Congratulations (or not)! You’ve just been admitted into the Half Fanatics Asylum, a place where once again you can be half normal and get the respect you rightfully deserve. Main Fanatic has set these ground rules/criteria that he hopes can clear up some of the confusion regarding levels, streaks and what counts as an “official” race.
Q. Do I need to maintain my current Fanatics level status by achieving the criteria each and every year?
A. No. Once you’ve been approved and pay your initial membership into the Half Fanatics, you will always be a Half Fanatic (provided that you are in good standing by renewing your annual membership dues). You don’t have to even complete another half-marathon after you are admitted into the Half Fanatics Asylum, though we’d much rather prefer that you’re out there participating in the events.
Q. Do I need to achieve all of the criteria mentioned in a level in order for me to progress to a higher level?
A. No, you only need to achieve one of the mentioned criteria in a level to progress.
Q. For my best streak, does it have to be attained in a calendar year?
A. No, Main Fanatic has relaxed the rules…it can overlap in 2 years, so if your streak of 6 half-marathon in 6 months (2 star level) was run from October 2008 – March 2009, then it officially counts.
Q. If I run a marathon, then can I count that as 2 half marathons?
A. Unfortunately no. ONLY 13.1 mile races count and only up to but not including the marathon distance (see counting your races below). If you want to do marathons at this level, go join the Marathon Maniacs.
Q. I don’t have access to a computer, so I really can’t update my half marathon list. In addition, I don’t have time to update my half marathon list because I’m out of town every weekend running races. Can I still qualify for the “Half Fanatics of the Year” Award?
A. Main Fanatic cannot track everyone’s results, so it’s imperative that you add your completed races in the Half Fanatics Asylum. So the answer is no, if you choose not to add your races, then you will not be eligible for the “Half Fanatic of the Year” Awards.
Q. I’m part of a relay team in which each member is running ~6.7 miles each, but after I complete the first leg, I’d like to run another few “legs” with some of the other members and thus run more than a entire half-marathon. Can I count that as a completed half-marathon?
A. While technically you may have run an entire half marathon, you were only registered for a specific leg as part of a relay team, so sorry, it would not count. But at least you provided good company for your teammates!
Q. I’m part of a 2-person Relay doing a marathon…can I count this as a half marathon finish and part of my stats?
A. Yes, provided that there was an actual race category for 2 person relays and that each leg was at least 13.1 miles in distance. If you alternated your legs with a 6 miler and then a 7.1 miler, then no, it does not count.
After much debate and discussion, the following guidelines have been established as to what constitutes an “OFFICIAL” race that would count towards your stats in the Half Fanatics Asylum and thus be eligible for any “Half Fanatics-type” awards.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE PARTICIPATE IN THESE RACES FOR THE LOVE OF RUNNING, TO STAY IN SHAPE, THE CAMRADERIE WITH OTHER RUNNERS, TO TEST OUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL LIMITS AND PURELY JUST TO HAVE FUN. THE HALF FANATICS CLUB WAS CREATED WITH THOSE TRAITS IN MIND. WE CAN BE SERIOUS AND AT THE SAME TIME JUST HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND. WE KNOW WE CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE!!
We are certain that there may be many more circumstances that need “interpretation” of the rules but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding these rules, please e-mail the Main Fanatics. In the meantime…HAPPY RUNNING!!!!!