Western New York Ultra Series: 2004-2012
After nine fun years the Western New York Ultra Series has retired.
Ultrarunning in the region will continue to grow.
When the series was started in 2004, there were only five events longer
than the marathon in Western and Central New York. That first year,
only 70 runners finished one or more of the four races scored in the
Series. Since then participation in the existing races has doubled
and tripled. Six new events started since 2005 and all have grown
Last year 376 runners finished at least one of the seven
races scored in the 2012 Ultra Series. But, only 37 of the 376 ran a
second scoring race to qualify for awards... the second consecutive year
less than 10% ran a second scoring race. With the small number of
runners actively contesting the series and the growth of ultrarunning
beyond the six series events, it makes sense to retire the series and
explore other ways to continue to grow our great sport in this region.
The basic rules of the series are published below as a part of the
historical record of the Western New York Ultra Series, 2004-2012.
The purpose of the Western New York Ultra Series is to 1) build interest and participation in trail and road ultras
and 2) recognize the top runners in the series races.
Relationship to Other Ultras
Series scoring will use the best performances of a runner in a small number
of series races. This is by design to discourage over-racing and to
enable runners to pursue a series award and still be able to run other
Runners are encouraged to participate in other ultra events in the region
and are celebrated for representing Western New York as they participate in
ultra races all around the country and the world.
Race Entry and Rules
Each race in the series is a separate and independent event. Each race
director determines their own entry fees, race date, number of entries
allowed, cut-off times, and other policies.
Automatic and Free Series Entry
Entry in any series event automatically registers the runner in the Western
NY Ultra Series. There is no additional fee. A minimum of two series events
must be finished to be eligible for awards.
Men: Open (39 & under), Masters (40-49), Veterans (50 & Over)
Women: Open (39 & under), Masters (40-49), Veterans (50 & Over)
Age for the series will be age on day of the last race run in the series.
Points will be awarded following completion of a series event. A runner must
be listed as an official finisher in the results provided by the race
director in order to score for that event.
All men will be scored based on the
performance of the overall male winner; all women will be scored based on
the performance of the overall female winner. The male and female winners will be awarded the maximum score of
100 points. Other finishers in each category are awarded points proportional
their performance. The male or female winning time will be divided by the
finisher's time and that decimal value will be multiplied by 100. For
6-hour event, the number of miles completed by the male and female winners will
be used to calculate the points for each runner.
Distance points will be added to the runner's scores
in the 50-mile and 100K events. A finish of either 50-mile races
will be awarded an additional 4 points. A finish of the 100K race will
be awarded 6 additional points.
For example, if the overall female winner completes a
50-mile race in
8:00 and the first veteran woman finishes in 10:00:
You are encouraged to run three or more races in the series. Series standings and
award winners will be determined by the total cumulative points of the best
three (3) races for each individual. Two races
must be finished to be eligible for awards.
Standings will be posted on this web site shortly after each race in the
New Series Championships:
The top scoring male and female in the series will be named Series
Champions. The Series Champions will each receive
framed certificate and a commemorative merchandise award from
Sports Rochester. In the event of a tie, Co-Champions will be named.
Age Group Awards: The top 3 runners in each category will be mailed
merchandise awards from
Note: There will be no duplication of
awards, i.e., the runner with the next most points to the Series
Champion will be awarded First Place in the age group.
Series Awards will be announced on this web site in November after the last
race in the series.
Questions / Series Committee
For more information, contact
Tom Perry, the 2012 Series Coordinator. Any questions and/or protests will
be decided by the Series Committee. For 2012, the committee members are the
Race Directors of each participating race: