Rankings
USARA National Ranking System

The USARA National Ranking System is based on a cumulative points system. USARA sanctioned events that place their events on the USARA Calendar are able to report race results, awarding points based on race type (sprint, 24 hour, multi-day) and placement.

How does the USARA National Ranking System work? Based on the race type & finishing place, points are awarded as listed below and a coed team ranking is determined. An additional 5 bonus points will be added to point totals for all USARA Adventure Race National Championship Regional Qualifying races. The USARA Adventure Race National Championship will award points for teams that finish 1st-20th place. The first place team will receive 70 points and points will be awarded in 3 point intervals down to 20th place.  (For example 1st - 70 points, 2nd - 67 points, 3rd - 64 points, etc)

Any tie finishes will result in splitting the total pool of points awarded by the number of teams tied. (Ex: 2 Teams tied for 3rd Place. The points for 3rd & 4th place will be added together and divided by two.) Register your team now and start collecting points toward a national ranking!

Monthly USARA National Rankings will be determined on the first day of the following month. (Example May rankings will be determined on June 1). USARA National Rankings will be based on results which have been posted to the USARA at that time by event promoters. Events that have not posted results to the USARA will not be used in that months National Ranking.

Each month, the top ten teams in the country will receive USARA top ten certificates. The current top 10 rankings will also appear in each issue of Adventure World Magazine. The final USARA National Rankings will be released immediately following the USARA Adventure Race National Championship, with the # 1 team in the nation being crowned at the awards ceremony of the USARA Adventure Race National Championships.

The Right Stuff Cup

The USARA National Ranking System has teamed up with The Right Stuff to present the number one nationally ranked team with The Right Stuff Cup. The winning team will receive a perpetual trophy along with product sponsorship from The Right Stuff. The Right Stuff was developed by NASA and has been scientifically shown to actually increase rehydration with its optimal blend of electrolytes without carbohydrates.

State Ranking 

Teams may check their state ranking by selecting the view all teams tab and then selecting their state. The #1 ranked team for each state in the USARA final rankings will receive USARA Number one ranked state certificates.


USARA National Ranking Rules

USARA National Ranking is for Coed teams only. Teams should register for the USARA national rankings prior to an event that will post results to the USARA. A team may register after an event posts results and the team will still receive the ranking points as long as: A. the team is not in the top 10 national rankings or B. the team is in the top 10 rankings and registers by August 1st. Teams that have registered will be assigned a National Ranking Team ID#. USARA recommends that teams include their National Ranking Team ID# in parenthesis next to their team name on race registration forms. This will insure that teams are awarded the appropriate points in the USARA National Ranking System.

The USARA's concept of a team is based on the fact that most races consist of 3 - 4 member teams and is not based on a club concept. By allowing up to 8 team members to represent a team throughout the year, the USARA has accounted for logistical issues that might prevent a team member from attending a particular race. The allowance takes into consideration issues such as injury, illness, relocation due to work, deployment, distance, cost, and any number of other issues that could be faced by a team. The intention of these rules is to create a level playing field for all teams desiring to compete in the USARA National Ranking System.

Teams must consist of US citizens in the following percentages to receive points for the USARA National Rankings: 1 of 2 team members, 2 of 3 team members or 3 of 4 team members. If a team member meets the following USARA citizenship exception, they are considered a US citizen and may earn USARA national ranking points.

Citizenship Exception A: Non US citizens who are currently living and competing in the US and have either a work or student visa or a permanent resident green card. 

In order to receive points towards the national rankings a team must consist entirely of members from their 8 person roster. Teams may change their registered roster at any time during the year, however in order to receive points towards the national rankings a team must have the final registered members on the team in the competitions where they received points.

Teams will receive the highest possible points from their best 7 races for the year. The best seven races would include the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. Teams may race in as many events as they would like, however they will only receive ranking points from seven races.

If teams are tied in ranking points after the USARA Adventure Race National Championship, tie breakers will be determined in the following manner:

1st Tie Breaker: Teams finishing place at USARA Adventure Race National Championships, provided all tied teams are competing in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship.

2nd Tie Breaker: Using the tied team’s best 7 races, the team with the most 1st place finishes. If this does not break the tie, then the team with the most second place finishes. Continue with most 3rd place, 4th place finishes, etc. until tie is broken.

3rd Tie Breaker: Using the tied team’s best 7 races, the team which has the most head to head wins over the other tied team/teams.

Teams are not allowed to have 2 different teams (collecting points as a single team).

EXAMPLE: Joe manages a team in Texas under the name of Team USA and Sue manages a team in Alaska under the name of Team USA with the intent of collecting USARA Ranking points as 1 team. In this example it is clear that there are 2 teams competing under the same name and if this occurs Team USA would forfeit partial or full USARA ranking points. The intent is for 1 team to compete under a name and collect points under that name. If you have a large pool of racers on your team, it is suggested that you form several teams with different names and different captains (example: Team USA #1, Team USA #2) Teams may only compete in 1 event per week - weeks start on Monday and end on the following Sunday. 

 EXCEPTION 1: A team may compete in two events in the same week if the team members are exactly the same at both events. (Example: Team USA competes in a 2 hour sprint event on Saturday and the exact same team members compete in an 8 hour event on Sunday).

 EXCEPTION 2: Team USA competes in Race A that begins on Friday and ends on Monday. Team USA competes in a second event, Race B, on the following Saturday. Since the first event (Race A) started in an earlier week and carried into the next week, Team USA could still earn points at the event on the second weekend (Race B) provided the 2 events are not happening simultaneously. Team USA would not need to race with the same members at the two events.

 EXCEPTION 3: If the 2 events overlap (Race A is still in progress when Race B starts), teams will not be able to earn points from both events unless their actual team finishes Race A before Race B starts. In this example the team would have to compete with the exact same team members in Race A and Race B in order to receive points for both events.

 NOTE: If you are sending 2 teams to the same event or racing in two events which take place at the same time, make sure the two teams DO NOT race with the exact same name. It is suggested that you make a simple change to one of the team names. (EXAMPLE: Team USA and Team USA #2). By following this example, you will receive USARA ranking points for the team that races with the registered team name in the USARA ranking system.

If a team races in 2 different events in the same week (using the same team name) and both teams do not contain the same members or if you send 2 teams to 2 different races in the same week and both teams have the exact same team name, the team will receive the lower ranking points from that week.

A team that races under several names may not combine the points they receive from the multiple team names. Ranking points will only be awarded to the team whose name was used for the event.

A team may change their team name during the season. The team will be able to transfer the points from their old team and they will also receive all points for their new team name from that point forward.

EXAMPLE: Team ABC changes their name to Team XYZ. Team XYZ receives all points they had acquired as Team ABC up to the point of the name change and Team XYZ will receive any points they acquire from this point forward while registered in races as Team XYZ. If Team ABC had also raced as Team XYZ before the name change they would not be able to transfer & combine the points they had acquired as both Team ABC and Team XYZ. If there is any dispute during a team name change, the captain would retain all benefits that the team had earned including all ranking points .

Only the coed division for an event will receive ranking points. Race directors may combine different sized coed teams (example 3 & 4 person teams) and rank them by finish. This is usually done when the event combines the divisions for their event results. When this is done both 3 & 4 person teams would be considered part of the premier division.

Race director may also designate the largest size team as the premier division and only include these teams in the ranking points. This is often done when there are only 2 divisions at an event and one of the divisions is 2 person teams, (example 2 & 4 person coed).

Both examples are allowed and race management should post on the website and announce the system that will be used prior to the event start

BONUS RANKING POINTS

REGIONAL QUALIFYING EVENTS 

All USARA Regional Qualifying events receive five (+5) bonus USARA national ranking points.



USARA ADVENTURE RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 

All coed & coed masters teams will be grouped together for USARA National Ranking Points regardless of the category they are registered in at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. (Example: Team USA wins the Coed Masters division at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship but comes in 4th overall at the race. Team USA will receive 4th place USARA National Ranking Points.



The USARA Adventure Race National Championship will award points for teams that finish 1st-20th place. The first place team will receive 70 points and points will be awarded in 3 point intervals down to 20th place.

(For example 1st - 70 points, 2nd - 67 points, 3rd - 64 points, etc)






USARA National Ranking Point System


Expedition Adventure Race:
Advertised Race Time 36+ Hours
Adventure Race:
Advertised Race Time Between 10 and 35:59 Hours
Sprint Adventure Race:
Advertised Race Time Less Than 10 Hours
Other:
Not included in ranking calculations
Expedition Adventure Race
PlacePoints
125
224
323
422
521
620
719
818
917
1016
Adventure Race
PlacePoints
120
219
318
417
516
615
714
813
912
1011
Sprint Adventure Race
PlacePoints
110
29
38
47
56
65
74
83
92
101

USARA Top 15 Teams

The Right Stuff 
RankTeamPoints
1 Team Disoriented 49.00
2 Good'Nuff 48.00
3 Mike's Hike & Bike Shop 43.00
4 Only MOSTLY Lost 25.00
5 Alpine Shop 25.00
6 Michigan Racing Addicts 24.00
7 Storm Troopers 23.00
8 Topo Adventure Sports 22.00
9 Nature Calls 22.00
10 No Sleep Adventures 21.00
11 Rootstock Racing 20.00
12 Rev3Adventure 19.00
13 ARGEORGIA 18.00
14 Strong Machine 16.00
15 Rib Mountain Racing 10.00

2016 USARA #1 Ranked team In Country
Rib Mountain Racing

Previous #1 Final Rankings

YearTeam Name
2016Rib Mountain Racing
2015Tecnu adventure racing
2014Rev3\Mountain Khakis
2013Rev3\Mountain Khakis
2012Rev3\Mountain Khakis
2011Rev3\Mountain Khakis
2010Odyssey Adventure Racing-ImONPoint.org
2009Alpine Shop
2008Eastern Mountain Sports
2007Berlin Bike
2006Mighty Dog
2005ASM/Enduraventure