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CARA Circuit Awards & Scoring

2019 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Rules & Scoring

CARA awards runners and clubs for their competitive efforts and their participation in CARA Runners' Choice Circuit and CARA Certified Races.

 

Participation Awards

Circuit Award: All runners who finish at least five (5) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races (Must run Circuit score distance).

Participation Award: All runners who finish at least ten (10) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit or CARA Certified Races.

Award Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a CARA Supporter Level member (Individual, Family, or Student package) by July 1, 2019. Note, CARA "Friend" Level members are not awards eligible.

  • Self-report results through an online form to be posted on this page by November 1, 2019. Submissions are due by December 15, 2019. 

2019 Awards Application

Competitive Awards

Award Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a CARA Supporter Level member (Individual, Family, or Student package) by July 1, 2019. Note, CARA "Friend" Level members are not awards eligible.

  • Finish at least FIVE Circuit races. Runners 19 & under need only to finish three races. 

  • Runners will be scored in all races, but only a runners EIGHT best race scores will count for their score total. Runners 19 & under will only have their six best scores count for their total. Runners 14 & under may not score in races 10 miles and longer.

  • A runner's age-group in the Circuit is determined by their age on July 1, 2019, not their age or age group at each particular race. 

  • Runners are automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. Non-members not from Illinois will not be scored and their places are skipped in results. No special registration is needed to score in the Circuit, except in the Clydesdale/Athena categories (see info below).

  • Non-awards eligible runners will be dropped from the standings at the end of the season, but the Circuit will not be re-scored.

  • Ties in individual categories will be broken by totaling the tied runners five best age-graded scores. If a tie still remains, the tie will be broken by comparison of the tied runners best age-graded score. If still tied, this process will continue using the runners next best score until the tie is broken

Runner of the Year Awards:

"Runners of the Year" are chosen by the CARA Race committee and CARA Board of Directors in the following categories for both males and females:

  • Overall: Top runners overall

  • Masters: Top runners 40 and over

  • Veteran: Top runners 50 and over

  • Senior: Top runners 60 and over

  • Super Senior: Top runners 70 & over

Overall Awards:

Awards: Top 10 male and female runners overall.

Scoring: The top 25 runners in each gender score at each race. First place receives 25 points, second 24 points, third 23 points and so on. 

Age Group Awards:

Awards: Top three males and females in each category (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & Over.)

Scoring: The top 15 runners in each gender in each age group score. First place receives 15 points, second 14 points, third 13 points and so on. 

Age Graded Category:

Awards: Top 10 overall runners (by age-graded scores, males, and females combined)

Scoring: All runners will receive an age-graded score for each race based on World Masters Association age-grading tables (Age grading combines males and females, and runners of all ages). The runners with the top age-graded scores receive points. The runner with the best age-graded score receives 25 points, second 24 points, third 23 points and so on. 

Clydesdale / Athena Categories:

This is a category is an opportunity for larger and taller runners to compete against runners of similar weight. 

Awards: Top three in each category (Clydesdale A = Male's 185-199 pounds, Clydesdale B = Male's 200-224 pounds, Clydesdale C = Males 225+ pounds, Athena A = Females 155-169 pounds, Athena B = Females 170+ pounds)

Scoring: All runners in each category receive an age-graded score for each race based on World Masters Association age-grading tables. The runners with the top age-graded scores receive points. In each category first receives 15 points, second 14 points, third 13 points and so on. 

Registration: Runners participating in Clydesdale/Athena must register their intent to participate by July 1, 2019.

Weigh-In: After registering, runners must weigh in at the CARA tent at a CARA Circuit race to confirm their category. Weigh-ins must be completed by July 31, 2019.  Weigh-in is ONLY available at the CARA tent at each race. No CARA office weigh-in. Weigh-in is not available at the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K or the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Runners receive points for all races they participate in, even if they register for this category after the race. Scores are recalculated for the whole season as new runners register. 

Clydesdale / Athena Registration