Dr. Jerry Ruff started the Magnificent Seven Race Series in 1997 in large part to get people to participate and compete in area races. Since 2008, when Doc “retired” from the day-to-day oversight of the series, we have tried hard to continue highlighting those two things: participation and competition. In 2008, we started by placing an emphasis on participation – perhaps too heavily. Essentially, the more races you ran, the more points you could earn by finishing in the top 3 overall or in your age group. In 2012, we made an adjustment which counted only the top 14 races, but only rewarded participation through prizes every 7 races (i.e., the hats). We found there were many participants training quite hard and racing well, but rarely getting any points because we only allotted points three deep (top 3) overall and in the age groups. Beginning in 2013, we are adjusting the points allocation in an attempt to better balance participation and competition. The following will be how we allocate points and determine placements. (Please scroll down to see a listing of how we allocate points).
After each race, we compile the results and assign points based on the information noted here. We track your progress at each race (be sure to always enter under the same name!) and update the standings on a monthly basis – sometimes more frequently.
We track any points you receive over the course of a “Season.” For the Mag 7, our “Season” is the calendar year. In 2013 our first race is in March and the last in December. After the last race, we compile the results and announce our winners.
OPEN Division: Magnificent 7 Champion:
Awarded to overall male & female runners acquiring the highest points total for the season. The 2nd through 7th place overall season finishers will also be recognized. (OPEN Division is up to age 39)
MASTERS Division: Magnificent 7 Champion:
Beginning this season (2013) we will be recognizing a Masters Champion for those 40 and over. Top overall male & female runners over 40 years of age acquiring the highest points total for the season will be recognized. The 2nd through 7th place overall MASTERS level season finishers will also be recognized.
Age Group Competition awards:
Awarded to top Male & Female runners in each of the designated age groups. (Those being recognized as Top 7 in OPEN and MASTERS Divisions are NOT included in the Age Group standings)
The top 7 Male & Female Walkers will be recognized by the Magnificent 7. No Age Group winners are recognized by the series.
80 & Up
How We Assign Points
The Championship Series automatically tracks your points for any Mag 7 race in which you run. You do not need to do anything but participate. Here’s how we assign the points. We count ONLY the placements from your TOP 14 Finishes. You may run as many races as you wish. At the end of the season, we will only take the top 14 placements. You will also receive BONUS points for every 7 races you run.
10 Points = 1st Place
9 Points = 2nd Place
8 Points = 3rd Place
7 Points = 1st Place in Age Group/Walk
6 Points = 2nd Place in Age Group/Walk
5 Points = 3rd Place in Age Group/Walk
4 Points = 4th Place in Age Group/Walk
3 Points = 5th Place in Age Group/Walk
2 Points = 6th Place in Age Group/Walk
1 Point = 7th Place in Age Group/Walk
7 BONUS Points = When participating in 7 events
14 BONUS Points = When participating in 14 events
21 BONUS Points = When participating in 21 events
28 BONUS Points = When participating in 28 events
35 BONUS Points = When participating in 35 events