Grand Prix

The Portland Running Company Race Team Grand Prix is a friendly, year-long competition between registered members of our Race Team. Team members score points and move up the yearly standings by running any of the selected races that constitute the Grand Prix. You can think of it a little bit like the corporate squash ladder, with fewer complications at work. Prizes are handed out at year's end.

This year's lineup of races comprises three 5K's, one cross-country race (8K/6K), one track meet, four 10K's, one 15K, and two half marathons.

Click here for the full explanation and rules.

Click here for final 2019 standings and results.

 

2020 Grand Prix Schedule

January PRC Winter Series 5K #2
February Zena Road Runs 15K
March Teddy Twilight 3K/10K
April *Canceled*
Willamette Mission Trail Challenge 10K
May Stumptown Quarantine 5k - Virtual
June
Bridge Loop Challenge Race No. 3 - Virtual
July Bridge Loop Challenge Race No. 5 - Virtual
August Gone Rogue & Back Race No. 4 - Virtual
September TBD (Best Dam Run Cancelled)
October Scary Run 10K
November Stumptown Cross Country Pier Park Race
December Mt. Angel Hazelnut Run 5K

 

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has been an unusual year for the Grand Prix. A number of races have been cancelled, and some have been postponed or made virtual. More changes to the Grand Prix schedule may be forthcoming.

 

Official Rules

The Portland Running Company Race Team Grand Prix is a friendly, year-long competition between registered members of our Race Team. Team members score points and move up the yearly standings by running any of the selected races that constitute the Grand Prix.

Men and women compete separately. All race results are age-graded, and points are awarded based on a runner's finish in the age-graded results of a given race. The top age-graded performance in a Grand Prix event for the men and women is each worth 15 points. The second-best age-graded performance for both men and women is worth 14 points, etc. No competitor will receive fewer than 5 points for a Grand Prix race.

Your best races, up to ten total in 2020, will contribute to your overall standing in the year-long competition. Runners wishing to receive points for participation in a Grand Prix event must represent the team in a PRC team jersey during the race.

Marathon: In addition to the 12 series races, runners may submit one full marathon result from the year. Marathon results will be age-graded and ranked separately and points distributed accordingly. Submitted marathon results must be verifiable and runner must compete in a PRC jersey.

Race of Your Choice: Runners may submit results from one race of their choosing, any distance, any location, and have their age-graded finish time scored against the field for up to 15 points. If your age-graded time tops the unadjusted results of the other competitors, you'll receive 15 points. If it lands you in second place, you'll get 14 points; in third, 13 points, and so on, down to a minimum of 5 points. Results must be verifiable and runner must compete in a PRC jersey.

Race Team Pursuit: Once a year we will hold an exclusive team pursuit race. Start times will be handicapped in this race based upon each participant's performance in the Grand Prix up to that point. Slower runners will start first; the fastest runners will start last. If runners perform as predicted, the race will culminate in a crowded, mad dash to the finish. The men's and women's winners will be the first across the finish line, and they will collect a coveted golden jersey to be worn during the following season. Note: No Grand Prix points are awarded for this race.

Bonus Points: In 2020 there will be three ways to earn bonus points toward your Grand Prix total. Completing one of the following activities will be worth 5 bonus Grand Prix points. Bonus points will only be awarded once per category, per year. This means that the maximum bonus points available this year is 15. Team members must self-report bonus activities, and in the case of races team members must provide a link to verifiable results and compete in a PRC jersey.

  1. Team members may earn five bonus Grand Prix points for participating in volunteer activities. Any running-related volunteering activity is acceptable, such as volunteering at a race or doing organized trail maintenance. 
  2. Team members may earn five bonus Grand Prix points for completing a race that is either ultra-long or ultra-fast. An ultra-long race is longer than a marathon. An ultra-fast race is one mile or shorter. 
  3. Team members may earn five bonus points for competing in any Turkey Trot.

Year-end standings will determine award winners. Awards will be handed out and the top competitors recognized at the PRC Race Team's year-end holiday party in December. Ties will be broken in favor of the competitor who has completed more Grand Prix races during the year (up to all 12).

Questions about age-grading, results, rules, and standings can be directed to our team scorekeeper Hunter Bennett-Daggett: diatros@alum.wpi.edu. General questions about the PRC team can be directed to Ryan Heal: ryan@portlandrunningcompany.com.

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