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April 1st, 2015
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| || ||Mad City|
|9th Annual Race: Saturday April 11, 2015|
Sometimes asked, many times not. Here we have listed our most common "Frequently Unasked Questions".
|Q. Can I get a group of friends together to run the popular Mad City 50K relay? |
A. Yes! The relay distance is 50 kilometers. This means that up to five runners can form a team and run in the relay event. Each runner must run one or more full laps of the 10K course.
|Q. Why a 100-kilometer road race?|
A. Internationally, 100 kilometers is a popular distance for ultramarathons. Overseas, roads are favored over trails. Why? I canít say for sure, but ultra road races are very well-established and growing in Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere. The sportís governing body, the International Association of Ultrarunners (ďIAUĒ), sanctions the World Championship each year.* The World Championship 100K race is always a road race.
|Q. Why does the Mad City 100K limit prize money and national championship awards to members of USATF?|
A. Typical of international sports organizations, IAU is an organization made up of other organizations. IAUís American member is USA Track & Field (ďUSATFĒ). USATF selects the members of the menís and womenís teams to represent the United States at the World Cup. I want the Mad City 100K to be a race where American runners have a favorable opportunity to run a fast time - fast enough to meet the USATF qualifying standard to make the national team.**† I also want to encourage American runners to give this longer distance a try and find out what so many other countriesí runners have discovered in a 100-kilometer road race. I want to see the American menís and womenís teams rise to consistent prominence in world competition. I see the prize money and the prestige of running in a national championship as incentives for the best and the most promising American runners to step up to the 100-kilometer distance and to run on the road. Beyond that, USATF has made it a condition of the race that prize money and national championship awards be limited to runners who belong to the organization. And anyway, it costs just $30 for an annual membership.
|For more information about IAU and international ultramarathoning, you can check out the organizationís website at www.iau.org.tw. This tells you about upcoming ultra races around the world, race results, and organizational news.|
**††††USATF qualifying standard to make the national team:
The 2010 qualifying standards are 7 hours, 20 minutes for men, and 8 hours, 40 minutes for women.
|Q. How many years has the race been run? When was the first race?|
A. The MadCity races are held annually. The inaugural race was held on Saturday April 7th, 2007
| * For more information about IAU and international ultramarathoning, you can check out the organizationís website at www.iau.org.tw. This tells you about upcoming ultra races around the world, race results, and organizational news.|
** USATF qualifying standard to make the national team:
The 2013 qualifying standards are 7 hours, 20 minutes for men, and 8 hours, 40 minutes for women.