February 10, 2016
The 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials are Saturday in sunny Los Angeles and the LRC Running Warehouse $200,016 Prediction Contest will make a great day even more interesting.
The contest is simple, pick the top 10 individuals in the men’s and women’s race and we score the contest fantasy sports style. The contest rewards you most for picking the the top 5 correctly but you can get points for all your top-10 finishers. Full scoring at bottom.
Thanks to our friends at RunningWarehouse.com, the online leaders in everything running (they have FREE 2-day shipping and free return shipping if something doesn’t fit), Asics and the Asics Aggies we have some great prizes.
Scott Bauhs, The Guy in Charge of the LRC Prediction Contests, Is an Olympic Hopeful
Before we outline the prizes we want to stop and report that Running Warehouse and the Asics Aggies have an Olympic hopeful in Scott Bauhs.
Scott was a DII star at Chico State and then ran 27:48 for 10,000m in 2008 as a 22-year-old, and then made the US 10,000m team for the World Championships in 2011. His came up short of his Olympic dream in 2012 in the 5,000 and 10,000m and hasn’t raced a USATF track championship since.
Scott started thinking of life after running. He went to business school and then started working at Running Warehouse while running for one of the more legendary clubs in the sport, the Asics Aggies (this is their 40th year as a club and they are known for their parties in addition to their running exploits). Scott is now the marketing manager at Running Warehouse and that means he’s been the go-to guy for all the LetsRun.com Running Warehouse Prediction Contests the last year.
Every contest LetsRun.com calls up Scott and discusses the prizes we’re going to give away. We barely had asked Scott anything about his running. And then he won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona half-marathon last month in a relaxed 1:02:23 to say, “Hey it’s the Olympic year and my Olympic dream is definitely alive.”
To celebrate the dream of Scott and his Asics Aggies teammates (Sergio Reyes, Anthony Solis, Phil Reid, Sean Davidson, Chris Frias, Jenny Kadavy, and Liza Reichart) running the Trials we’ve got some Asics-themed prizes.
(Scott has blogged about the Trials here and if you want to know what racing shoes each of the Aggies uses watch the video below or check out the Asics Aggies page on Running Warehouse)
One-Minute Video on the Asics Aggies:
Top 10 Overall – LetsRun.com Tshirts
$2,016 ‘Perfect 10’ Ballot
If you pick the top 5 in the men’s AND women’s race in the correct order or the top 10 in either race perfectly you will win $2016. Only one winner possible. If there is more than one winner you’ll split it.
$200,016 Perfect Ballot – Pick the top 10 correctly in both contests correctly you’ll win $200,016 paid out equally over 10 years. Only one winner possible. If there is more than one winner you’ll split it.
Note: The Overall Winner and Individual Contest Winner prizes can only be shipped in the USA. Foreign participants can win the perfect ballot prizes.
We’ll take all your picks for the contest and show you the favorites for the Olympic Trials.
(Full scoring rules below)
If you see any errors please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If you already have entered and want to change your picks just reenter the picks for that sex).
Full Rules and Scoring: (Note we reserve the right to change the scoring rules before the start of the marathon trials races)
1st place correctly picked – 100 points.
2nd place correctly picked – 50 points
3rd place correctly picked – 30 points
Correctly picking a person in the top 3 but in the wrong position – 25 points
4th place correctly picked – 15 points
Having one of your picks for the top 5 finish in the top 5 in any order – 10 points in addition to the ones above.
Having one of your picks for the top 10 finish in the top 10 in any order – 5 points in addition to the ones above.
(So if you get first dead on, you’ll actually get 115 points (100 + 10 + 5) for that pick.)
-1 point for each spot one of your picks in the top 10 that finishes in the top 10 is off from its actual spot (but you can’t get negative points on a pick). So if you pick someone 2nd and they finish 7th (or worse), you would get 0 points (5 points for a top 10 pick but lose a max of 5 points for them being 7th or worse) for this person. If you pick someone 2nd and they finish 6th you get 1 point on this person (5 points for top 5 – 4 points for them being 6th instead of 2nd = 1 point total). If you pick someone in the top 10 and they finish out of the top 10 you get 0 points for them.
If there is a tie overall, the first tie breaker is who is closest to the men’s or women’s overall winning time. Then we’ll first see who picked the most spots perfectly correctly on either the men’s or women’s side, then we’ll see who had the most runners in the top 10 in the top 10 on both sides of the competition, then we’ll have a drawing between all of the people still tied. If there is a tie in the men’s or women’s competition we’ll do the tiebreaker above but restrict it to the men’s or women’s competition.
Oh yeah, only one entry per person. No computerized/mechanical entries. No purchase necessary. I’m sure we should have a bunch of legal stuff here. How about this: your picks and your login name are not private and may be displayed on our website. And we’re not responsible if the free contest gets cancelled for any reason, including if our database crashes. We’ll do our best to keep everything running smoothly. The top 10 in any event are final when we determine them at the end of the meet and this may not be the ultimate final top 10 (mainly due to something like drug busts or eligibility issues in the future). Additionally, this contest is obviously void where prohibited by law, which states those are – we don’t know. No purchase necessary. And yes, we can win our own contest. If we beat you, you’ll hear about it for sure. This contest is not affiliated with the USOC or the Olympics in any way. Also we are not responsible for misspellings or errors including the fact that some of the people listed in the individual contest may not run (we took most of the nonqualifiers out but maybe not all of them).
Thanks to Running Warehouse and Asics for the great prizes.