How Is The DRC Grand Prix Figured?
Most of you who have been club members for a few years probably have at least a vague idea of how our Grand Prix works. A lot of our newer members, however, most likely have no clue as to what it's all about. The DRC Grand Prix was established in 1987 to promote racing in local events and to recognize members who participate and do well based on their own abilities. It is more about consistence and improvement from the previous year than simply speed. Here are the rules.
1. To be eligible for final Grand Prix consideration you must be a Dothan Runners Club member.
2. Points are earned by running in any of the area races designated as Grand Prix races. New members who join during the year may count only those races run after joining the club. Each participant's final point standing will be the sum of the points in his/her best 10 of the designated races.
3. Points for each race are calculated by dividing the time run in a GP race into your best race time for that distance in the previous year and multiplying by 1000. For example: If your best 5K race time in the previous year was 23:45 and you ran a present year Grand Prix 5K race in 23:25, you would divide the 23:45 by the 23:25 (convert the seconds to decimals by dividing by 60). Thus, 23.75/23.42=1.014. Then multiply by 1000 and you earn 1014 points for the race. If you had run 24:00 you would have earned 990 points (23.75/24.0 x 1000). A maximum of 1100 points may be earned at any one race.
4. If you beat your best time in the previous year in a Grand Prix race by more than 30 seconds in a 5K, 60 seconds in a 5 mile (8K) or 10K or 2 minutes in a 15K or half marathon, then that new time will become your new reference time for that distance in all future Grand Prix races for the year. This rule will apply each time the 30/60/120 second limit is exceeded.
5. If you did not run a particular race distance in the previous year, an equivalent time will be assigned based on your best times at other distances. If you did not run any races in the previous year, your first race time at each distance will be your base time for that distance and those races will not be eligible for Grand Prix consideration. Base times may sometimes be adjusted if one time is too inconsistent with the other distances' times in order to promote a fair competition.
6. Grand Prix Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female runners at the Annual Christmas Party in December based on the above rules.