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Full Moon Trail Series

Tue June 18 - Tue September 17, 2024 Cleveland, OH 44113 US

Series Scoring Rules / Awards

What is Series Scoring?
  • Series Scoring adds a fun and competitive edge to the Full Moon Trail Series by adding a points/scoring component to determine results and season end awards.
  • Each race, Trail Series participants will be scored based on their finisher time and earn Trail Points based on Age Grading and Course Challenges.
  • The most Trail Points Scored by 12 Men and 12 Women are recognized & awarded at the Awards Ceremony.
Why are runners being "scored"?
  • Mostly for fun! And to add a little friendly competition amongst any Trail Series participants who want to be involved! 
What is Age Grading?
Think of Age Grading as a means to level the playing field, such as a "handicap" to golf or bowling.
  • In running, age-graded scoring is based on how fast you run (by correcting it to what your speed would have been at your prime age) and a percentage value of the world record for your gender.
  • Performance standards listed on USATF give approximate comparative levels:
    • 100 percent = world record
    • 90 percent = world class
    • 80 percent = national class
    • 70 percent = regional class
    • 60 percent = local class
  • Age Grading allows a 60-year-old participant to be measured on the same grading scale as a 12-year-old.
    • The highest percentage finisher earns 500 Trail Points each race.
      • The second highest percentage is 480 Trail Points, the third is 460 Trail Points, and so on.
  • Every participant receives Trail Points after crossing the finish line - even the final runner! 
  • Learn more about Age Grading and how you might stack up in general HERE
What are Course Challenges?
Think of a Course Challenge as a "bonus round" within each race - another opportunity to earn trial points
  • Course Challenges require a participant to complete a segment of the course at a faster average pace than a previous segment.
    • This is done by strategically placing split-point timing mats along the route.
  • 500 Trail Points are awarded on an all-or-nothing basis for each event, depending on the difficulty of the course challenge.
    • Roughly 25% of Full Moon Trail Series participants were able to complete a course challenge in 2023.
    • For example: Participants must run their final .25 at a faster average pace than their first 3.75 miles in the 4-mile Race to earn an additional 500 trail points.
What about Awards? 
  • In each trail race - the top 3 individual male/female gun-timed finishers receive an award - regardless of whether they are a Trail Series participant or an individual registrant. 
Trail Series Awards Ceremony
  • The Highest Trail Points Scored by 12 Men and 12 Women are recognized & awarded at the Awards Ceremony.
    • Expect a wide age range to be in contention!
    • Below are 2023's results
  • Additional Wildlife Awards:
    • Below are 2023's Wildlife Awards - 2024 categories may be different!
      • Consistent Camel (did you maintain a similar pace for all your races?)
      • Progressive Peacock (did your pace get progressively faster from the 3-mile to the 5-mile race?)
      • Tortoise of the Trails (did you spend the most time on the trails?)
      • Young Buck (youngest runner)
      • Mature Moose (oldest runner)
      • Black Cat # 13 (did you just miss the top 12 in the Series?)
What else should we know?
  • Runners will only be scored on the LIVE events they attend (no virtual submissions) - they do not need to be at all 4 events to score, but it certainly helps!
  • Virtual Trail Series participants and individual race registrants are not in contention for Series Scoring 
  • Results will be posted after each race at: 

2023 Final Results


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