2016 Most Competitive Fields

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Each year a few races attract a large number of elite runners. In this analysis, we have examined the races in which those who received votes for Runner of the Year competed. Giving the runners of the year 40 points, the runners-up 39 points, and so on, we have devised a system for determining which races had the most competitive fields. (Note that this analysis does not include foreign runners who are not eligible for runner of the year.)

Men

Order Race Points Number of Runners
1 Western States 100 Mile 319 12
2 The North Face-San Francisco 50 Mile 200 7
3 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile 166 7
4 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile 115 4
5 Bandera 100K 94 4
6 Broken Arrow Sky Race 54K 82 3
7 Desert Solstice Invitational 78 3
8 Way Too Cool 50K 75 4
9 Georgia Death Race, 68 Miles 68 2
10 Tamalpa Headlands 50K 63 3

Women

Order Race Points Number of Runners
1 Western States 100 Mile 336 11
2 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile 108 5
3 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile 104 4
4 Gorge Waterfalls 100K 72 4
5 The North Face-San Francisco 50 Mile 68 3
6 Black Canyons 100K 62 3
7 Vermont 100 Mile 61 2
8 White River 50 Mile 61 3
9 Keys 100 Mile 46 2
10 Georgia Death Race, 68 Miles 45 2
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