- A runner who is
awarded GFRC Grand Prix (GP) points for a designated GFRC
Grand Prix race has to be (1) a current member, or
one who is within the renewal grace period, (2)
officially entered and subsequently being the person listed
as finishing in the race, (3) if late for the
start, start before the first GFRC racer finishes, (4)
Any racer can opt to not receive points and/or have
his/her name published, (5) in communication with
a GP director within two weeks of the first of the month
following the Grand Prix race in which they didn't see his
or her name listed in the results. Participants must report
any non-GP series races (i.e. marathons, ultras, half
marathons) for which they wish to receive GP points within
30 days of the completion of the race (or by the end of May
if the race is in May). Participants must
report any non-GP series "long" races (i.e. marathons,
ultras, half marathons) for which they wish to receive
GP points within 30 days of the completion of the race
(or by the end of May if the race is in May).
- A member can participate at any point in the series. By
reason of being a member, a member whose name is listed in
the results of a designated GP race will be included in the
club's GP results for that race (unless exercising the #4
- As we've done since 2005, points awarded will be based on
age-grading. Age-grading is a statistical translation of a
runner's time that accounts for an individual's age, gender,
and race distance so that race performances by runners of
all ages can be compared. We used to group people by
ten-year age groups (e.g. men 40-49, women 50-59, etc).
Using age-grading to award points instead corrects the
unfair disparity that can occur in the numbers of
participants in each age-group category (e.g., say, only 2
in 60-69, while 12+ in 40-49). The
2015 WMA Age Grading Calculator is now used to
calculate age graded times.
- The top age-graded performance in a Grand Prix race for
the men and women is each worth 25 points. The second-best
age-graded performance for both men and women is worth 24
points, etc. No runner will receive fewer than 15 points for
a Grand Prix race so that, in effect, the top 10 age-graded
men and women in each Grand Prix race will in effect have
been given extra points. Also, the genders will be scored
separately, as they always have been. Only one Grand
Prix race's points per month will be added to a
runner's total when the runner completes more than one race;
the higher of the points earned will be the one added.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 6 male and the top 6
female point-earners at the end of the Road Series, and the
top 4 in the Trail Series.
In Place of Monthly Grand Prix Races (not in addition to):
To support runners who wish to compete in the GP Series but
also wish to run longer races, we will give points for half
marathons, marathons, and ultra races in place of the GP
points earned that month (presuming you would get more from
using this method).
The following points are available:
- Ultra runners
will receive 25 points for one ultra race (50K or greater)
during the series. If you start an ultra race and do not
complete it but have an official time for a full marathon
distance you can count it as a marathon instead. You cannot
downgrade an ultra to a half.
- Marathoners will receive 22 points for up to two marathons
per series, but no more than one per month. If you start a
marathon and do not complete it but have an official time
for your half marathon, you can count it as a half-marathon
- Half Marathoners will receive 18 points for up to three
half marathons per series, but no more than one per month.
- The 25 points for
ultras, 22 points for marathons, and 18 points for half
marathons are awarded in this fashion: Trail distances
(26.2+, 26.2, 13.1) can be used for either the Trail
Series or Road Series, but road distances (26.2+, 26.2,
13.1) can be used only for the Road Series.
rules apply to these points:
- You must run in a race that is organized, measured, timed,
and advertised to the general public on Coolrunning,
Racewire or on some similarly recognized public forum.
- Your completion of the race must be easily verifiable
independently by the GP Directors (results posted on the
Internet in a trustworthy location).
- You must claim your points within 30 days of the finish of
the race, and within the month of May for races run in May.
- You may claim any combination of these races adhering to
the terms of each but cannot accumulate more than 62 points
in total in this manner (earned by one ultra + 2 halves).
Anyone who completes at least 11 of the GP races receives a
special award. Please note that marathons, half-marathons,
and ultras completed that are not an official GP race (even
if they give you GP points) DO NOT count towards GP race
total for the award. If we put a (or any) half marathon in
the GP series it would count.
New Members :
If a member joins within 4 days of running a GP race, then
that member does get awarded points for the race in
accordance with the usual point-awarding rules. However,
because of the automatic delay in membership (after the
race's finish) and possible listing of race results with
points before the person actually joins, the points awarded
will not bump down a prerace member's points for that race.
In other words, the points for that new member's one race
will be equal to the current member's points next closest to
the new member's points. (e.g., if a new, postrace member
is, say, first among us so getting 25 points, then the
member who already got 25 points will still get the 25.)
That way, no one else down the line will lose a point
because of this member joining after the race. Fair as fair
For questions or comments concerning the Grand Prix race
series, please contact our Grand Prix directors at: