The RUNColumbus Race Series is a competitive point-based race series that welcomes and celebrates all runners. Founded in 2021, the RUNColumbus Race Series encourages participation in running events throughout Central Ohio. Email us with questions.

Read the rule changes for the 2023 Season.

In addition to adding another Division and two Age Groups for 2023, we have adjusted the allocation of Overall Finish Points and Age Group Finish Points to ensure the competitive and strategic nature of the race series.

2022 Season Rules

  1. To be eligible for awards, runners must complete a minimum of six series races over the course of the season.
  2. There are five Championship categories. Awards are given to the top male and female in each category.
    • Open (all runners),
    • Masters (ages 40-49)
    • Grandmasters (ages 50-59)
    • Great Grandmasters (ages 60+)
    • Youth (Under 19)
  3. There are 13 Age Group categories. Awards are given to the top male and female in each category.
    • Under 14
    • 15-19
    • 20-24
    • 25-29
    • 30-34
    • 35-39
    • 40-44
    • 45-49
    • 50-54
    • 55-59
    • 60-64
    • 65-69
    • 70+
  4. All runners completing the minimum six races receive a Finishers Award.
  5. All runners completing all the season races receive a Road Race Warrior Award.
  6. Championship winners are not eligible for an Age Group Award.
  7. Points are accumulated throughout the season. A runner’s top six scores determine Championship and Age Group winners. In the event of a tie, head-to-head competition serves as the tiebreaker.
  8. Participants have 14 days to record their official finish time in the RUNColumbus Team Portal. Times must match the race’s published results. Race times will not be accepted after the 14-day reporting window closes.
  9. During the 14-day reporting window, a runner’s points may fluctuate as other runners report their finish time.
  10. Runners automatically earn Participation Points and have the chance to earn Finish Points in both the Overall and Age Group categories. Events that host races of more than one distance are scored separately. Runners completing a race virtually are only eligible for Participation Points.
    • Participation Points are awarded based on the race distance–one point per full mile of a race
    • Overall Finish Points are awarded based on how a runner finishes relative to all other RUNColumbus participants. Points are awarded to the top ten male and female finishers, with first place receiving 10 points and tenth place getting one point.
    • Age Group Finish Points are awarded based on how a runner finishes relative to other RUNColumbus participants in their age group as follows:
      • First Place 10 Points
      • Second Place 7 Points
      • Third Place 5 Points
      • Fourth Place 3 Points
      • Fifth Place 1 Point
  11. Should two runners finish a race in a tie, they will each receive the corresponding Overall and Age Group Finish Points. For example, if two women finish a race in a tie and are the top overall winners among RUNColumbus participants, they will each receive 10 Overall Finish Points, as well as their Age Group Points.
  12. Age Group Finish Points are awarded to a runner based on the runner’s age on the date the race occurs. The 2022 final standings are based on the runner’s age on the date of the last race in which the runner participates providing it is one of the runner’s top six scores (see #7).
    • Here’s an example. James is 29 years old when he completes six season races. The Age Group Finish Points he earns are based on how he stacks up against other RUNColumbus participants in the 25-29 age group. James celebrates his 30th birthday and goes on to compete in one more season race where he earns Age Group Finish Points based on how he stacks up in the 30-34 age group. At the end of the season, James’ final standing and eligibility for Championship and Age Group Awards are based on 30 years of age. If James does not compete in any races after turning 30 years old, his final standing is based on 29 years of age.
    • If a race(s) in which James competes after turning 30 is dropped (see #7), he will contend for Championship and Age Group Awards in the 25-29 age group.
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