Archive for September, 2010


Vote on the 2011 Great TB Race

Here is your chance to vote on the 2011 Great TB Race.  This vote will help to determine the starting location for the race.  I’ve also included a vote to help me determine people’s thoughts on a small entry fee to help cover costs of running the race (previously absorbed by myself).  All votes will count, even if you do not enter the race, though only the “Starting Location” is required to submit your vote.  The Entry Fee vote is entirely voluntary.  Vote as much as you want, but voting will close at 10 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 28th.  We’ll announce the results by October 1st.

==>Voting has closed.<==

2011 Great TB Race

And the planning for next year’s race has begun. But a few details need to be worked out. We are making some changes (this is reusing some information from the last post):

1.We are getting rid of Monthly Goals. While they have been more successful than last year’s Checkpoint caches, they can be frustrating to score. However, the idea of bonus goals isn’t a bad idea. So next year, we’ll look at adjusting when and how we award them. Maybe some bonus goals to be awarded at the end of the year: mileage, # of events attended, # of pictures posted, etc. Or maybe quarterly or a mid-race bonus. We’ll see.

2.Timeliness. We are still looking at how to improve the process of getting updates posted. As I’ve stated, we’ve found a way to spread out the workload and now we need to work on timing. We’ll continue to look into the idea of an automated process, but progress in that area has been slow. Other ideas will be considered, so if you think you have one, let me know.

3. I am considering removing the FTF goal.  It creates some conflicts with scoring with regards to other rules.

4.Starting location. I think moving from Kansas City to Dallas for the starting location was a good idea. It changes things up a bit and ensures that the same people are not responsible for getting the race going every year. So, with this post, I’m putting an all call out for anyone interested in being the host for the start of the race. What does this entail? It means that you would be in charge of being the mailing point for all the entries, getting tracking information to me, attaching race tags, and hosting a New Year’s Day event to release the bugs (that was another successful change this year). We would like to see this occur in a larger city that has enough cachers and caches to spread out the TB’s. Expect there to be about 100 TB’s (Year one had 81 and this year was 94). If you’re up for this role, please post a comment on here with the city you are submitting for hosting the start of the race.

On #4, we are still looking to see who else might be interested in helping with this critical part of the race.  So I’m going to up the ante just a bit and say that whomever wins the role of running the starting location will also receive two complimentary entries for the race.  In other words, you’ll get two free travel bugs, one for yourself and one for someone of your choosing, to be used in entering the race.

Right now, we have the following cities that people have offered to host in:

Tampa, FL

Anchorage, AK

Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (my only concern is possible increases due to international shipping…I’ll look into this).

I would like to have some more suggestions by the end of this Friday, September 24th.  We will take the submissions and open up voting for the weekend.  Please make sure that if you offer a location, you are aware that you will be responsible for the details listed in #4 above.

Dallas, TX and Kansas City, MO are out due to their use in prior races.

So, who else is up for the challenge?

TripCyclone

August Points Update and 2011 race

The August points update is in and the top 20 has been rearranged a bit, but they are all still there. Eek! the Spider is still in the lead as the only racer over 500 points, but some others are catching up. Can it hold it’s lead? Only time will tell.

We did have an interesting story from Shrek the Explorer. Seems Shrek was involved in a purse snatching earlier this year. Then, in late July, the purse was recovered along with all the geocoins and Shrek still inside. Talk about taking an interesting journey. I can only hope the same thing happens with the backpack that was stolen from our rental car in June.

One more update will occur tomorrow night as two remaining pieces of data are finished.

Now, on to next year. Before we begin the process of starting next year, let’s look at a few things that need to be done or changed:

1.We are getting rid of Monthly Goals. While they have been more successful than last year’s Checkpoint caches, they can be frustrating to score. However, the idea of bonus goals isn’t a bad idea. So next year, we’ll look at adjusting when and how we award them. Maybe some bonus goals to be awarded at the end of the year: mileage, # of events attended, # of pictures posted, etc. Or maybe quarterly or a mid-race bonus. We’ll see.

2.Timeliness. We are still looking at how to improve the process of getting updates posted. As I’ve stated, we’ve found a way to spread out the workload and now we need to work on timing. We’ll continue to look into the idea of an automated process, but progress in that area has been slow. Other ideas will be considered, so if you think you have one, let me know.

3.Starting location. I think moving from Kansas City to Dallas for the starting location was a good idea. It changes things up a bit and ensures that the same people are responsible for getting the race going every year. So, with this post, I’m putting an all call out for anyone interested in being the host for the start of the race. What does this entail? It means that you would be in charge of being the mailing point for all the entries, getting tracking information to me, attaching race tags, and hosting a New Year’s Day event to release the bugs (that was another successful change this year). We would like to see this occur in a larger city that has enough cachers and caches to spread out the TB’s. Expect there to be about 100 TB’s (Year one had 81 and this year was 94). If you’re up for this role, please post a comment on here with the city you are submitting for hosting the start of the race.

I would like to have #3 worked out by October. Plan for major details to arrive at the start of October, with registration soon to follow.

With that, everyone have a good night and don’t forget to check back tomorrow night for the last two data sets. I’ll add a comment to this post when it’s ready.

TripCyclone