USATF NE Grand Prix 2015

The USATF NE Grand Prix was announced on Monday, which may not seem like headline news to most. For me, it will help finalize my calendar for 2015. The biggest item is that the marathon was moved to be Vermont City. I didn’t plan to do a spring marathon this year (because I am focusing on a fall OTQ attempt) but VCM being the USATF marathon changes a lot for me.

USATF NE Schedule

Have you done the USATF Grand Prix races before? Anyone racing as soon as February 22nd?

8 thoughts on “USATF NE Grand Prix 2015

  1. Dan Button

    I was very happy with the slate this year! I had planned on trying to bounce back for VCM after Boston anyway and New Bedford was going on my calendar as my peak workout for Boston. The other races weren’t as important to me, but the Seasons 20k will be fun as it’s right in town over my daily running routes. Out of towners will be invited to some kind of local afterparty for sure!

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      I am too! That Boston to VCM bounce is tough; I did it in 2011 and was only leading the 4:15 group at VCM. I love New Bedford, however, and can’t wait to be back there. Glad to hear you know the Seasons 20K course. I’ll be picking your brain (and attending the afterparty…)

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  2. Ryan

    What is the significance of a race being part of a USATF Grand Prix series? If you were not interested in running VCM this year, why does the Grand Prix status change that, are there year end rankings based on your performance in Grand Prix races? I am clearly not well informed on the structure/politics of competitive racing. Seems kind of odd that Maine and Connecticut are not part of the New England USATF association.

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      The USATF Grand Prix is a race circuit where you get points for top finishes over the course of a year. In a vacuum, I would actually like to be on the USA Running Circuit but with my clerkship schedule, travel outside of New England is unlikely. VCM becoming a Grand Prix event introduces a lot more prize money; in addition to the regular VCM prizes (and Vermonter prizes), this will add considerable money for top performances for USATF NE members. It also (likely) injects better competition which has been a struggle for me at VCM in the past. I am really over running alone for 26 miles! As for membership, I think Maine is included if they want to be; we seem to race a lot of Maine teams (Dirigo comes to mind), but I’m not sure why Connecticut is separate.

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      1. Ryan

        That makes sense. Will you try to race the entire series or just get to what you can? Being too fast to have people running around you in a marathon, that is a pretty damn awesome problem to have.

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        1. runnerunderpressure

          I’m really not sure. I am not mentally ready to consider another marathon cycle and I really do want to work on speed this spring (aka the opposite of the marathon) so I’m trying to come to what the best schedule is to keep earning points and not go crazy.

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  3. M @readeatwriterun

    Will it being a Grand Prix race make it harder to get into?

    I am thinking about VCM, it’s been recommended (and now Deena will be there, would love to meet her) and I’ve never been to VT. Would you recommend the race?

    However, I’m running my first Boston only a month before and had thought about a 6/12/24h race in San Fran late-June. I kind of want to see how my current triplet (Baystate, Richmond, 50k on 12/28) goes, and I’m already training for Boston. Tips?

    Could also do the marathon relay with my hubs as a new experience, but pricey to go for just that.

    I may run a half in February if I go to Greg McMillan’s Boston camp in Arizona, otherwise may not run a race between the ultra and Boston.

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      I don’t think it being a Grand Prix will affect early sales too much, but it will probably sell out a little earlier than normal (usually late April). I’ve done VCM three times, twice racing and once as a pace leader. I also did the half relay this year. I like the course (it’s my hometown course), but my hesitation to put it on my race calendar is always the weather issues. The past few years, the weather has been AWFUL for running. We’ve had two dangerously hot years and then one year of 38, wind and rain. That being said, the course support is excellent for everyone and I think it can be fast if you are ready for some hills (really not crazy) and turns in the second half.

      Having done the Boston-VCM double, it was a lot and I didn’t race VCM, I led the pace group. If you haven’t done Boston yet, be prepared for your quads to be destroyed for quite a few weeks after. As for Boston advice, doing true downhill training is a must.

      Can’t wait to hear about your triplet! That’s going to take some serious mental strength.

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