Frequently Asked Questions!

Who is eligible to be invited to the season ending Mag 7 Championship Banquet?

Each season we have a championship banquet.  Those eligible to attend are: the top 3 overall male and female runners, top 3 overall Masters male and female runners, the top 5 male and female walkers, and the male and female winners of each age group.

Why aren’t the RESULTS from my race posted? (& why are the Championship Points not updated?)

The Mag 7 is not the race director or the race timer for any “Mag 7” race.  The Mag 7 only promotes and markets area races and administers the Championship Series points tracking.  It is the RACE DIRECTOR’s (or the RACE TIMER’s) responsibility to send the results to the Mag 7 so that we may post the results for you.  While we very much want to do this in a timely manner – we cannot control the failure of the director/timer to send us the results.  Therefore, we cannot update and post new Championship Series Point totals until we receive the race results.

What is a Mag 7 Race and how is it different from “Other Area Races” on the schedule?

While the Mag 7 website provides a place for ALL area races to post information about thier event, not all races listed on our site are “Mag 7 Races.”  We select a small number of local races to make up our Mag 7 Race Series. We take the results from each of those selected races then we assign points to the placement results.  These “MAG 7 POINTS” are then compiled over the course of the year (which is outlined under the “about us” tab). We track every runner who participates in any of the selected Mag 7 races throughout the year. When the season is completed, we hold a Championship Banquet and award the overall top runners and top Age Group Winners in both the Open Class and Masters Class (40 years of age and older). We also award the top overall walkers for the season as well.

How a race is added to the Mag 7 Road Race Championship Series?

Our group of volunteers work together to determine if a race should be included as part of the Mag 7 Race Series.  This process is done in partnership with the race director of the individual races.  Those of us who volunteer with the Mag 7 are runners.  We love the atmosphere and fun of the local races and we want to help insure when going to a “Mag 7″ race you enjoy yourself and have a pleasant experience.  Therefore, we have discussions and reach a consensus as to what races will be added – and which will remain from year to year – based on the feedback of runners, our own experiences at the races, and the relationship we have with the race director.

We consider many things:

  • The experience of the race director
  • Past involvement of the race director (or members of the race planning team) with other Mag 7 races
  • Planning – is there a course map, is it certified for distance, is a race timer booked, logistics, is there prepared registration materials like a flyer, etc.
  • Date of the race (see more details below)
  • Location – we primarily target the 7 counties of the Mag 7 (the basis of our name!) with some exceptions

Remember – if a race is listed on our website that does NOT mean it is a Mag 7 race.  Only races designated as “Mag 7 Races” are those for which we count the order of finish for our Overall Championship Series.

Why is there only 1 Mag 7 race per day?

No race will be considered for addition to the series if the race falls on the same date as a currently schedule Mag 7 race.  We will only consider adding a race which is not in conflict.  The schedule may change rapidly, so the longer lead for the event, the better.  Being added to the series in any given year does not automatically assure we can keep your race in the series each year should it conflict with other longer-standing races.  Legacy races (see below) have precedence in date selection.  Even if a race has been tentatively added to the Mag 7 Race Series and a Legacy race should move to the same date, the Legacy race will remain a Mag 7 event and the newer event will revert to “Other Area Races” category.

What is a Legacy Race?

The Mag 7 Race Series began in 1997.  It was a non-competitive series (we did not track results for the year) until 2008.  Since 2008 it has been a competitive race series.  The original races of 1997 which are still with us are the “Legacy Races” of the series.  They receive the courtesy of “first dibs” on their race date from year to year.  Our legacy races are:

  1. Bedford Fitness Challenge 5K
  2. YMCA Spring Running Festival
  3. Run for Habitat (Indiana University Chapter)
  4. Ellettsville Quarters for Kids 5K (now called, Dollars for Scholars)
  5. Bedford Limestone Classic 5K
  6. YMCA Fall Fitness 5K & 10K
  7. Martinsville Fall Foliage Festival 5K
  8. Reindeer Romp 5K

I want to put on a race, how do I do it?

If you are planning a race – whether it is a Mag 7 Race or Other Area Race – please access and use our race resources located under the RESOURCES tab in our menu.  The Mag 7 does NOT organize/manage/conduct any of the races in the series.  We only promote and market area races and conduct the Overall Championship Awards.

We also have available to our Mag 7 Races the following materials which you may use for your event at NO CHARGE:

  1. Pop Up Tents (2)
  2. Mile Markers (1 through 6 miles)
  3. Course direction signs
  4. Safety Vests for volunteers
  5. Stop/Slow signs for intersections
  6. Loud Speaker system
  7. Bib Numbers

How are Age Group points awarded?

Essentially, a person’s age group on the final Championship Series standings is determined by their age in the LAST race they participate in during a given year (season) — even if you only participate in one race.  So, if a participant moves into a new age group they simply carried over any earned points from the old age group into their new age group, e.g. if someone earned 10 points as a 34 year old (30-34 age group) and 20 points as a 35 year old (35-39 age group), their total would be 30 points in the 35-39 age group.