The new year brings with it a new challenge for me and Classic Race Services. Starting Jan 1st, we started our new race series, Black Bag Race Series. The concept was not ours but Will Chamberlin's. In 2008, I spoke with Will after a race and he mentioned he was wanting to start a race series that would cover all the races that Classic Race Services timed. He thought of it as a Northeast Georgia Grand Prix. During 2009, I asked him again about his vision and he mentioned that he still wanted to pursue the option but was not able to make it come about. Maybe 2010 would be a better year to start.
Many of you know that 2010 was a sad year in the running world. Will suffered a stroke at the Hogpen Hill Climb and was starting to recover when he passed away in April of that year. In June, Carole and I joined forces to continue the company that Will founded. During the year we bought new equipment and added new races all over the state. In 2011 we timed our first races with the new electronic timing system we bought. During that year we discussed with each other and with runners about starting a new series.
In 2012 that series was born. With the same idea that Will fostered, we will include all Classic Race Services races in the series at no extra cost to the race directors. We have partnered with the Clover Glove Series and included all of their races for 2012 on the BBRS. The point system is one that I developed but I can't take full credit for the idea. It is based on a system that is used in some of the poker leagues around the state. The idea is the more people you beat the more points you receive. For the BBRS, the more runners you out run in your age group, the more points you receive.
We will see how this all plays out over the next year. I am sure mistakes will be made, points will need to be monitored and nerves will be frayed. Because we are not charging anyone for points and most races will not see an increase in their cost, we would love to find some sponsors to defer the cost of awards at the end of the year. If you would like to sponsor or know a business that would like to help, please have them contact either Carole or myself. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find a sponsor for us, I am sure some races could be comped.