Runner Of the Year Series Rules

The Space Coast Runners race series has been offered since 1982. This page identifies the rules for the Runner Of the Year series and links to results for this season and to prior years.



Runner Of the Year Series

2015 - 2016

Female Male
ROY Rankings ROY Rankings
Age Graded Age Graded

Prior Year Results

2015-2016 Rules

The Space Coast Runners' Runner of The Year (ROY) Series is a collection of local races at which club members can earn points based on their finish or for participation. These points are then totaled at the end of the series and the runner with the highest point totals (overall and age groups) is considered the club's Runner of The Year. The purpose of the series is to determine the "best" runners during the past year by his or her performance at selected races. The races are selected so as not to favor runners who excel at only one distance or for only a few months. The rules are designed to encourage participation in these events yet allow for recovery between races. Additionally, the Space Coast Runners believe that the series helps to encourage race directors to put on quality races and promotes the running of these races, both of which benefit members and other runners. The series also promotes and rewards club members for supporting club-sanctioned races.

The Runner of The Year Series will begin no earlier than August and end no later than May. The series should end in time for awards to be presented at the club's yearly banquet.

The following table lists the Runner of the Year races, dates, and age qualifications.




Age 75+

Age 15+

Age 19+

Age 0-14

Running On Island Time 5K August 22, 2015   Y   Y
Turtle Krawl 5K Sept. 12, 2015   Y Y
SCC 15K November 7, 2015   Y    
SCC 2 Mile November 7, 2015 Y     Y
SCR ½ Marathon ½ Marathon November 29, 2015   Y    
SCR Marathon Marathon November 29, 2015     Y  
Reindeer Run 5K December 12, 2015   Y   Y
Tooth Trot 5K January 30, 2016   Y   Y
Eye of the Dragon 10K February 27, 2016   Y    
Eye of the Dragon 2 Mile February 27, 2016 Y     Y
Downtown Melbourne 5K March 26, 2016   Y   Y
Space Walk of Fame 8K April 9, 2016   Y    
Space Walk of Fame 2 Mile April 9, 2016 Y     Y
Eat My Crust 5 K May 1, 2016   Y   Y



Categories Number of Races Number to Qualify Drops
Adult 10 5 2
Youth 9 4 2





Runners must be a member of Space Coast Runners. Any runner who is eligible for the first series race is eligible for the entire series. For the race season, runners have through August 22, the date of the first series race, to become a member and be eligible for points for the entire season. Members who miss this deadline have through January 30, 2016 to sign up and be eligible for points in series races taking place from the end of January through the remainder of the season.

To be eligible for both, open and age group championships, series runners must finish at least 5 series races for the adults and 4 series races for the age groups, 0-9 and 10-14.

To be eligible to receive any points runners must follow race instructions such as, but not limited to, no head sets and/or no baby joggers


The age division runner will compete for the entire series based on the runner's age at the time of the first series race (even if this is not the runner's first series race). Runners will receive points based on their finish in that age group for the remainder of the series.

  • Age groups will be 0-9 years, then 5-year increments up to 79 and then 80 and over.
  • Runners in the following age groups will be eligible for awards in all races, but will receive points only in the distances indicated: 0-9 and 10-14: 5K or less, 15-19: all except Marathon.
  • In addition to the series 5Ks, the Space Coast Classic, Tail of the Lizard and Space Walk of Fame offer 2-mile series races for the 0-9 and 10-14 age groups and 75+.
  • The 75+ age group can run the SCC, EOD and SWOF 2 mile races for ROY points. This is a new age category with its own set of ROY points. The 75+ runner can run either race for points who will get ROY points allocated by finish time in the chosen race. When running the shorter races, points will be awarded for age group only and will not be awarded for overall points..


Open Division: All members will be awarded points in the overall. Awarded points are 1000, 990, 980, 970, … down to 10 points in the open competition.

Age Group: The first 10 members within each age group will receive 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point in their age group competition. All other members who finish will receive 1 point in their age group competition. 

There are no double points for any races this season.


After each series race, points are computed based on the runners' order of finish within the open or age groups. At the end of the series, only the points for each runner's highest scoring races of the total races minus the drop races will be totaled. Scoring is done separately for both the open and the age groups.

Age group points are not included in open point totals, nor are open points included in the age group totals.

The runner with the highest overall points at the end of the series is the winner.

Until the results are tabulated after the final race results web page will state that "Scores shown are not final until after the last race of the season".


The open division winner will be presented an award and will receive a $200 check. The second and third place finishers will also be presented an award.

After the first three places are decided, awards will be presented to the top Master (age 40+), Grand Master (age 50+) and Senior Grandmaster (age 60+) based on the open division points. First, the Master award will be given to the runner with the highest number of points who is 40 or older, then the Grand Master will be given to the runner with the highest number of points who is 50 or older, and finally the Senior Grandmaster will be given to the runner with the highest number of points who is 60 or older.

Age group awards are given to the top 50% of the "eligible" runners (rounding up) or three deep, whichever is greater. For example if 3, 4, 5, or 6 runners are eligible, then the top 3 will be presented awards; if 7 or 8 runners are eligible, then the top 4 will be presented awards; if 9 or 10, the top 5, etc. The open and master winners will be considered an eligible runner for his or her age group, but will be removed from the age group awards, and all runners who follow in those age groups will be moved up 1 place in the standings.

Additional awards will be presented to each person who finishes every race in the series.

Scoring will be kept for age graded standings. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be presented an award.

Each award will have the name of winner printed on it. Any awards not distributed within six months will be forfeited. The awards may then be used for other SCR events.


There will be only one runner assigned to each place, in each division, in the final standings. In the case of a tie, the following tie breakers will be used:

1) The runner who has the most head to head victories in competition against all tied competitors will be awarded the prize associated with that place.

2) If there is still a tie for this place, then the runner who won the last head to head meeting of all tied competitors will be awarded the prize associated with that place. The other runner(s) will be assigned the next lower place. These tie breakers apply to both overall and age groups and for as deep as necessary. All runners with lower scores than the tied runners will be moved down in place by a count equal to the number of "displaced" tied runners.

3) If more than two runners tie for a place (for example 3 tie for first place), only the races where all (three) runners competed will be used in determining the head to head victories. Total head to head and last head to head will be determined for the next place (second place) between the remaining (two) runners without the previously removed (first place) runner being a factor (just those races where both the "second" and "third" place runner competed).

4) If there is a tie between the last place age group finisher and the next eligible runner, then both runners will get an award.


All disputes will go to the SCR Board of Directors. All races are subject to final approval by the Board of Directors prior to the race season.


All of the above items apply equally to both men and women.

Changes from last year

1) Number of drops changed from 3 to 2




Space Coast Runners

Space Coast Runners is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote fitness, through running and walking at the community level. SCR is a chapter of the Road Runners Club of America. Click for membership information and how to join.

Runner Of the Year

The series begins on August 22. Check out the leaders and overall current standigs.

Space Coast Runners Youth Series

Information about the SCR Youth Series. This picture links to the Youth Series web page.

Next Roy Races

Downtown Melbourne - March 26
Space Walk of Fame - April 9
Eat my Crust - May 1

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