Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Utah Age Group Rankings 2018 - MEN FINAL

Thank you to everyone who supported the 2018 Utah Triathlon Championship Series. Overall, participation in local races was up significantly this season, turning around a multi-year downward trend... let's keep it going next year!

The same things we said in the women's rankings apply to the men as well. We stand & applaud everyone who qualified for the Final Rankings. Regardless of individual rank, these are all people who have gotten out to race and who support the local scene.

Think about it, how many people stayed in bed while you were out testing your limits?? 
How many others are active, yet too chicken to ever toe a start line??

Kudos to everyone in the rankings... you're strong in both body & mind!

Lastly, keep in mind this is for FUN... please don't take the rankings too seriously.

The methodology is simple:

* To be eligible for the Final Rankings, must have raced at least 3 of the 11 events on the Utah Triathlon Championship Series calendar.

Round 1 (Jun): 2 race minimum
Round 2 (Aug): 2 race minimum
Round 3 (end of season): 3 race minimum (average of your top 3 races)

* The final rankings will be the basis for several “Most Improved” and other awards, not just awards for AG elites. (if you'd like to be a part of this effort, please see our message at the bottom of this post)

* Our "Top Local Racer" awards go to people who -- you guessed it -- raced the most locally. Championship Series races as well as the "Challenger Races" (below) count towards those awards.

* Like last year, we take the AVERAGE of everyone’s top 3 series races for the final rankings… this provides some incentive to get out and race often, as you can only help yourself by racing more. For example, if you have an off day, or even a dreaded DNF, that result will shake out of your top 3 average if you race 4+ times.

* We use your Overall % to calculate the rankings (which is shown in all the individual race “Results Breakdowns” we post). This is simply how you placed vs. the field - if you placed 60th out of 100 at a race, that’s 60%. If you placed 80th out of 200 at another, that’s 40%. In this case those two then average to 50%.

* Your 50% average would then be stacked up to the rest of your age group for the rankings.

* Lastly, as we said all season long, everyone who raced the State Championship race (Brineman Olympic) was awarded with a 1-time bonus adjustment to their score.

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