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GRAND PRIX APPLICATION  |  RACE DIRECTOR LETTER


MISSION: The USATF-LI Long Distance Running Grand Prix has been designed to encourage broad participation and club/team awareness and, at the same time provide exciting competition in all age groups. All Grand Prix events are subject to USATF competition rules.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE: All members of USATF are eligible to participate on an individual basis. New or Renewing members can begin scoring in the Grand Prix if they complete membership requirements prior to the start of their first race. No retroactive points will be awarded before a current membership was in place.

MEMBERSHIP FEES: The annual USATF membership fees are $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for youth. For your convenience, multi-year memberships are available. You can join here.

PARTICIPATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETES:

  • Athletes must participate in a minimum of 3 races in order to score points in the Grand Prix Series.
  • If a person competes in more than 8 Grand Prix races, only the highest 8 shall be counted.
  • Each athlete’s age as of the first Grand Prix event on February 4, 2017 determines the age group for which accumulated points will be awarded.

SCORING: POINTS WILL BE AWARDED TO:

  • The top 30 male and female athletes in each of the following categories:
    • 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; 90+
  • The top 5 male and female wheelchair athletes in each event.

*Results will be based on participants gun time, which is rounded up to the next full second.

POINT DISTRIBUTION: Points will be distributed as shown on the chart below.
1 -100 6 - 77 11 - 62 16 - 47 21 - 32 26 - 18
2 - 90 7 - 74 12 - 59 17 - 44 22 - 29 27 - 16
3 - 86 8 - 71 13 - 56 18 - 41 23 - 26 28 - 14
4 - 83 9 - 68 14 - 53 19 - 38 24 - 23 29 - 12
5 - 80 10 - 65 15 - 50 20 - 35 25 - 20 30 - 10

TEAM COMPETITION RULES: Membership on a team shall be subject to the regulations as set by USATF.

  1. Categories for team competition are Open M/F, Masters M/F, Senior 60+ M/F.
  2. All teams and clubs entering the team competition must be registered members of USATF Long Island.
  3. A team/club membership roster must be on file with USATF Long Island. Additions and deletions to the roster may be made during the season. Title IX rules apply.
  4. Teams/clubs must compete in a minimum of 5 Grand Prix Series designated team races.
  5. Only one team per category (Open M/F, Masters M/F, Senior 60+ M/F) will be scored for a club.
  6. The Grand Prix team scoring will consist of the top 4 open males, 4 open females, 4 masters males and 3 masters females, the top three 60+, males and females. There is no limit to the number of people listed on a team, but each team participant must have an individual membership in USATF Long Island. If the race distance is a marathon or greater, only three team members will be scored in any category. Team scoring will be based on the cumulative gun time (rounded up to the next full second) of the team's scoring members.
  7. A competitor cannot compete for more than one club. As per USATF rules, a 90-day waiting period will be enforced when a USATF registered athlete changes teams. The 90 days begins on the date when the athlete last competed for their departing team.
  8. A masters runner may score on an open team for the entire year if he or she is listed on the roster of that open team OR may compete for an open team for a particular event by submitting written notification at the Grand Prix event of their intent to do so at least 15 minutes before the start of the race.
  9. A club member who has not been listed on a team roster who is a member of USATF Long Island may be used to fill in on race day if notification is given to a member of the Grand Prix Committee at least 15 minutes before the start of an event.
  10. Grand Prix Series team awards are independent of race team awards presented at a Grand Prix Series designated team race.

AWARDS: Individuals and teams with the highest number of points in their age category will receive awards. Running shoes, courtesy of the Runner’s Edge, will be given to the top male and female winners in each of the following age groups: 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; 90+. Other gifts will be awarded to places 2-5 in each category.

TEAM PRIZE STRUCTURE:
Team Awards - Prize money will be given to the top 5 open and masters teams (male and female).

  • Open Teams M/F
  • Masters Teams M/F 40-59
  • Senior Teams M/F 60+

THE RACES: The Grand Prix Series will begin in February and end in November.
All challenges to race scoring must be made within 60 days of race date. 

RAFFLE: All USATF Long Island members who participate in a Grand Prix race will be eligible to win one of ten free entries to the next Grand Prix race. The winners will be selected at random from all USATF Long Island members 18 years of age or older. Entries will be good for the next Grand Prix race only. Entries are transferable.

ELITE DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM: USATF Long Island is actively supporting the USATF Athlete Developmental Program (ADP). This program is intended to assist in the development of the next generation of great American distance runners. USATF Long Island takes this successful national program a step further by providing direct assistance to our own association athletes. USATF Long Island associations athletes who can meet the minimum standards as set by the USATF Long Island LDR committee, in two Grand Prix races, at two different distances, will each receive a $500 award one time per year. The award’s purpose is to assist the qualifying athlete in their training and travel expenses to national championship events.

STANDARDS
  Mile 5km 8km 10km 15km 10mile 20km 1/2 Marathon Marathon
Men 4:18 14:50 24:30 31:00 48:00 51:40 1:05:00 1:09:00 2:25:00
Women 4:50 17:15 28:30 36:30 56:00 59:50 1:16:00 1:19:30 2:50:00