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Discussion: Knockout Sprint Formats

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Sep 15, 2016 8:24 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I just hosted a knockout sprint format in Seattle last weekend, and there was a little tangent from this thread talking about knockout sprints, so I figured that I'd bump it into its own thread.

WOC 2020 is going to be urban, and it's likely to have a knockout sprint, so this got me wondering about the various other knockout sprint sprint events out there, and how they work. I was first introduced to the format by Vlad at the Sprint Series Finals in 2009.

2005 & 2006 Sprint Series Finals, NH & PA
Runners: 16 per tournament (4 separate tournaments in 2005, 3 separate in 2006)
Heats: 4 heats of 4 runners
Tournament: 3 rounds over 1 day
Seeding: Based on year-long sprint series results
Tournament winning times: 16:01 to 16:41 in 2005, unknown in 2006
Elimination? No

2009 & 2011 Sprint Series Finals & Sprint the Golden Gate, San Francisco
Runners: 32
Heats: 8 heats of 4 runners
Tournament: 4 rounds over 2 days
Seeding: Pre-tournament seeding race and organizer's discretion. 14:49 winning time 2009, 16:24 in 2011
Tournament winning times: 8:21 to 18:41 in 2009, 14:34 to 18:42 in 2011
Elimination? No

2013 & 2014 Sprint the Golden Gate, San Francisco
Runners: 36
Heats: 6 heats of 6 runners
Tournament: 3 rounds over 1 day
Seeding: Pre-tournament seeding race and organizer's discretion. 18:14 winning time 2013, 15:38 in 2014
Tournament winning times: 12:52 to 15:07 in 2013, 12:11 to 16:29 in 2014
Elimination? No

2015 & 2016 Seattle Adventure Running Tournament
Runners: 80
Heats: 16 heats of 5 runners
Tournament: 5 rounds over 2 days
Seeding: Pre-tournament seeding race only. 5:17 winning time 2015, 5:53 in 2016
Tournament winning times: 12:52 to 16:03 in 2015, 11:51 to 14:38 in 2016
Elimination? No
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Sep 15, 2016 8:38 PM # 
Pink Socks:
2010 & 2011 NORT, Sweden
Runners: 30 per tournament (1 men's, 1 women's)
Heats: 5 heats of 6 runners
Tournament: 3 rounds over 1 day
Seeding: Pre-tournament sprint qualification, 30 fastest advance to tournament
Tournament winning times: 6-8 minutes to 8-10 minutes
Elimination? Yes

2012 & 2013 NORT, Sweden
Runners: 24 per tournament (1 men's, 1 women's)
Heats: 3 heats of 8 runners
Tournament: 2 rounds over 1 day
Seeding: Pre-tournament sprint qualification, 24 fastest advance to tournament
Elimination? Yes

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