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Grand Prix Series presented by Piedmont Healthcare


Atlanta Track Club's Grand Prix Series Presented by Piedmont Healthcare consists of events where Atlanta Track Club members earn points in two categories: performance and participation. The points are tracked, compiled and posted after each Grand Prix event and awards are given out at the Grand Prix Finale in December. Seven of the 10 events in 2020 are free to Atlanta Track Club members

Participating in the Grand Prix is an excellent way for members to challenge themselves while taking advantage of the events Atlanta Track Club produces around the metro Atlanta area. For more detailed information and Grand Prix Series rules, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

2020 Grand Prix Series presented by Piedmont Healthcare

View 2020 Grand Prix Series Results & Standings

Jan 1 Resolution Run 5K & Mile**
Jan 11 Jerome Scales Southside 12K*
Feb 1 Hearts & Soles 5K*
Apr 25 Singleton 4 Miler *
May 12/May 26 All Comers Track & Field - 400m Dash & Shot Put*
May 12/May 26 All Comers Track & Field - 400m Dash & Shot Put*
Aug 1 Decatur DeKalb 4 Miler*
Aug 15 Atlanta's Finest 5K**
Sep 19 Wingfoot XC Classic*
Oct 18 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K**
Dec 5 Grand Prix Finale & Volunteer Awards Banquet*

*Indicates events that are free for members
** Indicates paid event

  • Resolution Run 5K participants earn double points over Resolution Run Mile (Overall, Age Group and Participation points). Participants are able to run BOTH the 5K and the Mile at Resolution Run to earn additional points.

  • PNC Atlanta 10 Miler participants earn double points over PNC Atlanta 5K (Overall, Age Group and Participation points).

  • Resolution Run 5K & Mile, Atlanta's Finest 5K and PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K are pay events in the 2020 Grand Prix Series presented by Piedmont Healthcare. All others listed above are free to Atlanta Track Club members.

  • The minimum age to compete in the Southside 12K is thirteen years old. Children under thirteen vying for the David Jordan award will NOT be penalized in their total race count for this event. New in 2020, participants may do one loop (6K) for participation points/credit only, no age group or overall awards will be given for the 6K. The 12K distance earns standard overall and age group points.

  • To earn the 2020 David Jordan award, participants must complete both the 400m dash AND the shot put at the All Comers Track & Field meets. Two separate dates are available; participants can choose to complete both events on the same day or complete one event on each day.

  • The Grand Prix Finale & Volunteer Awards Banquet is a year end celebration of the Grand Prix Series. It is not a scored event and not eligible for participation credit.

For questions regarding the Grand Prix or errors with your results, please email grandprix@atlantatrackclub.org


2019 Grand Prix Series presented by Piedmont Healthcare - Final Standings

Overall Division Final Standings
Age Group Division Final Standings
David Jordan Award Winners
Participation Award Winners
Individual Member Statistics

Grand Prix Series Frequently Asked Questions

How does a member participate in the Grand Prix?

No enrollment is required to participate in the Grand Prix Series presented by Piedmont Healthcare and there are no minimum event requirements. In other words, all Atlanta Track Club members who participate in at least one event are included in the standings for the Grand Prix season.

Why are race day results/awards and Grand Prix event results different?

Every Grand Prix series event has two sets of results - race day results and Grand Prix member results. Race day results are comprised of ALL participants in the event, whether the participant is an Atlanta Track Club member or not. Race day results use the participant's age on race day to determine his/her age group division. Grand Prix results, however, encompass only current Atlanta Track Club members. A participant's age division in the Grand Prix series is determined using December 31, 2020 as the age base date. For example, if you are currently 34 years old but will be turning 35 at the end of November, your age will appear as 35 in the standings and you will compete in the 35-39 age division for the entire Grand Prix season. Because of these two factors (member status and age base date of December 31), race day results and Grand Prix results differ for the same event.

What are the Grand Prix competition categories?

There are two competition categories of the Grand Prix: performance and participation. Awards are presented in both categories and are distributed at the Grand Prix Finale event held in December.

Performance-Overall Division & Age Group Division
In the performance category, participants earn points based on placement at each event (both overall and age group placement). Points are accumulated throughout the season and updated via the Grand Prix standings posted approximately one week after each event.

Overall Division (Open & Age Graded)

The first five male/female finishers at each event and the top five age graded male/female finishers at each event throughout the season receive points as outlined below (all ages are eligible). Gun times are used to calculate overall place in the Open division. Chip times are used to calculate overall place in the Age Graded division. See What is Age Grading for a more detailed explanation on how age grading works.

First Place = 100 points
Second Place = 80 points
Third Place = 60 points
Fourth Place = 40 points
Fifth Place = 20 points

Partipants CAN double dip in overall division and age division points during the Grand Prix season. Example: If the second place finisher in the overall open division also places fourth in the overall age graded division and second in his/her age division at the same event, he/she would earn points in all three categories.

Upon conclusion of the season, awards are presented to the highest scoring male and female runners in the Open and Age Graded divisions. The four Overall division winners (Male/Female Overall Open & Male/Female Overall Age Graded) are NOT eligible for series year-end age group division awards.

Age Group Division
In this division, points are awarded throughout the season to male/female finishers in each age group as outlined below. Chip times (versus gun times) are used to calculate age group results.

First Place = 100 points
Second Place = 80 points
Third Place = 60 points
Fourth Place = 40 points
Fifth Place = 20 points
Sixth Place and beyond = 10 points

Upon conclusion of the season, awards are presented to the top three male/female finishers in each age group category below. In the event of a tie, the highest total number of Grand Prix Series events completed per participant during the season will determine the winner.

10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90 & Over

Participation
The Atlanta Track Club recognizes the hard work and dedication of all participants in the Grand Prix. Those members who finish at least 6 of the events of the Grand Prix season receive a performance t-shirt. Furthermore, members who complete every event in the series receive a special award and recognition-the David Jordan Award-for this impressive accomplishment.

What is age grading?

Age grading is a process used to compare race performances across different ages and genders. Age grading is calculated by using data tables produced by the World Association of Veteran Athletics (WAVA) to measure the fraction of your race time that is equivalent to the predicted all-time best for your age and sex. More simply stated, your age-grade percentage score is calculated by dividing the predicted best ever performance by your race time. So as an example, if you are a 52-year-old woman who has run a 5k road race in 25:16, and the predicted all-time best for a 52 year old female is 16:53, your age grade percent is 16:53 รท 25:16 = 66.8%. Whether young or old, your performance percentage will be judged against the standard for your current age within your gender, thus allowing for a true measure of performance across all participants.

This age graded percentage score not only enables you to compare performances across different ages, but also allows you to track your performances over time, identify your best events, and set goals for future races.

According to WAVA, age grade percentages can be broadly categorized as follows:

  • Over 90% = World class level
  • Over 80% = National class level
  • Over 70% = Regional class level
  • Over 60% = Local class level

What are the Grand Prix rules?

There are no minimum event requirements for the series. All members who participate in at least one event are included in the standings for the Grand Prix season.

Participants must be a current member on the day of a Grand Prix Series race to have that event included in their overall standings. For example, if a participant becomes an ATC member on April 1, he/she is not eligible to retroactively receive points for any completed Grand Prix Series event(s) prior to April 1.

All members who complete at least 6 events in the series receive a performance t-shirt.

All members who complete every event in the series receive the David Jordan Award.

Overall (Open/Age Graded) division winners are NOT eligible for Age Group division awards.

Participant's age as of December 31, 2018 (rather than current age), is used to determine the particpant's age group and calculate age grading values throughout the Grand Prix Series.

What are the designated shot put weights per gender and age division as designated by USATF standards?

Gender Age Weight
F <8 2 kg / 4.4 lbs
F 9-14 2.7 kg / 6 lbs
F 15-49 4 kg / 8.8 lbs
F 50-74 3 kg / 6.6 lbs
F 75+ 2 kg / 4.4 lbs
Gender Age Weight
M <8 2 kg / 4.4 lbs
M 9-12 2.7 kg / 6 lbs
M 13-14 4 kg / 8.8 lbs
M 15-18 5.4 kg / 12 lbs
M 19-49 7.3 kg / 16 lbs
M 50-59 6 kg / 13.2 lbs
M 60-69 5 kg / 11 lbs
M 70-79 4 kg / 8.8 lbs
M 80+ 3 kg / 6.6 lbs

Who is David Jordan and what is the David Jordan Award?

For ten years, from 1999 through 2008, David Jordan ran every single race in the Atlanta Track Club Grand Prix Series--a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that David is a survivor of childhood polio. He is the embodiment of dedication and determination and proof that "the race is not always to the swift".

The David Jordan Award is presented to all Grand Prix participants who successfully complete every race in the annual series schedule (a total of 10 events in 2020). Members who achieve this impressive accomplishment will have the option to receive a personalized glass award OR a complimentary entry into the Atlanta's Finest 5K the following year.

For questions regarding the Grand Prix, please email grandprix@atlantatrackclub.org.

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