CARA

CARA Circuit Awards & 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, 2018. E-mail questions to events@cararuns.org.

 

Participation Awards:

Circuit Award: All runners who finish at least five (5) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races in 2018.

Participation Award: All runners who finish at least ten (10) CARA Runners' Choice Circuit or CARA Certified Races in 2018.

Note 1: Runners must self-report to receive these awards between November 1 and December 15, 2018.
Note 2: The CARA Long Distance Award has been eliminated.
Note 3: CARA is not responsible for races that misrepresent themselves as CARA Certified Races. The race should have a 2018 CARA Certified Race icon and number, and should be listed on the CARA Race Calendar with a CARA Certification icon. 
 

Runners' Choice Circuit Awards:

Runners of the Year

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 (also receives free race entry to all 2019 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit races [excluding Bank of America Chicago Marathon])*

  • 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.

Overall Category:

  • Awards: Top 10 overall male and female runners.

  • Scoring: The top 25 male runners score and the top 25 female runners score. First receives 25 points, second 24 points, third 23 points and so on. Runners must finish at least five races to become award eligible, and only their eight best scores will count for their total. Runners will be automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. Ties will be broken by comparison of the tied runners best age graded score.

Age Group Categories:

  • 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 male and female runners in each age group score. First receives 15 points, second 14 points, third 13 points and so on. A runner’s age group placement is based on their age on July 1. Not their age at each particular race. Runners must finish at least five races to become award eligible, and only their eight best scores will count for their total. Runners will be automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. 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. Ties will be broken by comparison of the tied runners best age graded score.

Age Graded Category:

  • Awards: Top 10 overall runners (by age-graded scores)

  • Scoring: All runners 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. First receives 25 points, second 24 points, third 23 points and so on. Runners must finish at least five races to become award eligible, and only their eight best scores will count for their total. Runners will be automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. Ties will be broken by comparison of the tied runners best age graded score.

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: Runners participating in Clydesdale/Athena must register their intent to participate. They must do this by July 1. 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. This is a category for runners based on weight. Runners provide their weight, weigh in by July 31 at the CARA tent at a Circuit race, and are assigned to a category based on their weight and gender. 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. Runners must finish at least five races to become award eligible, and only their eight best scores will count for their total. Runners will be automatically scored if they are from the state of Illinois or are CARA members. Ties will be broken by comparison of the tied runners best age graded score.

Clydesdale/Athena Sign-Up

Club Categories:

  • Awards: The top three clubs in each category: Combined, Male Open, Female Open, Male Masters, Female Masters, Male Veteran, Female Veteran, Male Senior, Female Senior, and Corporate.

  • Scoring: Runners can score for their club in all categories they qualify for. Clubs must submit a roster prior to racing to the club scorer (details [coming soon]). Club rosters may be updated through the season, but a runner must have been on the roster prior to the first race they score in. Thus, no retroactive scoring. Clubs send a roster in excel with first name, last name, city, state, gender and date of birth. Runners do not have to be CARA members to score for their local club. In each category, clubs receive points based on their placement within that category at each race. First receives 15 points, second 14 points, third 13 points and so on. Each categories scores are separate, meaning all points don’t go into a combined total score total. In all categories, only a clubs eight best races scores count towards their final point total. All other scores are dropped. But clubs will score in all races.

Combined Club Category Scoring:

  • Each club member receives an age-graded score for each race. Placement is determined by the combination of the top five runners age-graded scores. Males and females are combined in this category.

Male Open Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top five male runners times from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Open Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top five female runners times from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Masters Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 40 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Masters Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 40 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Veteran Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 50 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Veteran Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 50 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Male Senior Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three male runners times over the age of 60 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Female Senior Club Category Scoring:

  • Placement is determined by the addition of the top three female runners times over the age of 60 from each club. The club with the least amount of total time is first.

Corporate Club Category Scoring:

  • Each club member receives an age-graded score for each race. Placement is determined by the combination of the top four runners age-graded scores. Males and females are combined in this category. Unlike other club categories, in this category, only a teams five best scores are counted for their point total. In this category, only corporate teams are included, and corporate teams are not included in other club categories. Ties are broken in this category. 

 

 

*Prize Money will no longer be awarded in the Runners' Choice Circuit.  In its place, CARA is awarding overall Runners' of the Year with a free race entry to all Circuit races [Bank of America Chicago Marathon excluded].