2013-14 Snowball Series Rules

General Information

The Snowball Series is a series of eight races, each of which counts toward series points. Points are awarded in 5-year age groups, beginning with 14 and under, and ending with 80 and over. The rules are as follows:
  1. Your age on the day of the first series race you run is your age for the entire series.
  2. Points are awarded to the top twenty places in each age group. The first place runner in an age group receives 20 points, second place earns 19 points, etc.
  3. You must be a DCRRC member on the day of the race to earn points for that race. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the victories in head-to-head competition. If there is still a tie, the time difference in those same head-to-head races will determine the winner.
  4. One must run three races to qualify for an award. A runner's top five races will count in the total scoring for the series.
  5. In the event one race is canceled (due, for example, to unsafe weather), a runner's top five out of seven races will count.  In the event two races are canceled, a runner's top four out of six races will count.
An awards ceremony is held in the Spring and the top three finishers in each age group are presented an award.
All Snowball Series Races are free for DCRRC members, $5 to non-members who pre-register online. For race-day registration, the price is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, if space is available. Race-day registration is not available for races that start and finish at National Park Service venues (Bread Run, Gar Williams, JFK, Fort Hunt).

Race Schedule

  1. Bread Run 10K, December 8
  2. Gar Williams Half Marathon, December 15
  3. Al Lewis 10 Miler, January 4
  4. JFK 20K, January 18
  5. Langley 8K, February 1
  6. Club Challenge 10 Miler, February 23
  7. Burke Lake 12K, March 2
  8. Fort Hunt 10K, March 9


Snowball Series Award Eligibility

In addition to the usual eligibility criteria for a Snowball Series age-group award -- running a minimum of 3 races, and being a Club Member -- we have added a requirement that we hope will encourage more volunteer participation in support of our race program.

Specifically, in order to be eligible for an age-group SS award in 2012-13, a Club Member will have to volunteer in one of a specified list of roles between November 2012 and April 2013.

This requirement (like the other Snowball Series eligibility criteria, such as being a Club Member), applies ONLY to the end-of-season Snowball Series awards given out in Spring. All contestants in each race remain eligible for the individual age group awards in that race, regardless of whether they meet the criteria for "Series" awards.

As you will see from the list below, the number and variety of opportunities is quite broad. Some involve work at a Snowball Series race, which we encourage from ALL who participate in the Snowball Series program. Some involve work in other key races or functions.

Eligible Volunteer Roles

No runner will be eligible for a Snowball Series age-group award unless that runner volunteers in one or more of the following roles:
  1. Snowball Series races: Water Stop; Finish Line (timing or scoring); Course Marshall; Race Director or Assistant Race Director. This presumes NOT participating as a contestant in the race.
  2. Other Races between November 2012 and April 2013: Alexandria Turkey Trot, Predictions & Resolutions 5K, GW Birthday Marathon & Relay. You must volunteer BEFORE the race by contacting the race director directly so that they may assign you a position and have an accurate volunteer count.
  3. Saturday Long Run/Marathon Training: Volunteering to provide beverages for the month.
  4. Marathon/Half-Marathon Training Programs: Coach or small-group coach.
  5. Newsletter Editor; Website Manager; Team Coordinator, Permit Coordinators, Photographer, Weekly Workout Directors (SLR and Wednesday Night).
  6. Other volunteer roles, as suggested, at the discretion of the Club president and vice-presidents acting jointly.
By rough estimate, the functions in 1 through 5 involve at least 150 separate volunteer "positions". This should be ample for people to choose from without "bunching" too many volunteers for a single event. If that occurs, priority will be given to those who volunteered first for the event, and others will be suggested to volunteer at a different event.

Upcoming Events

May Happy Hour/Snowball Series Awards Ceremony
Thu, May 23rd, 2024, @6:00pm
DCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K and Run After the Women 5K
Sun, Jun 9th, 2024, @8:00am
Book Club
Sun, Jun 16th, 2024, @4:00pm
DCRRC Hugh Jascourt 4-Miler
Fri, Jun 21st, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC Age Handicapped 4-Miler
Thu, Jul 4th, 2024, @8:00am
DCRRC Bastille Day 4-Miler
Sun, Jul 14th, 2024, @7:00pm
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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.