Left – Roger Keel; Right – Bo Ryles

Bo Ryles and Roger Keel established this grand prix type race series in 2010. The purpose of the series is to generate funds that will support 4-H members in Georgia and provide a series of races that bring together runners interested in truly enjoying the camaraderie of fellow runners. The series grew out of the Keel and Ryles Holiday races and a lot of conversations around the water table after other races.

The Points CGRS (Clover Glove Race Series) calculation will be as follows: for each additional 5K distance, the points will increase by 10. 1st place for a 5K will earn 10 points, 2nd earns 9 points, etc. Those finishing 10th place and below all earn 1 point. 1st place for a 10K will earn 20 points, 2nd place 19 points, etc. Those finishing 20th place and below all earn 1 point. 1st place for a 15K will earn 30 points, 2nd place 29 points, etc. Those finishing 30th place and below will all earn 1 point. Understanding that the marathon system is based on miles and not kilometers, a half marathon will earn 40 points for first and a marathon will earn 80 points for first. There are no points added for races that are odd distances between the 5K intervals.

Example: a 10.4K earns 20 points, just like a 10K.

Gloves and caps are awarded based on points – one glove at the time. At the end of the year, winners are announced for overall, youth, “betweens”, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmaster, and septuagenarians divisions. Scholarships are presented to Georgia 4-H’ers in honor of the overall winners. The number of scholarships and other 4-H support is based on the funds available.

Jackets are awarded to runners who participate in at least 40 of the races in a year. An extra recognition for those participating in 50, 60, and 70 races is being considered. We will be creative and cheap.

Bo Ryles and Roger Keel participate in a lot of races each year. A fundamental philosophy they share with the races they coordinate is “keep it simple, keep it fun — don’t take this too serious.” Both Roger and Bo have full time “day jobs” and this project is just a hobby.

Awards will be as follows:

  1. A left hand glove is earned by accumulating 144 points.
  2. A right hand glove is earned by accumulating 144 more points for a total of 288 points.
  3. A cap is earned by accumulating 156 more points for a total of 444 points.
  4. An embroidered running jacket is earned by completing 40 of the races on the series. The jacket is earned by participation and is not based on points.
  5. Runners participating in 50, 60, and 70 races will receive recognition to be decided. We are pursuing naming animals in the Fortson Farm after these high level runners. Another idea is to give each a certificate good for a reduced price on Clover Coffee. Example, if you run 60 races, you get a coupon for 60 cents off a bag of coffee. We are still working on this idea. It will be special and cheap. We do not want to take away from our scholarship funds.
  6. The male and female winners in each overall group (Overall, youth, betweens, masters, grandmaster, senior grandmaster, and septuagenarians) receive an award.
  7. The overall male and female award winners, based on total points, will have a scholarship named in their honor to support a 4-H’er.

In addition to the races coordinated by Keel and Ryles, there are several races coordinated by local 4-H organizations in the Clover Glove Series. There are also races in the series coordinated by other individuals interested in supporting the cause. To add a race to the series, please see the application to host.