Race organizers have formula to determine winning city in Metro 10

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers  – The east side of Bullard Park has tents, picnic tables and the home stretch ready for Saturday’s Metro 10 race that starts at 10 a.m. A party with bands, food and wine-tastings will follow at Bullard Park.

ALBION – The inaugural Metro 10 race to determine whether Rochester or Buffalo has the best running community includes a formula with four categories to determine the winner.

Race directors Brian Krieger and Thom Jennings brainstormed the 10-mile race, pitting runners in the two metro areas. The winning city will get a trophy cup and bragging rights for a year.

The race directors have a formula so every finisher scores points for their team – either Rochester or Buffalo. That way it’s not just the elite runners that count for points.

This sign will post updates on the average finishing time for each city until the race concludes at 1 p.m.

The formula includes the average overall team time for each city. Slower runners needn’t worry that they will hurt their team by running. Because participation points count more than average time. The team with the most runners scores the most participation points in the second category.

There are 10,000 total points up for grabs, and the fastest man and fastest woman will score 100 points for their city.

There will also be age group points for 19 and under, and then age groups in five-year increments up to age 80. The top 20 finishers in each age group will score points for their city with the age group category.

The data will all be tabulated to determine the winning city, and keeper of the Metro 10 Cup until next year’s race.

To see more on the scoring system, click here.