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.
COUNTING YOUR RACES
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!!
- The race must be at least 13.1 miles in distance and races up to BUT NOT INCLUDING the marathon distance can count towards your stats (example...races that would count are the Fort Steilacoom 15 and 20 milers, Coos Bay 30km, Charleston 15 miler)
- The race must have all of the following characteristics in order for it to count:
- at least 20 starters and 15 finishers
- a race director
- official results posted by the race director on an “official website” or newsprint
- The race must be advertised (paper, flyers or posters in an athletic store, website or other means of communication) at least 1 month prior to the event. We feel that this is ample time to allow other Half Fanatics (and non-Fanatics) to have knowledge and to make plans should they want to participate in the event.
- If you finish after the official closure time of the event, you can still count the event in your stats.
- If you were directed off-course by a volunteer and thus were not able to complete 13.1 miles……THEN IT DOESN’T COUNT! KNOW THY COURSE!
- If the race director decides to call the race halfway due to reasons that would compromise safety and the well being of participants and would result in not completing the event, then it does not count. Your safety and health is paramount, before any statistic (don’t you become one!). However if you happen to finish before the race is called and are given an official finishers time, then it does count.
- Bandits Beware! Should you decide to “bandit” a race and have no race number, good for you for getting in a “training run” because that’s all you’ll get. IT WON’T COUNT IN YOUR STATS! And please don’t take any of the refreshments and food that the legitimate registered runners paid for.
- Running under someone else’s name by buying their bib: NO!…PLEASE DON’T even think about it!! Register earlier or try the lottery next year, if there is one.
- Training runs 13.1 miles or greater (either alone or with a group WILL NOT count towards your half marathon stats.
- Timed races: Some races are advertised as timed events, say 3, 4 or 5 hour races. You must complete at least 13.1 miles for it to count in your stats as a half-marathon, and 5 hours is the maximum time allotted to complete the half marathon.
- Race Directors and Volunteers: We applaud your efforts for putting on races for runners and volunteers for helping out. However, if you are to run YOUR half marathon, you need to do it at the same time the participants are running it, not while you’re marking the course a week earlier or even making a “dry” run the day before. This also pertains to runners whom may want to make arrangements with the race director to run their race the day before only because they have another half marathon scheduled the next day. Try to hand over the reins of being the director to a non-runner for a few hours so you too can enjoy running your event!
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!!!!!