Grand Prix Rules


About the Grand Prix


The Tuscaloosa Track Club Grand Prix of West Alabama is a series of road races in the West Alabama area. These races are directed by local race directors, however the results form the races are used to compute Grand Prix points. The races in the series are chosen by a number of criteria, including: Distance of the Event, Quality of the Event (certified course), Who the Event Benefits, Time of Year of the Event, and finally, Willingness to Participate.


Who is Eligible?


Anyone who is an active member in good-standing of the Tuscaloosa Track Club and participate in any Grand Prix Event is eligible for Grand Prix Award. However, to qualify for an award you must run at least three (3) Grand Prix Events, and serve as a volunteer for at lease two (2) Track Club races (either a Grand Prix race or non-Grand Prix race. Dues for renewing members should be paid in full by January 1st. You may join at any time during the year. Grand Prix points may not be earned until membership dues are paid, and no points will be awarded retroactively. The official race season starts at the first of each year and goes through the entire year to December. The top ten (10) races of a runner’s highest points will count towards the year-end points.


The Executive Board may make exceptions due to extenuating circumstances for age group awards at the end of the year, but not Overall Top Awards.


If runners are tied, then the tie will be broken in the following manner:


a.                  the runner with the highest number of races will determine the tie breaker;


b.                  if there is still a tie, the two runners’ fastest times will determine the tie breaker; and


c.                  if still a tie, volunteering as a non-running volunteer for a race counts as a race run (no points accrued).


The volunteer must have contacted the TTC Volunteer Coordinator to count in the event of final tie breaker.


Your age on January 1 will be your official Grand Prix age for that year.


For additional information about volunteering, contact Christie Ison.


The Point System*




150 points

2nd Overall

125 points

3rd Overall

100 points

1st Great Grand Masters Overall

100 points

1st Grand Masters Overall

100 points


Masters Overall

100 points


Age Division

75 points

2nd Age Division

50 points

3rd Age Division

25 points

4th Age Division

12 points

5th Age Division

5 points


*Note: All races 15K or longer, points are doubled

The Awards


At the end of the Tuscaloosa Track Club’s Grand Prix Series, the top 3 Males and Females receive Overall Awards. From the remaining runners, the top Male and Female over 40 receive the Master’s Award, the top Male and Female over 50 receive the Grand Master’s Award, and the top Male and Female over 60 receive the Great Grand Master’s Award. Top 3 in each age division among those remaining receive age division awards.


The Age Divisions are:


9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & older.


The Party



All of the Awards are presented at the year-end Grand Prix party (January). The party is open to anyone associated with any Grand Prix Event. Any runner, volunteer, race director or sponsor.