Go Race Series kicks off on March 23 at Tigard’s Cook Park

The Go Race Series is a brand-new low-key race series, and it starts on March 23, 2016.

There are four different races, each with a different route, with each running either 3.2 miles or 3.7 miles. Each one starts at 6:30p, with day of race registration opening at 5:45p. There are awards for each race, as well as for the Series as a whole, plus raffle prizes. Here’s how the Series scoring will work:

Based on the winning time for each gender, each finishing place is awarded points. You take the winning time divided by your finish time and then multiply the result by 100. The winning time is assigned a score of 100. Let’s do some math for an example, to illustrate how much of a difference the winning time can make:

If you run 32:00 for 3.2 miles and the winner ran it in 26:00, you find 26 ÷ 32 × 100 = 81.25.

Now, if you run 32:00 for 3.2 miles and the winner ran it in 28:00, you would have the expression 28 ÷ 32 × 100 = 87.5.

Therefore, your score is dependent on the winning time and how close you are to that winning time.

There will be overall awards and those for age groups of Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The website clearly states that overall winners will be removed from age group awards, which I think is a fair way to do it.

The three highest scores over the four-race series will be counted, so it will also make a big difference who shows up from week to week. I like this scoring system because even if your individual race score isn’t that high, adding them up could put you ahead of someone who ran a faster time than you but only ran one or two of the races.

If you like low-key races, weekday races are probably a good pick for you. It’s after the standard workday, and everyone there shares the common spirit of kids let out of class early for a trip to the zoo. It’s the feeling of “sneaking around” to do something fun when in fact you aren’t breaking any rules in doing so. The race is sponsored by locally-owned running store Foot Traffic and by Bowl & Berry  – have you had one? They’re delish.

Here are the vitals:

When: Wednesdays, March 23 and 30, and April 6 and 13, 2016

What time: Each race will start at 6:30p

Register: Online for the entire four-race series for $75 or DOR starting at 5:45p each race day for $20/race



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