All Gold Cup eligibility rules apply. Unlike the traditional Gold Cup Age Group Scoring, here EVERY runner age 40 and over on July 1 competes against each other for the Masters title. The Gold Cup Masters competition is scored on a cumulative point system. Simply put, every RACE counts. Every PLACE counts.
The objective of the Gold Cup Masters Competition is to identify the top man and the top woman Gold Cup racers age 40 and over on July 1. This will be determined by awarding points (see HOW IS THE SERIES SCORED below) to the first ten men age 40 and over and first ten women age 40 and over in each Gold Cup race. This competition is ONLY for Gold Cup members. You must be a Gold Cup member at the time you run any Gold Cup race to qualify for points in that race.
You must first have an active Strider membership. A family membership is $15.00. The Gold Cup Series is an additional $25.00 per person fee. For a race to calculate in scoring, you must join the series no later than race day of your first race.
Each Gold Cup race offers 67 points for runners in the Masters scoring, divided as follows:
|Scoring - Per Race - By Sex|
Disputed results must be resolved by the Statistician within 15 days of the completion of an individual race. Masters points will be displayed in the individual Gold Cup Race Results.
At the end of the year, the man and the woman age 40 and over on July 1 with the most combined total points from every race in the Gold Cup Series wins.
The beauty of this scoring system is that it gives an incentive not only for speed, but for consistency and tenacity. A runner who shows up at the Gold Cup minimum of 10 races, but wins them all, will score 150 points. A runner who may not be quite as fast, averaging a 5th place finish, but who runs 25 Gold Cup races, will score 175 points.
Unlike the Gold Cup Age Group series, the Chicago Marathon will count as only one race for these standings.
The top Masters man and the top Masters woman will be recognized at the annual Gold Cup banquet with unique awards to reflect the tremendous accomplishment achieved and will be removed from the Gold Cup Age Graded, Age Group and Weight-based competitions.
Let the competition begin!