Selecting an appropriate competition level for your team will help us plan for an exciting day of racing and allow your team to race against other teams with similar skills and interests. It also helps our race organizers plan for and provide appropriate practice sessions to meet the goals and needs of each team. Teams will have the opportunity to voluntarily change their competition level up until the last day of registration. However, please note, practice coaches and race organizers have the right to move a team to a different competition level prior to, or on race day, based on team performance.
Each team will race two morning Semi-final heat races against other teams within their competition level (novice, intermediate or experienced). During Semi-finals, teams from across various divisions (Corporate, Community and BCS) will race against each other. It doesn’t matter whether your team wins or loses a heat race; what’s important is your team time. A combined time of each team’s two Semi-Final heat races will then be used to schedule Division Final racing.
Division Finals (Corporate, Community and BCS) will take place starting early afternoon. Teams will be placed into one of several brackets (A, B, C, etc.) based on how they performed against all other teams within their division. For example, the four fastest corporate teams will advance to Division A Corporate Finals, while the next four fastest teams move on to Division B Corporate Finals, and so on. This same structure will continue for Community and Breast Cancer Survivor divisions. The number of brackets will be determined based on the total number of registered teams within each division. 75% of teams will participate in a third and final race; the remaining 25% will be done after semi-final racing.
This race format was developed in response to your feedback. You told us you wanted to better understand the race schedule and format well in advance. We’ve done that and now you’ll be able to tell your friends and family the exact times of your first two races. We don’t want them to miss the excitement! By eliminating time trials and having your team self-select your competition level, we’ve also been able to shorten the day. And, we’re responding to your competitive spirit by giving teams the opportunity to see how they measure up against teams across divisions. This race format is sure to offer really fun, exciting and close races all in the spirit of building community and supporting breast cancer survivors!