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Team competition

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Basic details
Team competition rules
Scoring
Team rosters
Confirm your registration

Basic details

  • Creating a team is free to all participants registered in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
  • Teams compete in one of two divisions: Red, for competitive runners or Blue, for runners of all abilities.
  • Teams must have a minimum of four members and may have a maximum of 10 members.
  • Red teams are scored by participant finish time and Blue teams are scored by participant age group finish.
  • Red teams compete in one of six categories: Male, Female, Mixed, Male Masters, Female Masters, and Mixed Masters.
  • Each member of a Masters team must have a minimum age of 40.
  • Blue teams compete in one of three categories: Male, Female, and Mixed.
  • Awards are given to the top three scoring teams in each category in the Red division.
  • Awards are given to the top three scoring teams in each category in the Blue division.

Team competition rules

  • A minimum of four team members is required and a team can field a maximum of 10 members.
  • A Mixed team must have a minimum of two men and two women.
  • All registered participants are eligible for the Team Competition; however the race organization has the right to declare ineligible any participant it views as having an unfair advantage over the other teams.
  • Each team must have a unique name and roster.
  • A participant can only be a member of one team.
  • A team may only compete in one division.
  • The race organization reserves the right to refuse entry to any team with a name it deems offensive or inappropriate.
  • The top three teams in each category in the Red division will receive awards.
  • The top three teams in each category in the Blue division will receive awards.
  • Winning teams are determined once the official results of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are announced.

Scoring

Red Division (finish time scoring)
Designed for competitive teams, the Red Division gives teams the opportunity to see how they measure up to some of the best runners from the area and across the country.

  • All the finishers of a team are scored based on their overall finish time. The Male and Female team’s first four finishing times are totaled as the team’s overall score and the fifth runner is scored in the event of a tie break.
  • Mixed teams are scored on the team’s first two male finishers and first two female finishers. For a Mixed tie break, the fifth finisher is the team member with the fastest uncounted time, regardless of gender.
  • All finishes are based on official race results. Teams are ranked according to lowest overall (or total) time per category. The first three teams in each category will be awarded First, Second, and Third place awards, respectively.

Click here for a finish time scoring example.

Blue Division (age group based scoring)
Intended for runners of all abilities, the Blue Division is designed to foster healthy competition between friends, family, or running club buddies.

  • All finishers of a team are scored based on their percentage of placement within their gender age division. The Male and Female team’s four lowest percentages are totaled and counted as that team’s overall score, with the fifth lowest percentage being counted as a tie break.
  • Mixed teams are scored based on the two lowest male percentages and two lowest female percentages. For a Mixed tiebreak, the fifth finisher is the team member with the lowest uncounted percentage, regardless of gender.
  • All finishes are based on official race results. Teams are ranked according to lowest score per category. The first three teams in each category will be awarded First, Second, and Third place awards, respectively.
  • Age Division Winner Bonus: If any participant of a team places first in his or her age division, 0.5% will be subtracted per winner from the team’s total score.
  • Percentage within age divisions will be based on a minimum denominator of 75 or actual, whichever yields the lower percentage. Example: If a team member places 3rd in an age group of 8 participants the score will be calculated as 3/75 = 0.04% instead of 3/8 = 0.38%.
  • Scores of Blue Division teams may be recalculated at any time based on changes and updates to individual age-group standings.

Click here for an age group based scoring example.

Team rosters

  • Team rosters must be created online
  • Team rosters will not be accepted via e-mail
  • ALL team rosters must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 29, 2014.

 Team roster changes

  • Teams can only substitute team members for participants who are currently registered for the event (the Chicago Marathon does not permit late entries, bib transfers or sale of bibs; the team competition is not an entry into the race).
  • Changes to a Team Roster may be submitted by e-mail to teams@chicagomarathon.com and must include: name of team member(s) to delete, name/gender/registration ID of team member(s) to add.
  • Changes to a Team Roster must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 29, 2014

Confirm your registration

  • Click here to confirm your team competition registration
  • Confirmations will be posted on Monday

For questions regarding the Team Competition e-mail teams@chicagomarathon.com.

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