2018 GP rules and prizes to be announced in January.


The Empire Runners Club Grand Prix Series is a year-long competition in which club members accumulate points racing in club events or by volunteering to help manage them.  Every Empire Runners Club member is automatically included in the competition and is eligible to win prizes.
  • Overall Male and Female Point Leaders
    • New running shoes and a commemorative plaque
  • Age Groups (1-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70+)
    • Male and Female
      • First Place – New running shoes
      • Second Place – $25 running store gift certificate
      • Third Place – $25 running store gift certificate
Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.
  • Random Drawing for 6 pairs of running shoes
    • Club members who score points in at least 7 events will be entered in a random drawing to be held at the Annual Club Awards Party on February 4, 2018.  Must be present to win. 
Overall and age-group shoe winners are not eligible for the drawing.
Each shoe winner receives a $120 gift certificate from one of our three running store sponsors plus reimbursement up to $60 from the Club if the shoes cost more than $120.  Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash or change but may be used to purchase items other than shoes, per store policy.



To score points in a club event you must be a current Empire Runners Club member in good standing (dues paid for 2017 and name listed in the club membership database). 

To be eligible for prizes you must score points in a minimum of 7 of 13 events (listed below).  Your best scores in up to 10 events will determine your year-end point total.

Unless assisting the event as a volunteer, members must preregister online for each event in order to earn points.

No GP points are allocated for running the Kenwood Footace.  Members can earn GP points for this event only by volunteering.


  • For most races: The first place ERC finisher in each gender category receives 100 points, the second 99 points, the third 98 points, et cetera.
  • Events with 2 distances: Ilsanjo, Salmon Creek, Last 10K, and McGuire’s Breakfast Run
    • Each distance is scored separately.
  • Relays: Valley Ford, Loop de Loop Do-Si-Do, and Riverfront
    • 75 participation points awarded regardless of team's finish place
  • Track Meets: ERC finishers of the long race (3K, 5K, or 2-mile) or the mile receive 25 participation points for that meet and can score a maximum of 100 points for the entire track series, including volunteer points.  The Track Series (1 to 5 meets) counts as one event.
  • Volunteer Points (for significant assistance, as reported by each race director)
    • 15 points per track meet
    • 75 points for all other events
    • 100 points for race directors
    • Maximum 150 points (2 events) for volunteering, 175 for race directors
    • Volunteering for more than 2 events scores no points but counts as event participation
Age Group Designation
  • Age group is determined by participant’s age on January 1, 2017.
Appeal Period
  • A ten-day appeal period begins when each Grand Prix point standings update is posted, usually within 48 hours of each event.  Point distribution for each event cannot be contested after the appeal period expires. (Report errors promptly!)
Tie Breaker
  • In case of a year-end point total tie, the runner who first crossed the finish line in a club race in 2017 wins.

QUALIFYING RACES (subject to date change or cancellation)
  1. Resolution Run 5K - Jan 1
  2. Valley Ford Relay 4 x 2.75 miles - Feb 19 (75 participation points)
  3. Ilsanjo Classic 10 Miler or Neo-Classic 4 Miler - March 12
  4. Loop de Loop 14 Miler or Loop de Loop Do-Si-Do Relay – April 2 (relay scores 75 participation points)
  5. Jackrabbit Derby 3-Miler – May 7
  6. Summer Track Series (1 to 5 meets count as 1 event) – June - Aug (25 points each meet, up to 100)
  7. Riverfront Relay (2 x 5K) – June 17 (75 participation points)
  8. Kenwood Footrace (75 volunteer points only) – July 4
  9. Salmon Creek Beach Runs 5 miles or 2 miles – Aug 6
  10. Phil Widener Empire Open 3.4 miles – Aug 26
  11. Annadel Loop 7 miles – Sept 3
  12. McGuire’s Breakfast Run 3K and 10K – Nov 26
  13. The Last 10K or Final 2-Mile– Dec 16   

Questions, comments, or appeals?  Please contact grandprix@empirerunners.org.

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