- What is the Arkansas RRCA?
- What is the Grand Prix Series and how can I enter?
- What do my Grand Prix dues go toward?
- What if there is not an Arkansas RRCA Club in my town?
- How is the Grand Prix Series scored?
- What is the difference between Championship and Non-championship Races?
And how are Championships determined?
- How is my final scored computed? Do I have to run all 20 races?
- How does Team scoring work?
- If my club doesn't have enough runners to field
a team at a particular race, can I still earn overall/age group
- What is the Long Distance Running Committee and what does it do?
- How can I get my race into the Grand Prix Series?
What is the Arkansas RRCA?
- The Arkansas RRCA is our state's
chapter of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running clubs,
running events, and runners dedicated to promoting long distance running as a competitive sport and as healthful exercise.
RRCA's mission is to represent and promote the common interest of its member clubs, events, and individual runners
through education, leadership, programs and other services.
The Arkansas RRCA exists to meet these same goals on the state level, serving
as a liaison between Arkansas's local running clubs and the national organization
and to help develop, promote and establish new clubs. For 2010, the Arkansas RRCA will administer two races in central Arkansas: the River Trail 15K and
the Rock Run 8K. The Arkansas RRCA also
puts on the annual Grand Prix Racing Series.
What is the Grand Prix Series and how can I enter?
- The Arkansas
RRCA Grand Prix is a series of 20 races affiliated with Arkansas running clubs
throughout the state. The Grand Prix Series features road races of various distances,
from 2 miles to a marathon. The Series generally consists of 10 Championship
Races and 10 Non-championship Races.
Individual runners earn points in each race
they enter based on placement among other Grand Prix runners at the race. The
state's running clubs also compete against one another in the Grand Prix Team
To enter the Grand Prix Series, a runner must first belong to one of the state's running clubs. To find a club in your area, check out the
list on our Clubs Page.
Any club member may then sign up for the Grand Prix Series via
Online Registration, or by mailing-in an
Form. Annual dues remain just 15 dollars.
What do my Grand Prix dues go toward?
- The Arkansas RRCA funds the Grand
Prix Series through 3 sources: individual Grand Prix dues, sponsors, and a 50
dollar fee from each race in the Series. The Arkansas RRCA uses these funds to
pay for awards and prizes at the Annual Awards Ceremony, the Grand
Prix Awards Ceremony, this website, hosting the River Trail 15K and Rock Run 8K, and
general administration fees in putting on the Grand Prix Series.
What if there is not an Arkansas RRCA Club in my
- If there is not an Arkansas RRCA Club in your town, please consider
starting one! Find one or two like-minded individuals in your area while out
on a run, and you've got the beginnings of a running club. The RRCA has a ton
of helpful information for starting a club on their website; click
here to read
up. Some of the state's biggest clubs are
in our smallest towns, and were started by just a few people organizing a local
weekly training run.
If organizing a local club is the long-term solution, for the short-term you
can always join the nearest Arkansas RRCA Running Club in order to compete in
the Grand Prix Series. Our clubs are always happy to gain a new member!
How is the Grand Prix Series scored?
- Grand Prix participants earn points at each Series race they finish. There
are two different areas that a person can score points in:
The Overall Divisions and the Age
The four Overall Divisions are:
Overall (all ages), Masters (ages 40 and over), Grand Masters (ages 50 and over),
Seniors (ages 60 and over).
The top ten Grand Prix runners in these divisions
will earn points at each race. An individual can earn points in more than one
division provided that they meet the age requirements for the division and place
in the top ten among Grand Prix runners. For example, it is possible for a 52
year-old runner to earn Grand Prix points in the Overall, Masters, and Grand
Masters divisions, but not the Seniors division.
Point breakdown for the top ten Grand Prix runners in each of the Overall
Divisions breaks down as follows:
If the 52 year-old runner from the example cited above placed 8th among all Grand
Prix runners, 4th among Masters runners, and 1st among Grand Masters runners
at a non-championship race, he/she would receive points as follows: 6 in the
Overall division, 14 in the Masters division, and 20 in the Grand Masters division.
The Age Groups are scored for each Grand Prix race in a similar fashion for the
following age divisions:
0-9, 10-14, 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, and 80+.
Each Grand Prix participant will earn points in one (and only one) age group
for the entire Grand Prix season. Your Age Group is determined
by your age at the final race of the season. For example, in 2009 a runner who
turns 40 before the Duck Race will be scored in the 40-44 Age Group for the entire
year, even if they are 39 years old for the first 19 races.
Points are accrued based on the same breakdown in the table above with one exception:
Grand Prix participants placing 11th and over receive 1 point in the Age Groups.
Thus, as long as you finish a Grand Prix race, you will always receive at least
one age group point.
What is the difference between Championship and Non-championship Races? And how are Championships determined?
- The goal of the Arkansas RRCA Championship Races is to help the host club or event
recruit top performing runners, attract sponsors, and improve civic and media support. The Championship label indicates to runners that
the race meets higher criteria of race standards. In the Grand Prix Series, runners earn more points at the Championship Races as noted
in the table shown above.
Just one race per distance may be designated as a State Championship in each
year. If more than one race bids to be a Championship event at a given distance,
a vote is taken among Grand Prix participants to determine which will be the
Championship for the upcoming year.
How is my final scored computed? Do I have to run all 20 races?
- You will accumulate more points each time you complete a Grand Prix Series
race. Your total score at the end of the year will be the sum of your five best
Championship Race scores plus your five best Non-championship Race scores.
The maximum score that can be obtained in any division is 250 points (150 max
from 5 Championship Races + 100 max from 5 Non-championship Races).
if you ran 6 Championship Races and earned 24, 18, 15, 30, 9, and 18 points in
your age group at these races, your Championship score total at the end of the
year would be 105 (the 9 is thrown out as lowest score). If you ran 8 Non-championship
Races and earned 20, 16, 14, 16, 20, 12, 14, and 14 points in your age group,
your Non-Championship score total at the end of the year would be 86 (the 12
and two of the 14s are thrown out). Your total score would be 191, reached by
adding your Championship and Non-championship totals together.
Any runner can therefore maximum their point total by running just 10 races,
so no one must run all 20 to compete in their division. BUT... if you can finish
all 20 Grand Prix races in a given year, you will be given a special IronMan
or IronWoman award!
Even if you can't make it to ten races in the year, you can still participate
in the Grand Prix Series. Every year dozens of runners compete and earn awards
in the Overall Divisions and the Age Groups without a full ten race score. Awards
and gift certificates are given to the top three male and female finishers in
the 4 different Overall Divisions and the top five male and female finishers
in each Age Group. Grand Prix participants can win an award in only one Overall
Division or Age Group, so there are 184 chances to win each year!
A Grand Prix participant must finish a minimum of 5 races in order to be eligible
for an end-of-season award.
But, even if you can't make it to five races, you can still help your local Running
Club out in the Team Competition by showing up for a single Grand Prix race...
How does Team Scoring work?
In addition to the individual divisions, the Arkansas RRCA Running Clubs compete
against one another in the Team Competition. A club must have 4 male finishers
to earn points for a race in the Men's Team Competition, while
Female Teams must have 3 finishers to earn points (the two genders are separate
though, your club doesn't need to have a female team in order for the men's
team to score points and vice versa).
If teams don't reach their minimum
number of finishers then they will receive 0 points for the race in the Team
Competition, so even the last place finisher can mean make a huge difference
in the outcome of the team battle.
The actual scoring of the team competition is done in the cross-country fashion.
All Grand Prix finishers are ranked in order of placement. A club earns one
point for having the first Grand Prix finisher, two points for having the
second finisher, and so on. The men's team scoring is computed by adding
together the first four finishers' point totals for each club, for example
if Team A had the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 15th finishers, their score would be
28 points (1+5+7+15). If Team B had the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 16th finishers,
their score would be 27 points (2+3+6+16). The lowest score wins, so Team
B would have narrowly defeated Team A in that example.
Once the team placement is determined Grand Prix points are given out according
to the same scale as for individuals points in the table above (first place
team would get 20 Grand Prix points for a Non-Championship Race, 2nd place
team gets 18 Grand Prix points, etc...).
The female team scoring is computed in the same way, except that only the
first three female finishers' placements are added together.
But, you don't have to be among your club's top finishers to help your team
to victory. Club runners not in their team's top 4 male or top 3 female finishers
at a given race will still factor into the scoring as Displacers. Displacers
are also ranked according to finish and while they can't make their own team's
score any better, they can still deliver victory for their club by making
the other teams' scores worse! To explain, let's revisit the example above.
Team A still has the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 15th finishers for 28 points. But
let's say Team A also the 16th and 17th placed finishers. These two Displacers
would bump Team B's fourth finisher down to 18th place. Team B's score is
now 29 (2+3+6+18). Team A now defeats Team B by a single point because of
their Displacers! So, only the top 3 female or 4 males may score points for
their team, but every runner, regardless of speed, can help the bring the
club a victory. Club members who haven't signed up for the Grand Prix Series
don't count at all, so make sure you and all your fellow club members sign
up for the Grand Prix before you start running the races!
Additionally, ties between teams are broken by the highest placing
If my team doesn't have enough runners to field a team at a particular
race, can I still earn overall/age group points?
- Yes, scoring in the Overall Divisions and Age Groups is completely separate
from the Team Competition. You can be the only runner from your club at a
race and still earn overall or age group points.
What is the Long Distance Running Committee, and what does it do?
- The members of the Long Distance Running Committee (LDRC) are the representatives
of Arkansas RRCA Running Clubs that actively sponsor the annual RRCA Grand
Prix Series. The LDRC serves to meet the goals and mission of the RRCA, promote
the benefits of running in Arkansas, and encourage participation in the Arkansas
Grand Prix Series. The LDRC also votes on issues relevant to the Standards
of Arkansas Road Racing and the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series scoring,
rules, grievances, and awards. Members participate in occasional LDRC meetings
called by the State Representative and are required to attend the annual
year-end meeting to discuss and vote on any issues affecting the goals and
mission of the Arkansas RRCA for the next year.
LDRC members are appointed by the Arkansas RRCA State Representative to serve
on the committee for each calendar year. Click
here to learn more about the Long
Distance Running Committee.
How can I get my race into the Grand Prix Series?
- The 2009 Grand Prix Series schedule is already completed. An online bid form
for the 2010 Grand Prix Series will be posted on this website in September of
2009. If you are an RD and interested in having your race become part of the
Grand Prix Series, please review the Arkansas RRCA Road Racing Standards and
Grand Prix Rules by clicking here. Also note that your race must be
affiliated with one of the Arkansas RRCA Running Clubs in order to be considered for acceptance into the Series.
Still have a question not answered above?
- Contact David Meroney,
Arkansas RRCA State Rep at firstname.lastname@example.org