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Disclaimer: This contest is no way affiliated with USOC or the IOC or the Olympics.
2008 LetsRun.com Prediction Contest
Our famous prediction contest is back!

The 2008 Olympics start Friday in Beijing (the track events don't start for another week until the 15th) and to celebrate this occasion we're rolling out our world famous prediction contest. And since it's the Olympics we're upping our game. We've actually got the contest way up before the start of the Olympics which is a real first for us. Additionally, thanks to Brooks we've got prizes 10 deep. And out of our own generosity we've decided to up the ante and reward a cool $1,000,000 if anyone has a perfect ballot.

We really want this to be by far our biggest contest ever so please tell your friends all about it as you can compete against them in your own group.

How it Works
The process is quite simple. On the next few pages you will pick who you think will get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each running event (including the relays), plus the men's and women's pole vault, men's and women's high jump, men's shot put, men's long jump, and the decathlon and heptathlon. Inevitably, some competitors may drop out at the last minute or your buddy may call you with inside info and you'll want to change your picks. We have a feature that allows you to change your picks up until about 10 minutes before a particular event is scheduled to start. So you don't have to fill all of your picks at once. For those of you who work for a living, this is a very important feature. We know you can only fool your boss for so long and make it look like you are actually doing some work, so now you hopefully won't get fired for participating in the contest. You can partially fill the bracket out and then come back later.

Even if you know very little about some of the foreign competitors competing we have our most detailed form chart ever to help you out. Plus, you've got 10 days to get your picks in, so take your time.


The scoring is as follows:

  • Each person that you correctly pick to finish in the top 3 = 1 point
    (It doesn't matter if you actually get the pick exactly right. If you pick someone for 1st and they finish 3rd you still get the point. Vice versa is true as well. If you pick them to get third and they get third, it's still only one point)
  • Each event winner picked correctly = 3 more points (you pick someone for first and they get first)
  • Each event picked perfectly - All three picks: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the right order = 2 more points (Here the order is key)

Do you understand the rules fully? The following example should explain any questions you have. If you pick 1st, 2nd, and 3rd correctly in any event in the proper order, it is 3 points (1 point for each person in the top 3)+ 3 points (for getting the winner correct)+ 2 points (bonus for perfect pick of top 3 in order) = 8 points.

The more points the better.

Now for the Prizes From Brooks:

1st Place: 1 Pair of Brooks Running Shoes + Brooks Heritage USA Jacket + Iffley Road TShirt
2nd & 3rd Place:  Pair of Brooks Running Shoes
4th-5th Place: Heritage USA Jackets
6th-10th Place: Iffley Road T Shirts or Brooks Team Hansons T Shirts (See Below)

Bonus Prize: Autographed Brooks Brian Sell Jersey We'll give this to whoever we deem fit. May be the overall winner, may be someone else.

Heritage USA Jacket

Heritage UK Jacket


Iffley Road Ts

Brooks Hansons Ts

$1,000,000 - For a perfect ballot (picking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in every men's and women's event perfectly). Good luck as you'll need it. 1 winner maximum. If more than 1 person has a perfect ballot, the winners of the $1,000,000 will be selected by random drawing. The $1,000,000 will be paid out as $25,000 for 40 years. LetsRun.com is solely responsible for the $1,000,000.

$20,800 - For a perfect distance ballot (picking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd perfectly for the 800, 1500, steeplechase, 5k and 10k on both the men's and women's side).  1 winner maximum. If more than 1 person has a perfect ballot, the winners of the $20,800 will be selected by random drawing. The $20,800 will be paid out in a lump sum.

Group Scoring: Remember, you can sign up to play in a group and play against your friends. So please let them know about this contest as we want this to be the biggest one in our history.

Oh yeah, only one entry per person. No computerized/mechanical entries. 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 3 in any event are final when we determine them at the end of the meet and this may not be the ultimate final top 3 (mainly due to drug busts in the future). Additionally, this contest is obviously void where prohibited by law, which states  and countries that is - we don't know. Also you need to be of the right minimum age which we'll say is 15 to be safe.  No purchase necessary. And yes we can win our own contest. If we beat you, you'll hear about it for sure.

We have a guide to help you with your picks and are not responsible for any errors in the guide.
*And we'll try and keep events open until 10 minutes before each event but we're not guaranteeing anything.

(Please note: For tie-breaking purposes, we'll first look at the number of 1st places correctly chosen. If there's still a tie, we'll look at the number of 2nd places correctly chosen correctly, and then if need be, the number of 3rd places correctly chosen. If there still is a tie, we'll conduct a random drawing.)

Sound easy? Then get started.
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