MICRO RACE SERIES

"a year long, multi-race, point-based championship"

The Platteklip VK | Qualification Closes 28/04
Next Race: 05 May 2019
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GENERAL RULES
  • Only one self-supported runner is to complete each race, on foot.
  • Runners are required to read through all the FAQ’s as detailed below.
  • Runners should follow @fktseries and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. Click here
  • All our events are entirely self-supported. Bring everything you need (and take away your trash).
  • The Top 3 Men & Women will automatically be extended an entry to take part in the next MRS event.
  • Runners must use Strava to log and upload their race efforts using #MicroRaceSeries in the title of their activity.
  • Runners take part in the Micro Race Series (each event) at their own risk and will in no way hold the organizers, their employees or agents liable for anything whatsoever.
ENTRY PROCESS:

How do I enter the MRS?

A runner can gain an entry into any one of the Micro Races within the Series via two methods: Strava or Direct Invite via nominations (and organisers discretion).

Strava Segment Based Entries (Qualification):

Through the Strava process, participants need to qualify by running the full race route between a specific period (before a closing date) and upload that effort to Strava. The uploaded Strava effort needs to include #MicroRaceSeries in the description of the run (bonus points if you make it the Title). The runners effort needs to list the race specific strava segment (eg this)  in order for the attempt to be valid (if the segment doesn’t show up, message us). This qualification based entry mechanism will make up approximately 70% of the 35 participant cap.

Organizers Discretion (Invite Only):

In the interest of ensuring a healthy mix of ability, the organizers will invite runners that they feel that should be included plus any runners that have been highly nominated. This invite only based entry mechanism will make up approximately 30% of the 35 participant cap.

*The Top 3 Men & Women from the previous MRS event will automatically be extended an entry to take part in the next one.

Are there any costs if I qualify for an entry?

Where a runner is extended an entry (via email) to participate (whether by direct invite or qualification), he or she will have 3 days in which to accept it in writing, otherwise the entry will be passed onto the next runner in line. Runners will be asked to: kindly contribute a small amount towards the FKTseries project (to ensure its sustainability for future races), and sign a simple participation-agreement (acknowledging that you’re running at your own risk). All participants must have a GPS watch and an active Strava account.

When will I know if I have qualified?

Participants that have qualified through the Strava Process (uploading your Strava effort) will be notified via email or direct message shortly after the current Qualification Closing date for the current race. You will also be able to view the Qualification Strava Leaderboard by looking for the overall segment for the current race (see Races) to see where you’re ranked – you’ll need to filter through the many “normal runners” who may just have run the specific route segment by chance (best select the filters “this year” and work down from there).

How many runners can take part in each race?

Each Micro Race will be capped at 35 participants with a mixed gender field.

Can I nominate someone to be invited?

With pleasure. It doesn’t guarantee anything at all, but If multiple nominations are received for an specific runner, that runner will in turn be highly considered if they have not already been, and/or have not been able to qualify for whatever reason. Nominations can be sent to hello@fktseries.co.za

Can I sell or transfer my entry?

No. If you are unable to take up the entry you have successfully qualified for, please let us know at hello@fktseries.co.za so we can distribute it accordingly.

CHAMPIONSHIP PROCESS:

How does the Championship work?

There are currently six (potentially more to be added) unique Micro Races within the Series (MRS) that will be individually held throughout a calendar year, in Cape Town.

Within each race, the Top 10 Men & Women will all earn points dependant on their respective positions (see scoring FAQ below). After each race, the overall Championship Leaderboard will be updated to reflect each runners latest earned points (basically every runner that takes part in one or more races, and earns a point will be on the Leaderboard). At the end of the final race for the calendar year, the Top 3 Men & Women with the most accumulated points will be crowned the years Micro Race Series Champions. Points can be earned (and lost) in numerous ways dependent on the race in question, including bonus (eg KOS/QOS “King or Queen of the Segment” | Most deserving etc), see scoring FAQ below.

To sum it up simply, think of this as “F1, but for trail-running”.

Do I have to take part in all the MRS Races?

No. You can take part in as many (or as little) races within the series as you like. The Championship is points based, so that means you want to be earning as many points as possible, and that means taking part in as many races as possible. The more you race, the better your chances up climbing the Championship Leaderboard.

How does the Championship Leaderboard work?

Within each race, the Top 10 Men & Women will all earn points dependant on their respective positions (see scoring FAQ below). After each race, the overall Championship Leaderboard will be updated to reflect each runners latest earned points (basically every runner that takes part in one or more races, and earns a point will be on the Leaderboard).

A “last updated” date will be posted at the top of the leaderboard so you can see when last the leaderboard was modified. If you feel there is an error, please reach out to us at hello@fktseries.co.za

Men & Women will have separate leaderboards.

Where will the results of each race be posted?

The results of each MRS event, including Championship Leaderboard updates will be available directly after the event (here) and will also be emailed to all the participants via our MRS mailing list (subscribe here).

How do I earn points?

The following are all the current ways in which a participant in any MRS event can earn points (more ways will likely be added):

  • King & Queen of the Segment (KOS/QOS): 3pts each (one or more segments will be identified within each overall race route for this category).
  • Most Deserving Runners: 3pts (as voted upon by all the participants within a specific race at the post event).
  • Top 10 Men & Women (separate) working down from 1st place: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, ,4, 2pts.
  • taking and uploading a selfie to instagram (@fktseries) during the race: 2pts:
  • New Race Record: 3pts.
  • Back to back wins: 3pts.

How do I lose points?

The following are all the current ways in which a participant in any MRS event can lose points (more ways will likely be added):

  • DNS without any acceptable reason before race start time: -5pts
  • Unruly behaviour/etiquette/tactics: -5pts (or worse dependant on the transgression)
  • Cheating of any kind: May likely result in a DSQ for that event or for the entire MRS (dependant on the transgression)

Prizes?

Pride. Status. Glory. (And beer)

For this event series we’ve simply teamed up with the great people from Jack Blacks Brewery to provide beer for finishers and prizes. Each race will have its own specific prize offering (if any), but it is essential to note that the FKTseries as a whole is a minimally functioning passion project that isn’t funded by some large trust fund, and as such, does not have prize money to offer.

We want the Micro Race Series to be a purist event where the sheer thrill and raw fire of racing hard and taking names is enough for all those that take part. Whether you win or “lose” is besides the point, what counts is that you gave each and every race your absolute best on the date, and that should be enough – “crossing the line knowing you’ve left it all out there”. One of the greatest feelings, and surely what it means to be alive.

 

RUNNER SAFETY, GEAR & ENVIRONMENT

Is there an emergency number for participants?

Yes. All participants of each MRS event much have a fully charged phone with the FKTseries emergency number saved 083 321 7804. Please also save the Newlands VWS 083 977 2924 including SAPS 021 4678078 & SANPARKS 021 712 0527

Am I taking part in this event at my own risk?

Participants take part in the Micro Race Series (each event) at their own risk and will in no way hold the organizers, their employees or agents liable for anything whatsoever. These are “organised training runs” in as such, are attended as your discretion.

Are there any mandatory gear requirements?

Mandatory items are as follows: a fully charged phone (turned on throughout the race duration) with the FKTseries emergency number saved. Your personal medical aid details written down and on your person. A GPS watch linked to an active Strava account.

As these are “organised training runs” we expect you to know what you’d need to bring in order to successfully complete each race as detailed in the build up. From nutrition to hydration, be 100% self sufficient.

Not sure about your nutrition and looking for recommendations? Drop us a mail at hello@fktseries.co.za or DM on Instagram (@fktseries).

 

Is this is a self-supported event?

Each participant is required to be 100% self sufficient; this means bringing absolutely everything you anticipate you’ll need in order to run in each MRS event, safely. From gear and nutrition right down to the basics like sunscreen, bring it all, and take it away afterwards – no trash is permitted to be left out in our beautiful Parks.

ROUTE, MARSHALLS & AID STATIONS

Will there be Marshalls on the route?

Yes. Each MRS race will have a specific amount of Marshalls on route dependant on the course length. All participants will be informed of their exact positions and function before race day via email and in race briefing. It is important to note that our Marshalls are not trained medical practitioners and will also not be serving as “aid stations” of any kind. The Micro Race Series (each race) is a fully self supported event.

Will there be aid-stations?

Technically no. However, dependant on the race, will have have “Red Ambulance Stations” (Coke) at the halfway and the finish points. Once again, with these “organised training runs”, you are expected to be 100% self sufficient.

It is important to note that we wont have professional medical support on-site, and as such, it is imperative that you have your medical aid details on your person at all times.

Will the route be marked?

No. These are “organised training runs” and as such, the routes for each event will in no way be marked. Once again, each participant is expected to be 100% self sufficient in terms of nutrition, hydration, gear and route knowledge. Each route will be clearly detailed within the MRS website (eg here) and all route information will be distributed to each runner via email, including a preface briefing on race day.

Need help getting to grips with the route? Drop us a mail at hello@fktseries.co.za or DM on Instagram (@fktseries).

SPECTATING & SUPPORTING:

Got a question we haven't yet covered?

Send your questions and/or suggestions to hello@fktseries.co.za. We would be very interested and appreciative to hear your feedback.

Can I come support the race?

Absolutely. One of the core things we’re trying to foster and build upon with the FKTseries project as a whole, is community. You’re more than welcome to “rock up” on race day and line the route. Your support and cheers would be very welcomed by those out on the course, and they’d be very much appreciated by everyone.

How can I follow the race?

We will be positioning crew members at various locations throughout the route in order to broadcast the race, from their position, via Instagram Live Story We’re calling these “KM Cams” – basically live camera points at specific km marks in the race.

For example: If we have x3 ‘KM Cams’ positioned at the Start, Quarter & Halfway mark of an A-A style out and back race, you’ll be able to see runners passing these positions twice, by following and tuning into the specific crew members @instagram handles (we will share these before race day) – watching their Instagram live story as its being broadcast.

This is an experiment as its dependant on the strength of LTE reception, but let’s see! Follow @FKTseries to start.