Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
The Richmond Road Runners Club Grand Prix is a one-year contest in which members compete through a variety of club-related experiences, primarily completing races and volunteering. The purpose of the contest is to encourage fun and competition among club members, as well as increase participation and service to the many activities of the club. Each Grand Prix finalist's efforts are rewarded with an exclusive high-quality commemorative prize.
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Regarding results: it is up to the club member to let us know of any mistakes within two months of publishing. Please send a message to email@example.com if you were an active member and don't see your name listed, or if you completed a race or volunteered and don't see credit for it.
Contact Lee White at firstname.lastname@example.org questions about the Grand Prix.
The Richmond Road Runners Club Grand Prix contest is designed to encourage fun and competition among club members, as well as participation and service to the diverse activities of the club. The Grand Prix is open to ALL MEMBERS of the club. However, please refer to separate rules for the RRRC Youth Grand Prix (Age 14 and under), and the RRRC Golden Grand Prix (Age 65 and over).
To be a Grand Prix Finalist, and thereby become eligible for a Grand Prix award, you must fulfill the following requirements within the contest year from 10/1/2012 to 9/30/2013. You must be a club member from the start of the contest and throughout the year. You must be in one of the Grand Prix Age Groups as defined below. You must race (and/or race-direct) in a minimum of five (5) Grand Prix race events (defined below). You must also volunteer in at least ONE club/Grand Prix race AND ONE contract race. Upcoming eligible Grand Prix, club, and contract races are listed each month in the Miles and Minutes newsletter and on the website. Note that some of the largest local races, the Richmond Marathon and the Monument Avenue 10k, are not Grand Prix races, nor are they club races, nor contract races. (Please note the Special Comment on Volunteering, below.)
Awards at Year End
Grand Prix Champion: One male and one female from any of the Grand Prix Age Groups with the greatest total points. Grand Prix Age Group Awards: Top 3 Male and Female Finalists in each age group from 15 to 64. Grand Prix Prize: Every Grand Prix Finalist will receive a unique Grand Prix prize.
The calculations for this contest are derived from published race results, volunteer lists, club minutes, etc., which are generally found on the club website (www.rrrc.org) or the newsletter (Miles and Minutes). Year-to-date point standings will be published quarterly on the website. Correction of errors will be the responsibility of the member within two months of posting.
Male and Female: 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64
Age group placing at any particular race will be based on your age on the day of the race; however, age groups used for the Grand Prix will be determined by your attained age at the middle of the Grand Prix Season – April 1, 2013.
Grand Prix Racing / Placing Point Scoring
There are 14 Grand Prix race events in 2013. Most Grand Prix races will be scored in the following manner (the exceptions for Cul-de-Sac follows).
First, second, third, fourth, and fifth place overall, male and female, receive 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7 points respectively. Top five overall runners will not get any other points for their age group placement.
Age group points awarded to the first five in each group, receiving 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 points respectively. The top five overall finishers will be removed from age group finishers when determining the first 5 age group finishers for points.
1 point will be awarded for any non-placing finish in any Grand Prix race.
Exception: Cul-de-Sac Series--Triple Crown Race Scoring
For this series, Grand Prix racing/placing points will only be scored, and credit for one race event given, if the participant races in at least TWO races of the series. In that case, the participant will receive the highest racing/placing points they earned at any of the races, multiplied by 2 or 3 depending on the number of races run. However, running all three races still counts as one Grand Prix race. Note: volunteer credits at these events will be awarded as one credit for each race volunteered.
Volunteer Point Scoring
1 point for each club race (see exceptions in Double/Triple Volunteer Points) or contract race volunteer participation, assisting the RRRC services to the race. No Grand Prix volunteer credit will be given for events at which the volunteer is also racing that day.
A race director of a Grand Prix race will receive, in lieu of running the race, a Grand Prix race credit that counts as one of their five required-to run Grand Prix races. The race director will receive 9 club race volunteer points, instead of the 1, 2, or 3 points other volunteers at that race get. In the case of co-race directors, the extra points may be shared among the co-directors, but only one of the co-directors may count that race as one of their five required-to-run Grand Prix races.
Double/Triple Volunteer Points
Due to longer duration and/or potentially harsher weather, some race volunteering will receive 2 or 3 points instead of the usual single point. 2 volunteer points will be awarded for working at, Frostbite 15k or Patrick Henry Half Marathon. Two volunteer points will be given for contract races: 15k or longer, and contract races outside of Henrico or Chesterfield counties or the City of Richmond. Three volunteer points will be awarded for working at the Bear Creek 10 Miler or Willis River 35k/50k.
Activity Point Scoring
1 point per issue for contributing one or more credited photographs or other graphical content that appears in the RRRC newsletter, Miles & Minutes; 2 points per issue for contributing one or more credited articles to the newsletter. No more than 3 points per month may be earned in this way, regardless of the number of newsletter submissions.
1 point for each monthly club meeting attended.
1 volunteer point will be awarded for performing any of the following: a scheduled event shift, recognized by the RRRC event coordinator, at major race expos (Monument 10k, Richmond Marathon); packet pick-up or race preparation, etc. done the day before the race (race director must indicate who these volunteers are); Scholarship Committee; Group run or Training team coaches, coordinators and volunteers; Banquet preparation or other social event. Only service which has been pre-scheduled and fulfilled will receive a point. A maximum of 1 point per month will be awarded for these activities, except for packet pick and race preparation.
In the event of a tie in Total Points for Championship or in any Age Group, the competitor leading in the following factors will be named the winner:
- Most Club Race points.
- If the competitors are still tied, then Number of Club Races completed.
- If the competitors are still tied, then most Volunteer Points.
If the competitors are equal in all of the above, then a true tie exists and both will be awarded the title.
2013 Grand Prix Race Events
- 2012 TURKEY TROT 10K
- 2012 BEAR CREEK 10 MILE [Triple Volunteer Points]
- 2012 TOYS FOR TOTS 5K
- FIRST DAY 5k
- WILLIS RIVER 35K/50K [Triple Volunteer Points]
- FROSTBITE 15K [Double Volunteer Points]
- SWEETHEART 8K
- HUGUENOT 3 MILE
- CARYTOWN 10K
- STRATFORD HILLS 10K
- CUL-DE-SAC 5K SERIES (3 races on 3 dates – any TWO will count as ONE Grand Prix race. See exception above.)
- PONY PASTURE 5K
- MOONLIGHT FOUR MILER
- PATRICK HENRY HALF MARATHON [Double Volunteer Points]
2013 Non- Grand Prix Club Races
Although all Grand Prix races are club races, some club races are not Grand Prix races. The following are club races that are not eligible for racing / placing points, but award single volunteer points to all workers who are not racing there.
- SUMMER TRACK SERIES (evening meets on several dates; each meet counts as a club race for volunteer purposes)
2013 Contract Races
The Richmond Road Runners Club, for a reasonable fee, supplies race support services to several dozen local running events, using club equipment, club communications in the newsletter and on the website, and the labor of our volunteer members on the day of the event. Some of these events are long-standing, others are lined up just a few months in advance, and some may be cancelled close to the scheduled date. Check the RRRC newsletter and website (www.rrrc.org); they will regularly identify upcoming contract races.
Remember that GP participants, in order to be eligible for Finalist status, must volunteer for at least ONE contract race – performing RRRC services at the finish line, and volunteer for ONE club or Grand Prix race – in any capacity.
Special Comment on Volunteering
Members provide valuable support to the club and to our running community through a variety of volunteer services, whether on specific occasions or throughout the year. Some of these services are easier to track than others, and not all volunteer services are even foreseen. In addition to the race support services that the Grand Prix contest tracks in awarding points, members make major contributions of time and effort in the following ways:
- The club’s general operation, as officers, board members, or function heads of ongoing club programs;
- Special running events that are neither club races nor contract races (notably, the Monument 10k race and the Richmond Marathon) Just because the Grand Prix contest does NOT award points for all these useful services, members should not mistake this for lack of appreciation. The strength of the club--and the positive experiences for individual members--comes from ALL the generous--though frequently unrewarded--ways in which our members support running in Richmond.