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2017 MVS Super Iron Runner Series 
Whether you are a competitive runner or a social runner, you can participate, and earn great MVS gear in the Merrimack Valley Striders Super Iron Runner series program. The goal of the MVS Super Iron Runner Series is to encourage participation by MVS members in selected races in and around the Merrimack Valley and promote our club. 
Several races that proved to be quite popular in 2016 have returned in 2017 and we have also included a few new races that promise to be a great experience. You can start your year of with a choice between two great New Years Day races. We have also included our first trail race this year.
  • New Years Day race -  Participants have a choice of two different popular races.
  • Volunteer point opportunities remain the same for 2017 as they were in 2016
Self Service Race Administration
2017 Super Iron Runner Events
 #  Distance Day and Date Event Web Site 
1a 5k/10k
Sunday, January 1

Lowell's First Run
1b 5k/10k
Sunday, January 1

Hangover Classic
2 6k / 5 Miles
Saturday, February 11

Bradford Valentine Road Race
3 Half Marathon
Sunday, March 5

Half at the Hamptons
 4  10k (only)
Saturday, March 25
(rescheduled from 3/18)
 St. Patty's 5K/10K & Pub Crawl
5 5K
Sunday, April 23
Run for the Troops 5K
6 5K Saturday, May 6
Ironstone Derby 5K

7 5 Miles Sunday, May 28
Baldi 5 Mile River Run

8 10 Miles Sunday, June 18
NE Running Co 10 Miler

9 10K (only) Tuesday, July 4
North Andover 4th of July Road Race

10 5K
Sunday, August 13
Greenway 5K

11 10 Mile (only) Saturday, September 16
ECTA Annual Run for the Trails

12 5 Miles Saturday, September 23
Lobster Dash, Ogunquit, ME

13 Half Marathon Sunday, October 22
Newburyport Half Marathon

14 Marathon or Ultra Any Race in  2017

2017 MVS Super Iron Runner Series Criteria:
  1. You must be a current (dues paid) member of MVS for the year.
  2. You must be running/walking for MVS (and only MVS) in the race and wear an MVS singlet or other weather appropriate MVS apparel.
  3. You must be properly registered for the race (no bandits or unauthorized bib swapping.)
  4. You earn one point for each series race you complete.  When two distances are listed above you can run or walk either distance for the point.  When only one distance is listed above you must run or walk at least that distance to get credit even if the race has other shorter options.
  5. You can also earn one point for ANY marathon or ultra marathon run in the year. (Maximum of one point)
  6. You can also earn one point for volunteering at any of the following MVS programs/obligations (Maximum of one point):
                - Mount Washington water stop/parking
                - Feaster Five Walk to Run Program
                - Mill Cities Relay transition
  7. All Super Iron Runner Series participation for the calendar year must be logged through the check in link on this page by December 15th in order to allow for sufficient time for award levels to be verified and prizes ordered for the January club meeting.

There are a total of 15 points possible.
Each participant will be responsible for self reporting their race participation on-line through the MVS website at 2017 MVS Iron Series Race Check-in
The race results will be audited prior to prize level determination.
Award/Prize Levels
Level 1 – accumulate 5-7 points – Great MVS Gear.
Level 2 – accumulate in 8-11 points – Even More Great MVS Gear.
Level 3 – accumulate in 12-15 points – “Super Iron Runner” designation, and a boatload of great MVS gear!