AURA Ultra Trail Series Rules

Format (introduced beginning with the 2009-2010 series)

Traditional rules and scoring information:

  1. Age groups are determined by your age at the time of the first UTS run of the season.
  2. Every effort will be made to determine your correct age.
  3. To be eligible for the King and Queen awards, you must complete four (4) races.
  4. We will have one “throwaway” race. I.E., if you participate in all of the runs, one of the runs will be “tossed out” of the final standings.
  5. In a race that features more than one ultra distance, any of the races can be used in the UTS. Example: The Ouachita Trail 50 Mile and 50K.
  6. Runners who opt to start early at a UTS run will be penalized. (Early starters will be placed after the final regular start-time finisher.)
  7. Runners who start late will not be penalized. However, placement for points purposes will be based on actual finish order -- not adjusted for what your theoretical place would have been if you had started on time.
  8. Boyz compete against Boyz; Girlz compete against Girlz.
  9. The top ten finishers are awarded points as follows: 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 7, 5, and 3. All other finishers receive one (1) point. (See scoring addendum #2);
  10. Bonus points awarded are determined by the number of finishers. (See scoring addendum #1)
  11. Scoring Addendum #3 added to handle a multiple-event time-based race.
  12. In case of ties, points are equally shared.
  13. UTS age groups for Kings and Queens of the Trail are as follows: Open (everybody), Master (40+), Grand Master (50+), (Senior (60+) and Super-Senior (70+)

Scoring Example

Scoring Rules Addendums

Addendum #1 (Implemented 2005)
For the Ouachita Trail 50, bonus points for the 50Km event will not exceed those for the 50-miler.  More specifically: if there are more 50Km finishers than 50 mile finishers in a division (i.e., men or women), all bonus points awarded to 50 mile finishers will be incremented by the difference in the number of finishers in that division.

Addendum #2 (Implemented 2008)
For 100-mile events, top finisher points will be awarded as follows:  100, 85, 72, 60, 50, 42, 35, 30, 25, 20, 16, 12, 9, 6, 3.

Addendum #3 (Implemented 2012)
Special scoring model developed for a 6/12/24 Hour run.

Performance Standards
  Male Female Points
6 Hour 38.5 35 50
12 Hour 66 60 70
24 Hour 110 100 90

Points will be awarded proportionally according to the event performance standard; no maximum; no bonus points.

Grading coefficients applied to Age Groups: Master 1.05, GrandMaster 1.15, Senior 1.3, SuperSenior 1.5

6-12-24hr. Example

For questions on the Ultra Trail Series not covered here, contact the UTS Coordinator.