29 Apr '13, 7pm

Want to win a 5K? Getting faster will help, but here's another strategy you can use:

Want to win a 5K? Getting faster will help, but here's another strategy you can use:

Spring is finally upon us, and spring means one thing around Runner's World headquarters—5K racing season! Local 5K races are good for many things. You get an opportunity to socialize with other runners, motivation for speed training, and all the bananas and bagels you can stuff into your hydration backpack. But aside from that, there is the chance to win shiny medals and trophies. But is it possible to maximize your odds of winning a race? Obviously, you could try running faster—but perhaps you should also try to find a smaller event. Using over 6500 points of data from small-town 5Ks ranging in size from 20 to just under a thousand finishers, I used a binomial distribution to calculate the odds of winning a 5K (or at least placing in the top 3), given finish times from 17 to 21 minutes, and race sizes from 50 to 400 participants. Though it may seem like a 17 or 18 minute...

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