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In 2017, GWTC and the Sickle Cell Foundation joined forces to take the Sickle Cell 5K and Tim Simpkins 1 mile run to a new level. The course is very fast and provides participants with a great chance to run personal bests. Paul Guyas has been working on ways to make it even faster. The volunteers for this race have historically been great. So, the new partnership rattled the planet in 2017 and Hurricane Irma was sent to see what was going on. Fortunately, she got a good enough view from far away to spare the city, but she was close enough to keep some folks away on race day. The Sickle Cell 5K has been around for more than 35 years and most of us have some great memories of running through the Jake Gaither neighborhood, but its best days await in the future. Jeff Rollins, Paul Guyas, Velma Stevens and David Yon worked to lay the foundation to make those days happen. Proceeds from the race go to help families dealing with Sickle Cell Anemia. In 2018, the race was on the GWTC Grand Prix circuit and hurricane-free. In 2019, we have more to add - a team competition. The 38th running of the Fastest Race in Town (FastestRaceInTown.com) will be the first to award the fastest teams in town.
We have five divisions of teams: Men's, Women's, Co-ed, Middle School, and Elementary.
Each runner may only compete in one team division.
This does not affect individual competition or awards.
Teams are required to have at least four runners (minimum) and are limited to five runners (maximum).
There is no age restriction. Youth can compete if they wish.
Co-ed open teams must have four runners minimum or five runners (maximum).
Additionally, co-ed rosters must include at least 2 males and at least 2 females.
This means that the following are the possible combinations of males (M) and females (F):
note that a 3-1 MMMF or MFFF is not a legal roster.
The minimum number of runners for a valid team is four.
There is no maximum number of runners for youth rosters.
These teams can have any combination of males and females.
Team members must attend the school or complete on the school team.
The results are based upon total time of the top four runners - not based upon traditional cross-country scoring.
You may change, join, or create teams up until 11:59pm on 9/10/19.
At midnight on Thursday before the race, team rosters are finalized.
Note that any team with less than four runners is not a valid team.
In the case of co-ed teams, rosters with only one male or only one female cannot be considered valid.
In all divisions, the top four (4) runners will be scored and the team race results will be calculated based upon total finish time of those four.
Additional runners (after the fourth) will not be calculated in the team competition.
We have exclusive, team-only awards for the top team in each of the five divisions.
These are in addition to any individual awards for overall and age-groups.
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