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North-South Competition

The BRR includes a competition between the two sides of the Civil War -- the North and the South. Our goal is to further the North/South theme of the event and increase the interest in the friendly rivalry between the two modern day "armies."

Each runner will join, or be conscripted, into the North or the South. Runners will wear the colors of their side in the form of distinctive bib numbers. The runners from last year's winning side will have numbers starting at 1, the other side will have the higher numbers. (See below for why.)

Colors: The bib numbers for the North will be blue. The South colors will be gray. (We previously used yellow because we did not think that the gray numbers would look good. They do.)

The competition will be scored by those finishing under 10 hours. Just as in real battle, the front line troops determine the outcome and the REMF's enjoy the spoils. (We doubt "REMF" was a term used in the Civil War, but we bet there was an equivalent. Here is a definition of REMF.) Using only the people under 10 hours allows us to designate the winning side and distribute awards before everyone has left.

Each runner under 10 hours will score for his or her side. If the runner is from the side with the greater number of entrants (the North, as it was in 1861 and is now), he will score one point. If the person is from the side with the smaller troop strength (the South), he will score a proportionally larger amount to account for the lesser troop strength.

Once the winning side is determined, ALL finishers (those who have already finished and those yet to) for that side will receive an award. (The award will not be mailed.)

Next year, the winning side will be issued the lower numbers.

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