For 2022 there is a 16-event schedule, and you will need to run at least 50 percent of the events (EIGHT) in order to count in the standings. Once it is evident that you will not be able to run in eight events, your times and scores will not count toward the standings.
There will be NO tiebreakers in the standings. If there’s a four-way tie for first place, then so be it. … If a race does not have a neutral, official timer, then the race will not count. … Virtual races and self-timed races will also not count. … And if you are delinquent in your membership dues to the RIRR and you compete in a Grand Prix race, then your time from that race will not count.
A few notes from the Grand Prix director:
1. If the Nooseneck 18K does not take place, then it will not be made up and those who have ran in eight races by that race will be the ones who qualify for the series. Seven out of 16 races is 43.75 percent, not 50. And eight out of 15 is 53.33 percent.
2. The races for the Fall 5K and Fall 10K will not be announced until the links to register for them are online. Fall races that disappointed the Grand Prix director last year will also not be considered for this year’s schedule.
3. For the first time in the history of the series, there are four FREE races on the schedule: The Mike Proto Series, the Common Fence Club Run, the Johnny Kelley Half, and the Nooseneck 18K. Play your cards right and run those races, and you’re halfway to getting in your eight events!
4. How were these races picked for the Grand Prix series?
A. They have truly outstanding post-race festivities (beer, food, etc.).
B. Twenty or more RIRR members, whether they were either runners or volunteers, attended them last year.
C. We think the world of almost all these race directors, a few of who are in our club, and some of these RDs were more than generous enough to donate race entries to our banquet’s raffle.
D. These races all took place in 2020 and/or 2021 and there’s no mystery if they will be back or not in 2022.
And one final thing, this schedule and the rules (in terms of the number of races to qualify) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, especially with the threat of COVID still hovering all over the place. These last two years have been very trying for me because of the constant cancellations and changes in the road racing schedule, and I have done my very best to find replacements and make quick, fair adjustments to keep this series afloat and breathing. It’s part of the job, and I know there are members in this club who don’t understand this. But fingers crossed I can get through all of 2022 without having to fix anything — in the past 11 years doing this, I can’t remember if that ever happened!!