Chapter Four
RACE SCORING RECOMMENDATIONS

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The following recommendations for scoring a road run are just a few items that can help:

  • The race scoring organization should review and approve the race entry form in advance of printing.
  • The race scoring organization's website should appear on the entry form.
  • There should be notification in the entry form that unofficial bicycles are prohibited.
  • There should also be notification that runners with dogs on leashes, vehicles for transporting children (baby strollers/joggers), and all forms of radio/cassette headsets are prohibited. This restriction is imperative to prevent potentially dangerous situations that might result in legal action being taken against the race sponsors or organizers and is recommended by USATF, the governing body of the sport, and by the RRCA.
  • Short-distance "fun runs" designed for children can be timed or scored. Giving every finisher ribbons or medals, is an acceptable alternative to giving out agegroup awards.
  • Age groupings (and awards) are similarly discouraged for children younger than six years of age except, perhaps, in low-key races designed to attract family groups. It is the goal of many race organizers to encourage activity and fitness but not competition among younger children because of the potential physical and psychological risks. Age groups might begin with 6-9, 10-14 and 15-19, and then proceed in either five- or 10-year increments, e.g. 20-24, 25-29 or 20-29, 30-39, etc. It is preferable to go at least three-deep in each group.
  • There should be parity between male and female winners for the the overall awards whether the awards are money, merchandise or trophies. This will help avoid Masters and Grand Masters problems.
  • In most cases, overall winners should be eliminated from the age group awards.

 

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