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Re: [RC] regional awards question - Heidi Smith

Should there be any
limitation on the number of out-of-region rides or miles that can be
to regional awards?

This has been considered in the past.  The reason it's done this way
is that many AERC members live near Regional boundaries, and split
their rides among different Regions.  Riders who go to more than one
multi-day ride usually go to multi-days in different Regions.  They
couldn't compete successfully for Regional awards against the people
who do all or most of their rides in one Region, if the awards were
given based on the Region the rides are held in rather than the Region
the rider lives in.

With the current system, no matter where you live, you can go and ride
wherever you wish, and know that the points count toward your Region's

When considering a change like this, also watch out for unintended
consequences.  For example, if the system is changed, riders wouldn't
be able to count points from multi-days held outside the Region they
normally ride in, which could hurt attendance at multi-day rides.

I agree, Joe, that a limitation on out-of-region rides would be apt to have
negative consequences, but I do think it would be appropriate to put a
requirement in that at least a small number (even one) of rides should be
done in the home region.  And I agree with the folks at PNER convention who
were incensed that an AERC regional award for the NW region is apparently
being given to someone who actually lists her address on her membership as
somewhere in the PS region, and who puts that southern CA address on her
ride entries.


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