The Great Debate - what classes as a race?

Are events that don't record your finishing time or place, real races?

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27/04/2014 at 10:23

What about this other varient? On Strava they do a monthly "race" where you aim to do e.g. a 10k as fast as poss during the month. It records your best 10k from any attempts and uploads it to a leaderboard. So for example, last month I came 600th out of 21,000 entrants. You have to opt-in to be in the list. So my time and position might actually be from a solo run (although better times normally come from actual races), so does that count as a race? You can have a few attempts - it doesn't take the first one you do.

29/04/2014 at 18:29

If you die after 3k because the start wS too early and the lead bike didnt show up can you use 'yeah but I don't call it a race' as an excuse for your epic fail?

07/05/2014 at 22:55

Anything that you put your maximum effort into I suppose. Depends on how you approach the run. A club handicap or a parkrun can be a race depending on how you approach it. 

.....or maybe I'm talking nonsense.

21/08/2014 at 12:40

Surely "the great debate" is whether or not runners should nod at each other as they pass...

27/08/2014 at 10:02

The road race handbook says about serious races v funruns  "However, the essential distinction is that if no special rewards are made to any participants (other than a finisher memento to all) and if no results or times are recorded, then your event’s status is a fun run

27/08/2014 at 10:24

r_h has it - if you give a prize for winning it's a race, otherwise it is a fun run.

That is how parkrun get away without medical cover, etc.  If they gave prizes for winning parkrun would be a race and then they would have to jump through all the race licence conditions to get insurance cover.


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