Human Race 8K Champion Pat Russell and Securian Frozen Half Marathon Champ Melissa Gacek currently lead the Minnesota Running Data Center Runner-of-the-Year standings.
The standings are tallied from performances on certified courses in Minnesota across a full range of distances. The newly updated standings include events through April.
Russell, who competes for GEAR Running Store, leads Run N Fun's Jeremy Polson 29-27. GEAR teammates Pete Gilman and Josh Metcalf are currently tied for 3rd with 26 points. RNF's Ed Whetham is fifth with 22.
Gacek, who represents Run N Fun, leads with 21 points. She's ahead of a three-way tie for second between GEAR's Sonya Anderson-Decker and Nicole Cueno and RNF's Amy Lyons. Angie Voight of RNF is fifth with 12 points.
Runner-of-the-Year standings are compiled for masters runners by age group as well. Anderson-Decker is tied with RNF's Bonnie Sons for the lead in the women's 40-44 age-group. John Vandanaker of Lundgren Ford tops the men's 40-44 list.
Mike Setter, who compiles the ROY standings, tips his hat to long-time state record-keeper jack Moran (of RaceberryJam fame) for his assistance with the effort.
"It's all based on data that Jack has been graciously providing," Setter told DtB. "He's definitely the one making things work this year even though he is not the official state LDR record keeper."