# \$20,013 USA Track Nationals Prediction Contest

by: LetsRun.com
June 18, 2013

Our world famous prediction contest is back!

The 2013 USA Track and Field Championships start Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa with the crucial World Championship spots on the line and we’re rolling out our \$20,013 Prediction Contest just in time. Before we get to the details, let us state that this contest is no way at all officially affiliated with USATF.

How It Works

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The process is quite simple. You pick who you think will get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the running events and we give you a list of the top entrants with a picking guide.

We have a feature that allows you to change your picks up until
about 10 minutes before a particular event is scheduled to start.

The first event closes at 4pm Eastern on Thursday.

Also, you don’t have to fill in all of your picks at once.

Even if you know very little about some of the events we have a picking guide for you and our event preview are going live on LetsRun.com.

Scoring

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, that’s 4 total points).
• 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:

Perfect Ballot: \$20,013 A perfect ballot means you pick the top three in
the correct order for every event for both sexes – doing it for just
one sex doesn’t count as a perfect ballot. 1 winner maximum. If more than 1 person has a perfect ballot, the winner will be selected by random drawing. The \$20,013 will be paid out in a single lump sum.

Perfect Track Distance Ballot: \$2,013 A perfect ballot means you pick the top three in
the correct order for the 800, 1,500, steeplechase, 5,000 and 10,000 for one sex.We’re feeling generous and aren’t requiring both sexes. 1 winners maximum. If more than 1 person has a perfect ballot, the winner will be selected by random drawing from those that had the perfect ballot.

In our contest, you can create your own group and play against your friends.

Group Scoring: Remember, you can sign up to play in a group and play against your friends.

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. If the contest is cancelled, the prizes will not be awarded. 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. The \$20,013 prize is the sole responsibility of LetsRun.com.

*And we’ll try to 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, 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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Shalane Flanagan after getting a bronze medal and 30:22 American record at the 2008 Bejing Olympics