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 2013 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, masters, grandmasters, and senior grandmaster divisions. Scholarships are presented to Georgia 4-H’ers in honor of the overall winners. The number of scholarships is based on the funds available.
Jackets are awarded to runners who participate in at least 80% of the races in the 2013 CGRS based on number of races scheduled on MLK day. The number of races needed for a jacket will be announced.
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 (well kinda full time) “day jobs” and this project is just a hobby.
2013 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 444points.
4) An embroidered running jacket is earned by completing 80% of the races on the series. The jacket is earned by participation and is not based on points.
5) The male and female winners in each overall group (Overall, youth, masters, grandmaster and senior grandmaster) receive an etched glass award.
6) 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.