Winter Grand Prix

Information

  • December 2 – Road Race 1
  • December 16 – Cross Country Race 1
  • January 6 – Road Race 2
  • January 20 – Cross Country Race 2
  • February 3 – Track Race
  • February 17 – Road Race Finale

registration & entry fees

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-18 SERIES IS OPEN!

A change for 2017-18 -- if you register for any single race, and then decide to join the series as a scoring entrant, that must be done by December 31 of each series' season. We are getting far too many entrants still thinking that just running in four races qualifies them to score and/or get a seed time for the finale.  It confuses our scorer all to heck.

Prices for 2017-18:

  • Full series – $45 
  • Student categories – $35
  • Club Northwest members – $25
  • Single race pre-reg $10
  • Single race day-of $15
  • Go to our Registration site by clicking here!

Please – if you sign up on-line after 9 a.m. PST on the day before a race, print your receipt and bring it with you to registration.  At some point, our registration volunteers need to prepare their lists for use that weekend!

Series substitute number (You should be bringing the series bib number issued to you with you for EVERY series race – if you don’t, we charge you for a new one) – $2.00.  LET'S SAY THIS AGAIN -- your series number is your number for all six races!  Bring it with you or be prepared to pay $2 for a substitute number!

For single races, we have a pre-sign-up on-line or you can pay a little extra for a race day bib.  If you use the on-line pre-sign-up, you must be signed up for a single race 24-hours in advance or use the same print-it-and-bring-it method outlined above for series entrants.  LET'S SAY THIS IN ANOTHER WAY -- if you sign up AFTER 9:00 a.m. on the FRIDAY before the race, YOU NEED TO PRINT A COPY OF THE RECEIPT ON PAPER AND BRING IT WITH YOU!

For information about this year's series not addressed on these pages, contact tracknet@mac.com!

locations

All races are at Magnuson Park except the track races on February 3 which are at the Nathan Hale High School Track.  The Magnuson Park races all begin near the beach comfort station and bathroom building on the Waterfront Promenade.  Enter the park on NE 65th Street and turn onto Lakeshore Drive at the stop sign.  Follow Lakeshore Drive to the beach area.  Remember that on road race days the angle parking along Lakeshore Drive is blocked for the route, so parking really close to the start fills up fast!

Starting Times

All single races start at 9 a.m.  The first heat of the track races at Nathan Hale starts at 9 a.m.  If the size of a road or cross country race grows to more than we can handle at a single finish line, we will divide it into two events by competitive divisions: all women and girls, and men over 60 will run in the second race at 9:20 a.m.  That way we keep the age competitions in the same race.

How to Compete

Come early enough to check in and get your bib, or to register if you need to!  Pin your bib on the FRONT CENTER and OUTSIDE of whatever you are wearing.

Line up when we call for the start, with fast runners at the front of the start area and slower competitors at the back.

Run the prescribed course.  The road course is a simple loop done twice.  The cross country course is also two loops -- it is a bit more complicated, but always well marked with plenty of small white, orange, and pink flags and orange traffic cones.  The track "course"... well, we have yet to lose anyone on the track "course!"  (Please don't try!)

Note your time on the clock as you pass the finish line.

Follow the directions of the chute personnel as to your finish order in close finishes.  Run ALL THE WAY THROUGH the finish line and stay in order in the flagged chute, moving as fast as possible to the end of the chute.

At the end of the chute, you will get a PLACE CARD.  Take the place card to the announced location (at Magnuson, it is generally the breezeway between sections of the beach comfort station.)  FILL OUT the card as completely as possible.  If you indicate a time, it should be from the clock, not from your personal timer.

Final results will be done and posted to the web site within a few days.  Please inform us of anything which seems incorrect or confusing.  One of the big problems is getting youth into the correct division -- please look at that after the first race and make sure it is right!

Race Divisions

  • EP     Elementary Primary (Grades 3-under)
  • EI      Elementary Intermediate (Grades 4-6)
  • MS    Middle School (Grades 7-8)
  • FR     Freshmen (Grade 9)
  • SO     Sophomores (Grade 10) 
  • JR      Juniors (Grade 11)
  • SR     Seniors (Grade 12)
  • CU     College Underclass (Grades 13-14)
  • CO     College (Grade 15 to grad students)
  • 20      Ages 20-29
  • 30      Ages 30-39
  • 40      Ages 40-49
  • 50      Ages 50-59
  • 60      Ages 60-69
  • 70      Ages 70-plus
  • LH    Love Handles

Each division has a male and a female section.  Divisions for adults may be split into 5-year age divisions if entries warrant.  This has been done for several divisions in the last four years.  This will be the second time we have split the two two-year high school divisions!

division scoring

Standings are posted after races 3, 4, and 5, and seed times for the finale are posted as soon as we can figure them out.  Check out the results menu at the right.

All runners in each division, not including single race entrants, are ranked and awarded points, with 10 for first, 9 for second, down to 1 for tenth.  One point is also given to all finishers in that division not in the top ten.

You must finish four races to score.  If you run more than four races, your best four point totals count toward your standings.  A perfect score is 40, and we are continually devising special ways to embarrass – err, honor – someone so dominant in their division!

In the case we have to apply tie-breakers, the winner would be the person who runs more races.  If still tied, the winner would be the runner with a higher place in a fifth race or in the fifth and sixth races combined.  We generally don’t have to go beyond those tie-breakers.

Please note: after each race 4, 5, and 6, it becomes apparent that some people will not or did not run and finish (and/or turn their card in!) for the minimum four races.  At that point, we remove them from the races they did run, and re-score the division for that race.  Points can change wildly at the tail end of the season.  Also, even if you are the only person in your division, you must finish four races to claim a prize.

special race themes!

December 2 • Need a theme!

Help us decide a theme or contest for race 1.  Contact Bill Roe at tracknet@mac.com.

December 16 • Holiday Run

We generally get a bunch of small prizes from Super Jock 'n Jill.  These are distributed by place, and the place list is posted in the area where you return your finish card.  If your card matches the list, you win something!

January 6 • Alumni Day

We will score the second road race for your high school team – whether you are a current or past team member, or the parent of a current team member.  The top 15 male and female runners will each earn extra points for their team, but every participant for each school earns one point for their school!  This year we are giving the winning school $150 toward a pizza party, followed by their own team night at Super Jock ‘n Jill!  Recent winners include Redmond HS (2014-15) and Edmonds-Woodway HS (both 2015-16 and 2016-17).  Scoring behind E-W's 105 points in 2016-17 were Ballard (58 points), Jackson (55 points), and Redmond (45 points).

January 20 • Need a theme!

Help us decide a theme or contest for race 4.  Contact Bill Roe at tracknet@mac.com.

February 3 • Old tee-shirt or jersey day

Wear the oldest Winter Grand Prix shirt you have to race, or just the oldest dated jersey or tee-shirt (the year must be printed on the shirt as part of the original design)!  We take pictures for our web site!