2017 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 286 10
2 The North Face – SF 233 8
3 Run Rabbit Run 162 6
4 Speedgoat 129 4
5 Black Canyon 104 4
6 Chuckanut 95 3
7 Lake Sonoma 73 3
8 The Bear 69 2
9 Flagstaff Grand Canyon 67 2
10 Sean O’Brien 57 3

Women

Order Race Points Number of Runners
1 Western States 406 15
2 Lake Sonoma 198 8
3 The North Face – SF 127 6
4 Black Canyon 103 3
5 Bandera 97 4
6 Riverbank 85 3
7 Chuckanut 74 2
8 Desert Solstice 70 3
9 Leadville 68 2
10 Quad Rock 67 3
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