Capital Area Race Series

The C.A.R.S. links capital area races together to support participation, competition, health, fitness, camaraderie, and fun for all ages.

Participate in-person or virtually.

Capital Area Race Series Participants and Friends,


The Capital Area Race Series (CARS) is on for 2021! The planning committee has been planning and making changes to this year’s race lineup to insure participants follow COVID guidelines to be able to stay safe and healthy at each of the 8 races in the CARS2021 race series.

Significant changes to note for this year’s series…

  • The CARS2021 races start in May with the Canterbury Shaker Village 5k and end with the SEA 5K in September. The Series Races Tab details the races and dates.

  • The Gilmanton 5K was unable to participate in this year’s race, and so we added the Angels 5K to keep the race lineup at 8 races, as well as maintain the price at $150 for adults 18 and older, and $100 for 17 and under for the entire series.

  • Each race will provide the option to complete the race or the entire series of races virtually. You will have a two week window prior to the race run virtually. You must submit your race time by the Sunday evening of that weekend when the race is held. Virtual races will not count towards points for overall standing and cash prizes, but will count towards your participation prize.

  • Registration will close for any Saturday or Sunday race on the Thursday before the race at 9am, due to COVID. There will be no day of registration. Registration will close at 9am on the Wednesday before any Friday evening races. Bibs can be picked up at the race site the day of the race.

  • All races will have a staggered start. Participants will be announced at the start line every 5 seconds.

  • Once you complete the race you may leave. Your run/walk time will be posted on the website once the race is finished.  Awards will be mailed to the winners shortly after each race.

  • Those participants who registered for the 2020 series will have a link sent to them to update their registration form that they filled out last year.

  • Please look at the Register and Series Races tabs for additional details regarding the CARS2021 races.

If you have any questions regarding the information or the overall series, please feel free to contact me at

Welcome back to racing in 2021! It’s going to be an exciting and safe year of racing and walking for the CARS 2021 races!


Joe Kasper

CARS Chairman

Results & Standings
Series Races
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Age Categories (Male & Female)

Your age for the series is determined by your age at time of Canterbury Shaker Village XC 5K & Walk.


• 14 and Under      • 40-44      • 65-69

15-19                  45-49       70-74

 20-29                  50-54       75-79 

 30-34                  55-59       80+    

 35-39                 • 60-64                   


  • 18 years old and older - $150 afterward |  17 and under - $100

  • Clydesdale (males over 190 lbs) and Filly (females over 140 pounds) classes.

  • Awards for top three finishers in each category.

  • Your top four race scores will count towards the Race Series scoring. (no minimum number of races required to score)

  • $1,500 prize purse for five deep overall winners of race series.

  • Prizes to top five age graded males and females (best four races)

  • CARS jacket or similar apparel item to those who complete a minimum of six races.

  • Back for the 2021 Capital Area Race Series!


Rules are simple.

  1. A team must have a minimum of three finishers in order to score at each race.

  2. In order to qualify for scoring the finishers must physically participate in the race. No virtual race participation will count towards scoring.

  3. The best six races count towards final tally.

  4. Team rosters may include as many C.A.R.S. registered runners as desired. Your top three finishers may be different runners at different races, as long as they are listed on your roster. Not all rostered runners must run all races.

  5. Runners may run on a C.A.R.S. team and also compete for other teams at individual C.A.R.S. races. (Ex. State agency at S.E.A. race)

  6. Team rosters and name of captain can be submitted to as early as 2/1/2021. Rosters must be submitted no later than start of our third series race (Capital City Classic 10K).

  7. Team members may be added, by written request (form provided by G.S.R.S. and available at timers van) of team captain at any time during series. New team members may not score for team retroactively.

  8. Positively no roster switches may be added where runner jumps from one team to another. This is bad form in terms of team allegiance.

  9. There will be a $500.00 dollar prize to the top team finisher, $300.00 to second place and $200.00 for third place. These cash prizes will be awarded at conclusion of last race.

  10. Team scoring is the sum of the best three age and gender-graded scores at race.


* Age categories apply to SERIES registration only.

Individual races may have their own differing age categories.