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Discussion: Gswede Senior Fundraiser

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Nov 27, 2018 9:25 PM # 
Motivated by our juniors and one of the most inspiring figures in American orienteering, Peter Gagarin, I've committed to the Gswede Control Challenge so we can get a coach who is sorely needed to guide the senior team.

Gswede Control Challenge
1. You pledge an amount per control -- 50 cents, 25 cents, 10 cents, whatever you like -- and I am motivated to train even more.

2. Each control I punch in training and competition from November 26th until January 31st counts except for control pick exercises that count as half.

3. I will post the official count after each training session and race on my log and in this thread.

4. You support a national team with a clear goal for your donation and motivate a national team member who is training his heart out in the wintry Pocono landscape.

5. You can pledge by either commenting on this thread or sending me an email at swederunner154 (at) I'll keep track of everything in an Excel sheet.
Nov 28, 2018 12:51 AM # 
Just a bit more info:
-I expect to punch between 700-800 controls from now until January 31st.
-As I see it, having a thriving senior team is important for junior development. If juniors "graduate" from a structured program to one where they're suddenly responsible for training, travel, logistics, paying for everything, and figuring it all out on their own, it can be daunting to say the least.
Nov 28, 2018 12:53 AM # 
This is great. I hope a lot of people support Greg in this!
Nov 28, 2018 1:03 AM # 
So true, Gswede, your comment about "graduating" juniors and the daunting future of their O-ing. I'll have fun with this one, too. $20 for the first 100 controls, $40 for the second 100, $60 for the 3rd, etc., with 20 cents per control beyond completed set of 100. Tentatively capped at $750. So for, e.g., 784 controls it would be (7*8/2*$20) + 0.20*84 = $576.80.
Nov 28, 2018 1:16 AM # 
I pledge $0.10/control.
Thanks for doing this Greg!
Nov 28, 2018 1:16 AM # 
Great objective and very timely. PG's and your fundraisings are two sides of the same coin, namely to develop the next generation of elite orienteers in the US! I am in for $0.25 per control, plus a $50 bonus at 700 controls and an additional $100 bonus when you punch the 800th control.
Nov 28, 2018 2:28 AM # 
I'm in for $0.10 per control.
Nov 28, 2018 11:38 AM # 
Greg, I pledge $0.10 per control. Go for it. Great idea.
Nov 28, 2018 2:28 PM # 
Rick and I are in for $.10/ $1 for every person who buys in to this event. Go Greg!
Nov 29, 2018 3:39 AM # 
Janet and I are in for $0.10/control.
Nov 29, 2018 5:13 AM # 
I pledge $0.10 per control. Way to go, Greg!
Nov 29, 2018 6:39 AM # 
I'm in for $0.20 per control.
Nov 29, 2018 11:08 AM # 
Count me in for $.20 per control.
Nov 29, 2018 4:21 PM # 
I'm in for $.20 per control. Thanks for doing this Greg. Happy winter training!
Nov 29, 2018 7:00 PM # 
Wow! This is great. Thank you, everyone!

It's a little slow for technical training now because it's deer season in Pennnsylvania and New Jersey. But when it finishes, I'll start the serious training.
Nov 30, 2018 12:27 PM # 
I can pledge 25cents per control. Good luck!
Dec 2, 2018 2:12 PM # 
I'm in for $0.10 per control.
Dec 2, 2018 10:05 PM # 
Thanks again for the support, everyone!

We're still gearing up for deer season to end, but things are going well nonetheless.

Control Count: 57

We're up to 57 controls so far! Woo!
Dec 2, 2018 10:40 PM # 
As a fan of Greg's I'm following this but not contributing because I feel beholden to direct my contributions to the Canadian team.

For those that don't want to do the math themselves but are curious I get up to $1.60/control on this thread plus Greg mentioned someone donating $0.50 on his log. That's $2.10/control and then there are various people committing to contributing other amounts based on other factors.

Great initiative Greg and I love that the money is going to something for the whole team and not just for your own personal benefit as an athlete!
Dec 3, 2018 5:32 PM # 
I'll pledge R0.50 per control.
Dec 3, 2018 6:19 PM # 
I'll be in Madrid in February to collect on that, Brad ;)

Thanks, Jeff! That's pretty close to the actual count, but there are a few creative challenges that make it a bit more complicated.
Dec 3, 2018 10:20 PM # 
I'm in for $0.20/control.
Dec 4, 2018 2:34 AM # 
Brenda and I pledge $0.15/control. Happy training!
Dec 5, 2018 11:56 PM # 
We want in on this action!

Inara, Barney, Boris, and I pledge $.10 per control and an extra $.10 per control that has a flag at it.

We hope to see you in the woods!!
Dec 6, 2018 4:05 AM # 
That's a good challenge :)
Dec 6, 2018 6:44 AM # 
Fabulous, a senior team fundraiser and a junior team fundraiser. I want to help out both, so here's my risk-managing formula (I'm not talking about the risk to Gswede, I'm taking about the risk to my wallet if he visits 900 or 1000 or 2000 controls):

1-749 controls: $50 (total for any number of controls in this range--not per control!)
750 controls: $75 (")
751 or more controls: $100 (") plus a nickel for each control beyond 750


Whatever I give by my formula for PG's MF2 fundraiser for the juniors, I will add the same amount to the Gswede/senior team donation. (Once, not recursively!)
Dec 8, 2018 11:42 PM # 
I’m counting 26 contributors...yes, I counted Barney...let’s pump up the number of contributors and inspire Greg...not that he needs inspiration.
Dec 10, 2018 12:22 AM # 
And we're up to 101 controls! With 32 controls with flags for Barney and Inara ;)
Dec 10, 2018 11:38 AM # 
in for $.20 a control.

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