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RA Running Game 2020 *Signups December 1-15 for Teams, December 1-31 for Individuals* Links in first post* (Read 169 times)

stealth.rnr


Somebody's using it.....

    Signup page

     

    2020 Game Forum

     

    Please read before signing up!


    The 2020 Running Game is a group of runners looking to achieve a mileage goal (of any amount) for the coming year. If you've had trouble reaching mileage targets in the past or need a little extra push to get you where you would like to be, this club can help! With fellow members supporting them, many runners revised their lower mileage goals and reached goals that they never would have dreamed of.

    Additionally, the 2020 Game has an optional team competition ("Head2Head") with members randomly assigned to teams with approximately equal balance (members & goal miles). The idea here is to help runners develop friendships, support each other, and have a little friendly competition. Our experience is that smaller groups organized as teams are very helpful in encouraging members to stick to their goals.


    What do you get with your membership?


    Weekly updates posted on RA with stats such as; weekly average needed to reach your goal, average weekly mileage, miles remaining, etc.


    An enthusiastic and supportive group of runners to help you reach your goals in both your private team forum and the 2020 Game forum.


    What do we ask from you?


    A full year commitment to the game. Maintaining consistent participation is crucial for team balance and camaraderie.

     

    A realistic mileage goal. Hopefully something that is challenging, but attainable. We use the goals to help make balanced teams. After January 1, you'll be able to adjust your goal one time before June 30 if needed. We ask for a mileage goal for the entire year. Goal/52 is your part of the weekly team goal. Everyone has high and low weeks, but that goal needs to be one that you are able to run.

     

    Keep your running log up-to-date. If you don't keep your day-to-day running log on Running Ahead, we ask that you log on and track your total miles for the previous week no later than the following Tuesday. The posting deadline for the previous week is 10PM EST. After that, you can update your log but the miles will not count for your team.

     

    Communication- Each team will create a system for team communication via Running Ahead. That could be via RA usergroup or a thread in the main 2020 forum. Teams may also choose to set up groups outside of RA, but no team member is required to go outside of RA in order to communicate with their team. Team members are strongly encouraged to participate in team discussions. Many runners find the extra encouragement from their teammates to be motivating and fun! Please join the 2020 main forum if you join the game even if your team has a group of its own. Admins will post game news and announcements in that forum.

     

    Give advance notice to your team captain if you will be on an extended vacation, leave of absence, or need to be placed on Injured Reserve (IR). If you are in one of these categories, you will not have to worry about updating your log. Members who have not been in contact with their team captain or game admins and haven't updated their log for 3 consecutive weeks (or 2 weeks at the start of the year) can be moved to individual status for the remainder of the year.

     

    To go on IR, you must have a 0 in the previous week results. The runner and captain must both make the request.

     

    If you join the team game, please be a good team member, post your miles by the deadline and respond to any private messages from your team captains and/or admins.

     

    If you do not post miles for 3 non-consecutive weeks without contacting the team captain, the captain can request a confidential team vote to remove you from the team.

     

    No team member should be required to go outside of RA to communicate with their team.

     

    Important Note: Decisions made or opinions expressed by the game admins are not necessarily those of RunningAHEAD, LLC, which is providing hosting for the game but NOT overseeing day to day operations. Also, running is dangerous and stuff. Please don't do anything that could compromise your health for the sake of a game!
    How to Sign Up
    Sign-ups start December 1st at 12:01 AM and end December 15th at 11:59 PM for the Team games. Individual sign-ups end December 31st at 11:59 PM. The deadlines are final.

    The Join Button will appear on the 2020 Game page after sign-ups start. Team generation and mileage counting are automated, so you need to be in the system for it to work.

     

                                                     

    stealth.rnr


    Somebody's using it.....

      General Info/Contact
      Requirements- You can participate in the game as a team member or individual. To play, you need to keep your running log updated so that your workouts can count towards your yearly goal (and earn points for your team, if you're playing on a team). Runners in the team game need to respond to any private messages on Running Ahead from their team captains or the admins. You are not required to communicate outside of RA for this game.

       

      Injured Reserve/Leave of Absence- If you're on a team and know that you're going to have 0 miles for any given week, let your team captain know. After you have a '0' in the previous week's results, they can let the admins know to place you on "injured reserve/leave of absence". Admins will only take IR requests from team captains, but we need to see the request from the runner. While on Injured Reserve, your miles will not count for or against your team in the weekly competition. You will also not be dropped from your team due to inactivity. Let your captain know when you're ready to leave the Injured Reserve list as well.

      Admin contact info- The game admins are stealth.rnr and CanadianMeg. If you have a question or need clarification, you can send them a PM or post in the 2020 usergroup. Send PM’s to both of us because we get vacations too. If we miss a message because it is just sent to one of us, the first admin to see it will respond.

      Deadline- The competition week runs from Monday to Sunday, your local time. In order to be counted, workouts for the previous week need to be logged by Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern Time. Any changes made to your log after that time will not count towards your goal or for points for your team.

       

      Modifying goals- You are allowed to change your yearly goal ONE TIME before June 30th. There will be a thread for goal changes in the usergroup, or you can let your captains or an admin know via PM. In exceptional circumstances (severe injury, etc), we may allow one additional change after the deadline at the discretion of the admins. Also, we reserve the right to modify goals if it appears that a user has set or changed to an artificially low goal (sandbagging). This would only be done in extreme cases.


      Be smart in setting your goals. No one can coast through the first half of the year and jack up their goal later if they are starting a training cycle.


      Team Membership

      Captains- Each team selects two captains who keep up-to-date on game info and communicate news and updates to the team. Admins will communicate with captains if they have any questions or if there are any changes needed.

       

      Team info- The 2020 game tab has a "My Team" tab that lets you see who is on your team as well as their goal and current miles for the week. The "Distance" column turns green for each member who has hit their distance goal for that week. Each runner's team goal is their yearly goal divided by 52.142857. That number does not change unless the runner makes a goal change. The "previous" button provides more info on how the team and individual members did during those weeks. NEW in 2020: there is no personal pace bunny in the game; to go green, you must hit Annual Goal/52.142857.

       

      Communication- Each team will create a system for team communication via Running Ahead. That could be via RA usergroup or a thread in the main 2020 forum. Teams may also choose to set up groups outside of RA, but no team member is required to go outside of RA in order to communicate with their team. Team members are strongly encouraged to participate in team discussions. Many runners find the extra encouragement from their teammates to be motivating and fun!

       

      Leaving the team- Joining the game is a year-long commitment, and teams work best when a core group of members stays together for the entire year. Runners are strongly discouraged from leaving the team once the year has started. Injured players can stay on the team for communication and support. Injured reserve players will not count for or against your team on the weekly matchups.

      Dropping from team for non-posting- Any player who does not update his or her log for 3 consecutive weeks without notifying their team captain can be removed from the team at the captain's request. Removal requests made between Sunday night and Tuesday’s results will be completed once results have been posted.

       

      Voting off a team member- If a team member has 3 or more non-consecutive weeks of 0 miles without notifying the captain, the captain may choose to initiate a vote to remove that member from the team. To initiate a vote, the captain would let the admins know. Admins will conduct the vote via Private Message. The admins do not initiate a vote without attempts having already been made by the team captains to contact the absent runner. The member will be removed once a majority of the team has voted "yes" to remove, or after a reasonable period of time if the majority of team members have voted "yes." The vote is confidential; even your team captain is not privy to how people voted, even if your team captain is an admin. (This is why admins will never be on the same team.)

       

      Important Note Regarding Removed Players: If a runner is removed from their team for 3 weeks consecutive non-posting or voted off by their team, they will not be permitted to join the game the following year. Essentially, they are banned for one year. If a runner requests to have themselves removed from a team or changed to the individual game, they will have the option to join either the team or individual game the following year. The admins will keep a list with distinctions.

       

                                                       

      stealth.rnr


      Somebody's using it.....

        Link to the 2019 Forum. Stop in and see what the game is about.

         

        2019 In 2019 Game

         

                                                         

        CanadianMeg


        Cirque du Sore Legs 2019

          Less than a week until registration opens!

          Think about those goals. Check the forum link above for changes coming to the game for 2020. Smile

          This is not a high mileage runners only game. All runners welcome!

          "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)

           

          Half Fanatic #9292. 20 Half Marathons and Counting... :)

          keeponrunning


            Are we still allowed to change our goal mileage come June?  In the past few years I've ran around 3500km, but this year will be less than 2000km due to a 3-month layoff due to injury and subsequent recovery time (still only at 40-50km/week).  I have no idea where to place my mileage because I'm trying to figure out how to balance running with using swimming as cross-training twice a week, but at the same point I will hopefully be training for another ultra which will require longer long runs.

            stealth.rnr


            Somebody's using it.....

              June 30 is the deadline for the goal change.

               

                                                               

              The Dementor


              The Dementor

                The RA Running Game is a lot of fun and you "meet" people through it everywhere (USA, Canada, New Zealand, Europe etc.)  Sometimes people actually meet at races during the year so that is pretty cool.

                 

                This is also an opportunity to remind members of RA to contribute to Eric's efforts of maintaining this incredible space and on-line running community.  Hit the donate button and give $25.  ( I know it says less but it is the holidays, give more)

                 





                Brewing Runner


                CIM FanBoi

                  I  need to remember to sign up this year. I actually did my best running this year and the team I could have been on suffered.

                  1 mile: 5:38 (September 2018)

                  5K: 20:23 (March 2018)

                  10K: 42:11 (May 2018)

                  Half: 1:29* (2019 CIM first half)

                  Marathon 2:59* (2019 CIM)

                  Annual Miles 1,892.7 miles

                  *CIM is a NET downhill course and the weather is unpredictable.

                   

                  2019 Goal: Get into the 4/19/21 marathon. 

                   

                  Marky_Mark_17


                    The RA Running Game is a lot of fun and you "meet" people through it everywhere (USA, Canada, New Zealand, Europe etc.)  Sometimes people actually meet at races during the year so that is pretty cool.

                     

                     

                     

                    Totally.  We have had a good forum this year for my team with weekly chatter.  I was the only one not from the US but it's been cool meeting a range of different runners and hearing what they are up to.

                    5,000m: 16:03 (Dec-18) | 10,000m: 32:58 (Nov-19) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                    HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:57:36 (Oct-17)

                    Last race: Kerikeri Half Marathon, 23 Nov, 1:10:46 (PB)

                    Up next: Bays Night of 5's 5000m, 20 Dec

                    "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                    CanadianMeg


                    Cirque du Sore Legs 2019

                      I  need to remember to sign up this year. I actually did my best running this year and the team I could have been on suffered.

                       

                      I'll try to remember to send you a reminder if I don't see you on the list shortly before the deadline closes. Wink

                      "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)

                       

                      Half Fanatic #9292. 20 Half Marathons and Counting... :)

                      CanadianMeg


                      Cirque du Sore Legs 2019

                        Sign-ups open in a couple of days!

                        Are you thinking about your 2020 goals? Smile

                        "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)

                         

                        Half Fanatic #9292. 20 Half Marathons and Counting... :)

                        stealth.rnr


                        Somebody's using it.....

                           

                                                                           

                          stealth.rnr


                          Somebody's using it.....

                            The 2020 Game forum is open.

                             

                            2020 Running Game

                             

                                                                             

                            CanadianMeg


                            Cirque du Sore Legs 2019

                              "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)

                               

                              Half Fanatic #9292. 20 Half Marathons and Counting... :)

                                this looks like fun,  thanks for the opportunity, I just signed up!

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