The Empire Runners Club Grand Prix Series is a year-long competition in which club members accumulate points by racing in club events or by volunteering to help manage them.  Every Empire Runners Club member is included in the competition. Members who score points in at least 7 events, either as runners or as volunteers, win a prize.  In the 2018 competition, forty-six club members earned a special edition Grand Prix Series hooded sweatshirt.  The participant's prize for the 2019 GPS season promises to be something equally collectable and brilliant.

In addition, the following prizes will be awarded based on cumulative point totals:

Overall Male and Female Point Leaders

  • 1st Place Finisher's Commemorative Plaque
  • $100 gift certificate
  • 1-year extension of club membership

Male and Female Age Group Point Leaders (1-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49. 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up)

  • First Place
    • $25 gift certificate
    • 1-year extension of club membership
  • Second and Third Place
    • $25 gift certificate

Membership extensions are limited to one per family membership.

Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Prizes subject to change.

Unless announced otherwise, prizes will be awarded at the Empire Runners Club Awards Banquet, February 1, 2020.

To score points in a club event you must be a current Empire Runners Club member in good standing, dues paid for 2019 and your name listed in the club membership database. (Exception: To qualify to receive GP points for the Resolution Run, a grace period to pay 2019 membership dues extends until January 15.)

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.

GP points cannot be scored for running the Kenwood Footace.  Points for Kenwood can only be earned by volunteering to assist race management.


  • 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. For McGuire's, the higher score is counted.
  • Relays: Valley Ford Relay and Riverfront Relay
    • 75 participation points are 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 125 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, except Track Series directors earn 25 points per meet at which they are present, 125 points max.
Age Group Designation
  • Age group is determined by participant’s age on January 1, 2019.
Appeal Period
  • A ten-day appeal period begins after a Grand Prix point standings update is posted on the club website.  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 2019 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 17
  3. Ilsanjo Classic 10 Miler or Neo-Classic 4 Miler - March 3
  4. Jackrabbit Derby 3-Miler – May 12
  5. Summer Track Series (1 to 5 meets count as 1 event) – June - Aug
  6. Riverfront Relay (2 x 5K) – June 16
  7. Kenwood Footrace (75 volunteer points only) – July 4
  8. Salmon Creek Beach Runs 5 miles or 2 miles – Aug 4
  9. Phil Widener Empire Open 3.4 miles – Aug 24
  10. Annadel Loop 7 miles – Sept 1
  11. Loop de Loop 14 Miler - Nov 3
  12. McGuire’s Breakfast Run 3K and 10K – Dec 1
  13. The Last 10K or Final 2-Mile – Dec 14 

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