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Re: [RC] award???? - Lif Strand

I appreciate Donna's point of view ("Are ya'll serious? I mean it. You are putting in your wish lists for awards like you are registering at Macy's or Dillard's. Shame on you."), but when I originally asked about awards, it was because I was trying to find one more thing that would attract riders to a ride. The scariest thing for RMs is not knowing if you're going to get enough people to cover the bills - well, it's scary for me because Ride the Divide isn't grant funded and I'm not independently wealthy so that I can cover too big of a loss. And believe me - when you're putting on a ride with a few vets (or more), the losses can get into 4 figures pretty quickly.

So I'm asking questions to explore any and all areas where my co-manager Ray Sansom and I can make our ride more attractive and where we can cut costs. I appreciate all points of view!

I'll give everyone till Monday to answer the questions I originally asked (reprinted below) and I'll compile and post the answers shortly thereafter. Thank you.

1. Do awards make a difference as to whether you'd go to a ride or not? If so, what's the minimum type of award that makes the difference?

2. Rides used to give out buckles for awards, but don't any more. Is it because they're too expensive and add a cost to the ride that riders won't bear? Or is it because riders don't care about buckles?

3. What about T-shirts? Jackets?

4. What's the best completion or other award you've ever gotten? And would you want to always be able to get an award like that?

5. What's the lousiest completion award you've ever gotten? And if you feel it was lousy, why?

6. What's your recommendation for a perfect completion award?


Lif C. Strand
Local Economic Development
Catron County, New Mexico USA

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[RC] award????, Donna Winters