WEEK 4: SPEED CHALLENGE

Overview:

This week will look a little more familiar! Each club will participate in a 5 different races (plus an optional kids run), with one runner scoring in the men's and women's division for each distance.

This week is based off of the normal Philly Mayor's Cup, with a few tweaks for the virtual format. Requirements:

  • There are 5 distances (5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon). Scoring details can be found below.
  • All runners are automatically entered to run any/all of the 5 distances. You can run as many of the distances as you would like (or just one); unlike in a normal year, runners can score in more than one distance.
  • Each must report their time for any/all distances between Saturday, August 1 (12:00am) and Friday, August 7 (11:59pm). No late submissions will be accepted.
  • All runs must also be completed between Saturday, August 1(12:00am) - Friday, August 7 (11:59pm), 2020.
  • All reported times must by total elapsed time, not time moving. This means you cannot pause your run, etc. If you are running for time, please consider a route away from traffic to ensure you can run continuously.
  • Unlike our normal, very hard courses, there is no elevation/difficulty requirement. Get strategic and pick your own course.
  • If you score for your team (or think you might, maybe score for your team), you are required to submit verification of your time. There are two options for doing that:
  • Join the Philly Mayor's Cup Strava Club, and make sure your run is set to public.
  • Fill out this form to submit a link to any tracking service (Garmin, Runkeeper, Strava, etc.): https://forms.gle/W7aFamVU47RuoGyq6
  • For efficiency, we strongly prefer the methods above. However, if you know you will likely score and are having trouble with those, please email us at phillymayorscup@gmail.com so we can ensure verification.
  • If you run a distance more than once the last reported time is the one that will count. This also means if you make a mistake on your submission, you can simply re-submit it correctly. 
     

How to Submit Your Time:

1. Navigate to "Submit Week 4 Times" from the menu (or follow this link). There are actually buttons that say "Log Activities" or "Submit Virtual Results" ALL OVER the site and on your RunSignup profile. Any one of these buttons will take you to the right place 

2. Search for yourself by name or by email address and date of birth

3. You'll show up twice in the seach. This is fine - only one of you will have a button to Submit Results. Click the one next to Week 4: All Distances with the Submit Virtual Results Link.

 

4. Pick the distance that you are reporting on and enter your time (and any notes if you wish to). Make sure you are reporting for the correct distance!

 

You can also add your miles directly from a GPX file, but this does not give us access to the GPX file for any verification. It just fills in your date and distance automatically.

5. Hit Submit Your Time and you are submitted! There is usually a lag of 2-4 minutes before your results will show up on the results page, so don't be too impatient.

6. Repeat with each distance.


Scoring and Results


You can view individual results (and see all the reported times for your club) at any point by changing the results set on the results page here. If you want to track who is actually winning via the scoring below, you'll have to create your own very complicated spreadsheet and update it regularly (trust us, it's not worth it). We'll post the final team results on Saturday (August 8). 

Scoring:

- Scoring for the Speed Week will be in line with standard Mayor's Cup scoring, with a few adaptations this year:
- The finisher in each category (Men, Women, Non-Binary, and Adaptive Racing), in each distance, will be eligible for points.
- Points will be assigned according to the number of teams with at least one runner finishing the distance (so, if 20 teams have a 5K Male runner, first place will earn 20 points, second place will earn 19 points, etc.
- If there is no one registered in the category/distance, no points are awarded).
- The team with the most points wins.

 

Speed Challenge FAQ

 

How do we submit our times for the distace we run?

You will be able to submit your results online, from the Results Tab. How-to's for reporting will be available before Week 4.

Can we run more than one distance? If we do, can more than one of them count?

Yes! Unlike a normal Mayor's Cup, you are automatically registered for each distance and can run one, several, or all of them. Additionally, we will score the top finisher for your club in each distance, even if they are top in two distances. Go crazy.

Can we run the distance more than once and count the best one?

Yup. If you run a 5K on Monday and report it, and then run a better 5K on Thursday, you can re-submit your time. Just know that the last time you submit is the one that will count.

Can we run all downhill?

If you can find 13 miles of downhill in Philadelphia, go for it. You can run any course you want.

But...if we aren't all running the same course, how is this fair?

It's not fair. A virtual race will never be fair the way that a one-day race against your opponents, on the same course, will be. Embrace it, and just run the best race you can.

Can we run the regular Philly Mayor's Cup Course(s)?

Sure. We're not sure why you would want to choose those courses if you want to get the fastest time possible, but you can run them if you choose. Just please be aware that the roads will not be closed and traffic moves quickly on Chamounix, and please follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time.

I'm slow. Will I ruin things for my team if I run on Speed Week?

No! Only the fastest runners (1 male and one female division) will count towards your team score. So, you may have a faster teammate that will score for you, but if not, any points are better than no points.

I'm not going to score for my team. Should I still report my time?

Yes! We'll only count the scoring club members in final club results, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still get credit for your race.

 

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