Weekly Series Races
What is the Weekly Series?The Weekly Series races are conducted at various locations around Howard County. Separate races ranging in distance from 1 mile to 15 kilometers are scheduled for throughout the spring, fall, and winter seasons. Each series culminates in the distribution of series awards. While these races emphasize participation, we also reward performance. Some "fast" facts:
- Show up no more than 30 minutes before the race to register.
- Runners of all abilities and ages are welcome, including non-Striders!
- Sorry, no bathroom facilities will be available :(
- Fees are cheap!
- Water available on longer courses
Vernal Velocity – Spring 2018 Schedule
All races start at 2:00pm
|1||March 4, 2018||5k||Northfield Elementary|
|2||March 18, 2018||2 mile/5 mile||Mt. Hebron High School|
|3||March 25, 2018||2-mile/10k/15k||Longfellow Elementary School|
|4||April 8, 2018||1 mi/5k||Swansfield Elementary School|
|5||April 22, 2018||5k/10k||Elkhorn/Savage Trail Head|
|Awards||May 13, 2018||5k||Hammond High School|
Weekly Series Results
Each person scores a minimum of 10 points and a maximum of 22 points for completing a race. You accumulate points from each race you complete throughout the season. Volunteers score 22 points for their first time volunteering in a series, and 10 points for each additional race in the series for which they volunteer.
Series awards are presented to male and female finishers accumulating minimum points in either a long distance (10K, 15K, 6M, etc.) or short distance (3M or less) series of races. Minimum series points are calculated based on total number of races minus one (1) race. The resulting number is multiplied by 10 to determine the minimum total points to qualify for awards. So for a race series with six races, the minimum number of points is 50.
Weekly Race Lead Officials
The Weekly Lead Race Coordinator (listed first) is responsible for ensuring that a complete team of officials is available for the event and notifying other officials at least five days in advance of the race. The Lead is responsible for assigning race tasks and for a safe run.
Weekly Race Officials
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled race. Responsibilities include assisting with equipment set-up, performing race day activities (such as start, finish and water stops) and post-race clean-up. If officials switch from the assigned schedule, they are expected to contact the Weekly Lead Race Officials who will be impacted. Note: failure to work or provide a substitute will result in disqualification from the point standings. Officials assigned to work may not find a substitute and then run in an event the week he/she was assigned to officiate.
Officials have the right and responsibility to disqualify any runner who doesn’t complete the course. For safety reasons, strollers, dogs and headphones are not allowed at any Strider’s events.
Although the courses are designed to be as safe as possible, you run at your own risk. Runs take place on public roads and pathways with little or no traffic control. Neither medical assistance nor police assistance is available at weekly events. Officials reserve the right to eliminate bonus points and/or cancel any event due to inclement weather or other unsafe conditions.
|Burleigh Manor Middle School
4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042
|Hammond Middle School
8110 Aladdin Dr, Laurel, MD
Not to be confused with Hammond High!
|Jeffers Hill Elementary School
6001 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
Parking available at the elementary school, less than 1/4 mile from the start line on Old Montgomery Road.
|Longfellow Elementary School
5470 Hesperus Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
|Meadowbrook Athletic Center
5001 Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Park in back of the athletic center.
|Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
|Thunder Hill Elementary School
9357 Mellenbrook Road, Columbia, MD 21045