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Welcome to Round 8 of the Virtual Race Across America.<br><br>
Information about scoring, player levels, the course, and the rules can be found below.
 

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You will enter your points here: <a href="http://vraa.mootness.net/" target="_blank">VRAA Scoring Central</a><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">VRAA scoring categories:</span><br><br><b>Old Timers -</b> Please note that nothing below has changed from Round 6.<b><br><br>
I. Running/Walking:</b> 4 pts for every mile (1 pt for every 1/4 mile). Includes outdoor running/walking and, if you choose, treadmill.<br><br><b>II. Swimming:</b> 1 pt for every 100 yards (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. Use this for any aerobic activity that you can't readily measure in miles.<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<br>
- Team sports<br><br>
At some point, we must draw the line. <b>The Alternate workout category is capped at 60 minutes, or 12 points per day.<br></b></span>
 

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The purpose of this scale is our attempt to produce evenly divided teams.<br><br>
At registration, be prepared to provide your level of basassery expected for the next round (currently scheduled for January 2008.)<br><br><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>VRAA levels of badassery</b></span><br><br>
When you sign up, please place yourself in one of the following categories. Make your best guess about what you'll average over the course of the next several weeks and categorize yourself accordingly. You won't be punished if you end up doing more or less <b>(do keep in mind that all the non-running points add up; a lot of cross-trainers and multi-sporters tend to underestimate their productivity).</b><br><br><b>(1) Titanium Badass:</b> A cut above the rest. Your teammates love you, you opponents plan extra workouts because of you. You average earning 280+ VRAA points per week. That's 2 hours on the elliptical trainer, every day. Or, you go to Pilates class for 60 excruciating minutes 3 times a week, bike 50 miles a week, and still find time to run an additional 40 miles.<br><br><b>(2) Mega Super Badass:</b> You're a sizzling chunk of aerobic machinery, earning roughly 200-280 points per week or more. You run 40+ miles per week plus bike 25ish miles per week, or bike 135 miles per week, or walk a 9.5 mile mail delivery route every day plus run like a beast in your free time, etc.<br><br><b>(3) Super Badass:</b> You're hot & sassy. You're scoring constantly, garnering 120-200 VRAA points per week. Maybe you churn up the pool for 2000 yards in a week and then run 20 miles a week. But not content with that, you then do your cross-training (alt. workouts) because every Super Badass just knows they should.<br><br><b>(4) Badass:</b> You are the backbone of the VRAA. No team can win without a solid core of Badassery. You rack up 60-120 VRAA points per week. Cycle for 40 miles in a week and you've done it. In-line skate for 30 miles, same thing. Or you could just run for 15 miles in a week. Or mix it up a little. A Badass like you has options!<br><br><b>(5) Badass in Training:</b> Maybe you're in one of them long tapers, or you're aspiring to badassery, or you're really busy right now, or you're crosstraining through an injury. We love you for who you are, and respect you for what you do. And what you do is this: earn 0-60 VRAA points weekly for your team. That's up to 15 mpw running, or 40 mpw on a bike, or 6000 yards of swimming, or a few good days at the gym lifting weights and/or tooling around on them machines. To get closer to the low end up the point range, simply up the Cheetos consumption.</span>
 

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Round 7 will begin in San Francisco, CA <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Friday,</span> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">May 23</span>. Teams will have until <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Thursday, June 19</span> to go as far as they can towards Anchorage, AK.<br><br>
As in Round 7, 1 VRAA point will equal 1/4 mile traveled. When you run 1/4 in training, you will earn 1 point, and you will move your team forward 1/4 mile.<br><br>
Route details to follow:<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><span style="font-size:xx-small;">(Note on measurement - Figures above will be correct for VRAA purposes. Your reality may vary.)</span><br></span></span>
 

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<span style="font-size:xx-small;"><b>Please take the time to read this thread. If you still have questions, please ask.</b></span><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>I. VRAA rules</b></span>
<blockquote></blockquote><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><i>Gameplay:</i></span><br>
Gameplay is simple. The team with the highest point total after the last day of the round (Sunday, April 6) earns the title, "VRAA Champion - Gold Medalist." We will also make awards for 2d and 3d place. You will receive a title and a new color for your screen name.
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<ul><li>VRAA Champion - Gold Medalist</li>
<li>VRAA Silver Medalist</li>
<li>VRAA Bronze Medalist</li>
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<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>II. Reporting</b></span><br><br>
There will be a scoring thread for each day of the round. Post your points in the following manner:<br><br><i><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Run 4 miles = 16<br>
Cycle 10 miles = 15<br>
Alternate workout 25 minutes = 5<br><br>
36 points for <b>Team Z</b></span></i><br><br>
We will also have, as in Round 6, a scoring database. We expect to implement "detailed" scoring in the database. This means you'll enter your workouts broken down by type (sort of like you do for the daily thread) instead of just entering a total number of points for the day.<br><br>
There is no advantage to posting early. Points posted late in the day score the same as those posted the next day. Also, please keep the chatter out of the scoring threads. We have over 150 players - help our volunteers by keeping the scoring threads clear of the unnecessary stuff.<br><br>
I'd like to thank each and every one of you for participating in the VRAA. We try not to take it too seriously around here. If you feel like you've earned some VRAA points, then post it and claim it. Be a good sport. Most of us do not think about scoring VRAA points outside of the main workout(s) of the day (some of you crazies do doubles.) That being said, wearing a pedometer to count every waking step is not within the spirit of this game.<br><br>
The spirit of the VRAA is to encourage you to do that little bit extra, during your workouts, on a daily basis. We've found that in being part of a team is an added bonus to the experience. While there can only be one "VRAA Champion," we believe that everyone wins when they join the VRAA.<br><br>
Have fun, and don't hurt yourself out there.
 
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