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Should the USATF NE Grand Prix offer two races of the same distance? Often, we have great bids from races of the same distance. Since the inception of our Grand Prix, the races have been considered championships of that distance, so we have never moved other races of the same distance into the Wild Card category for voting. Should this be changed? If we have a 10km championship, and offer another 10km as part of the Grand Prix, what should we call this event? Following this example, if there is one 10km the next year, which race winners are considered the returning 10km champions (for complementary entries, etc.)?
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While the USATF NE Grand Prix is on people’s minds, I would like to solicit input on a few topics as we plan for 2013 and beyond. I will post a question each week (in no particular order of importance) for the next few weeks to allow time for people to respond. All participants of road races are welcome to respond, not just Grand Prix athletes.
Question 1: Should a spring or summer marathon be part of a USATF NE Grand Prix?
We have traditionally ended every Grand Prix in the fall with the marathon distance. If we were to receive bids and schedule a marathon in the spring or summer, how much time would you suggest between that event and the next Grand Prix race? What distance(s) should immediately follow? What distances should precede? The inclusion of a spring marathon could seriously affect the Grand Prix layout of races, but could also allow inclusion of shorter races in November and December, which does not happen now. Please also remember our Ironrunners, the people who complete all seven races of the series. Typically, the marathon is the single event that determines who remains a Grand Prix Ironrunner. Many runners build confidence as they progress through the year and then commit to the marathon to achieve Ironrunner status. Do you think a mid-Grand Prix series marathon would lower the amount of Ironrunners for a given year?
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Chair, Women’s LDR
By the close of voting, 441 USATF members had logged on and made their selections. The winning slate jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Voting was strong through November 28, then slowed over the last few days, ending December 2, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
Slate voting results:
- 44.2% voted for the winning slate, and Lone Gull garnered 74% of the vote for the 10k. Slate 2 came in 2nd (about 35%) with the Yankee Homecoming 10 miler getting more than 70% of the vote. Slate 3 was third (about 20%) with the Carver 5 miler getting 60% of the vote.
- The Manchester Marathon won decisively by a margin of 62.5% of the votes cast.
The results of the other questions are:
1. Should there be a Relay included? 49.9% voted “Yes;” 23.4% voted “No;” 26.75% had no opinion;
2. Did you participate in any or all of the Grand Prix Races in 2012? 77.8% said Yes.
What about the 22.2% of voters who did not participate in the Grand Prix but voted? Maybe there are 97.9 additional runners who plan to be in the Grand Prix next year and wanted to influence the selection. Or maybe non-participating club runners responded to emails from GP running teammates to go to the site and vote. Either way, we thank everyone who voted and we hope to see both new and returning runners to the 2013 USATF NE Grand Prix Road Race Series.
Lisa Doucett, Chair, Women’s LDR