olympic Games, even if they were within the 18-months period.
  3. In order to ensure that performances achieved at the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are calculated in the Rankings, the latest editions of the Area Senior Outdoor Championships are included in the Rankings calculation regardless of whether they fall in the Events’ respective Ranking Period.

4.9. WORLD RECORD BONUS

In case an athlete achieves a New World Record, or equals the World Record, bonus points are given as an extra reward for the obvious significance and promotional value of such performance. These World Record bonus points are added directly to the average of the Performance Scores to increase the Ranking Score of the athlete.

World Record bonus points are awarded for each world record performance achieved by the athlete in the ranking period, regardless of the fact that the performance is included in the Ranking calculation or not.

World Record bonus points are given as follows:

  1. Main Events
    • New World Record = 20 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
  2. Similar Events
    • New World Record = 10 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores
    • Equalling the World Record = 5 bonus points added to the average of Performance Scores

4.10. RANKING SCORE

  1. The Rankings are based on the Ranking Scores. Athletes are ranked in the Event Rankings by their Ranking Scores.
  2. The Ranking Score is the average of Performance Scores.
  3. In order to be ranked, athletes must collect a sufficient number of Performance Scores and some of them must come from Main Events. Athletes who do not collect enough performances, cannot have a valid Ranking Score, and are thus ineligible for ranking. See details for each Event Group in the corresponding section.
  4. When calculating the Ranking Score the following factors are considered:
    • Event Groups, Main Events and Similar Events
    • Required number of performances for Ranking
    • Ranking period and date corrections
    • World Record performances