2017 Rules and Awards

You may enter any number of races in any of the three Series (Ultra/Trail/50K).  When you enter your first race in a Series, you are automatically registered in that Series.  There are no Series registration fees.

NOTE: For each race in which you register, please register using the identical name.  If, for example, Pat Smith registered for one race using the name “Pat Smith” and registered for another race using the name “Patricia Smith” or “P Smith”, we might not know it is the same person; we might calculate a separate Series standing for each name.

Got questions about your Series standing?  Contact stats@outrace.ca

Most of the races are “fixed-distance”, which means that you run a specific distance (e.g. 25 km, 50 km, 50 miles, etc.), and your standing is determined by your finishing time.  However, a few of the Ultra Series races are “fixed-time”, meaning that you run for a specific period of time (e.g. 6 hours, 12 hours, etc.), and your standing is determined by how far you ran (Participants run laps around a short course while race officials monitor each participant’s distance).

Ultra Series races

You may enter any of eleven ultramarathons (> 42.195 km), consisting of fixed-distance races ranging from 50 km to 200 km and fixed-time races ranging from 6 hours to 24 hours.  Each Ultra Series race is unique in terms of its design (loop, out-and-back), surface (road, track, trail, mix), topography (flat, hilly), and terrain (smooth, rocky, rooty).  The fixed-distance races ranging from 50 km to 58 km are a subset of the Ultra Series and comprise the 50K Series races (see below).

Trail Series races

You may enter any of the ten races ranging from 25 km to 34.  These races are primarily on trail but may be partly on dirt road.

50K Series races

You may enter any of the ten races ranging from 50 km to 58 km.  Each 50K Series race is unique in terms of its design (loop, out-and-back), surface (road, track, trail, mix), topography (flat, hilly), and terrain (smooth, rocky, rooty).  These races are also in the Ultra Series since they are ultramarathon distance (> 42.195 km).


Series award categories are as follows:

A. Ultra Series:

  1. Female below age 40
  2. Female age 40 to 49
  3. Female age 50 and above
  4. Male below age 40
  5. Male age 40 to 49
  6. Male age 50 and above

B. Ultra Cup (Ultra Series)

  1. Female any age
  2. Male any age

C. Norm Patenaude Award (Ultra Series) - (awarded for completing 8 or more races in the Ultra Series)

D. Trail Series

  1. Female below age 40.
  2. Female age 40 to 49.
  3. Female age 50 and above.
  4. Male below age 40.
  5. Male age 40 to 49.
  6. Male age 50 and above.

E. Trail Trophy (Trail Series)

  1. Female any age.
  2. Male any age.

F. 50K Series

  1. Female any age.
  2. Male any age.

For series award categories A through E
(Ultra Series, Trail Series)

  1. Fixed-Distance Races (25km, 50 km, 50 miles, etc.)
    Each entrant who completes the distance within the time limit for points shall be given percent points based on her/his finishing time relative to the 1st-place finisher’s time, plus:
     • 25 distance points for races of 24 km to 35 km (Trail Series)
     • 50 distance points for races of 49 km to 59 km (Ultra Series)
     • 1 distance point per km of race distance for races over 59 km (Ultra Series)
    The time limit for points is determined by the race director at her/his sole discretion.  Each race entrant is responsible for knowing the time limit for points.  An entrant who does not complete the distance within the time limit for points will not be given points, unless the race director exempts the entrant from the time limit for points.  Race results for those who do not complete the distance within the time limit for points are provided as a courtesy only.  Providing of an entrant’s result in no way implies that she/he will be given points.
  2. Fixed-Time Races (6 hours, 12 hours, etc.)
    Each entrant who completes an ultramarathon distance (i.e. more than 42.195 km) shall be given 1 distance point per km of distance that she/he completed plus percent points based on her/his finishing distance relative to the 1st-place finisher’s distance. (The entrant who runs the farthest is deemed to be the 1st-place finisher).  An entrant who does not complete an ultramarathon distance will not be given points (exception: entrants age 60 and above who run more than 20 miles will be given points).  Race results for those who do not complete an ultramarathon distance are provided as a courtesy only.  Providing of an entrant’s result in no way implies that she/he will be given points.
  3. In the Ultra Series, a participant’s Age Award Points shall be equal to her/his total points for up to SEVEN completed races in that Series.  If the participant completes more than seven races in that Series, her/his Age Award Points shall be the total for her/his seven highest point value races.
  4. In the Trail Series, a participant’s Age Award Points shall be equal to her/his total points for up to FIVE completed races in that Series. If the participant completes more than five races in that Series, her/his Age Award Points shall be the total for her/his five highest point value races.
  5. For the purpose of calculating points, age group is based on the participant’s age as of July 31, 2017.
  6. For the purpose of calculating points, for races that provide gun times, the entrant’s finishing time will be based on gun time.  Otherwise, the entrant’s finishing time will be based on chip time.
  7. At an event that offers more than one Ultra Series race (e.g. 50 km and 50 miles), the entrant will not be given points for completing a race other than the one in which she/he was registered at the start of the event.

For series award category B (Ultra Cup)

  1. The female and male, regardless of age, with the most total points (Ultra Cup Points) for up to eleven completed races in the Ultra Series will be presented with the Ultra Cup.  The top three finishers (female and male) will each be given a plaque which they may keep permanently.

For series award category C (Ultra Series)

Each participant who finishes EIGHT or more races in the Ultra Series will receive a Norm Patenaude Ultra Award.  For the fixed-distance races, finishing a race means completing the distance within the time limit for points.  The time limit for points is determined by the race director at her/his sole discretion.  Each race entrant is responsible for knowing the time limit for points.  An entrant who does not complete the distance within the time limit for points will not be deemed to have finished the race, unless the race director exempts the entrant from the time limit for points.  For the fixed-time races, finishing a race means completing an ultramarathon distance (i.e. more than 42.195 km).  An entrant who does not complete an ultramarathon distance will not be deemed to have finished the race (exception: entrants age 60 and above who run more than 20 miles will be deemed to have finished the race).


For Series award category E (Trail Series)

The female and male, regardless of age, with the most total points (Trail Trophy Points) for up to ten completed races in the Trail Series will be presented with the Trail Trophy.  The top three finishers (female and male) will each be given a plaque which they may keep permanently.

For series award category F (50K Series)

  1. For races in the 50K Series, each entrant who completes the distance within the time limit for points shall be given 50 distance points plus percent points based on the entrant’s finishing time relative to the 1st-place finisher’s time.  The time limit for points is determined by the race director at her/his sole discretion.  Each race entrant is responsible for knowing the time limit for points.  An entrant who does not complete the distance within the time limit for points will not be given points, unless the race director exempts the entrant from the time limit for points.  Race results for those who do not complete the distance within the time limit for points are provided as a courtesy only.  Providing of an entrant’s result in no way implies that she/he will be given points.
  2. In the 50K Series, a participant’s 50K Cup Points shall be equal to her/his total points for up to FIVE completed races in that Series.  If the participant completes more than five races in that Series, her/his 50K Cup Points shall be the total for her/his five highest point value races.  The female and male, regardless of age, with the most 50K Cup Points will be presented with the 50K Cup. The top three finishers (female and male) will each be given a plaque which they may keep permanently.
  3. There are no Age Award Points in the 50K Series.
  4. For the purpose of calculating points, for races that provide gun times, the entrant’s finishing time will be based on gun time.  Otherwise, the entrant’s finishing time will be based on chip time.

Series Awards

An appropriate and worthy prize will be given to each of the top three finishers (female and male) in each age group in categories A and D.  The top three finishers (female and male) in categories B, E and F will each be given a plaque which they may keep permanently.  Winners in category C will each be given a plaque which they may keep permanently.  The 1st-place finishers in category B (Ultra Cup) will be presented with a shared trophy.  The 1st-place finishers in category E (Trail Trophy) will be presented with individual trophies.  The 1st-place finishers in category F (50K Series) will be presented with a shared trophy.  Cup/Trophy winners may keep the cup/trophy for one year, and return it to a Series official prior to the following year’s awards ceremony.  The 2017 OUTRace Series Awards Banquet and Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017, immediately after the Fat Ass Trail Run event.

Exceptions to the methods described herein of determining points, awards and prizes may be made at the sole discretion of Series officials.  The decision of Series officials in this regard is final.

Errors in race results happen occasionally, which could affect point calculations.  If you think there is an error in a race result, please notify the race director.  Errors can be corrected if reported to the race director within 21 days of completion of the race in question.  Errors in race results that are not reported within 21 days of completion of the race might not be corrected.  The decision of Series officials in this regard is final.

Got questions about point calculations? Contact stats@outrace.ca.

Updated January 15, 2017