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Purpose

The purpose of the OMRR Runner of the Year (ROTY) program is to promote the sport of road racing and to recognize excellence in athletic performance in the Southwest Missouri area.

Overview

The ROTY's will be awarded in several categories for males and females, including Overall ROTY, Senior ROTY, Youth ROTY, Kid ROTY, Ultramarathon ROTY, Marathon ROTY, Long Distance ROTY, Medium Distance ROTY, Short Distance ROTY, Energized ROTY, Raciest ROTY, Most Improved ROTY, Two Person Household ROTY, and Team ROTY. ROTY awards will be presented at the annual OMRR banquet in January. Awards will consist of cash, gift cards, and trophies. All runners who at least qualify for award consideration by completing the required number of races in any one category will receive the official ROTY technical t-shirt and be in the running for several $25 gift certificates. Rules are listed below.

Rules

  1. Awards: Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each ROTY distance category (Ultramarathon, Marathon, Long Distance, etc.). Awards will be based on the average WAVA POWR (percent of world record) rating for the exact distribution of races in the chart below. If more than the required races of any distance are recorded, only the highest POWR ratings will be used in the final calculation. OMRR will award cash prizes of $100 to the Overall ROTY male and female winners, and $50 to each male and female winner in all other distance categories. Gift cards will be awarded to male and female winners and winning open and two person household team members in non-distance categories. Also, one two person household team and two open teams will be awarded gift cards at random (all required races must be completed to be eligible for awards).
  2. OMRR Membership: Participation in the ROTY program is limited to OMRR members who have paid the ROTY entry fee. Immediate family members of an OMRR member in the same household (i.e., those with an OMRR "family" membership) are also eligible for ROTY if each individual has paid the ROTY entry fee. The OMRR membership must be current as of December 31 of the program year to qualify for the shirts and awards.
  3. Residence: Your permanent residence must be within 100 miles driving distance of Springfield, Missouri, for each race result you enter for ROTY consideration. Races that you run while you do not meet this residence qualification will not count and should not be entered. (For example, if you move to KC your races while you live there will not count.)
  4. Individual Registration and Entry Fee: Participants must be registered online with OMRR to be eligible (registration from previous years is valid if all information is still current). The entry fee to participate in the ROTY program is $15 (consider this a "race entry fee" to help provide for cash awards, gift cards, t-shirts and trophies). Payment can be made on the main ROTY page. YOU SHOULD PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE ASAP SINCE ONLY THOSE RACES OCCURRING AFTER YOU PAY THE FEE WILL COUNT--NO EXCEPTIONS! For example, if you don't pay the entry fee until July 1, ALL races before then will NOT count toward the ROTY program. (However, there is a 30-day grace period for counting races once you pay the fee.)
  5. Qualifying Races: Virtually any race should qualify for the ROTY program provided it is a standard distance (as listed on the ROTY data entry page), well publicized (giving all runners the opportunity to compete), and properly managed (including accurate distance and official published results). The ROTY director reserves the right to disqualify any race for inclusion in the program based on these criteria. Running segments of events such as duathlons and triathlons will count toward ROTY awards IF they are standard distances AND official published times for such running segments are readily available. (For example, the official 50 States Marathon Club counts a marathon in an Ironman-distance triathlon since it is timed and reported separately.) Races of any distance can be counted for the Energized ROTY award and the Raciest ROTY award. A time for a race that is a non-standard distance may be entered IF you enter the next lower standard distance (for example, if you run a four mile race you can enter your time and enter the distance as a 5K.)
  6. Running the Required Races: You must have the exact distribution of the required races to qualify for a particular category. You cannot substitute one race distance for another (such as substituting a 10K for a 5K). Therefore, you must make sure that you run the correct number of races of each distance throughout the year.
  7. Race Location: At least half of the qualifying races for any single ROTY award must be within a 100-mile driving distance of Springfield, Missouri. This would include races in nearby cities such as Joplin, Bolivar, Republic, Ozark, Branson, Strafford, Willard, Buffalo, Harrison (AR), etc. The other half of the qualifying races may be located anywhere in the world. The only exception to this rule is for the Ultramarathon ROTY and the Marathon ROTY (but running local ultras and marathons is definitely encouraged).
  8. Data Entry: Each participant MUST enter his or her race result online within 30 days of the event, or the race will not count--NO EXCEPTIONS!. Runners must enter race data using only the official online form. Data will not be accepted via phone, snail mail, fax, etc.
  9. Official Times: Only the officially published times for running events may be used (not the time on your watch or your estimated time). If times are not officially reported by an event, that event cannot be used in the ROTY program. Chip times are acceptable if reported by the event. Reporting an erroneous time will result in the disqualification of that event.
  10. WAVA Age Grading: All times and POWR ratings used for ROTY awards will be based on WAVA age-graded results. Each time you enter race results, you must use your age at the time of the event. The WAVA times will be those reported by the official OMRR data entry program only.
  11. Individual Scoring: The formulas to be used to determine individual winners in each category are as follows:
    • For a single-distance category (such as Short or Medium), add the POWR ratings for the best n races where n is the required number of races for that category. For example, for Short Distance ROTY, find the total POWR for the best six Short Distance races. If a runner is a consistent 75% in the best six 5K's, his/her score would be 6 * 75 = 450. The maximum score would be 6 * 100 = 600.
    • For a multiple-distance category (such as Overall ROTY or Senior ROTY), add the average POWR for the n best POWR's within a distance category, where n is the number of races required at that distance. For example, for Overall ROTY (individual) find POWRMarathon + average(POWRLong Distance) + average(POWRMediium Distance) + average(POWRShort Distance). If a runner is a consistent 75% for all distances, his/her score would be 75 + 75 + 75 + 75 = 300. The maximum score would be 100 + 100 + 100 + 100 = 400.
  12. Number of Races Per Category: The number and type of qualifying races for various ROTY awards are listed in the table below. Note that to qualify for special age categories such as Senior ROTY, Youth ROTY, and Kid ROTY you must meet the age requirement on January 1 of the current program year.
    Award Category Race Categories Minimum Races Required
    Overall ROTY (all ages)
    • Marathon
    • Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon)
    • Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon)
    • Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K)
    • 1
    • 1
    • 3
    • 7
    Senior ROTY (60+ as of 1 January)
    • Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon)
    • Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon)
    • Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K)
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    Youth ROTY (13 to 17 as of 1 January) Any officially timed race of 1 mile or longer 4
    Kid ROTY (under 13 as of 1 January) Any officially timed race of 1 mile or longer 2
    Ultramarathon ROTY Ultramarathon (standard distance greater than 26.2 miles, such as 50K, 50 mile, 100K or 100 mile) 1
    Marathon ROTY Marathon (26.2 miles, must be certified) 2
    Long Distance ROTY Half marathon up to, but not including, marathon 2
    Medium Distance ROTY 8K up to, but not including, half marathon 3
    Short Distance ROTY 1 mile up to, but not including, 8K 6
    Energized ROTY Any qualified road or trail race, 1 mile or longer. Total racing miles determines winner. Average POWR score is used as a tie-breaker. N/A
    Raciest ROTY Any qualified road or trail race, 1 mile or longer. Total number of races determines winner. Average POWR score is used as a tie-breaker. N/A
    Most POWR-ful ROTY Average POWR score for the runner's 10 best races, 1 mile or longer. 10
    Most Improved ROTY Total number of personal records (PRs) for the current year in a qualified race within each of the following categories: overall, ultramarathon, marathon, long distance, medium distance and short distance. N/A
    Team ROTY (4 person team, any combination of age or gender; minimum 3 races per member)
    • Ultramarathon or Marathon
    • Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon)
    • Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon)
    • Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K)
    • 1
    • 1
    • 3
    • 7
    Two Person Household ROTY (two people in same household; minimum 4 races per member)
    • Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon)
    • Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon)
    • Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K)
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    Parent - Child ROTY (one parent and one child team; minimum 3 races per member) Any distance 6
  13. Non-Duplication of Awards: Only one award per person will bMa given with some exceptions: 2nd and 3rd place Overall winners are eligible for at most one award in the distance categories. Team winners are eligible for all individual awards. All overall and distance award winners are eligible for awards in the "fun" categories of Energized, Raciest, Most Improved ROTY, Two Person Household ROTY, and Team ROTY.
  14. Confirmation of Results: Participants are wholly responsible for providing confirmation of performance data upon request to . This means that it is the responsibility of the participant to provide an accurate copy of any race results not kept on the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners site or readily available on the web. The inability or unwillingness to confirm race results to the satisfaction of the ROTY director will result in those results being removed from consideration for an award. Therefore, participants are strongly encouraged to print an official copy of race results, especially for an out-of-town event or if the event results do not appear on the web.
  15. Energized ROTY and Raciest ROTY: The Energized ROTY award is based on the total racing miles for any and all distances (e.g., 1 mile, 2 mile, 4 mile, 8K, 15K, 10 mile, ultramarathons, etc.). Therefore, you should enter all your race results regardless of the distance. Just as the Marathon ROTY award is exempt from the condition that at least half of the races must be within 100 miles of Springfield, the Energized ROTY award is also exempt from this condition. This is because many of the races submitted in this category would be marathons and ultramarathons, which would usually be more than 100 miles from Springfield. The Raciest ROTY award is based on the total number of races completed (any distance). Note that entering a race of a non-standard distance (such as 4 miles) will result in a 0 POWR rating, which could negatively impact one's overall POWR rating. However, you can enter the next lower standard distance if desired.
  16. Grace Period: There is a 30-day grace period for counting an individual's races once the entry fee is paid. Once the fee is received by the ROTY director, only those races run the 30 days prior will qualify.
  17. T-Shirt Eligibility: Paying the ROTY entry fee does not automatically guarantee a t-shirt to the ROTY entrant. The t-shirt is a "finishers" shirt awarded only to those who complete the required number of races in any one category (excluding the Energized ROTY and Raciest ROTY categories). For example, if you need two marathons for a Marathon ROTY category, but only have one, you would not qualify for a shirt. The members of a ROTY team that successfully complete the required races also qualify for the ROTY t-shirt. The reason behind this rule is to prevent someone from simply "buying" the ROTY shirt without truly earning it by running the required number of races.
  18. Most Improved Runner: An additional awards category for the ROTY program is the Most Improved ROTY (MIROTY) award. This award will be presented in the Overall category and all the different distance categories (Ultra, Marathon, Long Distance, etc.). The criterion is number of PRs (personal records), either actual PRs or WAVA (age-graded) PRs. The male/female with the most PRs during the year are the Overall winners. The male/female with the most ultramarathon PRs win the Ultramarathon MIROTY, and so on. There is no duplication of awards within MIROTY (if you win Overall MIROTY, you can't win Ultramarathon MIROTY, etc.). However, winners of the distance ROTY awards are eligible for MIROTY awards. In case of a tie, the average POWR within that category will be the tie-breaker. Runners will indicate if a PR is obtained during normal race data entry. Entering erroneous PR data may result in disqualification for an MIROTY award, so make sure they are indeed PRs. Note that the first time you run a race of a certain distance is a PR.
  19. Open Team Registration: A open team will consist of four persons with any number of males and females. All team members must register as individuals (meeting all requirements of individual participants). To register a team, one member must email with the team name and the names of all the team members. Only those races completed by team members AFTER the team registration will count toward team awards--no grace period here. The team as a whole must complete the required races in the chart above. Each team member must complete exactly 3 of these required races (any combination of the required distances).
  20. Open Team Scoring: The final calculation of POWR for open teams will be made by adding the average POWR for each of the distance categories. All individuals on the team must register with the ROTY program (and pay the entry fee) and enter all their race results as individuals for verification. The team with the highest total POWR is the winner and will receive a special team award. Even if individual team members don't qualify for individual awards (i.e., don't run the required number of races as individuals), they will all receive ROTY t-shirts, assuming the team completes his/her required races. At the end of the program year (before Jan. 8 of the following year), each team will report to via email the exact distribution of the races among the teammates with the WAVA age-graded times and POWR ratings included. All races submitted via email must be previously entered in the ROTY system by each individual, satisfying all conditions for individual qualification.
  21. Two Person Household ROTY: Two people in the same household (hereafter referred to as a "team") will qualify for an award in the same way as open teams above.
  22. Incapacitated Team Members: If a team member becomes injured or otherwise incapacitated (e.g., moves more than 100 miles from Springfield) any time during the year, he/she may be replaced. An email must be sent to the explaining the situation. If approved by the director, the replacement will become effective. However, at least half the races already entered for the individual being replaced MUST be used (up to a maximum of four) in the final tabulation of results for that team. For example, if the incapacitated individual has entered five races in the ROTY program already, three of those must be used (team's choice of which three). If the person has only entered one race, that race must be used. The new team member must pay the ROTY entry fee before his/her races will count, and only those races run 30 days prior to paying the fee will count. If races run by the incapacitated individual are used in the final tabulation, he/she will qualify for a ROTY t-shirt and all other ROTY benefits. The new team member would also be eligible for the ROTY t-shirt and all other ROTY benefits (assuming the entire team qualifies).