Congratulations to All who participated in Bakers Dozen Series races in 2013! And to the 2013 Bakers Dozen Series Winners!
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Bakers Dozen Series is comprised of 13 Half-Marathon events that are produced by Northwest-based organizations (AKA “Home Baked Miles”). These events give back to their local communities in numerous ways, including the support of local charities, children’s programs, high school sports programs, as well as health and fitness initiatives across the NW.
RACES INCLUDED IN THE 2014 SERIES:
A Half Dozen Reasons to Participate in the Bakers Dozen “Home Grown” Local Race Series!
- The chance to win one of 25 Bakers Dozen Passports – giving the winner entry into any of these races for FREE in the following year! (See details below, some restrictions apply.)
- Supporting local race companies means you support having a lot of great local races to choose from!
- You will be supporting the many charities in OUR COMMUNITIES that these races support (e.g. boys & girls club, Leukemia & Lymphoma, mental health challenges/developmental disabilities, breast cancer, HS sports programs and many more).
- Getting to run with your friends and enjoying the post-race celebrations!
- You won’t get lost in the packed corrals of some huge, national races!
- You’ll burn enough calories that you’ll be able to treat yourself to some REAL bakers dozen donuts (or other treats)!
ABOUT THE BAKERS DOZEN HALF-MARATHON SERIES:
The Bakers Dozen Series is a selection of 13 Half-Marathon events spread out over the Spring and Summer in the great NW. Participants taking part in the series have the opportunity to win one of 25 “Bakers Dozen Passports” (defined below) and to see how they compare with respect to one another within the “Bakers Dozen Rankings”. Participation in any of the 13 events earns you Bakers Dozen points. Points are determined as follows:
SERIES POINTS / RANKINGS
To help you track your points, we’ve partnered with Athlinks, the largest results database and social network for endurance athletes on the Web. Click on their logo on the right to check out their website, create a profile and find your results today! If you’ve competed in a race, they’ve got your results. Then, make sure to come back to our site after each race and claim your result. It’s a sure-fire way to make sure you keep all of your points together and accurate.
- Participants are first separated by gender and then divided into groups – “open” (39 years of age & under) and “masters” (40 years of age & over).
- All overall & masters champions for each race in the series are automatically awarded 130 points.
- All other participants are awarded points by pro-rating (why award points using the pro-rating method) their finish times against those of the open and masters champions. (for two examples of how the ranking points are calculated click here).
- Rankings points earned within each race will be posted within 72 hours of the completion of each race in the series. This 72 hour delay allows for any corrections / revisions to be made following any given race.
- To be ranked you must finish a minimum of three races from the list of 13 races in the series. Note! Half-Marathon races that are not part of the Bakers Dozen Series are not considered.
- Once you have completed the minimum three races you will be ranked overall within your gender (open or masters categories) and within the Bakers Dozen Series age groups. Note! If you are 40 years of age & over you will not be ranked within the overall open category.
- After the third race weekend in the series has been completed the “Series Rankings” will be posted. Remember, you MUST have completed a minimum of three events to be included in this posting. The “Series Rankings” will always be posted on the Thursday after each race beginning with the third race weekend.
- Participants who complete four or more races will have only their three best performances count towards their series rank. This rank is simply the sum of points earned from your best three point performances.
SERIES AWARDS & INCENTIVES:
THE BAKERS DOZEN SERIES PASSPORT: The Bakers Dozen Series Passport (BD Passport13 ) affords the holder of the passport free admission into any of the series races in 2014. With the average cost of the series races being $65.00 the passport is valued at $845.00. It must be noted however that the free entries are for the holder of the passport ONLY, these entries are not transferable to another athlete. And the free entries are only good for the year following the awarding of the passport. (NOTE: Those running free in 2104 with a Bakers Dozen Passport are NOT eligible for winning a Passport for 2015.)
The series will award 25 total passports, 12 to TOP PERFORMERS according to series rankings and 13 to FREQUENT RACERS where the series rankings are not taken into account.
- The 4 Top Performers – Male, Female, Master Male and Master Female will automatically receive a passport.
- The top 13 overall point leaders within the overall open & masters, male & female divisions (minus the champions who get their passports automaticly) will be lumped together, forming a group of 48 athletes. From this group, eight (8) will be randomly selected to receive a passport, each with a one in six (16.7%) chance at winning a passport.
- Anyone within this group of 48 athletes that are not amongst the passport winners will automatically be moved into the group of “Frequent Racers”.
- All Top Performers will have their name printed in the RaceCenter NW Preview Guide, along with pictures of the Overall Male/Female & Master Male/Female. 2nd thru 50th place top performers will be eligible for the additional 13 Baker’s Dozen Passports with bonus points based below criteria.
- Thirteen (13) passports will be awarded on the basis of series participation only, however they MUST have qualified for the series standings by doing a minimum of three races to qualify as a “Frequent Racer”.
- Frequent Racer raffle chances are determined as follows: (Note that once you have completed six (6) races you hit the “half dozen” status where you will be awarded double the amount of chances for the races you’ve done. For anyone having completed 12 races you hit the “full dozen” status where you will be awarded triple the amount of chances for the races you’ve done).
- Complete the Pacific Crest Half-Marathon and receive an additional 78 bonus chances.
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* HALF DOZEN STATUS = DOUBLE RACE POINTS
** FULL DOZEN STATUS = TRIPLE RACE POINTS
INCENTIVE PRIZE DETAILS:
- All series participants must complete a minimum of three series races to be including in the Bakers Dozen rankings or to have chances to win the random drawings.
- Passport winners will be selected from all eligible entries (chances) by a computer-run random selection program. Winners need not be present.
- Passport winners will be announced on the AA Sports’ Baker’s Dozen website as soon as winners are determined, after all Series races have been completed.
- Odds of winning depend on the total number of races completed and bonus chances earned.
- Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Passport winners may not request a prize substitution. Passports are non-transferable and may not be claimed or used by any person other than the winner.
- Passports will be mailed to all winners after being posted on the AA Sports website, or they may be picked up at the AA Sports, Ltd. Beaverton, Oregon office.
- Bakers Dozen Incentives are only good for the year following the awarding of the prize. Passports awarded for 2013 Series are valid for 2014 only (no exceptions).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
AA Sports is excited about the interest we’ve received from 2013 racers regarding the 2014 Bakers Dozen Half-Marathon Series! Many athletes are shooting to be among the first to race a full Bakers Dozen (13) of Half-Marathons! Our mission as we head into a second season with the series is to continue to evolve, improve and grow the series. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some FAQs about the Series:
Q: What is the purpose of the Baker’s Dozen Half-Marathon Series?
A: Our goal in developing the series is to encourage NW athletes to recognize and participate in locally-managed NW races, and to keep our hard earned funds supporting Northwest non-profits, school sports programs and businesses. “Race Home Baked Miles!” Additionally, the series allows athletes a way to be ranked so that they are able to compare their running / walking prowess with their peers, and build the overall experience of training and participating in the half-marathon distance.
Q: What is a Bakers Dozen?
A: For us it was just a fun, catchy name, and we had 13 regional Half-Marathons that we wanted to showcase. The historical description: A baker’s dozen, devil’s dozen, long dozen, or long measure is 13, one more than a standard dozen.
Q: This looks really fun and I’d love to participate this year. However I have a conflict with one of the race dates. Will you add another race so someone could actually get a full 13 points for participating in every race?
A: The Bakers Dozen concept is limited to a specific list of 13 races. We understand and agree that there are many other great half-marathon races produced in the NW. We do not want to discourage participating in other regional events, but this Series is meant to be a fun addition to the season racing adventure via a set list of races.
Q: How many people do you think will be able to complete all 13 races?
A: We have been hearing from quite a few people who plan to try to complete all 13 races in 2014! It would be difficult to predict how many, but we know NW athletes are a determined, dedicated bunch and we’ll be excited to see just how many will go the distance! We’re standing by to cheer them!
Q: Do I have to fill out anything to be entered into the series?
A: No. To be a part of the series you only need to complete three of the thirteen participating events. After completing your third race within the series you will automatically be listed within the series rankings, and start accumulating chances to win a Bakers Dozen Passport in the passport drawing (13 passports will be given out through the random drawing and 12 via rankings performance).
Q: For the top performers, what’s the minimum number of races they need to complete to be ranked?
A: You must complete a total of three races to be ranked. If you do more, the rankings will take the sum of your three best performances.
Q: Do I have to keep track of my own points?
A: No. We have partnered with Athlinks who will keep track of all the individual race points earned and the series rankings which are based on a minimum of three races completed. These points will be posted on the Bakers Dozen website and within your individual results on the Athlinks network.
Q: As a 50 year old woman who is not a particularly fast runner but always gets to the finish line, completing the Bakers Dozen and getting the series points would be my goal. My guess is that I represent 70-90% of the people who will participate in the Baker’s Dozen. How will we be recognized in the overall rankings?
A: It is difficult for most of the younger generation of athletes or the older generation of athletes to have an impact on the overall series standings. It comes to reason that athletes in their prime rule the overall rankings. But since you will also be ranked within your 5-year age group it will be easy to see how you compare to athletes your own age. And we agree, this is the case for 70-90% of the participants, especially walkers (see related question below).
Q: Is there prize money?
A: No. However, we do have the BD Passport13 that will be awarded to the top overall Male & Female and Masters Male & Female, as well as 8 additionally high ranking finishers (see Top Performers under the heading of BAKERS DOZEN SERIES PASSPORT within the series website). This passport, which has an estimated potential value of $845.00+ is good for one free entry into any of the series races in 2015. 25 Passports will be awarded at the end of the series, 12 according to performance and another 13 drawn at random with raffle chances based on the number of races participated in, and bonus points accrued. See Series Awards and Incentives above for breakout of how Passports will be awarded.
Q: When can I expect to see my series rankings?
A: We are calling it “pre-heating”, but after the first race of the series, which is the Heart Breaker Half (on Feburary 16th in 2014) all finishing participants will be shown as “pre-heating”. After athletes complete a 3rd series race (it does not have to be 3 consecutive races) they will automatically be shown in the Bakers Dozen Series rankings, which will be posted on the BD website.
Q: Can you explain the bonus points for Stumptown?
A: Each year one of the 13 events will be chosen in which all participants who complete the event will receive bonus raffle chances (78 to be exact or a half dozen of a Bakers Dozen worth of chances). But remember, these raffle chances won’t help you unless you complete the minimum three races in the series and qualify for inclusion.
Q: Is there a discount if you sign up for multiple races at the same time?
A: No. We do not have an official series option that will allow for multi-race discounts. The races are managed by a variety of NW race companies. However, there will be the opportunity to receive a 20% discount when signing up for three races within the series at the RaceCenter/Foot Traffic Event Expo being held on Saturday, February 15th (for details go to the Foot Traffic website: www.foottraffic.us)
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EXAMPLE RANKINGS POINTS CALCULATIONS
Example #1: Jane Smith, who is 43 years old, is the female masters champion of the Capital City ½ Marathon. Her time is 1:26:20. Amy Nelson, who is 46 years old, has a time of 1:38:12. Jane receives 130 points as she is the female masters champion. Amy receives (1:26:20 / 1:38:12) x 130 = 0.8791 x 130 = 114.29 points.
Example #2: Frank Parker, who is 31 years old, is the open male champion of the Helvetia ½ Marathon. His time is 1:09:10. John Brotten, who is 38 years old, has a time of 1:09:16. Frank receives 130 points as he is the male open champion. John receives (1:09:10 / 1:09:16) x 130 = 0.9985 x 130 = 129.81 points.
PRO-RATING PARTICIPANT PERFORMANCES WITHIN EACH INDIVIDUAL RACE HAS THE FOLLOWING ADVANTAGES:
- It eliminates the natural problems that exist such as some races are run on relatively flat terrain while others have challenging hill climbs or that some races are run at sea level while another is run at higher altitude. These factors become insignificant since your points earned are determined by your performance and the performance of the champion in the same race who is participating under exactly the same conditions. So choosing a flat terrain race nearer to sea level will not necessarily guarantee you more points because you can run faster under those conditions. Why? Everyone else, including the race champion will also run faster under those conditions.
- It is difficult for most of the younger generation of athletes or the older generation of athletes to have an impact on the overall series standings. It comes to reason that athletes in their prime rule the overall rankings. But you are also ranked within your 5-year age group. This easily allows you to see how you compare to athletes your own age.
- The walking community, which is getting large each year, has always had a difficult time relating their performances against one another. There are few events designated as walker only events in which you can more accurately gauge your performance against your peers. Unfortunately it is the same here with the rankings. So you must draw the proverbial line in the sand as to what separates a walking pace from a runner pace. Most would use a 15 minute / mile pace. So, you could go to your age group which, for example, you place 38th out of 46 participants. If you simply ignore anyone who has a pace per mile of 14:59 or faster you can see that you are #2 out of 10 in your age group. This is by no means an accurate measure since it is not known if everyone that participates with a 15 minute / mile pace or slower isn’t mixing a little running in with their walking.
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