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The Bakersfield Track Club Summer Series is a series of five 5K runs. Summer Series races are every other Tuesday (except July 4th) evening beginning June 6th at HART PARK. Come and experience fantastic summer fun!
HART PARK, SECTION 2, Same as last year.
2017 RACE DATES: June 6, June 20, July 5 (Weds), July 18, August 1, plus August 15 (Award/Fun Run)
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION, EXCEPT FOR STUDENTS
SEASON PASS PRICING:
$35 for non BTC members
$25 for BTC members*
$18 for students (same price for member or non-member)
SINGLE RACE PRICING (STUDENTS ONLY):
$3 for students (same price for member or non-member)
DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR BIB TO EACH RACE. If you lose or forget your bib, you will have to wait in the registration line and pay $2 for a replacement.
*To get BTC Member discounted pricing, members must have discount code for online registration or bracelet for in-person registration as proof of membership. 2016/17 memberships expire 5/31/17. All renewals and new memberships will be valid through 5/31/18. Contact email@example.com if you need to verify your membership status or get the discount code. Go to bakersfieldtrackclub.org to renew or become a new member and pick up your bracelet on race day.
BIB PICKUP and ON-SITE REGISTRATION 6:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Please allow time to park and walk to the start area.
WE HAVE NEW RULES AND NEW HANDICAPS
Handicap start times will be established based upon your age at time of registration. They will remain constant throughout the series. See SCORING below for details. Runners must complete 3 races to earn a t-shirt and to compete for awards.
RULES will be enforced so PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW CAREFULLY.
See HANDICAPS below for an explanation if you are not familiar with handicap style races.
The course will be the same as we ran for 2016.
DEVICES RULE: NO ELECTRONIC OR LISTENING DEVICES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED! THAT MEANS NO WATCHES, NO FITNESS DEVICES, NO PHONES, NO IPODS, NO MUSIC. The reason for doing this is two-fold. The spirit of the Summer Series is to run your race without any outside influences as to your pace. That is why watches and fitness devices are outlawed. With progressive technology, there are many devices that provide the runner with time and pace; therefore, to be fair to all, we are banning all listening devices for this 5k event. Also, there is a distinct safety issue. This event can get crowded and part of it is on single track trail. There are persons of all abilities on the course and participants overtaking those in front of them. Therefore, to ensure the safety of all participants, listening devices are banned for this event. Any participant using a listening device or wearing a watch or electronic fitness device will be disqualified. We will have a collection box at the start line with tags to designate owners of devices that we will hold for the duration of the event or you may leave your device in your car. BTC will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices.
HANDICAPS: The “Goal” of this series is to have all runners race to the finish at about the same time (7:30 p.m.).
Handicap start times have been established as indicated in the table below. Your handicap start will be based on your age group at the time of registration. The time standards were established using tables that are utilized when you see age grading at races **(see footnote on table). 70th percentile values were derived for each age and median age was used by age group. 70 percent of the world standard from those tables is generally considered a regional class performance. The time values were then consolidated into the age groupings shown. To simplify, time standards were adjusted to the nearest 30 sec.
You will be given your handicap start time when you receive your bib or refer to the table found at the link below. All races will count toward scoring including your first race.
2017 Handicap – Starting Waves Table **
You are responsible for starting at your handicap time. Times will be announced on the PA system. If you miss your time, start your run at your earliest opportunity. DO NOT START EARLY as it CAN result in your finish not being recorded. If you do not understand your handicap, please see a volunteer.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARRIVE EARLY AND REGISTER SO THAT YOU DO NOT MISS YOUR HANDICAP START (see SEASON PASS option above). SOME RUNNERS WILL START BEFORE 7:00 P.M. AND OTHERS WILL START AFTER. YOU WILL BE GIVEN YOUR HANDICAP TIME WHEN YOU REGISTER. BE SURE TO GET NEAR THE START LINE PRIOR TO YOUR START TIME BEING ANNOUNCED.
You are encouraged to run/walk/jog/wog to your best ability at each Summer Series race. Because we have fixed handicaps based on age, the sandbag rule is no longer in effect.
CHIP TIMING: All bibs have a chip embedded in them. You must wear your bib during the race and it must be displayed on the front of your shirt or shorts. IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING YOUR BIB ON THE FRONT OF YOUR SHIRT OR SHORTS YOU WILL NOT BE COUNTED WHEN YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE. Once you have crossed the finish line, please clear the area as soon as possible. We have a lot of runners all finishing at the same time and need to keep all traffic flowing through smoothly. We will not be collecting pull tabs, so you are free to leave the finish area after you have crossed the timing mats.
If you are not a SEASON PASS participant, you will dispose of your bib and chip at the end of the race and be assigned a new bib/chip at the next race. ALL BIB NUMBERS (except Season Pass) will be wiped clean after the race and you cannot re-use your bib (unless you hold a SEASON PASS).
START/FINISH LINE: The start and finish are at the same location. Therefore, PLEASE STAY OUT OF ALL MARKED OFF AREAS AND LISTEN TO RACE VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE CHIP TIMING MAT, THE SYSTEM WILL READ YOUR CHIP AND YOUR TIME WILL NOT BE ACCURATE. PLEASE DO NOT WARM UP OR COOL DOWN NEAR THE CHIP TIMING MATS.
DOGS: Sorry, but as a matter of safety for the animals due to the high summer temperatures and hot dirt and pavement, we are not allowing dogs at the Summer Series races. There will be NO DOGS allowed on the course for any race. There are no additional volunteers to watch your dog while you run and it is unsafe to leave a pet in your vehicle. Thank you for respecting this rule and leaving your pets at home.
CAUTION: 5K running events should only be undertaken by individuals who have been exercising regularly. The BTC and its members are always welcoming to people who want to begin an exercise program, but seek doctor’s advice first. That being said, when you do come out to enjoy the fun, make sure you are well hydrated and if you notice you are not feeling well, slow down and let someone know. Water stations will be provided on the course but you may wish to carry additional hydration.
RACE DAY REGISTRATION: Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. and closes at 6:50 p.m. You will be given your handicap time and you will be given a chip timing bib at the registration table after payment of the race fees and signature on the waiver.
***Coaches can pre-register their students on a per race basis! In order to make the “new runner” line move more smoothly, coaches, upon request from the race director, will be provided a form to have their students fill out and present at the new runner table. It would be helpful if the coaches would also collect the money from their students and present the form and money at the same time.
SCORING: Your finish place time is established by adding your assigned HCP Start Time to your recorded CHIP TIME. You score one point for first place, two points for second place, three points for third place and so on. The lowest score for three races will determine your total score for placement. You must run at least three races to place and be eligible for awards. Race 1 DOES COUNT toward scoring. Awards are given to the top 10 overall lowest cumulative scores. In addition to the handicap awards, runners with the top 3 scratch times for both male and female will receive an award.
As soon as the results from each race have been compiled they will be posted on the Bakersfield Track Club website. Keep checking the site until the results are posted. Sometimes it may take a couple of days or a week. Results will also be posted at each race in an obvious and easily accessible location.
AWARDS: Awards for the Top 10 Overall Finishers and Top 3 male and female scratch times will be given at the Summer Series End-of-Series Awards Party on August 15. To qualify for Overall Finisher awards, runners must run in at least 3 Summer Series races.
SHIRTS: You must participate in a total of 3 races to earn a shirt. Shirts will be given out at the last race. You must be present to pick up your shirt or assign someone to pick it up for you. Unclaimed shirts will be sold. Shirts are the same great style we’ve used the past 2 years and are unisex sizing, XS-XXL.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is a fun race. Have fun with it. Enjoy the race experience and running with your fellow athletes. This race is set up so that ANYONE can come in first place, whether you are a tortoise or a hare. Wearing a watch or other device to time yourself is considered cheating. So many electronic devices provide pace information now that it has become necessary for us to ban ALL watches and listening devices. This ensures that everyone is on the same page. This race is designed to test your abilities without outside influences. Please be courteous to all runners on trail with you and enjoy yourself.
If you have any questions please see Bruce Deeter or contact the Race Director, Rey Rodriguez, at (661) 378-2322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The race director has final word.
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