Club Announces Cash Awards for Grand Prix Winners

In 2017, HMRRC will offer cash awards for runners who place in its Grand Prix series. The awards will go seven deep in six age-group categories (29 and under; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and up) for both men and women. Only active club members at the time of an event will score points for that event. [Continued]

The Grand Prix prize structure is as follows:

1st $300

2nd $200

3rd $100

4th $75

5th $50

6th $35

7th $25

HMRRC events in the Grand Prix series include the following:

  • Hangover Half Marathon (January 1)
  • Winter Series #5 10 miles
  • Runnin' of the Green
  • Bill Robinson 10K (Masters)
  • Distinguished Service 8 Miles
  • Colonie Mile
  • Tawasentha XC #2
  • SEFCU 5K
  • Anniversary Run 5.9 Mile
  • Voorheesville (under 40)
  • MHR Marathon
  • Stockade-athon 15K

Only six events are used to determine overall GP point totals. So, if a runner finishes first in four events (12 points for each first), second in three event (10 points for each second), and third (8 points in one event, his/her point total is 68 (with one of the second place finishes and the third place finish being dropped from the calculation).

Participation Rules

  • A runner must be a current member of HMRRC to receive Grand Prix points for a particular event.
  • Competition is over a calendar year. Total score is the total of the best six race scores. A runner entering a new division at any time during the year may elect to continue competing in the lower age division. If this option is chosen, participants are required to provide notification of their intent within 30 days after their birthday. Notification must be made to the Race Committee Chair and/or Grand Prix Scorers.

• Jon Rocco (VP of Running Events/Race Committee Chair) --

• Brian Northan (GrandPrix Scorer) –

• Ed Hampston (Grand Prix Scorer) –

Otherwise, scoring is according to age at time of race. Points may not be transferred from one division to another. No exceptions.

  • No duplicate awards (in the rare event that a runner enters a new age group during the year and scores enough points to place in two age groups). The larger dollar amount will be awarded, and runners in the vacated age category will move up one place. If there are not seven runners in an age-group, no prize will be awarded in any vacant spot.
  • In the event of a first-place tie in age-group categories:

• First tiebreaker, head-to-head competition where the tie is between two runners.

• Second tiebreaker, comparison of number of wins in age category.

• Third tiebreaker, comparison of number of events in which points are scored.

  • In the event of ties between runners other than in first place, the prize money will be aggregated and divided equally between the tied runners.
  • Scholastic runners have the option of turning down any award in order to preserve their eligibility.

A club member doesn’t have to do anything special to participate in the Grand Prix – other than show up and make sure his/her membership is current.

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