Half Marathon Grand Prix Rules



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Open / Professional U.S. Athlete Grand Prix Details & Rules

  • Grand Prix is a year-long competition including all 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons worldwide plus the EDP Lisbon Half beginning with P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona in January ’14.
  • All race finishers who are U.S. citizens are eligible for the U.S. Open / Professional Athlete Grand Prix
  • Grand Prix standings, results, rules and other relevant details will be updated after each event and will be housed on Competitor.com at HalfMarathonGrandPrix.com.
  • All events except Dublin, San Diego, Philadelphia, and San Antonio
    • Score 5 places: 10, 6, 4, 2, 1 points
    • Dublin, San Diego, Philadelphia, and San Antonio will be worth double place points (not performance points)
  • Time & Record Bonuses in all GP events:
    • Set the World Record: 70 points *
    • Run faster than 59:00 (m) & 68:00 (w): 35 points
    • Run 59:00-59:59 (m) & 68:00-68:59 (w): 30 points
    • Run 60:00-60:59 (m) & 69:00-69:59 (w): 25 points
    • Run 61:00-61:59 (m) & 70:00-70:59 (w): 20 points
    • Run 62:00-62:59 (m) & 71:00-71:59 (w): 15 points
    • Run 63:00-63:59 (m) & 72:00-72:59 (w): 10 points
    • Run 64:00-64:59 (m) & 73:00-73:59 (w): 7 points
    • Run 65:00-65:59 (m) & 74:00-74:59 (w): 5 points
    • Run 66:00-66:59 (m) & 75:00-75:59 (w): 3 points
    • Run 67:00-67:59 (m) & 76:00-76:59 (w): 1 point
      • In the unlikely situation that two or more people of the same gender were to beat the listed World Record in the same race, only the individual who finishes first will get the 70 points for the new World Record. The other athlete(s) will get 35 points for having run faster than 59:00 (m) or 68:00 (w).
      • In order to earn World Record points, the mark must be set on a record eligible course and meet all IAAF record qualifications. Marks set on non-record eligible courses will receive time bonus points only.
      • An athlete may earn time bonus points without earning points for place.
  • Official places and times will be determined by Gun Time.
  • Grand Prix ties will be broken first by the number of victories and then by the fastest time recorded in a GP race during the term of the competition.
  • Scoring will be done by CGI staff and GP Director
  • Minimum total Grand Prix prize pool is $50,000 total — $25,000 per gender.
    • Minimum overall prizes are 1st: $15,000, 2nd: $6,000, 3rd: $2,500, 4th: $1,500 per gender.
    • Additional prize money to be awarded based upon additional funds raised.
    • This is Grand Prix prize money only. These totals do NOT include the prize money earned and awarded in each race.
    • No athlete with remaining high school or collegiate eligibility will be allowed to receive any GP prize money.
  • Random Drug Testing will be conducted in at least both Lisbon races
  • EDP Lisbon, San Diego, Philadelphia, and RnR Lisbon will have full prize and appearance money and travel / hospitality budgets. Contact: Matt Turnbull (mattjturnbull@hotmail.com or eliteathletes@competitorgroup.com) for details. You may also check each event’s individual website for that event’s prize money schedule.
  • In all other races, there is a combination of place-based and performance-based prize money, as well as a small travel fund and other benefits based upon previously achieved standards. Please check each event’s individual website for that event’s details.

Age Group Grand Prix Details & Rules

  • Grand Prix is a year-long competition including all 26 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons worldwide plus the EDP Lisbon Half beginning with P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona in January ’14.
  • Grand Prix standings, results, rules and other relevant details will be updated after each event and will be housed on Competitor.com at HalfMarathonGrandPrix.com.
  • Score 5 places in each CGI standard five-year age-group (beginning at 18-24, up to 80+).
    • Place Points: 10, 6, 4, 2, 1 points in each age-group.
  • Dublin, San Diego, Philadelphia and San Antonio will be worth double place points (not double time or world record bonus points)
  • Time Bonuses: Using the World Masters Athletics (WMA) (www.world-masters-athletics.org) & USA Track & Field (USATF) (www.usatf.org) Age-Graded Scoring Tables and Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) (www.arrs.net) World Records
    • Set World Single-Age Record: 20 points*
    • Score 95.0% or better – 15 points
    • Score 94.0-94.99% – 10 points
    • Score 93.0-93.99% – 8 points
    • Score 92.0-92.99% – 6 points
    • Score 91.0-91.99% – 5 points
    • Score 90.0-90.99% – 4 points
    • Score 89.0-89.99% – 3 points
    • Score 86.0-88.99% – 2 points
    • Score 85.0-85.99% – 1 point
      • World Records must be set on record-eligible courses and World Record time bonuses will be awarded only after a review of the involved marks by the Grand Prix Commission and ARRS, USATF, and/or WMA officials.
        • If such a mark does not pass their collective review, the athlete will receive the appropriate number of Time Bonus points for his/her age-graded score.
      • In the unlikely situation that two or more people of the same age and gender were to beat the listed World Single-Age Record, only the individual who finishes first will get the 20 points for the new World Record. The other athlete(s) will get 15 points for having a performance better than 95.0% on the WMA / USATF Age-Graded Scoring Tables.
      • An athlete may earn time bonus points without earning points for place.
    • The WMA / USATF age and sex-graded scoring tables were developed by the sport’s governing bodies and statisticians to allow men and women of all ages to compare the relative quality of their performances on an even playing field. They have been used throughout the world for years and are updated as needed. The scoring tables are imbedded into the timers’ programs. Please, contact Tracy Sundlun with any questions (tsundlun@competitorgroup.com) or go to www.runnersworld.com/tools/age-graded-calculator or www.usatfmasters.org/fa_agegrading.htm for more details about the tables.
  • All race finishers are eligible for the Age-Group Grand Prix except for the invited international open age (under age 40) world-class athletes and any open-age U.S. and U.S. based athletes who are primarily full-time runners. The Grand Prix Director will deliver a list of such ineligible athletes to the Official Grand Prix Scorer each week.
    • Eligible finishers are automatically included in the Age-Group Grand Prix scoring. They do not have to fill out a separate application or form. All they have to do is finish.
      • Athletes are responsible for entering and paying for each of the races they want to compete in, and they are not guaranteed an entry – even if they are the Grand Prix leader in their age-group – if a race is sold-out.
      • Complimentary entries into all GP races will be considered for anyone having scored 93.0% or better for a half marathon within the previous 12 months. Contact (eliteathletes@competitorgroup.com) or Jennifer Nanista (jnanista@competitorgroup.com).
    • Except for these ineligible athletes, everyone who places and scores points overall in the races — including masters (over age 40) athletes — are also eligible for and will receive Age-Group Grand Prix points in their age-group even though the race may not give them two awards.
      • The following advisory will be posted with the Grand Prix results on the GP website: “Most Competitor Group events do not give Age-Group awards to the Overall place winners. However, in the Age-Group Grand Prix, the overall place winners will earn Age-Group Grand Prix points so there may be a difference in the published award winners and the Grand Prix points awarded. If you have questions, please contact grandprix@rccal.com.”
  • Athletes that change age-groups during the year will be scored in the Grand Prix in the age-group they will be in on December 7, 2014, the day of the Grand Prix Final in San Antonio. The affected athletes, though, will win individual age-group awards and GP points in each race throughout the year based upon their age on raceday. The GP Scorer will make the necessary adjustments for publication of the GP standings each week.
  • Official places and times will be determined by Net / Chip Time, not Gun Time
  • Scoring will be done by Race Central, the Timing Company for all U.S. GP events. Results and standings will be posted raceday unofficially, finalized within 3 weeks based upon the normal results review procedures. Race Central will coordinate with the various international timers and several European statisticians to get, compile and post their results. Timing and scoring questions should be directed to grandprix@rccal.com.
  • All age-group athletes in the top 5 in their age group standings may request to be allowed to move their corral assignment up.
  • Points leaders in the 13 five-year age-groups for both men & women after Las Vegas will be flown to San Antonio and provided airfare, double room for 3 nights, and a comp entry. They could pay for the other half room if they wanted to bring a significant other.
    • Grand Prix ties will broken first by the number of 1st places in the age-group and then by the highest WMA / USATF age-graded percentage recorded in a qualifying GP race during the term of the competition.
    • In addition to the 26 age-group points leaders (some determined using the tie-breaker rules), 4 “wild-card” qualifiers will also be given a free trip to the finals in San Antonio. The top non-qualifying male and female with the most points, and the top non-qualifying male and female with the highest individual age-graded mark will all win a trip to the Grand Prix Final in San Antonio.
  • Awards will be presented at / after San Antonio.
  • The top 3 in each age group will receive awards. First place awards will be worth at least $1000 and include a Tour Pass for the following year plus a merchandise package from our sponsors. Second and third will receive a Tour Pass and merchandise packages worth approximately $500 and $300, respectively.
  • The 12-14 and 15-17 age groups will not be included in the GP due to high school and collegiate eligibility issues; and while there will be GP competition in the 18-24 age groups, NO athlete on a high school or college team with remaining collegiate eligibility will be allowed to receive any GP prize, including travel.

Grand Prix Administration

  • Daily management of the GP will be lead by GP Director, Jennifer Nanista (eliteathletes@competitorgroup.com. U.S. mobile: 619.990.4892, assisted by Matt Turnbull (mattjturnbull@hotmail.com), International mobile: +44-7972-236658).
  • All general GP inquiries should be addressed to Tracy Sundlun, Competitor Group SVP of Events (tsundlun@competitorgroup.com, mobile: 619-726-1952).
  • GP questions and protests will be adjudicated by GP Commission comprised of at least 5 knowledgeable individuals representing different relevant backgrounds and constituencies. The Commission in concert with the Director, also has the power to make changes — even substantive changes to the GP during the year if problems crop up, insuring that the GP is responsive to realities as they become apparent.

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