About the Author

Alan Jones ran cross country in high school and college (Penn State) in the 1950s.  He scored his first cross country meet via computer in 1970 using a $4000 terminal and a $1,000,000 computer at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton.  He continued to write programs for scoring running races. In 1982 he wrote his first program for the IBM Personal Computer and in 1985 released RunScore. This program has been continually updated over the years.

Alan is the inventor of the Jones counter which is the only official device for measuring road race courses around the world.  It has been used for Olympic Marathons since 1976.

Along with Rex Harvey of World Masters Athletics, he developed the WMA age-grading tables in 2006 and updated them in 2010, 2015, and 2021.

He was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions in 2007. In the photo below, he is being presented with his award by Allan Steinfeld, President of Running USA.

(photo courtesy of MarathonFoto)

In 2011, Alan was presented with the “2011 ChronoTrack Pioneer Award” at the annual ChronoTrack conference.

(photo courtesy of Bob Lafontaine)

In September 2012, Alan was inducted into the Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame.

In December 2016 he received the Ted Corbitt award from the Road Running Technical Council of the USATF for his invention of the Jones Counter.

Alan has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Penn State in engineering and a PhD from Purdue.   After a 26-year career with IBM he joined the faculty, as a volunteer, at SUNY Binghamton in the Geology Department where he wrote educational programs about earthquakes and volcanic eruptions which are used in many schools. His programs, Seismic/Eruptions and Seismic Waves, are part of the Geology, Gems, and Minerals exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC as well as being in visitor centers at Yellowstone and Denali National Parks. They have also been used by CBS News. His latest version of Seismic Waves runs on smart phones and tablets as well as computers. You can fetch it here.