2010 USA Track Prediction Contest
June 23, 2010
2010 USA National Champs Prediction Contest
Our famous prediction contest is back!
And in returning to our roots, it's back with only 24 hours to spare before the first event.
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 distance running event (minues the women's steeple) plus the men's 100m and men's 400m at the 2010 USATF Track Championships which start Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa (the first event you need to get your picks in by is at 5:45 pm eastern). 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.
We list the top 10 athletes for you and give you their school and top seed time in 2010.
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:
We're on the road and haven't had time to think of the prizes. We guarantee the winner will get bragging rights.
Perfect Ballot: $2,010 (Picking the top 3 in the each event in the correct order for the 800, 1500, 5k, 10k, steeplechase, and 100m and 400m - doing it for just one sex doesn't count (when possible)as a perfect ballot). 1 winner maximum. If more than 1 person has a perfect ballot, the winner of the $2,010 will be selected by random drawing. (We may increase the perfect ballot amount to $20,010 but Wejo has not been able to get in touch with Rojo for permission).
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.
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. Also you need to be of the proper minimum age. No purchase necessary. And yes we can win our own contest. If we beat you, you'll hear about it for sure.
This contest in no way is affiliated with USATF..
*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.
You'll be able to login and check your scores during the contest. You need a letsrun.com login to play. If you have any questions email us at [email protected]
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