Fall Points Chase
By popular demand, the Fall Point Series has been extended another three weeks!
With the popularity of the Virtual Summer Sizzler Weekly Race Series, the Greater Springfield Harriers running club has decided to create a new series of eight virtual races starting the first weekend of September and ending on the fourth weekend of October.
This virtual race series will remain with no registration required and free to all.
The Fall Point Chase is a series of eight eleven virtual races using our Snowstorm Classic 5K as the designated course that participants run anytime on Friday, Saturday or Sunday each week. Runners submit their times to Fall Chase Results no later than Sunday and results will be posted to this website each Monday.
Weekly results will be scored using WAVA/USATF age-grading with a point tally based on age-graded time that cumulates over the eight-week series. Overall results will also be posted along with the age-grading scoring.
Information about age grading scoring can be found here for those unfamilar with it.
A sample of results... SAMPLE RESULTS
|Where:||Start and finish is nearby the Porter Lake Skate House in
Forest Park, Springfield, MA
Forest Park does charge a small entrance fee. Or you can park outside the Park and walk in.
Directions & Parking Details
|When:||Thirteen Consecutive Weekends
Starting Friday-Sunday September 4th-6th, 2020
thru Friday-Sunday Nov 13th-15th
|Registration:||No Registration Required.
There is no race fee although Forest Park does charge a small entrance fee. Or you can park outside the Park and walk in.
|Results:||Email your finish time, along with your name, age, and any USATF club affiliation to Fall Chase Director no later than Sunday.
This will be on the honor system. You do not need to submit any Strava, Garmin or any other GPS data. Results will be compiled and posted on harriers.org the following Monday.
The Snowstorm Classic 5K road course will be used each week.
The start and finish lines have been marked in yellow as well as the mile markers and one arrow where you cut through lot (a right turn off the main road just after Mile 1)
Runners should stay to the right of the granite stones at the end of Washington St when crossing over the grass and turning left onto Magawiska Road that leads back into Forest Park.
Snowstorm 5K Road Course Map
Although this series is using the Snowstorm Classic 5k course, times will not count towards that series's results & age record history.
Any times run during these ideal fall weather conditions provide a significant advantage to age records run during the harsher winter months of the Snowstorm Classic. This is a new series created because of the popularity of the COVID-19 Virtual Summer Sizzlers. We will preserve these weekly results and if we bring back the Fall Chase series next year, we will revisit starting new FallChase age records using this year results as a starting point.
Please email Fall Chase with any questions.
2020 Race Schedule & Results
|WK 01 Fri Sep 4th||-||Sun Sep 6th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 02 Fri Sep 11th||-||Sun Sep 13th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 03 Fri Sep 18th||-||Sun Sep 20th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 04 Fri Sep 25th||-||Sun Sep 27th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 05 Fri Oct 2nd||-||Sun Oct 4th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 06 Fri Oct 9th||-||Sun Oct 11th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 07 Fri Oct 16th||-||Sun Oct 18th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 08 Fri Oct 23rd||-||Sun Oct 25th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 09 Fri Oct 30rd||-||Sun Nov 1st||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 10 Fri Nov 6th||-||Sun Nov 8th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
|WK 11 Fri Nov 13th||-||Sun Nov 15th||5K ROAD||RESULTS|
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is this virtual race series? Will there be race volunteers, course marshalls or any race support such as water or other aid?
There can be no races as we normally know them at this time. The club can not host any public mass start event under current state guidelines for public gatherings. But for anyone that chooses to run the designated 5K course on your own, we will compile the submitted results and post them. We are doing this at no charge as means to serve the running community and support a safe, healthy competetive option for runners of all abilities.
Do I have to be a Greater Springfield Harrier to partipate?
No. Anyone can run.
Can I run just one or just a couple of the weeks?
Yes. Run one or as many weeks as you like. There is a series long cummulative point scoring that rewards participation, but there is no minimum required particpation.
Do times run on the 5K course count towards the official Snowstorm Classic Age Records?
No. Any times run during these ideal fall weather conditions provide a significant advantage to age records run during the harsher winter months. This is a new series created because of the popularity of the COVID-19 Virtual Summer Sizzlers. We will preserve the weekly results and if we bring back the series next year, we will revisit starting age records using this year results as a starting point.
|Fall Chase Director|