Racers that win their division at the Regional Championships are invited to compete in the Race of Champions. Each winner carries the handicap they earned to win their division into the race. Each racers records a raw time and a discounted time which is calculated using their handicap. The participants with the lowest raw time and the lowest discounted time are the Overall Nature Valley NASTAR Regional Champions.
The Nature Valley NASTAR Race of Champions is a winner-take-all race for men and women. Female alpine skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers & physically challenged racers compete for the overall win and then all of the male racers compete for the overall win.
The NASTAR handicap is used to level the playing field so that young racers and verteran competitors all have an opportunity to win.
The Maximum handicap for the Race of Champions is 75. Competitors are seeded by their handicap with the highest handicapped racers competing first. Each racer gets one run.
The first racer down the course climbs on the top of the podium in the finish area and each succeeding racer tries to record a lower discounted time to earn a spot on the podium. The racers with the 1st, 2nd & 3rd fastest times stand on the podium until they are bumped off by a lower discounted time. The racer with the lowest handicap competes last and when he/she crosses the finish line the participants that remain on the podium are the winners.
Awards are presented immediately following each race. The competitor with the fastest handicapped time will receive a Race of Champions trophy and is crowned the overall "Nature Valley NASTAR Regional Champion"!
In addition, the racers with the fastest raw times are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and the winner is awarded a Race of Champions trophy and free entry to the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
To calculate a discounted time simply divide the racer's time by their handicap.