Age Graded Gold Prize
Mandalay Resources are again offering their Age Graded Gold Prize, offering a marathon runner the opportunity to represent Australia at the Wenlock Olympian Games in England in 2019. The prize consists of return flights and accommodation for two and is valued at over $5,000. This is one of the biggest prizes on offer for a trail run in Australia.
The first Wenlock Games were held in 1850 and were founded by Dr. William Penny Brookes. These games were the inspiration for the modern Olympic Games. It is considered an honour for an athlete to compete in the Wenlock Olympian Games.
How can you win?
However, in the community spirit of the O'Keefe Challenge, this prize is not necessarily awarded to the first person across the line, but the person with the highest Age Graded Score.
What is Age Grading?
Age grading will be very familiar to anyone who has ever participated in a parkrun.
Their definition is succinct, so we’ve reproduced it here:
“‘Age grading’ takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance."
So, young, old, male, female - it doesn't matter: you have a chance to compete for this prize in the Marathon.
The 2017 Winner: Lavina Petrie
The winner in 2017 was 74-year-old world champion Lavinia Petrie.
Lavinia is set to represent Australia at the Wenlock Olympian Games in England in July this year, and is very confident of competing strongly. Lavinia is set to return to the O'Keefe Challenge this year, but is ineligible to win the award twice.
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