Jacksonville Grand Prix
The Jacksonville Grand Prix will consist of 17 races this season. The series will start with the Tour de Pain in August. Overall scoring will be determined by using age-graded performance factors (these factors are determined as a percentage of the current age record for each age based on information supplied by USA Track and Field). Age group points are based on scoring in the top ten of each age group.
What Is The Grand Prix?
The Jacksonville Grand Prix is a series of Jacksonville's best road races. These races are top quality, established events. The courses are measured accurately. Each event offers race results to their finishers, and they are conducted by groups or individuals that have experience and expertise in the field of road racing. As a participant in a Grand Prix event you can rest assured that you are running a worthwhile race.
How Does The Grand Prix Work?
Every runner can compete in the Jacksonville Grand Prix. You do not have to register to take part. All you have to do is run the events. 1st Place Sports will score each race to see if you have accumulated points in the series. The Grand Prix is designed to determine who the top Jacksonville area runners are, given the age differences. There are two ways to score points. First, in the overall competition based on age-graded performances and second, by finishing in the top ten in your age group. The age group and overall competition are scored separately. The scores are not combined!
Cash awards will be given to the top five overall finishers. It is important to note that in this scoring system, males and females are combined. The cash awards are as follows:
- 1st place: $1,000
- 2nd place: $600
- 3rd place: $400
- 4th place: $200
- 5th place: $100
Prize money will not be awarded to anyone below the 20-24 age group unless they have completed their college eligibility.
Age Group Awards
Point will be awarded ten deep in each age group. After we have determined who the top five runners are for the cash awards we will determine an age-group champion in each of the age-groups as outlined in the rules section. Grand Prix awards will be given to the top three of each age group, but to qualify a runner must accumulate at least 500 points.
- All runners will compete for points in their age-groups. Points are earned by placing in the top ten of the following male and female divisions: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over.
- The points scored for placing in the top ten of an age-group are:
- 1st: 100
- 2nd: 85
- 3rd: 70
- 4th: 55
- 5th: 45
- 6th: 35
- 7th: 25
- 8th: 20
- 9th: 15
- 10th: 10
- Overall scoring will be based on age-graded performance factors as determined by USA Track and Field.
- Points as calculated by 1st Place Sports will be official.
- Points for the 10 and under and 11-13 age-groups will be based on the accompanying 6K race with the Subaru Distance Classic 1/2 Marathon, the 5 mile in the Winter Beach Run and the 5K in the Pumpkin Run. Points will not be scored in the Jacksonville Marathon for this age group. We do not encourage 13 and under participation in races over 10 miles.
- All races count in a runner's score.
- All runners will count in scoring no matter where they reside, unless the runner is receiving financial assistance from the race as an invited runner.
- There will be two separate competitions: Overall & Age Group
- Overall points:
- Overall points will be scored by age-graded factors. The points you score is the actual percentage of age factor performance. Example: If a runner runs 74 percent of the age grade factor. The runner scores 74 points for his or her overall point calculation. Overall points will be scored 60% or higher. If a runner scores less that 60 percent, he or she will not receive overall points for that event.
- Age Group Points:
- Points scored in the age groups will be to the top ten finishers in each age group. There will be no bonus points and there does not have to be ten runners in an age group. Example: The same runner above scores the 74 points in the overall competition and finishes third in his age group with only six runners finishing in that age group. The runner would score 70 points in their age group.
- In the case of ties at the end of the season. The runner with the best finish overall will be the winner.
- The schedule of events and the dates of these events as outlined on this site are tentative. You should check the official entry form or our website to make sure of date, time and grand prix status.
- A runner's age-group for age-group championship tabulations will be the age of that runner on the date of his or her first Grand Prix race. Example: If a runner starts out the season as 44 years old and turns 45 after a couple of races, that runner would be considered 44 for all Grand Prix races in our tabulations.
- Prize money will not be paid to anyone under the age of 21 years.
- Overall winners will be removed from the age-groups at the end of a season.
- To qualify for an age-group award, a runner must accumulate 500 points during the season.
- A runner must have scored points by December 31st to be eligible for calculations.
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