2018 Rules

Adopted 12/12/18

NHGP Rules

Eligibility of Runners

Members of RRCA or USATF clubs are eligible to score for their club.

Runners must be members when the race starts (signed up, dues paid).

Once a runner runs for a club in an NHGP race, that runner cannot run for another club in any other NHGP race that year.

Requirements for Races

At least one race each year should be 12 kilometers or longer.

Certification is recommended (but not required) for a race to be selected for the NHGP series.

Each race selected as part of the NHGP series must (1) contribute $250.00 below 10 miles, 10 miles or above $300.00  to the series to be used for annual awards, (2) provide a space on the race application for the runner to list his or her NHGP club affiliation, and (3) list the current year’s NHGP races on the race application and website.

No race can be in the series for more than 2 consecutive years.  After 1 year off, the race may rejoin the series.

Nominating club shall send an invoice and GP rules to the race director of the GP race.

Nominating Club will notify race director of GP rules.

If any race has an outstanding balance, the race will no longer be eligible for the GP series until paid in full (Medical Center, St. Annes, Footrace for the Fallen, $150 each)

Scoring Divisions

Scoring divisions are the 12 following age/gender groups:  F29&under, F3039, F4049, F5059, F6069, F70&over, M29&under, M3039, M4049, M5059, M6069, and M70&over (note that the former 39&under divisions were divided into two new divisions for both men and women beginning in 2008).

Runners are scored in only their natural age group (based on actual age on race day).

Chip Timing

If a chip-timed NHGP race uses a starting mat (so that both gun times and net times are available), the net chip times will be used for NHGP scoring.

Team Points

Races 12 km or longer are scored as “long” races; others are scored as “short” races.

Only the first three runners from each club in each scoring division (“top 3s”) can score.

Each scoring division is scored separately.

The club total is the sum of the club’s points in all scoring divisions.

Points for each scoring division depend on the total number of top 3s for all clubs combined:

Any race with 8 or more top 3s is scored top down from 10 points.

A short race with 7 or fewer top 3s is scored bottom up from 3 points.

A long race with 7 or fewer top 3s is scored bottom up from 4 points.

Individual Age-Graded Points

Club members are scored separately by gender based on age-graded finish times.

Scoring is top down from 10 points for each race.

Scoring Corrections

The timers should post the finish time, gender, age, and club affiliation for all finishers before leaving the race site, to give all participants a fair chance to make sure that their information is correctly listed.  Although club representatives may submit corrections, it is the responsibility of each individual runner to verify that his or her results are correct before leaving the race site.

Recognizing that errors will not always be detected before leaving the race site despite reasonable efforts by runners and club representatives, the following new strategy was adopted, effective Oct07:  any errors that will affect NHGP scoring but are only detected after leaving the race site should not be reported to the timers, but instead to the NHGP scorekeeper (currently Mike Giberti  gibertim@comcast.net).  The deadline for reporting to Mike is 7 pm (eastern time)  on the Wednesday after each race.  Mike will compile all corrections and send them to the timers in a single submittal.


Award Categories

Individuals participating in all NHGP races in the year (“Granite Runners”),

top 3 clubs in overall team point totals for all NHGP races in the year,

top scoring individual in each of the 10 team scoring divisions for all NHGP races in the year, and

top 3 males and top 3 females in the individual age-graded scoring totals for the year.

The individual age group winner’s prizes will be paid to the clubs.  The clubs may choose how to distribute it.