Congratulations on a very fast marathon ride! I suppose the first question from a record-keeping organization would be “who measured and certified the course distance?” Apparently our Marathon at Unicon XIV was not the standard 42.195 km (26 miles, 385 yards). I hadn’t heard this before today. Too bad the start or finish position could not have been adjusted to make it the exact distance. Not to detract from the event, it was a huge undertaking and very well organized. I really enjoyed riding in it.
I don’t have marathon numbers. We’ve only done it once at Unicon (if 43 km counts), and most other records are probably from Japan, where they’ve been doing it for 20 years or more.
As for standardization, I think the way it’s handled in Olympic and other versions is that people are aware of the differences of one race to another. Most running courses are probably pretty flat, but other factors are heat, humidity and elevation. I remember elevation being a big deal at the Mexico City Olympics as it was much higher than usual.
In Switzerland we had some hills, some dirt road, and wonderful weather. Future courses, and the one along the Sumida River in Tokyo, for example, are probably smoother and flatter. We can keep track of times, but of course we must keep track of distances as well…
No matter, as the race data there were so inaccurate the hosts were apparently too embarrassed to ever share a copy with us. We have no official race data from Unicon X, other than a paper copy that Jack Halpern has.
In keeping with ThisGuy’s point, yes a MUni race course is generally unique, so times are less important than places. Times are handy though, to clear up discrepancies in times, so it is highly recommended to record them.
The IUF established a World Records Committee a few years ago, but then I think everybody got distracted. I don’t think there are any official policies yet.
For records, there is always room for national vs. international, world vs. Unicon and other distinctions for any given event. And age, for those willing to keep track. For records set outside of unicycle competitions, conditions probably need to be stricter to make sure the timing and course measuring were done properly. Hence my question above. Was it part of a sanctioned marathon race?
Anyway, Christopher’s time is outrageously fast. What was he riding?