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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. For all awards, runners must be active CARA members by July 1, 2019. E-mail questions to circuit@cararuns.org.

 

Participation Awards:

Circuit Award: All runners who finish at least five (5) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races in 2019.

Participation Award: All runners who finish at least ten (10) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit or CARA Certified Races in 2019.

Notes: Runners must be CARA members by July 1, 2019 to be eligible for participation based awards. Runners must self-report to receive these awards between November 1, 2019 and December 15, 2019. A reporting form will be posted here by November 1, and in the CARA Connection Newsletter. For the Circuit award, runners must run the score Circuit distance. CARA is not responsible for races that misrepresent themselves as CARA Circuit or Certified Races. The race should have a 2019 CARA Certified Race icon and number and should be listed on the CARA Race Calendar under the Certified Races list. 

Competitive Awards:

General Rules/Requirements: 

Runners must be CARA members by July 1, 2019, and finish at least five Circuit races to become award eligible.

Only a runners eight best scores will count for their score total. 

Runners will be automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. No special registration is needed to score in the Circuit, except in the Clydesdale/Athena categories (see info below).

Runners not from Illinois who are not CARA members will not be scored and their places are skipped in results.

Runners who are not awards eligible will be dropped from the standings at the end of the season prior to determining award winners.

Ties in all individual categories will be broken by totaling the tied runners five best age-graded scores. 

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:

Overall Runner of the Year: Top male and female.

Masters Runner of the Year, Top male and female over 40 year years of age.

Veteran Runner of the Year, Top male and female over 50 year years of age.

Senior Runner of the Year, Top male and female over 60 year years of age.

Super Senior Runner of the Year, Top male and female over 70 year years of age.

Note: The overall runners of the year are provided with a comp entry to every Circuit races (excluding the Chicago Marathon) for the following year.

Overall Awards:

Awards: Top 10 overall male and female runners.

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. A runner’s age group category is based on their age on July 1, 2019, not their age or age group at each particular race. Runners under 14 will not be scored in races 10 miles and over. Runners 19 & under must only finish three races to become awards eligible, and only their six best scores will count for their total. 

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:

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: This is a category is an opportunity for larger and taller runners to compete against runners of similar weight. Runners are assigned a category based on their weight. All runners in these categories 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 HERE (Coming Soon) by July 1, 2019. After registering, runners must weigh in at a CARA Circuit Race to confirm their category. Weigh-ins must be completed by July 31, 2019.  Runners receive points for all races they participate in, even if they registered after the race. Scores are recalculated for the whole season as new runners register.