The WTRC CHALLENGE SERIES continues for 2003, as a 12 month series of 13 races culminating in year-end awards for performance, endurance and participation by club members in our monthly club races. The schedule of events is listed in the calendar of each newsletter, and each designated race will be detailed in the W.T.R.C. Newsletter prior to that race. Additional categories this year will again recognize non running volunteers.

All members desiring to participate in the 2003 Challenge Series must volunteer to serve as a non-running worker at one Challenge Series event as an entry requirement. (There will be no duplication of awards) The 2003 Challenge Series features these categories:

1. 66 Mile Club ** All members completing 66 miles in qualifying events will receive an award denoting that achievement. There will he a total of approximately 101 qualifying miles available. Any member serving as RACE DIRECTOR will be credited with double mileage for the most miles in that event. Any member who serves as a volunteer will be credited for the most m iles at those races with more than one distance.

2. MILEAGE AWARD ** An award will be presented to the male and female members who accumulate the most miles for the year in qualifying events. All provisions for Race Directors and volunteers listed above apply to this category.

3. PARTICIPATION AWARD ** An award will be presented to the female and male members who participate in the greatest number of qualifying events. All provisions for Race Directors and volunteers apply to this category.

4. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR ** Up to three awards will be given to those Non runners who help the most at club sanctioned events. These selections will be made by the Race Directors.

5. VICTOR’S RANKINGS **** Points will be earned at each qualifying event in the following Age and Sex groupings:

A. Divisions will include: MALE AGE GROUPS; 0-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ FEMALE AGE GROUPS; 0-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40- 44, 45-49, 50-54 6 55 Plus (Those less than 13 must run in the shortest races offered) CLYDESDALE CATEGORY: Men over 190 pounds, Age Graded Scoring ATHENA CATEGORY: Women over 150 pounds, Age Graded Scoring

B. The 1st place finisher in each division at each distance at each qualifying event will earn 10 points, the 2nd place, 9 points, 3rd place, 8 paints, and so on down to 1 point for 10th place finisher. this rewards both performance and participation, i.e., if a runner finishes last in their division, but only 3 other runners in that division attend that race, the last place finisher would still earn 7 points for a 4th place finish. This allows slower runners who attend more races to accumulate additional points over their faster competitors who do not participate as often. For example, a runner who attends 10 events and earns 6 points at each would have more points than a competitor who won each of 5 events he entered, thus rewarding participation and performance. Also, runners may enter any distance available at a qualifying event and still earn points. (Except those under 13 years of age must run in the shortest race)

C. Awards will be presented to a minimum of 3 and up to 5 of the top point scorers in each division. Awards will be presented at a year end membership meeting.

D. To win a ‘Points” award a member must have run in at least 3 events and volunteered for at least one other.

E. Monthly Challenge Series Statistical Updates will appear in the Newsletter.