Title: Endorsement Rules
Post by: Sasha Pachev on April 02, 2009, 10:02:20 am
To promote races that are in harmony with the mission of the Fast Running Blog - help every runner achieve his true potential. To create an environment that helps running talent flourish. To do our small part in helping increase the quality and the depth of competition at all levels. To encourage respect for God's gift to run long and fast and for the hard work it takes to develop and maintain that gift.The Driving Principle:
100%-100% relationship between the race directors and the Fast Running Blog. Both parties give each other everything they reasonably can. "How can I serve better?" vs "I've done what I think is fair, I am done." The lists of rules and benefits below are meant to illustrate how we envision this principle in practice.Rules:
- The rules below are an expression of principles. If you are not able to meet some of them with exactness, but are able to convince us that you are doing everything you reasonably can to be in line with the principles behind them, you can still receive the benefits.
- A course of accurate length. USATF certification encouraged but not required. If you lack the resources to certify with USATF, a wheel measurement can be accepted if you have calibrated the wheel on the track. GPS, car, or Google Earth are not accepted.
- Generous prizes rewarding performances. Automatic generosity qualification standards: 5 K: first place $100, second $75, third $50; first master $50; 10 K $150 - $100 - $75, master $75; half marathon $200 - $150 - $100, master $100; marathon $500 - $300 - $200, master $200. If you have a small budget, other arrangements are possible, but you need to help us feel that you are giving from the heart.
- You may have a raffle but the top prize in the raffle may not exceed the total value of the lowest reward given for running performance. A special achievement reward of higher value to a runner that was not the fastest but raced against some handicap is not only acceptable but encouraged. However, when random luck is rewarded higher than skill, talent, and hard work, it is not a race, it is a lottery.
- Free entries for elite runners. A runner is considered elite if he has achieved one of the following standards on a USATF-certified course in the last two years: men: sub-17:00 5 K, sub-35:00 10 K, sub-1:17:00 half, sub-2:40:00 marathon; women: sub-20:00 5 K, sub-41:00 10 K, sub-1:30:00 half marathon; sub-3:10:00 marathon. Masters are allowed an extra 1:00 per 5 K to achieve elite status.
- Free entries for elite runners do not have to give them a shirt. You may and are actually encouraged to exclude the elite runners from age division awards with the exception of the master's category. A true elite runner does not salivate after an age division award. You are allowed and encouraged to not give elite runners finisher medals. If they deserve a free entry, finishing the distance to them is not a challenge. If timing chip cost is a concern, it is acceptable to have elites race in a separate division and time them manually. However, if a non-elite division runner beats a registered elite, the non-elite is the one who gets the award. You are allowed to ask elite runners to bring their own food and not eat any of the race food.
- You are allowed and encouraged to ask elites to volunteer as long as you arrange it in advance and the runner does not feel the job will interfere with his ability to perform or recover.
- We will advertise your race on this board, and in the Featured Announcements section on every blog page.
- If you are located in the Utah County we will time your race and post the results online free of charge.
- We will help you with advice on race organization, course layout and measurement, and other aspects of your race.
- We will help you recruit volunteers.
- We will help you figure out ways to reduce the costs of your race.
- We will help you in any other way we can.
Questions? Comments? Want to have your race featured? Call Sasha at 801-788-4608 or send us a message through: