Welcome to the Flyer Handicap Page

Here  for a Web Calculator
to compute your own Flyer Handicap

  Click Here for an Excel spreadsheet to calculate multiple Flyer Handicaps for 5K races

What is the Flyer Handicap?
The Flyer Handicap is your 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or Marathon race time adjusted by age and body weight.  This adjusted run time is a precise computation of what your equivalent time would be if you were younger and lighter, specifically 25 years old and 110 lbs for women and 143 lbs for men.  Your resulting score can then be compared to that of any other adult runner of different age.  If you are younger or lighter than these figures, then for the purposes of computing your adjusted time, the baseline figures are entered for your age and/or body weight.  Dr. Paul M. Vanderburgh developed it at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. 
Science Behind the Handicap
The handicap is based on the documented decline in aerobic function due to increasing age and fat-free mass.  Download the attached PowerPoint presentation for more information.  We have three research papers on the Flyer Handicap. 
  • The derivation is in the March 2007 issue of Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.  Click here for a pdf copy. 
  • The first validation study, is in the December 2006 edition of the Journal of Exercise Physiology (online).  Click here for a pdf copy.
  • The second validation study is in the October 2008 edition of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  Click here for a pdf copy.

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pic02082.gif (33281 bytes) Paul M. Vanderburgh, EdD
Professor, HSS Dept
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1620
Telephone: (937) 229-2390
Fax: (937) 229-2400