Team Red Lizard is putting on the Stumptown Quarantine Summer Series next Sunday. The Series is comprised of three races: a 10k, a 5k, and a “Grade-Adjusted Uphill Mile.” (Don’t worry, we’ll explain.) What makes this series so cool is that it’s spread out – you’re not racing over three consecutive weeks – and there is prize money. And it’s really affordable. It’s actually FREE for members of Team Red Lizard, and only $5 per race or $10 for the whole series for non-members.
Each race has a designated time frame in which you must complete that distance; you can’t go out of order and expect your time to count. First up is the 10k, which you must complete between Sunday, June 28 and the end of the day on Saturday, July 4. The Uphill Mile is second and must be done between Monday, July 20 and the end of the day on Sunday, July 26. The 5k is the final race, with a window that’s open from Monday, August 3 and Sunday, August 9.
As for the prize money, “Individual prize money for both men and women is awarded for the series based on the highest placement in 2 out of any 3 races based on age-graded places (see below).” Third place will earn $100, second will receive $200, and the overall winner for men and for women will each take away $300.
Age grading is a process of adjusting runners’ times so that finish times can be compared as though all participants are the same age. For example, if a 60-year-old runner runs the same time as a 25-year old runner for the same distance, the 60-year-old runner’s age-graded time will be faster and would actually beat their 25-year-old competitor. Organizers are using this widely-accepted age-grading table by Alan Jones. Similarly to age grading, the “grade-adjusted” mile times will be revised based on the total elevation gain. So if you gain 200 feet in your mile and another person with the same finish time gained 201 feet, they’ll be the winner. If you are good on hills, this is your time to shine. (If you need a suggestion for a low-traffic hill, may I suggest Washington Park?)
There are course restrictions, to keep it fair. No participant may complete their race on a track. For the longer races, courses must not have more than 100 feet of net elevation loss per mile. And for the Uphill Mile, your course must gain at least 100 feet (net). Unlike the Quarantine 5k run in May, courses can be point-to-point and there’s no restriction on the distance between start and finish as long as you run the race distance in between.
To verify all this, participants may upload a Strava activity or send data from Garmin Connect – but they are using elapsed time, which does not allow for the “auto-pause” feature to take away time during which you’re waiting for traffic. You can run on a treadmill (which would be a good way to optimize the elevation gain and loss for each distance), as long as you have a footpod and the data can be uploaded and shared through Strava or Garmin Connect.
As with the Quarantine 5k, participants can run anywhere. And as with the Quarantine 5k, participants are asked for a team name (you can also run unattached). If you are running with a team, check with your team organizer for the correct spelling/name. If you’re looking for a team or want to learn more about other races TRL hosts (like their annual XC series), be sure to join the Stumptown Cross group on facebook.
Get more information and sign up online here for the Stumptown Quarantine Summer Series.