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
- 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
- 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