Elite Series Races

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many races have been or will be cancelled, postponed, or converted to virtual races. Please note that virtual races will not be scored for Gold Cup or Elite Series points. At this time, it’s too early to tell if an adjustment needs to be made to the number of required races for the Gold Cup Series or the Elite Series. We will make decisions as necessary if a rescheduled Gold Cup/Elite Series race conflicts with a currently scheduled Gold Cup/Elite Series race.

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The Striders Gold Cup Elite Series is a subset of select qualifying Gold Cup races that are selected after the Gold Cup schedule has been decided each year. This competition allows the most competitive adult members in our club to compete in a fair competition that rewards speed at various distances in road racing.

The Elite Series is included in the Gold Cup Series registration. Every Gold Cup participant age 19 or older (on July 1) is eligible to score Elite Series Overall points, and Gold Cup participants age 40 or older (on July 1) are eligible to score Elite Series Masters points.

Register for the Gold Cup Series online here.

In order to qualify to compete in the Elite Series, you must score elite points (outlined on the Elite Series Rules page) in at least one Elite Series race AND complete the required 10 Gold Cup Series races. A maximum of 5 Elite Series race results for each competitor will be used in determining the Elite Overall or Elite Masters awards. Competitors do not need to complete 5 Elite Series races to qualify for Elite Series awards.

2020 Elite Series Races

DateRace NameDistanceLocation
March 14
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Runnin’ with the Irish 5K5KChesterton
April 18
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Spirit Run 5K5KValparaiso
June 6Munster Rotary Run-A-Round 10K10KMunster
July 23Pierogi 5K Stumble5KWhiting
August 8Rotary Ramble 5K5KDeMotte
September 13Hub City Half MarathonHalf MarathonCrown Point
October 31Manda’s Race 5K5KChesterton

Elite Series Rules

In order to qualify to compete in the Elite Series, you must score elite points (outlined on the Elite Series Rules page) in at least one Elite Series race AND complete the required 10 Gold Cup Series races. A maximum of 5 Elite Series race results for each competitor will be used in determining the Elite Overall or Elite Masters awards. Competitors do not need to complete 5 Elite Series races to qualify for Elite Series awards.

Scoring

The total score for each competitor in the Elite Series will consist of points earned from a maximum of 5 qualifying Elite Series races.

At the conclusion of each Elite Series race, the top 5 male and top 5 female Gold Cup finishers are awarded points based on their finish place. Points are awarded following each race as follows:

  • 1st place: 25 points
  • 2nd place: 15 points
  • 3rd place: 10 points
  • 4th place: 5 points
  • 5th place: 1 point

The champions of the Elite Series will be the man and the woman who score the greatest number of points from 5 Elite Series races.

Points from a maximum of 5 Elite Series races will be scored. If a competitor earns points in more than 5 events, the competitor’s highest 5 finishes will be scored. In order to qualify, a member must compete and score in at least one Elite Series race and complete 10 Gold Cup races.

Tie-breaking: In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined using the following tie-breaker: The competitor with the most wins in head-to-head competition (including all Elite Series Races in the period, not just scoring races). Only the fact that one competitor finished ahead of the other will be taken into account, not the place difference or distance of the race.

If there is still a tie, the following tie-breakers will be used in descending order until the tie is broken:

  1. The competitor who has achieved his or her points in the fewest races.
  2. The competitor who won 1st overall in the most Elite Series races during the period.

If a competitor starts a race but does not complete it for any reason, 1 and 2 above will be treated as having taken part in the event with zero points.

Disputed results: All participants should check the Elite Series Race Results page to ensure that your finish place is recorded. You are responsible for contacting the club Statistician within 15 days (7 days for races after November 15) of the completion of an individual race to resolve missing or incorrect results.

Awards

The top 3 male and the top 3 females will receive the Elite Series Overall award. The top male and female age 40 and over (on July 1) will receive the Elite Series Masters award. The Masters award will be decided after the Overall winners have been determined and pulled out. At the end of the year, Overall and Masters winners receive jackets and awards at the banquet.

Winning an Elite Series award will exempt a member from the other Overall, Masters, Age-Graded, or Age Group Gold Cup awards. There will be no double-ups in any category. A member cannot opt out of an Elite Series award.

Opting Out

Any Gold Cup Series participant who does not want to compete in the Elite Series can opt out of the Elite Series only. This must be done within 7 days of the final Elite Series race. This competition is designed to allow all participants to know the competition, so we highly recommended that you opt out as soon as possible.

A participant who decides to opt out is not considered part of the Elite Series and will not have any of the rights or privileges of the Elite Series competitors, including purchasing the Elite Series premium.

Optional Elite Series Premium

Elite Series competitors have the option to purchase an Elite Series premium at a discounted price. The premium may be a shirt or jacket. To be eligible for the premium, you must compete in and score in a minimum of one qualifying Elite Series race. Each competitor will be permitted to purchase only one premium.