The year 2011 ushers in a new running series to include races within Seward County, to be known as the Yellow Brick Road Runner Series (YBRR). The series is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Each event will generate both participation points and competition points for each finisher. There will be awards in both categories — participation and competition.
At this time, it is projected there will be 13 racing events in Seward County in 2011. Several of these events will include more than one individual race. It is intended for the YBRR Series to creat additional interest and participation in the events within Seward County and provide some added competition among area athletes.
It would pay to participate in both races of an event as often as possible as every race will earn both participation and competitive points.
Each event will award participation points at the rate of 10 points for finishing a single race at an event and five bonus points for finishing a second race at the same event. The equivalent of 100 percent participation would be 130 points (based on 13 events) which can be reached by finishing one race at each event. It will be possible to earn more than 130 points by earning bonus points at one or more events.
Earning bonus points at two events would make up for missing a single event entirely and keep one on pace for the 130 point goal.
Each athlete that earns 130 participation points will be awarded apparel such as a tech warmup jacket sporting the series logo. If one doesn’t reach the 130 point mark, there will be a lesser award (such as a tech shirt with logo) for earning 75 percent of the 130 points, so 100 participation points earn the lower tier award.
There will also be a special award to recognize the person earning the most participation points. If there is a tie, the most miles raced will be the first tie-breaker. The second tie-breaker would be the competitive points.
The more race a cunner competes in, the more competition points they will earn. Many races will offer both a competitive race such as a 5-K along with a prediction run/walk, usually one mile. Both types of events will be worth competition points.
The competitive races races will be age-graded for the series points, with at least 10 points going to the age-graded winner of each gender division.
Each place will be worth at least one or more points. The point scale will vary according to the number of participants.
Each prediction run/walk will generate competition points. The point scale will coincide with the point scale for the races, but participants will not be age-fraded or divided into genders. The placing in the predictin event is contingent with how nearly one predicts their own finish time.
First place is the finisher who guesses the closest to their actual time, not necessarily the first fiisher. First place will be awarded at least 10 points, more if there are more than 10 finishers. This method rewards consistency and also gives walkers a chance to earn points as well as whatever award the individual events provide.
The YBRR Series will award the top three (pssibly) five competitive male and female participants in 2011. This will be sponsored by Golden Plains Credit Union.
If there is a tie on competitive points, participation points will be the first tie-breaker. The second tie-breaker will be the most miles raced in the series, including prediction rns/walks.
The 2011 YBRR Series races include:
Jan. 15 — Chili Run 5K/1 Mile Predict, benefits Stepping Stone Shelter, directed by Emery Swagerty.
Jan. 29 — Founder’s 5K-1 mile Predict, benefitting Seward County Historical Society, go-directed by Gary Scott and Emry Swaggerty.
Feb. 6 — Super Bowl Shuffle 5K/1 mile Predict, co-directed by Gary Scott and Emery Swaggerty. The race will precede a Super Bowl party.
Feb. 12 — Saints Challenge 5K/1 mile Predict, to benefot SCCC/ATS Development Foundation.
March 5 — Pancake Chase 5K/1 mile Predict, in conjunction with Pancake Day activities, directed by Gary Scott.
March 12 — Lebrecaun Challenge 5K/1 mile Predict, directed by Gary Scott)
April 23 — Little Big Run 5K/1 mile Predict, to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters, directed by Emery Swaggerty.
Aug. 6 — Arkalon Challenge 5K/3K Cross Country Run, directed by Gary Scott.
Sept. 5 — Little World’s Fair Labor Day 10-K and 5K runs, directed by Mark Verhoff.
Oct. 8 — Toto Trot 5K/1 mile Predict, directed by Gary Scott.
Oct. 15 — Tombstone Trot 5K/1 mile, to benefit United Way, directed by Emery Swaggerty.
Oct. 22 — Health Run 5K/1 mile run, directed by Gary Scott.
Dec. 3 — Silver ZBell 1 mile race/Predict, to benefit Mexican-American Ministries, directed by Gary Scott.