Lady jeanne convinced me to talk about this topic because I was a little embarrassed. Here it is usual, during the main running events, to organize a parallel shorter race to get more runners at the start.
I noticed some important data: the prizes are the same but in the main event enter thousands faster persons and in the shorter race only few slower runners. The fee for the first is expensive, for the second unexpensive. My age group (MM50) is the most crowded and if I could compete in the younger age groups (MM45, MM40 and MM35) it would be easier to receive the prizes.
Everytime I entered the less important events I succeeded in getting the prize: always! The last time was in oct. 2005 when, because of a strong flu, I ran for fun the short distance instead of the crowded half marathon. I finished the 7.3 km (4.5 ml) in total relax with a time of 33.46 but I arrived 20th, just in time to receive the last possible prize!
Moreover in february 2006 I ran the half marathon of Fiumicino at 4'47"/km (7'42" ml) pace with a final score of 90°/191 in my age group. Unbealivable but in the parallel race of 10 k (6.2 ml) the second of my age group covered the distance with my same pace, but I ran 21.1 km!!!
For these reasons the Black Knight and Sir giorgio decided to begin a career as Bounty Killers until the end of the race season, entering the shorter distances while all the runners run in the main event!