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Here are the scoring criteria for the June 29 VRAA. Those who have played before will notice a couple adjustments (no 80-mile rule, a new category for in-line skating, a 5 point bonus for races).<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">VRAA scoring categories:</span><br><br><b>I. Running/Walking:</b> 4 pts for every mile (1 pt for every 1/4 mile). All weekly miles in excess of 80 to be scored at one-half points (2 pts per mile.) Includes outdoor running/walking and, if you choose, treadmill.<br><br><b>II. Swimming:</b> 1 pt for every 100 meters (indoor or outdoor)<br><br><b>III. Cycling:</b> 1.5 pt for every mile (includes outdoor cycling and, if you choose, trainers that give accurate mileage readings)<br><br><b>IV. In-line skating (the APRR Chuck rule):</b> 2 pts for every mile<br><br><b>V. The Race Premium:</b> Add 5 pts. for a race to the points you'd get for the distance. Applies once per race, whether it's a 5K or an Ironman tri.<br><br><b>VI. General Cardio*:</b> 1 pt for every 3 minutes<br><br><b>VII. Alternate workouts**:</b> 1 pt for every 5 minutes (maximum of 60 minutes, or 12 points, per day; we do not intend to turn this race into Yoga Your Ass Across America)<br><br><i>* General Cardio</i> includes: Stationary bike/Elliptical/Stair-stepper/Rowing, etc. The basic requirement for this category is an activity that produces a sustained, elevated and/or aerobic heart rate.<br><br><i>** Alternate workouts:</i> This category is open to interpretation. To a point. Below are the suggested activities. The guidance with this category is to count time spent working and not rest time.<br><br>
- Yoga/Pilates<br>
- Weighlifting/Circuit training<br>
- Core/Abdominal work
 

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What's the route?
 

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No reinventing the wheel this time.<br><br>
We'll race the same route roots set up a couple rounds ago. Racers will brave the Florida heat, then head west through the old south and the Bible belt and the mighty southwest. We'll turn north in Cali, then bust across the grain belt and the rust belt and the northeast before a sprint through lovely New England and a finish in Bar Harbor, Maine.<br><br>
Aid stations along the way will provide Fritos, strawberry stems, hot oil massages, and pirated premium cable TV broadcasts for you Cinemax fans.<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Checkpoints:<br><br></span>Start: Fort Lauderdale, FL<br>
641 miles: Atlanta, GA (859 to next)<br>
1500 miles: Norman, OK (562 to next)<br>
2063 miles: Albuquerque, NM (802 to next)<br>
2865 miles: Long Beach, CA (423 to next)<br>
3288 miles: Napa, CA (709 to next)<br>
3996 miles: Salt Lake City, UT (1064 to next)<br>
5060 miles: Topeka, KS (573 to next)<br>
5633 miles: Chicago, IL (761 to next)<br>
6394 miles: Philadelphia, PA (584 to next)<br>
6978 miles: Bar Harbor, ME (Finish line)</span>
 

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Reporting scores is easy.<br><br>
Each day there will be a score reporting thread. Look in this forum for some examples from the last round. If you're done with your workout in the morning and you're ready to report and no reporting thread has been started ... start one.<br><br>
Report what you did for the day, how many points you got, and what team you're on. So if you ran 4 miles, did 30 minutes of Pilates, and biked 10 miles, your report would look like this:
<blockquote><p>Ran 4 miles = 16 points<br>
Biked 10 miles = 15 points<br>
30 minutes Pilates = 6 points<br><br>
37 points for Team X.<br></p></blockquote>
If you don't have easy access to the internet for a stretch, just report your scores for a series of days in one big post in the most recent daily thread. Timely reporting is best, but it ain't always possible, and we get by just fine.<br><br>
I'll update the scoring and individual leaderboards periodically.<br><br>
Let me know if you have any questions.
 

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Dang Man,<br>
Skipping Jacksonville again! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I have cold beers if anyone wants some on the way by! They are even home brews. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 

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HT thanks for my own special rule....i feel so special. besides the mileagerequirement will make me work more and harder....lets hope we have this going in Sept with such small teams. once again a big thanks
 

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Check out the <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6494" target="_blank">reopened sign-up thread</a> in the Starting Gate.
 

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So Dan is logging miles from from his day job? So if I attached a pedometer to me all day I can log those miles, too?
 

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I understand, but it just seems...odd. I'm not trying to be nit-picky, but it seems a little unfair. Is there a fundamental difference between going for a 9-mile walk with the intention of getting 9 miles of exercise, or walking 9 miles because it's part of how you work?<br><br>
Personally, I wouldn't rate 9 miles of determined exercise the same as 9 miles of occupational exercise.<br><br>
Sorry. Not trying to be a trouble-maker.
 

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<a href="http://kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2443" target="_blank">Here's the previous discussion</a>. (See in particular post #3 by roots.)<br><br>
I think roots nails what is a useful distinction that's in line with the spirit of the game. Continuous, sustained, exercise-y walking counts; episodic, incidental walking shouldn't. I walk a lot for my job for a whole bunch of reasons, but I ain't gonna get VRAA points for it because it's 50 feet to the secretary's station here, 200 yards to the classroom there, a half-mile to a restaurant over there, with natural breaks for water cooler talk, hitting the john, eating lunch, teaching a class, catching a bus. It's not sustained, and not really measurable unless I do something gimmicky.<br><br>
But walking a mail route or heading out for a two-mile walk is continuous, sustained, exercise-y stuff. The fact that it's done as part of a job doesn't matter. If someone were paid to teach a spinning class and does the same workout in the course of doing so as someone in the class, they get the points.<br><br>
I know the line might be hard to draw, and my intent is to trust people's judgment about what they report, except in extreme cases. So far, both in this round and others, people seem pretty good about reporting stuff that's in line with the spirit of the game.
 

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Okay, sorry. I didn't know that there was a discussion on this earlier.<br><br>
Yeah, I'm glad I'm not a mail carrier in this heat. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 
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