Points are awarded for the results of a participant in his/her age group and in the absolute among athletes of his own gender.
Points are awarded to those participants who have successfully completed the race (qualified) and showed a result no worse than 90% of all participants who started the race. The estimated number of participants is rounded up to the nearest integer.
The athlete's score in the age group is equal to the percentage of participants in the group whom he/she is ahead of. The calculation is done by the formula:
having M — 90% of group members, N — athlete's rank in the group. The result is arithmetically rounded to the thousandth.
Similarly, points are awarded in the ranking among men and women.
The total score of the athlete is the sum of the points received in the age group with a weight of 33% and the points in the standings among men/women weighing 67%:
having P1 — age group points and P2 — points in the absolute.
In the previous version of the formula the winner of the race received 100 points regardless of the number of participants in this race. In a certain sense, this is correct, but it makes it very difficult to compare winners (and, in general, other athletes) of the races with a significantly different number of participants. Thus, the winners of a races with 100 participants, and the one where 900 people participated, both would get 100 points each, but it is intuitively clear that the value of reaching the latter athlete is somewhat higher.
Now the new formula is devoid of this shortcoming and only the winner of the race with over 100,000 participants will receive 100 points, and only because of the rule of rounding to the thousandths. As soon as we have such an event, it is possible that the formula will have to be changed again.
But now we can use the points of participants to calculate ratings and compare the success of different athletes at different distances and in different kinds of sport.