Event Rules

This event takes place under the rules of the relevant Provincial Athletic Associations, ASA and the World Athletics.

NATIONAL EVENT STATUS

The SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge INVITATIONALS are National Events as listed on the ASA National Fixture List. Where there is a conflict between an ASA rule and a World Athletics rule, the World Athletics rule will take precedence. The World Athletics Advertising Regulations shall be applicable.

ENTRANT RESPONSIBILITY

It is the responsibility of the entrant (or their legal guardian) to ensure that all the correct participant information is supplied. Entrants who provide incorrect or incomplete information on their entry forms, whether electronically or written, will not qualify for any gender or age category prizes.

AGE RESTRICTION

10 km – competitors are required to be 14 years or older on the day of competition

COMPETITION
Athletes compete as both INDIVIDUALS and for CLUBS

INDIVIDUALS

  1. You are required to have a 2021 ASA licence number in order to compete.
  2. Foreign athletes will require clearance from their respective National Federations and ASA, as per regulations, in order to compete.
  3. Foreign athletes will require a Temp Licence.

NOTE:
Only licensed athletes will be allowed to participate in ASA events during the State of Disaster. To prevent gatherings, no licences will be sold on race day. All licences will be available from provincial officers on days other than race day, preferably online.

POINTS SCORING
Points are awarded at each of the 6 events in the Grand Prix Series based on the athletes finish position in the:

  • OPEN CATEGORY (All athletes)
  • SPECIFIC AGE CATEGORY (Junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)

Please note that points awarded in a specific AGE CATEGORY do NOT count towards points in the OPEN CATEGORY.

Click Here to see the points allocation for positions at each event.

IE: At the DURBAN event a Junior athlete wins the JUNIOR CATEGORY (5 points) and comes third in the OPEN CATEGORY (23 points). In CAPE TOWN she wins the JUNIOR CATEGORY (5 points) and comes 5th in the OPEN CATEGORY (21 points). The accumulated points will be:

  • JUNIOR CATEGORY 5 + 5 = 10
  • OPEN CATEGORY 23 + 21 = 44

CHANGE OF AGE CATEGORY DURING THE YEAR

Note: This will not affect a JUNIOR athlete as this category is based on the year of birth, not the day of birth.

An athlete who changes AGE CATEGORIES during the SERIES will have two options:

  • Remain in the AGE CATEGORY in which she started the first race, or:
  • Change to the NEW CATEGORY and only have the points accumulated from that event onwards.

ANY ATHLETE AFFECTED BY THIS MUST ADVISE THE EVENT OF THE CATEGORY THEY WISH TO COMPETE IN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENT AND SHOW THE CORRECT AGE CATEGORY TAGS WHILE COMPETING.

IE: Nonto Mkhize competes in Durban as in the 40-49 Category, then turns 50 on 1 July. Nonto can chose to remain in the 40-49 category for the remainder of the Series, or she can run the balance of the Series in the 50-59 category and lose her points gained in Durban.

NO BONUS POINTS

Due to Covid-19 and the revised routes and format, NO BONUS POINTS will be awarded for record times during the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Series. ONLY POSITION POINTS will be awarded.

CLUB POINTS

The SPAR Grand Prix Series does not differentiate between provinces for the purposes of calculating a CLUB prize.

IE: Points awarded to athletes who compete for Murray & Roberts (EC), Murray & Roberts (AGN) and Murray & Roberts (KZN) will count towards Murray & Roberts.

CLUB CHANGES RULE

If Nonto Mkhize competes in the first two events in the Series under Nedbank, then choses to move to Mr Price, her points awarded in the first two events will accumulate towards Nedbank. Points awarded at the remaining events will accumulate towards Mr Price.

NOTE: Only once clearance has been received for her to change clubs will her points be awarded to the new club.

PRIZE MONEY

EVENT PRIZE MONEY

The breakdown of prize money to be awarded at each of the six SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge INVITATIONALS is [CLICK HERE]

GRAND PRIX SERIES PRIZE MONEY

The breakdown of prize money to be awarded for the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge GRAND PRIX SERIES is can be viewed here.

RACE BIBS & LICENCE NUMBERS

All participants must wear a SPAR Race Bib on the FRONT and BACK of their vest/shirt. The SPAR Race Bib must only be placed over the numeric portion of the ASA Licence number. See ASA Rules. All participants are required to wear either a Provincial Licence Number or a Temporary Licence Number. (NOT on the shorts – ASA/KZNA Rule). All race numbers are to be clearly visible.

FOREIGN ATHLETES

All foreign athletes must comply with IAAF Rule 4.2, 22.1 & 142 and ASA Rule 9.

GENERAL

  • NO personal seconding on route
  • NO vehicles
  • NO bicycles
  • NO spectators (This is a National Regulation due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

TIMING

Your race bibs / numbers have an electronic timing chip attached. Please ensure that your FULL SPAR Race Bib is visible and not tucked into a crop top, shirt or pull-over.

LITTERING

ASA Rule 28.5 – IAAF Rule 125 makes provision for a Race Referee to warn an athlete by showing a yellow card and exclusion by showing a red card; He (she) shall have authority to warn or exclude from competition, any athlete guilty of acting in an unsporting or improper manner or under Rule 162.5. Warnings may be indicated to the athlete by showing a yellow card, exclusion by showing a red card. Warnings and exclusions shall be entered on the result card and communicated to the Competition Secretary and to the other Referees.

APPEALS

An appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the decision made by the Referee, in writing, signed by the athlete or a responsible official on behalf of the athlete, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of R500, which will be forfeited if the appeal is not upheld.

NOTE: Entrants who provide incorrect or incomplete information on their entry forms, whether electronically or written, will not qualify for any gender or age category prizes.