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2009 USATF Pick-N-Win Fantasy Game contest ready to roll

INDIANAPOLIS - In 2007, track fans were part of the action of the Visa Championship Series like never before with USATF's wildly popular Pick-N-Win Fantasy Game. Beginning with the 102nd Millrose Games January 30 in New York, the contest will be better than ever in 2009!

Throughout the 2009 USATF Indoor Visa Championship Series, fans will have the opportunity to take part in the exciting indoor track and field action once again, competing for prizes worth thousands of dollars.

How it works

Fans create their ultimate track and field team each week by going towww.visachampionshipseries.com and selecting the athletes they believe will compete well at that week's meet.

Each Visa Championship Series meet is "virtually" scored, with 10 points going to the first-place athlete in each event, 8 points to the second-place athlete, 6 points to the third-place athlete and so on down to sixth place. The selected athletes score points for your team.

During the 2008 indoor season, after the conclusion of the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Jim Dunaway's team from Austin, Texas, had scored the most points during the Indoor Visa Championship Series. He won a grand prize trip for two to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, courtesy of Visa. David Donley won the overall second-place prize, a $250 Visa Gift Card and Nike gift bag, including but not limited to a Nike/USATF spike bag, jacket, t-shirt and cap. Anthony DeSain won the third-place prize, a $100 Visa gift card and Nike gift bag. 

2009 Indoor Pick-N-Win Fantasy Game 

Grand Prize: One Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $2,000 Visa Gift Card and a Nike gift bag, including but not limited to, a Nike/USATF bag, jacket, t-shirt and cap. Approximate Retail Value: $2,100.

Second Place Prize: One Second Place Prize winner will be awarded a $250.00 Visa Gift Card and a Nike gift bag, including but not limited to, a Nike/USATF spike bag, jacket, t-shirt and cap. Approximate Retail Value: $350.Pick-N-Win logo.banner

Third Place Prize: One Third Place Prize winner will be awarded a $100.00 Visa Gift Card and a Nike gift bag, including but not limited to, a Nike/USATF spike bag, jacket, t-shirt and cap. Approximate Retail Value: $200.

Three Weekly Prizes: Each game week, a Nike gift bag containing a Nike/USATF spike bag, jacket, t-shirt and cap, valued at $100, will be awarded. Weekly Prize winners will be determined by the top score achieved during the appropriate week from among all eligible entries (excluding the Grand Prize winners) received by the online deadline.

Pick-N-Win Fantasy Game New Features
         Invite a Friend:  From the Pick-N-Win website, players have the ability to email a friend the Fantasy Game link and invite them to participate.
         News Page:  Athlete scratches and additions to start lists will be updated on the news page .
         Facebook: From the Pick-N-Win site, players can click on the Facebook link and go to the USATF Facebook page to discuss strategies with other players and interact with their competition.
 
You can find all these items at http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/VisaChampionshipSeries/play/
 
Fantasy Game timeline:
         The game kicks off with the historic 102nd Millrose Games (Jan. 30) and continues through the Reebok Boston Indoor Games (Feb. 7), Tyson Invitational (Feb. 13), and the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 28-Mar. 1).
         The first deadline for players to make their final 102nd Millrose Games picks is Friday, Jan. 30th at 5:40 p.m. ET. The game will conclude on Feb. 28 at 11:55 a.m. ET. 
 
Prize winnings to date
         2008 winners won a total of $4,700 in Visa Gift Cards and $3,600 in Nike/USATF apparel.
 
The 102nd Millrose Games will be broadcast live on ESPN2, January 30th from 7-8:30 p.m.  It will also be televised on NBC, January 31 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET.

 
2009 USATF members get a $10 discount on $40-$100 Millrose tickets when they place an order online.  A 2009 membership number and password is needed. Go to http://www.millrose-games.com/ for more information.

For complete rules and to sign up for the Visa Championship Series "Pick-N-Win" Fantasy Game, visitwww.visachampionshipseries.com

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