Every race except for the Simon Turkey Trot in December has team prizes for men and women. There are 3 categories for men and women: A, B & C. Each runner is assigned a rank based on past performance or a default rank if it is their first race. What category a team of runners ends up in at a given race depends on the rankings of the individual runners in that team.
For men, a default rank of 1 is given.
For women, the default is 20.
Anybody who has a default value more than likely hasn’t run as we update these after every race.
For men’s teams, the combined score of each 3 consecutive men from the same company are combined to determine if they go into category A, B or C. Then their positions are summed to give them a total team score.
For women’s teams, the combined score of each 2 consecutive women from the same company are combined to determine category A, B and C again. Again, their positions are summed to give a total team score.
All teams are sorted by category and then team scores. The top teams per category are the winners.
Table below shows total sum of ranks per category.
|C||38 up||50 up|
The winning team from a given company may not be the first 3 men or first 2 women from that company across the line. The first team may have come 4th in A but the team that wins could be 2nd in C.
The main thing here is that nobody has a category; they have a rank. It totally depends who else ends up on their team purely by where they finish in the race. You might sometimes see a men’s team in A score high and come 3rd. This is usually because there are only 3 teams in A and the 3rd team are new runners who have default ranks of 1. Their rank gets updated after and this will not happen again. If there were 3 “proper” teams in A, this newbie team wouldn’t win as team scores would be low.