Age/Sex Based Categories in 5 year increments (your racing age = your age on December 31st, 2018)
POINT SYSTEM EXPLAINED (You must participate in at least 6 Races to be considered for end of season awards)
Wednesday Races: 1st place=25 pts,2nd place=20 pts,3rd place=16 pts, 4th place=13 pts,5th place=11 pts,6th place=10 pts,7th place=9 pts,8th place=8 pts,9th place=7 pts, 10th place on (rest of participants) = 6 pts. In other words, everyone who runs will receive at least 6 points for racing.
End of Season Awards will be given to the top 3 series point leaders in each age category at the end of the season as well as Overall Leaders in both the Short and Long Course. You must participate in at least 6 Wednesday Evening races to be considered for end of season awards. This creates the possibility of someone who has enough points to place in the top 3 in their category but does not qualify for end of season awards due to not having raced the minimum amount of races. In that case, the next qualifying participant on the points ladder will be considered for that award. Racers who place top 3 in an Overall Category (Long or Short) will not be considered for age category awards as they will be receiving awards for the respective Overall Category (Long or Short). This system favors the consistent racer.
Note: Points are accrued separately for the Short and Long Course. So if you run some Short Course Races and some Long Course Races, you will have separate points for each. The points from your Short Course and Long Course races are not additive. So if you're interested in accruing the most points, race consistently in the same course (Short or Long). That being said you can race a combination of both Long and Short Course races to reach the 6 race threshold in order to be considered for awards ie. you just have to race 6 times to be considered for awards.