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2015 Summer Series Races

Yes, I know we just turned our clocks forward, most of us competed in one of the events at Shamrock Run (you know, the first real race of spring), and there is still a whole lotta spring before summer arrives… but TRL always makes summer arrive early by throwing some spring races into the annual Summer Series. And with the amazing winter we have had, why not try to entice summer into showing up in April?

The list of races we will be including in the 2015 Summer Series are:

1. April 11—Double Five 5 miler www.doubledogdareuevents.com/double-five.html ($25, TRL members save $5; Discount Code:  LIZARD)
2. April 19—Birds of Prey half marathon (North Bonneville, WA, $25) ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=31167
3. May 2—Willamette Mission Trail 10k www.runwildadventures.com/index.php?p=1_14_Willamette-Mission-Trail-Challenge ($20)
4. May 16—Banks Linear Trail Brave Run 10k  banksbraverun.blogspot.com/ ($20)
5. May 30—Stoller Vineyard 5k stollerrun.blogspot.com/ ($20)
6. June 20—Backyard Half www.columbiagorgerunningclub.com/page2.php (donation, $10 suggested)
7. July 12—Outdoor Sunday Evening 5k  www.swbible.org/content.cfm/OUTREACH/2012-OSE/5K-RunWalk ($5)
8. August 9—McCubbins Gulch Scramble www.xdogevents.com ($30)

The selection of races should provide a diversity of distances and terrain, so that no one gets a huge advantage (for example, I might choose an all scramble series if I wanted to try to win the whole enchilada… and I do like enchiladas.

The breakdown of the existing series leaves us with:

2 – 5k
1 – 5 mile
1 – scramble (~5 miles)
2 – 10k (1 trail)
2 – half marathons (1 trail)

Obviously, competing in all 8 races may not be possible for most people. That’s why we only score the best 5 of your 8 races—so even if you do them all, we only score the best 5 scores.

And just how are these “scores” calculated? The score for any given race is based on the number of TRL members who show up. We distribute points so that the first male and female get 100 points, the last gets 20, and everyone in-between gets an equally distributed fraction between 20 and 100, depending on their finish order. The scoring is just a way for us to figure out who the overall top 10 men and women are—we will have a special commemorative prize for our Summer Series Top Ten finishers. Just remember that even if you never win a single race, you still have a shot at making the Top Ten—a single race win might yield someone 100 points, but so does five last place 20 point scores—so you have to show up, no matter how you finish on any given day.

In addition to the Top Ten awards, we will also plan to include the raffle awards again this year. We haven’t yet finalized a date or details for the Summer Sizzler (probably will be Sept 13), but the plan will be to host another event where we eat food, hang out, and have some great prizes that people can throw their name into the drawing for. We will give one raffle ticket for each Summer Series race you show up for, so your odds of winning one (or multiple) prizes at the raffle increase for every race you show up for.

The goal of the Summer Series is to provide some friendly intra-club competition—to see how you stack up against your teammates—while also giving us all an excuse to show up for the same events. And for most of these events, there is more to them than just showing up, meeting (or making) friends at the TRL tent, and then competing together—for many of the races, we will also usually stick around, grab some food and a beer, and just hang out. So, Summer Series races are a great way to socialize with your Lizard pals.

So get these events added to your calendar, get yourself registered, and plan to come join your Lizard pals for some spring and summer racing!

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