A unique team handicap race that rewards strategy as much as speed.
Date: Sun., Jan. 14, 10 AM
Time: Registration begins at 9:00 am. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Eno River State Park, End of Cole Mill Rd., Durham.
Race Director: - 919 493-3702
The Lowdown: The race is for teams of three runners, and teams are as- signed by the race director at the start of the race. Each runner is given an individual handicap time based on their past performances in Winter Series events; those who have not previously participated in the winter series will be asked to give a recent 5K or 10K road race time, or an estimate of their time for a 5K or 10K.
The handicaps are based on a scratch time of 25 minutes
For example, if you are given a handicap time of 12 minutes, that means that you are projected to finish the course in 37 minutes.
The course is one lap of the Cox Mountain trail, officially 3.75 miles but very hilly. Also, much of it is on narrow tracks where you have to watch your footing. It’s probably equivalent to about 4.5 miles on a flat road course.
The twist in the race rules is that runners are allowed to trade any or all portions of their assigned handicaps with their teammates, so long as the total handicap time for each team is preserved.
For example, let’s say that Alice is given an 8 minute handicap, and her teammate Bill a 12 minute handicap. After discussing it with each oth- er, they agree that a fairer handicap would be 9 minutes for Alice and 11 minutes for Bill, because she thinks it would take her longer than 33 minutes to run the course, and he thinks he can (or will try to) run it faster than 37. (Alternatively, Bill and Fred, the 3rd teammate, could each give up 30 sec- onds of their handicap times to give Alice an extra minute).
You will be given a team declaration form where you are asked to write down the actual handicaps before the start of the race.
The winning team is the first to get all three runners home.