2017 Saratoga Stryders Grand Prix Series

Welcome to the fourth year of the Saratoga Stryders Grand Prix series! This series encourages Saratoga Stryders members to engage in fun, friendly, and inclusive competition; become more involved in volunteer activities; and actively participate in enticing non-members to join the club. Oh, and you may also win some cool awards in the process!

If you have never competed in a race – or are new to running in general – the Stryders Grand Prix (GP) may be just the thing for you! Friendly competition is a great way to stay active and meet new people – and can be addicting! You might just find yourself joining the men’s or women’s Stryder racing teams…

New in 2017.  Prospect Mountain race has been removed.  Code Blue 8k and SPAC Rock n Run Half-Marathon added.

 Now for the not-so-fine-print:

RULES FOR PARTICPATION

  • Participants must be current Stryders members at the time of the event
  • Participants walk/run/race at GP events to earn points
  • No additional fee is required to participate in the GP
  • Registration is not required – participants may be begin earning GP points at any time by submitting results
  • Participants enter races by following the normal entry procedures (this includes paying the normal entry fee)
  • Participants will be responsible for submitting individual results. All results must be received within 2 weeks of the race date in order to receive points.
  • Competition takes place over a full calendar year (January – December)

 

EARNING POINTS

  • To be eligible for an award you must earn at least 2 volunteer points (participants may earn volunteer points and competition points at the same event, where applicable)
  • Volunteer points are not added to the total points, but may be used as a tie breaker in case of a race point tie.
  • Points are awarded based on participant age as of the last day of the calendar year (December 31) not age on the day of the event
  • At each event, points will be awarded by order of finish within each division, in comparison with other participants from the GP event:
    • 1st place – 10 points
    • 2nd place – 8 points
    • 3rd place – 6 points
    • 4th place – 4 points
    • 5th place – 2 points
    • 6th place* – 1 point
  • 1 bonus point will be awarded for participation in ten (or more) GP events
  • A participant’s final score is the combination of his/her best 6 Grand Prix events (no minimum required)
  • Ties for awards will be broken based on the following criteria:
    • Head-to-head GP events
    • Number of volunteer points
    • Random draw

 

* ALL participants will receive points: (i.e. if you are the 6th or later finisher in your category, you still receive one point)

 

AWARDS

  • Prizes are awarded to the top three males and top three females in each age category:
    • 21 and under
    • 22 – 39
    • 40 – 49
    • 50 – 59
    • 60+
  • A “Participant Award” will also be given to a randomly selected participant who scored in a minimum of 6 GP events and met the volunteer requirement, but did not place in a GP age category
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Jingle Bell run in December.

 

GRAND PRIX EVENTS


Month

Distance

Race

Location

Dec 2016

5K

First Night 12/31/2016

Saratoga Springs

Feb

5K

Winterfest Snowshoe 2/5/2017

Saratoga Springs

Mar

5 mile

Shamrock Shuffle 3/26/2017

Glens Falls

Apr

10K

Bacon Hill Bonanza 4/8/2017

Bacon Hill/Schuylerville

Apr

8k

Code Blue 8k 4/15/2017

Saratoga Springs

May

half marathon

SPAC Rock & Run Half 5/21/2017

Saratoga Springs

June

10 mi

Adirondack Distance Run 6/25/2017

Lake George/Bolton Landing

July

4 mi

Firecracker 4 7/4/2017

Saratoga Springs

July

5K

Silks & Satins  TBA

Saratoga Springs

Aug

1 mile

Saratoga Casino Hotel Mile (Monday Night Mile ) 8/14/2017

Saratoga Springs

Aug

5K (trail)

Saratoga Stryders 5k Trail Run Race 5 8/21/2017

Wilton

Sept

5K

Malta 5K 9/9/2017

Malta

Sept

half marathon

Saratoga Palio 9/17/2017

Saratoga Springs

Oct

10K

Great Pumpkin Challenge 10/14/2017

Saratoga Springs

Oct

5K

XC Classic  TBA

Saratoga Springs

Nov

5 mi

Fallback Five  11/5/2017

Saratoga Springs

Nov

15K

Stockade-athon 11/12/2017

Schenectady

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • The volunteer activities listed below are not all-inclusive – other ideas for volunteer activities are welcome! Please contact grandprix@saratogastryders.org for verification of activities eligible for volunteer points.

 

Month

Event

Activity

Ongoing

All GP events

Volunteer activities specified by race director

Ongoing

Saturday morning runs

Purchase/set up coffee and donuts

Feb

Snowshoe Races

Raffles, finish line, registration, parking, traffic

March

Pancake Breakfast

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

March

Stryder Election Dinner

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

Apr-Oct

Wednesday evening workouts

Setup and/or breakdown

June-Aug

Wilton Wildlife/Camp Saratoga

Raffles, finish line, registration, parking, traffic

August

Summer Picnic

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

September

Skidmore Orientation Scavenger Run with iRun Local

volunteer

October

Too Dark to Run in the Park Event

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

October
 Fall Back 5 Preview Run
 Assist with organizing run and leading/sweeping

November

Turkey Raffle

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

December

Holiday Party

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

December

Grand Prix Award Ceremony

Setup, Cleanup, assist Social Chair/Committee

 

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