Vote for CoolRunning Reader Awards 2004
Posted 01 December 2004 - 02:59 AM
The idea for the awards was first floated in this messageboard posting - feel free to add your views.
- Thurs 18th November to 30th November - Nominations open.
- 1st December to 21st December - voting allowed - you can only vote for what was nominated and you won't be able to vote more than once. No one can see the vote tally until after voting has closed. No more nominations can be accepted once voting starts.
- Voting closes on 21st December and prizes awarded immediately after. Actually there probably won't be any real prizes, just an entry in the Reader Awards Hall of Fame.
Awards Categories - The awards categories are as follows:
- Best Australian 10km Race
- Best Australian Half-Marathon Race
- Best Australian Marathon Race
- Best Australian UltraMarathon Race (longer than a marathon)
- Best Australian "Other distance" Race
- Best Australian Regional Race (>100kms from capital city)
- Most Scenic Australian Race
- Best Australian Male Athlete
- Best Australian Female Athlete
- Best Overseas Athlete (male or female)
- CoolRunning's favourite running shop
- CoolRunning's favourite running club
- CoolRunning's favourite thread of the year
- CoolRunning's most accomplished athlete of the year (must have posted at least once, your definition of accomplished)
- CoolRunning's most inspirational runner
- CoolRunning's ambassador of the year
- Best CoolRunner photo in the photo gallery (enter the url)
- Most commented CoolRunning thread of the year (can't vote on this - a scan of the messageboards will suffice)
- This year's most worn brand of running shoes (enter model YOU wore most)
- This year's most essential running accessory (eg Bodyglide, Mp3 player, GPS)
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Posted 01 December 2004 - 03:25 AM
Is this the case due to software issues, would it be easierif you had an option for each section, none of the above.
Also, did a nomination for Ambassador disappear, ie. yourself
Posted 01 December 2004 - 03:37 AM
I thought it best if I wasn't one of the options, and i didn't put in any nominations and I won't vote.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 03:42 AM
Edit: Ok Right Click. Thanks Kevin that makes sense - and it is very helpful :) .
Posted 01 December 2004 - 03:48 AM
Will be fun & interesting to see the results, if its anything like the Logies and other comps i will probably get none of my picks up, for some reason I seem to be different & like different things. :D
Posted 01 December 2004 - 03:48 AM
I was trying to be helpful <_<
you need to right-click and select "open link in new window"
Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:24 PM
I know it's too late now, but I think you missed the Adelaide marathon in best marathon category. I think it was nominated, correct me if I'm wrong.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 01:04 PM
I am sure the big city ones were nominated as well.
Must have missed Adelaide.
Minor oversight by Kevins admin dept. Himself.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 01:14 PM
In retrospect having 19 categories with maybe 20+ nominations in each category was a real pig to set up last night.
There are bound to be other issues raised - please raise and I will try to fix.
Posted 02 December 2004 - 02:56 PM
Vote 1 for Warwick Capper as Coolrunnings Most Accomplished Athlete of the Year.
Mr G - you do look the Bees Knees - you got my vote.
Kisses Boys - Tracey
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Posted 03 December 2004 - 04:14 PM
has attracted such legends as Cliff Young and Yiannis Kouros
It is an awards for 2004 - races can't win due to previous glory years, but how they went this year.
It is called the CoolRunning Reader Awards because the readers had to nominate races not the "management" of CoolRunning. It is hard if races or clubs weren't nominated but maybe next year people won't rely on others to do the nominating ... Nominations were open for 2 weeks.
Clearly clubs and races represented will be biased as per the readership of CR, but thems the breaks.
Posted 04 December 2004 - 09:50 PM
I think 2 weeks is enough time for the casual reader who might pop in every week to make a nomination.
The point of a nomination process is that you are only eligible if you are nominated and if people don't nominate for what ever reason well that is what happens. Nominations need to be made and end dates set. The important thing now is for those who have concerns to make a note somewhere and make sure it does not happen again next time around.
In this case the nomination was easy to do it was just a matter of doing it on Cool Running. Other nomination proccesses say for OA , OAM and certain community awards require documentation and referees. - not that I am suggesting that for here.
Still a great idea and I believe the key nominations that are high in the consciuosness of Cool runners have been represented.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:19 PM
Is it that 19 questions is a bit off-putting or people are lazy or they don't care or ....
I would be interested to hear from those that haven't voted.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:45 PM
Believe it or not I didn't realise that the actual voting for the awards had started. :o I got this thread mixed up with the thread to decide what name the awards should get. Now that I've seen the error of my ways I have voted.
Have I had the blinkers on for the past week, or is the "Vote now" item on the home page new? :unsure: Surely I couldn't have missed that all this time.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 06:45 PM
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Posted 10 December 2004 - 01:13 AM
'How Old' is a simple and instinctive poll which appeals to the curiosity. Unlike GaryO, I did realise voting had started - hard to miss the VOTE NOW banner. ;)
I also noticed that voting was open until 21 December so plenty of time to make a choice between 'Non-leather running shoes' and 'Stupid Olympic Quotes'.
A reminder to voters not to click on the links for 'best thread' and 'best photo' unless you open the link in a new window! I almost did that myself.
19 questions is OK although making a choice is difficult -preferential voting would be good (1,2,3)! I just think people are taking their time. A few 'free sex' reminders will do the trick.
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Posted 14 December 2004 - 03:49 PM
Not sure what I was expecting but would have liked 250 or so ??
Posted 16 December 2004 - 01:50 AM
Big things grow"
How many ran in the first City to Surf or the first 6' track?
The CR awards will become very popular (and sought after) in future years.
I suggest having the nomination process end sooner (early-November) so voting can run for six weeks. Also perhaps, weed out some of the nominations (get the plus 800 club to pick the successful ones) so you only have to choose between 10 or less in each category.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 02:46 AM
Vote now time is running out.
Just have a guess if you can't decide.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 03:04 AM
The 4000 members isn't a real-time number, onviously alot of the early members have moved on, this is obvious, have a look at member's rego numbers, you don't see many under a 1000.
I would have guessed about 200 or so post on a regular basis, but the Age poll proved that to be wrong, and no-one has told KT why they haven't, I can only assume the new members aren't voting???
No matter, the results will be a true reflection of the current posting CRs.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 10:46 AM
I would guess that the number of questions (& the number of options) in the CR awards was a turn-off.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 10:53 AM
Maybe there aren't 4000 members, but surely we can get more than just in the 100s?
Time to unplug the kettle and plug in the drip filter coffee or tea maker and take the time to vote.
I voted at the start of the month BTW.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 09:55 PM
It will feel a bit like its being rammed down people's throats but its only for a few more days.
The daily vote rate is about 2 or 3 per day I think and its pretty bad if we can't get 200 votes all up!
Most mornings there are more than 100 people online at ONE TIME. I think too many questions is a bit off-putting.
Posted 17 December 2004 - 03:30 PM
Have to make 200 by 1700 today. Keep voting.
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Edit: 12:10 am 18 dec, 208 voters, well done, keep em coming
Posted 18 December 2004 - 03:26 AM
I was just about to post the 208 voted.
Beat me to it.
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 02:49 AM
Late flurry tonight and we can get 250! :)
Posted 22 December 2004 - 01:47 AM
Is that right?
Posted 22 December 2004 - 10:47 AM
But could there be a protest forthcoming?
Let's hope not, but I thought it interesting that in 7 of the categories, the "None of These" vote got more than the "winner" vote.
The "None of These" votes were (Winner in brackets):
Best 10K 18% (13%)
Best Regional 40% (11%)
Most Scenic 15% (12%)
Running Shop 23% (15%)
Club 31% (27%)
Thread 15% (14%)
Photo 31% (13%)
Assuming that any other possible voting options weren't valid, as they weren't nominated in the required process, & that these votes were a "don't know/care" vote, perhaps the options could have been "No vote" or similar.
Or perhaps the real "winners" were hidden in these other votes??
Any other thoughts?
Posted 22 December 2004 - 12:10 PM
i thought the same until i remembered way back when i voted in this and realised that i put 'none of these' down for quite a few.
not because i thought none were worthy but because i didn't have a strong opinion either way.
also when i tried to look back at some of the photos (via the link) my choices got wiped so i thought 'stuff this' and voted for one of mine!
some may have 'none of these'd' the linked ones because of this.
one more thought and it seems silly saying this i know but those events with large participation are at a huge advantage.
eg. most scenic race - sydney city to surf got more votes than cradle mountain. maybe every CR who's ever run down there voted for cradle and only 0.1% of those who have run the C2S voted for that one but it got more votes.
in some ways then the most out of the way (and yet beautiful) places are going to get less votes because they are difficult to get to, are tougher races, have limited entries etc...
but i guess thems the breaks.
just as well C2S didn't beat 6FT hey!
just thinking out loud - i know i shouldn't.
well done to all winners.
Posted 22 December 2004 - 12:28 PM
Best Australian 10km race : Sydney Striders (Lane Cove)
Best Australian Half Marathon : SMH Half
Best Australian Marathon : Gold Coast
Best Australian Ultra Marathon : Six Foot Track
Best Australian "Other Distance" Race : Sydney City to Surf
Best Australian Regional Race : Bogong-Hotham
Most Scenic Australian Race : Six Foot Track
Best Australian Male Athlete : Craig Mottram
Best Australian Female Athlete : Benita Johnson
Best Overseas Athlete : Hicham El Guerrouj
CRs Favourite Running Shop : Edgecliffe Running Centre
CRs Favourite Running Club : Sydney Striders
CRs Favourite Thread : falling down stories
CRs Most Accomplished Athlete of the year : Dave Criniti
CRs Most Inspirational Runner : Dave Criniti and Lucky Legs (Tie)
CRs Ambassador of the year : Action
Best Photo added to Photo gallery this year : AdventureGirl
This year's most worn brand of running shoe : Asics
This year's most essential running accessory : CR cap
Posted 22 December 2004 - 12:35 PM
There could be a lot read into the results but any voting system can be used to the benefit of somebody and will always dissapoint others. (ie John Howard is still the PM).
No two people will see the same results but here's some of my observations.
94 Others in the regional section means that not enough people support regional marathons.
City to Surf's 80 votes from 50,000+ entrants would put it last against all other nominations if votes/participants is worked out. This would also be the case for the city vs regional m'thons.
In the case of Thredbo M'thon 13/30 would give us the best rating, I think.
The best club and 10k votes indicates that there are a lot of Sydney Striders here on coolrunning.
Shoes, threads and photos voting would not be of interest to many so non votes would be expected.
and finally.... if I had voted in the Ambassador awards I'd have beaten Rick.
Finally in the good days of The Right Track mag with subscribers approaching 2000 we still struggled to reach 150 votes in our awards.
Posted 22 December 2004 - 03:08 PM
I put "none of these" where I honestly had no opinion. I didn't feel qualified to vote for Best Half Marathon, for example, because I've run very few Halfs.
Buggered if I can work out how City to Surf came second in "Most Scenic". I assume because almost everyone's run that race, it became a popular "safe" vote....