By MOE JOHNSON
Running with Moe
When runners enter a race, one of the things they look for is if the distance is certified.
A race distance that is certified means the distance of the race has been measured by a person riding a bike to make sure it is accurate. If the race is a 5K and race organizers measure the course in a car for 3.1 miles, chances are the course is either short or long by as much as 300 yards or more. A measurer will measure the distance as 3.1068560 miles. Those last digits are not seen on a car odometer.