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2023 Bridgeport Area Race Series (BARS)


Helping local charitable and community service organizations/causes


Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors: Bridgeport Running and Spectrum Optical.


BARS Details:

The object of this series is to promote increased participation in member races and, as a result, heighten awareness of and funding for the various race-supported causes. With the continued support of area runners and event sponsors, the BARS strives to continue our success.

  • The 2023 BARS consists of 11 different races, with varying distances.

  • You are automatically entered in the series.

  • Scheduled races and race dates are subject to change. Reasonable efforts will be made to notify series entrants if and when such changes occur. BARS officials do not assume responsibility for date changes or cancellations of affiliate races.

  • Your final score will be the total points for each race you complete in the series. You must run a minimum of 6 races to be eligible for year-end awards. (We encourage you to run as many as you can.)

  • Guidelines issued by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission limit the type of awards that students may accept to plaques, trophies, certificates, etc. To protect the status of student athletes, all entrants who are enrolled in grades 6 through 12 at the end of the year will be ineligible to receive any series competition award of monetary value.


The Point System:

  • Age Graded Points - We are using the WMA age grading system. Your time will be age graded using factors that depend upon your age and the distance of the race. We then take the theoretical world record (for the distance, your age, and sex) and divide it by your time to get a percentage. We multiply by 100 to get an integer. Points will be rounded to the nearest whole number for display purposes, but fractions of points will be used to determine the standings.

  • There is a link below that will take you to the calculator we are using for 2023. The link also explains how the scores are calculated and deriving factors to determine your score. 

  • Participation: For every mile raced in the series, you will receive 1 point. This is not limited to your top 6 races. Kilometers are converted to miles and rounded down for each race.


Award Ceremony/Baquet:

Top 10 male and female participants that are eligible will be awarded. After the series is over and the scores are tallied, we will schedule a banquet in January to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. We do hope that you will join us!

BARS Participant Discounts at Bridgeport Running:

During the 2023 BARS, Bridgeport Running will be offering a 10% discount on regularly priced shoes for participants.

  • To receive a discount, bring in your bib number from a BARS race to add to our bib wall. 

  • Participants will have up to 4 weeks to use their bib. Example: If you would like to use your bib from the Grafton 5 miler on March 19th, you have until April 19th to receive the 10% discount. 

  • Discount is on regularly priced running shoes and recovery sandals only. 

  • Discount cannot be stacked on student, military, first responder, or healthcare discounts.

Contact Information:

For questions regarding the series, points, scoring, etc., please email us at:

For questions regarding a specific race, please contact the race director. 

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