Official Septathalon Rules

All rules subject to change. As always, the official scorekeeper will be Kristin Cahill (whether or not she's here this year). Once the Septathalon begins, all decisions regarding points, finishes, ties, etc. will be made by her. Before the event, she'll be briefed by Scott Dogg and vinnardo on all rules written here, and some others.

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Major Events
1st place: 900 points
2nd place: 800 points
3rd place: 700 points
4th place: 600 points
5th place: 500 points
6th place: 400 points
7th and beyond: 300 points

Supplementary Events
1st place: 350 points
2nd place: 325 points
3rd place: 300 points
4th place: 275 points
5th place: 250 points
6th place: 225 points
7th and beyond: 200 points


Miniature Golf: An exhausting round of 18 holes of mini golf. Cheating = DQ. The official scorer will carry the pirate flag at all times to make her presence known.
Location: The Pirate Course at Blackbeard's.
Tie Breakers: 1st - Score on 7th hole. 2nd - Score on 14th hole. 3rd - 14th hole on Fairy course. 4th - 14th hole on Cowboy course. 5th - 7th hole on Fairy course. 6th - 7th hole on Cowboy course. 7th - Love Test Machine 8th - Dancing Game

MAD FIGS Adventure Race: A leisurely jog approximately 4 miles in length.
Location: Modified Woodward Park perimeter course.
Tie Breakers: First person to catch a goose is the winner.
Bonus Points: 50 points for running barefoot. Note: No mortal has attempted this feat, and it is strongly discouraged.

Ping Pong: Run according to Fresno tournament rules (double elimination, no Paul's Rules). The Draw will be preset and RANDOM. The best will rise to the top anyway. Main bracket and semi-final games will always be played to 21. First round and down-bracket games will be to 21 if time permits, or otherwise to 11.
Location: TBA
Tie Breakers: 1st - Tournament history (if the competitors played each other, whoever won). 2nd - Obstacle ping pong (to 11).

Bowling: Combined total of two games. Easy.
Location: Blackstone Bowl.
Tie Breakers: 1st - Scores in 7th frame. 2nd - One frame bowl-off (repeated in case of further ties).

Ultimate Frisbee: Each person gets 5 games, plus a large game at the end including all players. Size of teams depends on total number of participants. Rankings based on win/loss record of the first 5 games. The Animal will win this.
Location: Woodward Park
Tie Breakers: 1st - Total points scored. 2nd - Total points scored against (lowest wins). 3rd - "Guts" competition (to 5 points). 4th - 1 on 1 Ultimate (to 3 points).
Bonus Points: 50 points to every member of the winning team in the large game.

The Barefoot Mile: Perhaps the truest Septathalon event. The 'FIGS came together because of running, and hopefully this event will determine the winner. 4 laps, BAREFOOT.
Location: BHS Track.
Tie Breakers: 1st - 100 meter dash. 2nd - 200 meter dash. 3rd - 400 meter dash. 4th - 800 meter dash. 5th - Battle against The Machine (whoever lives).

Frisbee Golf: This former supplemental event has proved to be very popular with competitors. 14 holes of frisbee golf, using The official MAD FIGS Frisbee Golf Course, not the newer Woodward Park course.
Location: Woodward Park.
Tie breakers: 1st - Score on 7th hole. 2nd - Score on 14th hole. 3rd - Accuracy competition. 4th - Distance competition.

Dam Diner Dash: Supplementary Event. A dangerous mile-long sprint alongside busy Friant Road. The race starts at the "One Mile to Dam Diner" sign and ends at the Dam Diner. Finishing is touching a designated vehicle parked in front of the Diner.
Tie Breakers: 1st - Tetris (switching game to Street Fighter = DQ). 2nd - Lemonade drinking contest.
Bonus Points: 50 points for running barefoot. Note: No mortal has attempted this feat, and it is strongly discouraged.

Nerds Shooting Biathalon: Proposed Supplementary Event. The classic art of target shooting is taken to a new level when the weapon is a straw and the ammunition is a box of hard candies. Competitors will be timed on a run through a short course, with three stops where their marksmanship will be tested to the limit. Any misses will result in a penalty being added to the final time. Full details TBA.
Location: Woodward Park
Tie Breakers: 1st - Long-distance marksmanship competition. 2nd - Live Field Test - first person to hit a motorcycle helmet wins. 3rd - Tombstone reenactment competition, judged on accuracy AND performance quality.

Overall Tiebreakers:

1st - Presence at awards ceremony (whoever shows up wins)
2nd - Events completed (most events wins)
3rd - Barefoot running (most events completed barefoot wins)
4th - Special heroics (If any special feats were achieved during the competition)
5th - Mutually agreed-upon test of skill (example: hot oil wrestling)
6th - Little Ceaser's Pizza machine
7th - Pole Vault
8th - Risk
9th - Axis and Allies
10th - Stratego
11th - Gettysburg
12th - You Don't Know Jack
13th - Battle to the death.

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