Posted: Yesterday at 21:24
@seren nos: I think you are mistaken. The forum is not the be all and end all for Runner’s World magazine. The aim of the competition surely is to advertise Asics and neither they nor the magazine care what a few people on a forum think.
Yes - it is to “have some nice piccies and stories to publish in the magazine”. We were all wearing ASiCS gear. We all had ‘piccies’ in the ASICS shop.
I for one do not believe you are that naive.
I have stuck around the forum - but I do not make it the centre of my life. I know for a fact that others of us 5 read the website and the magazine. Does it make them any less worthy of winning the competition? I do like the forum (as you have said), but I do believe some attitude’s stink. This thread proves that with some clearly having a bee in your bonnet about the whole thing.
Yes - they did take the voting away from the forum and put it towards the social networks. The people on the forum are already here. The social networks are the untapped audience - the audience that will be inspired by some ‘normal’ people like me (the fat one from Wales!!!).
Is it working? We will never know - but with some of the attitudes I see on the forum I’m not surprised people do not bother coming in.
I hope you are going to enter this year.
@Millsy: Yes yes yes - you have it sussed. It’s now the way of the world - I agree, it did indeed turn into a popularity contest for some. Then you spoil it all “if only all the contestants were like him” (like Malcs) - why say that? Why insult the other four? Everyone is different with their own lives. You know nothing about us besides what was printed in the magazine.
@Screampillar: If it’s that tiresome being here then there are other running forums you can access.
@literatin: I disagree. I made all my GPS stuff available in three places. MyAsics, Garmin Connect and Strava.
@Minni: Malcs is indeed a shining example of how the forum can work. In all fairness (and respect to Malcs) - he does spend a lot of time on here and maybe it was the popularity contest that was mentioned by Milsy.
I’ve posted the above and it may annoy people - but as I’ve got to the end of the thread I’m softening now. I think everyone should enter the competition. It was an experience and for me life changing. I know it was the same for some of the others that I’m still in touch with.
I do think it is unfair that some posters here believe we were just there for the freebies. People will never know what I went through in the October I applied for the competition. Nobody will ever know why I applied- but for some of you to assume we did it for the trainers, clothes etc - then thseo people can get lost (the nicest words I can think of without swearing).
It’s really sad that some of you think this way.
Sorry if I offend anyone.