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    Suggestion for new race format at Nationals!!!!!!!

    I would like to propose adding a short....but fun....race to the schedule to engage returning division podium winners from the prior year Nationals. It would work like this:

    --Open only to returning 2nd and 3rd place medalists from divisions in prior year Nationals. (Division winners had their fun at Race of Champions last year)
    --One GS run only, using your handicap from prior year Nationals
    --Men, women, kids all compete together using adjusted times (no raw times)
    --Run event right after slalom finishes on Wednesday on Julia's Gold start position A.
    --Maybe prizes for best helmet design, oldest race suit, most interesting race line, most finish line supporters....etc


    Make it a big kickoff for the remaining week's activities. Music (live band not needed) at the start and finish, an entertaining person as emcee walking around chatting everyone up and commenting on the competitors...maybe food vendors etc. A fun casual get together rooting for your favorite skier. Should be able to find a sponsor for the race as well.

    This will be a fun race setting the tone for the rest of the week.

    Thoughts?

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    [QUOTE=Monpick;36289]I would like to propose adding a short....but fun....race to the schedule to engage returning division podium winners from the prior year Nationals. It would work like this:

    --Open only to returning 2nd and 3rd place medalists from divisions in prior year Nationals. (Division winners had their fun at Race of Champions last year)
    --One GS run only, using your handicap from prior year Nationals
    --Men, women, kids all compete together using adjusted times (no raw times)
    --Run event right after slalom finishes on Wednesday on Julia's Gold start position A.

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    I like Silver Bronze runoff idea after Slalom Race Wednesday..Will induce more folks to make the long trip(for some) to Squaw. Let's see what Bill M says--they do have full plate each year--especially if weather goes south.

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    This type of event could take minimal effort. A single short GS course set on the same hill as the slalom race. It would be over quickly. We could probably find someone to pay for the incremental work as well. This would be a fun Wednesday event at the end of day. A casual social gathering at the finish area.

    We could come up with a creative name for the race and create a cool trophy for the winner. If you think about it, the kids would have the best advantage to win. They make the biggest gains year over year in terms of speed improvement and they get to use last year's handicap. The kids and their families will love it.

    We want more US ski team members and Alumni to participate at the Nationals....we could also have a sub-race of pacesetters to compete on a net basis as well (while they set the par time for the race). The winner of the Pacesetters and the Nastar racer winner could form a Friends team for the next day. Each gets to choose one added member for their new friends team...

    Just a thought....

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    And I volunteer to haul gates for course set and to help in course tear down.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monpick View Post
    We could come up with a creative name for the race and create a cool trophy for the winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patmoore View Post
    The Avis Cup? Remember their old slogan? We're Number 2! We Try Harder!
    Wow....I do remember that....unless we want to go more "formal"......

    "RunnerUp Redux"

    -or-

    #La soiree des finalistes" to focus on the party after the race?

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