Grand Prix Series
The 19th annual Run For Your Life Grand Prix Series will kick off in March 2014. The Series first launched in 1996 marking a turning point in the Queen City’s growing running community. The Series created a reason for people to engage in running throughout the year. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most competitive running series in North Carolina, welcoming thousands of participants from every age, background, and fitness level. Thousands of goals have been set and conquered, hundreds of PR’s have been shattered and Series champions have come and gone.
Every finisher earns points regardless of their time or place. At each race, the men's and women's overall winner will each earn 1,000 points (no separate overall or age group scoring). Your score will be determined by dividing your time into your gender winner's time and multiplying by 1000. After six Grand Prix Series races, the standings are in!
For example, the male winner of the 5K runs 15:00 and you (a male) run 24:00.
15.0/24.0 = .625 x 1,000 points = 625
You would receive 625 points in this example.
Grand Prix scoring for all award categories is based on gun time only! The age group awards handed out at individual GPx races will be based on chip time, but Grand Prix scoring will be based on gun time!
You must run a minimum of 4 events to be eligible for an award. If you only run 3 of the events, you will be dropped from the GPx scoring, even if you won all 3 events and have a higher score than someone who ran 4 events.
Maximum Scores Counted^
Your top 6 scores will be counted towards your GPx score – we will drop your single lowest score. If you run 6 races, all 6 scores will count. If you run 7, we will count your 6 highest scores. If you run all 7, we will count your 6 highest scores and you will receive 100 bonus points for participating in the All Races.
^ These numbers are based on a schedule of 7 events. The rules are subject to change. The schedule and Scoring Rules will be finalized by March 1, 2014.
For the most accurate scores and results, please be sure that when you register for GPx events that you USE A CONSISTENT NAME. For example, if you register for one race as James Doe but then a second race as Jim Doe, the results will be scored as if there were two separate people. Please notify us of any name changes, such as taking on a married name.
There will be a 100 point bonus for any one that finishes all events.
Cash prizes will be handed out at the end of the season in the following categories:
- Top 5 Male & Female
- Top 3 Men’s & Women’s Masters
- Top 3 Clydesdale (men) / Athena (women)
- Top 3 Male & Female Baby Jogger
- Top 3 Male & Female Age Group (see below)
Clydesdale: Men who weigh at least 185 pounds.
Athena: Women who weigh at least 140 pounds.
*You may be asked to weigh in wearing your normal running attire at any of the events. *You must check the Clydesdale/Athena box for EVERY event you wish to compete as such. Your Clydesdale/Athena status will not automatically be carried over from race to race. You will only receive GPx points within the Clydesdale/Athena category for races you checked the Clydesdale/Athena box for. For example, if you run all GPx Series races but only checked Clydesdale/Athena for five of those races, you will only have five races scored towards that category and you will not receive the 100 bonus points for competing in All Races.
We will not pre-register you as a Baby Jogger. To confirm your baby jogger status at each individual race, make sure you line up at the front of the race start. You will only receive GPx points within the Baby Jogger category for races that you ran with the Baby Jogger. For example, if you run all GPx Series races but only ran with a jogger for three of those races of those races, you will only have those three races scored towards that category and you will not receive the 100 bonus points for competing in all races.
Age Groups & Birthday
These age groups are for Run For Your Life GPx Series scoring only. Each individual event may have different age groups for their event awards.
19 & Under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-59; 70 & Over
Scoring is based on the age group that you competed in for the majority of the Series. If you changed age groups in the middle of the season (i.e. you were 34 for the first four races but then 35 for the remaining races) then you will be scored in the age group you started the season in (i.e 30-34).
ROADIE RUNNER CLUB
Every year we come across those runners - you know, the dedicated ones that want to participate in every event offered in a series just so that they can say "I did them all."
Well we have just the thing for those runners this year. It's induction into the 2014 Roadie Runner's Club! We will award those runners that participate in all races on BOTH Run For Your Life series' - the Grand Prix Series AND the Distance Challenge.
And no, you do not have to run the longest distance offered in the Distance Challenge races, you just have to finish one of two (or three at Thunder Road) of the distances offered. No need to pre-register. We will track your progress throughout the year.