Rucklympics Relay - Course Advisor Guide

This document is for Course Advisors only. We will publish a separate version for Rosters.

Purpose

The purpose of the Rucklympics Relay is to encourage as many Rosters as possible to get out and get rucking on a regular basis, as well as giving Rosters who may be behind or who may have stopped a bit of motivation to catch up on miles or get back into the Program. The more Rosters in a Group who are participating in the relay, the better. 

Format

The PATHFINDER Rucklympics Relay is a 50-mile (per Group) virtual relay to be completed in successive two (2) mile segments over the month of September.

Rosters may sign up for as many segments as they want. Rosters can sign up for up to 3 consecutive segments. See below for sign up details.

Only one segment can be completed at a time. Rosters cannot ruck segments simultaneously. When the first two mile segment is completed the second segment can be started.

There are no restrictions as to when the first segment can be started, except that it can't be started prior to September 1.

Once a segment is complete and the time has been submitted by the Roster, then the next segment can begin. There are no restrictions as to when the next segment can be started, as long as the prior segment has been completed.

All segments must be completed by midnight September 30th, Eastern Time.

Sign Ups & Reporting

PATHFINDER will provide a Relay Segment Sign Up & Results Reporting form for each Group. One form will serve both purposes.

Rosters will be able to sign up for segments as soon as we release the forms. The sign up form will list all Rosters who have signed up for segments in order, 1 through 25. 

On September 1 a reporting field will appear for the Roster in the first segment slot. When the Roster completes the first two mile segment they will submit their ruck time via the reporting field.

Once the first segment performance time is submitted, the next Roster will be automatically notified via email that it's their turn to begin their segment, and a reporting field will appear for the next segment (given the next segment has been signed up for).

Once results are submitted they will be viewable, but not editable. Any errors in sign ups or reporting will be reported by the Roster to PATHFINDER Support.

Scoring

The Group with the fastest handicapped overall average pace per mile will earn 15 points. Next fastest will earn 14 points, and so on. If all Groups complete the relay, the Group with the slowest handicapped overall average pace per mile will earn one (1) point.

Any Group that completes a only portion of the Relay will earn only one (1) point.

Handicaps

Given that not all Groups have the same number of Rosters, and given that not all Rosters in a Group will participate, scoring will be normalized by:

  1. averaging pace per mile and
  2. handicapping pace based on active Roster participation percentages.*

*Inactive "red line" Rosters are excluded from participation percentage calculations.

We feel that handicapping the pace based on the non-participation percentage is the most fair way we could come up with to address normalizing the scoring. We ran a few handicap scenarios to test our method and so far it seems balanced. You can review the scenarios here.

Averaging pace per mile

Rosters will submit the total time they took to complete each 2-mile relay segment. The times to complete all 25 segments will be combined and averaged to determine the Group's overall average pace per one (1) mile.

Handicapping pace based on participation

The overall average pace per one (1) mile for Groups with less than 100% participation will be handicapped by a portion of the pace spread. The pace spread is the time difference between the slowest and fastest overall average pace of all Groups. The handicap added to a Group's overall average pace is the Group's non-participation percentage of the pace spread.

Example 1:

  • Group A has an overall average pace of 17:30 per mile with 75% active roster participation.
  • The pace spread between the slowest and fastest overall average pace of all Groups is 180 seconds.
  • Group A's Roster non-participation percentage is 25%
  • Group A's handicap is 25% of 180 seconds, or 45 seconds.
  • Group A's handicap pace is 17:30 per mile plus a 45-second handicap resulting in 18:15 per mile.

Example 2:

  • Group B has an overall average pace of 15:15 per mile with 90% active roster participation.
  • The pace spread between the slowest and fastest overall average paces of all Groups is 180 seconds.
  • Group B's Roster non-participation percentage is 10%
  • Group B's handicap is 10% of 180 seconds, or 18 seconds.
  • Group B's handicap pace is 15:15 per mile plus an 18-second handicap resulting in 15:33 per mile.

Example 3:

  • Group C has an overall average pace of 19:00 per mile with 100% active roster participation.
  • The pace spread between the slowest and fastest overall average paces of all Groups is 180 seconds.
  • Group C's Roster non-participation percentage is 0%
  • Group C's handicap is 0% of 180 seconds, or 0 seconds.
  • Group C has 100% participation and therefore has no participation handicap applied and keeps their 19:00 per mile overall average pace.

 


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