USATFI was looking through the USATF website for next year’s grand prix race schedule, which hasn’t been updated yet on the grand prix page. Scrolling through last month’s news posts, though, I did find the schedule so now I can plan around that a little:

November 20

The 2010 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by an online vote of the membership. A total of 440 votes were cast during the one-week period from November 11 through 18. The results of the vote have been verified by the LDR Chairs and the winning schedule is Slate “C”, as follows:

* Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile, 10M, Amherst MA, Sun, Feb. 28
* New Bedford Half Marathon, 13.1M, New Bedford MA, Sun., Mar 21
* Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K,12K , Bedford NH, Sat., May 22
* Rhody 5K (MEN ONLY) ,5K ,Lincoln RI , Sun., June 6
* Stowe 8 Miler, 8M, Stowe VT, Sun., July 18
* Bridge of Flowers 10K , 10K , Shelburne Falls MA, Sat., August 14
* Providence Ronald McDonald House Women’s Classic (WOMEN ONLY) 5K, Providence, Sun, Oct. 3

In a separate vote, the Marathon selected is the Bay State Marathon, Lowell MA, Sun., Oct. 17, 8:00 AM

The vote was the final step in new process in which a selection committee consisting of the Long Distance Running Chairs and representatives from the clubs created a ballot from the 17 bidding races with 4 slates of non-marathon distance races, a separate ballot question for the marathon distance and a survey question on a post-series awards banquet. The Survey Question for a banquet was 54% in favor.

I’m looking forward to a return to regional competition this year; hopefully my running club can field a team at some or even most of these events this year.

(Source: USATF NE)