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    Quote Originally Posted by tomacsh View Post
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    Yes. Volunteer to run the prize this year (everything is done by volunteers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomacsh View Post
    Can you advise on winning one of last year’s prizes but never being recognized or awarded anything? Least Daily Variance...I posted on the thread but never got a response. Thanks, Shannon (ST)



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    Unfortunately, a lot of the prize winners last year never got recognized or awarded anything. Normally, prizes are awarded at the final happy hour, and that never took place due to the pandemic. And because no one anticipated the pandemic when the competition began, we didn't have an alternative way planned to award prizes.

    At least this year, we've got advance notice of the fact that there may well not be a final happy hour, and an opportunity to figure things out in the event it can't happen. But I would still expect that many of the prizes this year may be only the honor of the thing rather than physical prizes, because it would be up to each person who awarded a prize to figure out how to get it to the recipient.

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    Hey, all! I've started the list of Prizes - see the first post in this thread. Remember, if your prize is something that would benefit from its own thread (such as a place to post pictures for a photo contest), the prize sponsor should create the thread. I'll link to it from the master list. Likewise, if tracking for your prize needs a hashtag, when you specify the hashtag I'll add it to the list.

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    I will once again sponsor the Photo Caption competition. A new thread will be created when the contest begins.

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    Civil War History Pointless Prize

    I'd like to sponsor a Civil War History pointless prize. We have so much Civil War history in the DC Metro area, and I'd love for us to explore more of our nation's heritage. I've had a great time cycling to Civil War sites this year including circle forts, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. I've even designed and rode bicycle routes to follow troop movements leading up to the Battles of South Mountain, Antietam, and Gettysburg.

    The Rules

    For this contest, there are two ways to earn points, each of which will have a hashtag on Strava. You can earn a maximum of 7 points per day. That is, your ride can have both hashtags: #CivilWarMarker #CivilWarStreet. If you have multiple rides in one day and both rides are hashtagged for this prize, only the first ride of the day counts.

    1. #CivilWarMarker +5 points
    -Find Civil War Markers like monuments, historic signs with descriptions, circle forts, battle sites, and similar. Take a photo of the historic marker with your bicycle. Write a short description of the marker on Strava. This could be as simple as retyping the text of the marker or talking about where you found the marker or why it caught your eye.
    -Hashtag the ride on Strava as #CivilWarMarker.
    -One Civil War Marker counts PER DAY.
    -Don't repeat the same exact historic marker for the duration of Freezing Saddles. You're on the honor system here.

    2. #CivilWarStreet +2 points
    -Find streets named after Civil War generals, key figures, and streets that were critical to the Civil War. Take a picture of your bike with the street sign. Write a short description of who this general/key figure was or why this street/street name was critical in the Civil War in the comment section on Strava.
    -Examples for streets critical to the Civil War:
    *"Military Road" in Arlington and in DC was designed to connect the circle forts defending the perimeter of Washington.
    *Roads that were critical in battle movements also count as long as you annotate why they were important. For example, "Bolivar Road" is the approach that Union troops used to to engaged with Confederate troops at Fox's Gap (on Reno Monument Road) at the Battle of South Mountain in September of 1862.
    -Hashtag the ride on Strava as #CivilWarStreet.
    -One Civil War Street counts PER DAY.
    -Do not repeat the same street in the same city/town but you could find the same street name in a different city. For example, "Lee" Street appears in multiple cities in the region. You could ride "Lee" Street in 5 different cities on 5 different days and have them all count. But don't just ride another block down the same street and count that as a new sign (unless it's in a different city). You're on the honor system here.

    Prizes for the Top 3 Winners!!!
    The top 3 winners will be honored on the Freezing Saddles forum and receive their choice of the following Audible audio books delivered electronically. If there is a tie for more than 3 top place finishers, then I will go through a subset of the hashtagged Strava posts, view the photos, and read the descriptions posted to Strava and subjectively decide who was more thorough in documenting civil war history.

    1. The Great Courses: The American Civil War
    2. The Great Courses: The History of the United States, 2nd Edition
    3. Another Great Course on American history of your choice by one of these professors: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, or Patrick N. Allitt

    Thread on this Forum
    I will create a Civil War History thread on this forum so that we can share our finds and discuss them. This won't be for the points though. This part is just for fun.
    Last edited by BicycleBeth; 12-06-2020 at 01:25 PM. Reason: Added Key Figures to the #CivilWarStreet section

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Public Farts?

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    Do audio submissions count for the Public Pharts Pointless Prize or PPPP or Px4?

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    Default Pointless Prize Thread 2021

    #LakeFinder

    Id like to sponsor a new prize category for FS2021 #lakefinder

    Ride your bike a least a mile to any lake, pond or massive pool of impounded water (loosely defined) that is freely accessible to the public and take a picture of said body of water with a bicycle somewhere in the frame.

    See here for rules, definition and to submit your entries FS2021 #LakeFinder
    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...ink_source=app

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    Last edited by Boomer2U; 01-03-2021 at 10:42 AM. Reason: Redirecting traffic to newly created #Lakefinder thread

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    I will sponsor, once again, the Freezing Saddles photography contest.

    The ultimate in more-than-one-person can win.

    Unless drevil enters it again.

    Deets tbd.

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    Soooo question. There is a fraction of the energy on the forum as there has been previous years. These posts are getting "liked" by only a few old boring usual suspects. Many people have apparently signed up for FS - come to the forum to do their one mandatory post - and fled this telegraph era bulletin board.

    Will there be sufficient energy to do the reindeer games? Or have we entered the diaspora, with children in far off lands? It takes a village to play a pointless game.... otherwise its pointless.

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    Without naming names, I can think of several pointless prize sponsors and winners who rarely post on the forum. I'm not sure how well forum posting tracks pointless prize participation. Would be curious to hear from last year's PP sponsors about that.

    It does seem like one particular reindeer game (which shall not be named) that requires constant forum participation fizzled out during the competition last year.

    Agreed, overall forum participation is down. Too bad, as the quality of posts is generally high, and having a repository of good threads on things like bike tires and maintenance is more valuable than disorganized posts on Facebook and Twitter hashtags that are quickly lost and forgotten.

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