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TURF INSIDER September 2022-09-11 07:16:25

Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 146: grimric from Skåne went straight for Gold without passing Silver and Bronze, Drylaw13 from Scotland added a third Silver to his collection and Jomii from Värmland was awarded his first Bronze, hopefully not a letdown after two pervious Gold medals. Well done mates!


Upcoming events:

Skåne Open in Malmö on the 10th of September. Information in Swedish HERE.

ÖstgOpen takes place in Linköping the second weekend of October. There will be a by foot and a by bike event. In the evening it will be a drop-in dinner at one of the local restaurants. Information in Swedish HERE.


Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022

This year’s Region Fight has begun! This is the third year MaXi is organizing this multi-region fight in September. 11 regions are battling it out during four weeks in three categories (points, takes and round unique zones). Turfportalen is the place to keep an eye out for how the Region Fight is going, HERE. Let the most dedicated region win! And remember to have FUN!


A little reminder about issues

We want you to write issues when something is amiss with the game, most issues are about zones (misspelled, lacking attribute, wrong location). The zone makers are responsible for looking at the issues and correcting those that are deemed to need correction.


Since some months ago we now have many non-Swedish speaking zone makers, so it would be great if issues are NOT written in Swedish. However, it is always better to write an issue in Swedish than not at all! 


Secondly, be PATIENT when submitting an issue, the issue web interface is very slooooow in uploading your issue. In extreme cases, up to 4-5 copies of the same issue will be submitted. Maybe not a big deal, but we need to close each one.


It is also possible to subscribe to issues in your area of interest, so that you can stay informed about issues that other turfers submit about zones that you care a little extra about. It will also give you a chance to comment on the issue and offer your point of view :)


Turf Picture of the Month

Mainly submissions from Scotland this month, so no surprise one of them are featured.

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This month's Turf Picture is taken greasedweasel. 

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.comPlease include your Turf nick for recognition!


Turf Hero of the Month

In August turfer allinug spent a whole day walking around Lunsen forest as part of the Uppsala flipper provided by frut.zundin. After about 20 kms walking and only about 2 kms from her bike, she smelled smoke. She was very tired, and for a split second she was hoping she was imagining the smell. But her inner moral compass told her to leave the path she was on, and go investigate.


It was lucky she did, she found an abandoned grill location where a small fire was going. It was a very dry forest and the moss on the rock next to the grill was quickly catching fire. She used a branch to bash out the flames and then called the fire brigade.

Brandbilar

With the help of the Turf map and UrbanGeeks Turf Map Tool she was able to lead the fire fighters straight to the burgeoning fire. She even got to ride in the fire truck!

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Needless to say, allinug is a hero and we can thank her, the Uppflipper mission and Turf for averting a major forest fire in Lunsen this summer.


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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TURF INSIDER August 2022-08-16 20:23:59
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 145: MrAce from Västmanland took his second gold with a new record of 15103 takes, Király from Skåne secured his 8th Silver by spending a lot of time in Germany and DaHunter from Stockholm celebrated 20000 unique zones with a Bronze medal (or was it the other way around?). Well done mates!


Upcoming events:

KulTurf in Örebro on the 27th of August (information in Swedish HERE)

Skåne Open in Malmö on the 10th of September (information in Swedish HERE).


Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022

During the September round, MaXi is once again organizing the Turf Ultimate Region Fight. 13 Regions have signed up for the Region Fight this year and the team leaders have decided on the rules and are now busy filling up their teams. If your region is part of the Region Fight, join up! It is a fun way to really get to know the fellow turfers in your region, and often from other regions too. Turfportalen is the place to keep an eye out for how the Region Fight is going, HERE.


Turf on Jamboree 22 in Kristianstad by ollals

A Scout Jamboree is a big scout camp with lots of program and opportunities for the participating scouts. Jamborees are organized in many scout countries. Jamboree 22 took place outside Kristianstad in the southern part of Sweden with 11 000+ scouts and leaders participating.

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The idea was to introduce turf to younger scouts by arranging closed events and have an ordinary zone at the campsite. We organized 8 events of 60 minutes. In total we estimate to have had around 200+ turfers. In the lower age group, many chose to participate in couples or small patrols. We also had some more experienced turfers and for some of them it was their first event.

All who participated and took at least one zone got a scout+Turf badge to put on the scout shirt or their campfire blanket.

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Turf was very appreciated by the scouts and their leaders. I expect there will be more events in scout groups in the future. The creation of the event was a challenge as the camp area is a former military training field without updated maps. The camp area also had some quite long and high fences.

Given that few people normally live close to the camp the capacity of the mobile networks was too low. Only one operator had put up temporary extra capacity.

Having turfed for a long time we realized that there are some challenges in introducing turf to beginners. Download of the app was easy for the scouts, explaining to them how to use it took a little more time.


Changes in Turf Crew

Another UK zone maker has been given her black colours to wear when out turfing. You all probably know her name: féarglas. She began turfing during 2020 and found it a great ”me-time” activity. She has won the world several times and has now decided to give a little of her time back to fellow turfers in UK primarilary. She has also started enjoying travelling all over Sweden to take part of Events, so you might see her black-shirted avatar popping up at an Event near you :) And I am sure she will be up for taking a zone or two with you if you happen to find yourself in her home Turf town of Edinburgh.


There has also been a change over for the duties as Event General. MasterOfTurf has had this esteemed title for as long as I can remember. He has now decided to pass on the torch to Cissiliana. Both of them have written a few words for Turf Insider. We start with:


Some reflections from a outgoing event general

"With tense anticipation, I stand in a carefully selected starting position and wait for the Turf app to start counting down. For some reason, participating in events gets me so excited. Adrenaline rises in the body. Imagine how wonderful it would be to cycle for two hours and find event zones as quickly as possible. The popup message about 30 seconds left is visible in the app. I memorize one last time which alternative paths I have to choose depending on how the zones will be placed. A zone should appear at the trail junction I am standing at, but you never know. Yes … now the countdown starts 10, 9 ,8 ……after a few seconds all event zones appear. Wow! There is only 20 meters to the first zone.

The feeling of a good start in an Event is almost euphoric. Everything flows well for the first 10 minutes until a whole bunch of turfers approach from all directions. I zoom out the map and try to find a new area that looks good and where I will have a chance to pick zones without being blocked all the time.


What you have read up to now reflects my experiences when I start in an event.


For some reason, I always run into ”problems” that have to be solved during an event. Either I wander into a forest to get to the next zone as quickly as possible with the penalty of having to carry the bike for a bit, or a railway appears that has no transitions to the other side. The advantage of participating on ”home ground” is quite large but far from decisive. It takes pace, good strategic route choices and a bit of luck with the pph to get an advanced placement in an event. My biggest achievement in this context was when I managed to come 3rd at the Bonanza in Stockholm 2014. I had an incredible flow during the last 30 minutes and was able to collect a good number of zones and thus high pph. I still remember today how I managed to get ahead of such talented turfers as Westeras, morgam, SunYour and yeti. I still cherish the Bonanza Bronze medal. I think this event contributed to my great interest in Turf events.


Since then, I have had the task of event general in Turf Crew for nearly seven years. A very fun assignment that has given me a lot back. Not the least all contacts with turf players and event organizers over the years. Step by step, the event part of Turf has developed in terms of the number of completed events and layouts. School turf events have literally exploded in numbers thanks to Calmare1 who are doing a great job of spreading Turf within the school world. Ollals has started spreading turf in the scout world, so we can expect many scout events in the future. The number of larger open events has become more and more (apart from the pandemic period) and Bonanza has, in my eyes, developed over the past few years, both in terms of the event part and the banquet in the evening. If you haven't participated in a Bonanza before, go ahead and do it. Book in on May 20, 2023 when we'll see each other in Umeå!


Organizing a larger open event with many participants is a lot of fun, but requires quite a few people who can work as a team. In my eyes, it is therefore important that we can keep our Turf associations alive and that new ones are formed - preferably one in each region. An association has an easier time getting hold of sponsors and has an established administration with a bank account etc.


When I started as event general, I had a vision to get Turf events classified as a sport and to organize an official SM in Turf. It didn't really happen that way, but at least two Turf associations are currently affiliated with the Swedish Orienteering Association, where Turf events most closely belongs as a form of digital orienteering. I still hope we can take a few more steps towards this vision. It is very pleasing to see that the orienteering club ESOC in Edinburgh is so successful in spreading Turf and Turf events in Scotland. When will we see the first Bonanza outside of Sweden? I'll be the first turfer to sign up!


In conclusion, I would like to say a big thank you to Drassen and Simon for all their support over the past years. A huge thank you also to BirgittaS who has created so many nice TurfAward statuettes.


Last but not least, I would like to wish the new event general Cissiliana the best of luck in the future. I am now counting down… 10, 9, 8…. until Cissiliana takes over my role from August 1. You can reach her as usual at events@turfgame.se

With best Turf regards to you all!

Ulf Ericsson/MasterOfTurf Former event coordinator"


From Cissiliana Turf Insider got the following letter:

"Hi,

My name is Cissiliana and I am the new Event Manager. I have been turfing for four joyfull years. I live in Uppsala, Sweden and spend my summers in Skåne.


After many years of appriciated work, by MasterOfTurf, I am now taking over as Event Manager. So when you realize it is plenty of fun arranging events, you will contact me on event@turfgame.com.


The largest event is the yearly World Championship (The Bonanza). As the Event Manager, I will be the one who will choose between the applying cities. Well done Kalmar Turf-förening for having arranged a succesful Bonanza in Västervik this year. And good luck to Umeå on the 20th of May 2023. If you can't wait until May there are some open events coming up soon. Have a look in the app's calender. All participants in open events will get a digital medal ?More information about events can be found on turfgame.com.


Another yearly tradition besides The Bonanza is the Turf Awards. I will arrange the process for the nominations, voting and ceremony. Keep in mind which turfers you would like to nominate for 2022. Nominations starts at the beginning of 2023.


Happy turfing / Cissiliana”


Turf Picture of the Month

Only one submission for Turf Picture of the Month during July, I guess you all are too busy turfing in the lovely summer weather :)

This months Turf Picture is taken by allinug on her travels to secure the Finland Explorer.

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If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com Please include your Turf nick for recognition!


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :) C'mon and share your big and small stories with the Turf world. 

TURF INSIDER April 2022-04-12 20:15:23
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 141: féarglas from Scotland biked home her fourth Gold, grock from Norrbotten turfed home his second Silver and the carbon neutral bike abuser Drylaw13 from Scotland secured his first Bronze medal.

Well done mates!


1st Westhill Turf event - 16th of April

Come to North East Scotland AB32 for 2 hours of turfing fun! Meeting point prior to the start is Denman Park next to the tennis courts! Turfer Granmabigabee will be based there for emergency supplies, bike pump, battery charge, small 1st aid kit! Register at westhillturfevent@gmail.com Lots of zones created. Suitable for bike and foot and for all abilities. Lots of cycle paths!


Turf08 Open Event – 7th of May

Turf08 Stockholm hosts an open event on saturday 7th of May. The event takes place around Ulriksdal Castle in Solna and is open for everyone.
This is an event on foot so no bikes allowed this time. More information HERE.


Bonanza 2022 - 21st of May

Registration for Bonanza 2022 in Västervik is now open. There is an offer for discounted accommodation for the Bonanza weekend, read more about it HERE. So far over 250 turfers are coming to the Bonanza. Are you one of them?


Triathlon Event in Luleå - 11th of June AND a Midnight Event

There will be two Turf events in Luleå, Norrbotten on the 11th June this year. First during the day there will be a triathlon event where the participants will compete in three different categories; points, takes and unique zones. After the triathlon event there will be a Turf meeting at

O´learys and then the Midnight event will start at 11.30 pm on the 11th of June and finish at 1.30 am on the 12th of June. To read more and sign up for these events go HERE.


And don't forget about Göteborg Open on the 2nd of July :) Information in Swedish HERE.


Spring is supposedly upon us, even though I was biking both to and from work in falling snow just the other day. Some voices about what changes spring has brought for their Turf experience:


The great feeling of day breaking in the TOWNWATCHING zone with the absolutely magnificent vista of the Kingdom of Fife. And not turfing every bloody morning in the complete dark!”


Light evenings are so much easier than dark ones!”


It's a welcome break from clearing mud from mudguards, cleaning mountains of dirt from my bike every day, and especially welcome, the Wordsworth moments of 'golden daffodils'.

I wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth 1804

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”


It's a sense of many turfers waking up after winter hibernation. More activity, more points need to hold the same position in the league!”


Vote for Turf Awards 2022

In January and part of February turfers around the world got to nominate their fellow turfers in four different categories for Turf Awards 2022. Now it is time to vote for who you think is the most deserving turfer in each category. The voting is open April 1-30. The award ceremony will take place at the Bonanza Banquet in Västervik on the 21st of May. Vote HERE.


MNMagik in Minnesota has a sly way of promoting Turf:

I love to bike and play games! I started playing Turf last January and it is now my favorite game. I also play a bike tag game on Facebook (FB). Bike Tag is played when someone posts a photo of their bike in a specific location. Other people bike and replicate the picture and post under the comments. Then that person has an hour to bike to a new spot and take a picture to upload to FB.

I now play both games while biking. I often plan my Turf route based on where the bike tag is located. I use my Turf camera when taking the picture, so my bike tag photo has the Turf logo in the corner. Hopefully that will be a subtle way to recruit new players to the game of Turf.


Did you know...

...there are 1273 zones with the Monument attribute at the moment?

...the three oldest Monument zone is BrantingZone, HumleZone and KingsGarden, all created 2010-07-17.

...the most takes on a Monument zone is 53865 takes and the zone is Aseaströmmen.

...there are 59 Monument zones that are still ”virgin” ie never been taken.

...the newest is StarbInCelle, created 2022-04-05.


Turf Picture of the Month

Pictures are returning to Turf Insider, thanks to some real good instructions on how to insert them into the html-code of this e-mail.

Turf Insider got four submissions for this issues Turf Picture of the Month. And the featured picture is a ”springwinter” picture from Motala of the zone Dynudden taken by turfer Miawita. Round 141 #Dynudden

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :) C'mon and share your big and small stories with the Turf world.

Vote for Turf Awards 2021 2022-04-02 10:15:15
Vote2022-Turf-Awards

Now it´s time to vote for the turfers who has been nominated for the Turf Awards 2021! The voting is open April 1-30. The award ceremony will take place at the Bonanza Banquet in Västervik on May 21.

Link to voting form: https://goo.gl/forms/VAFenyDiz6W7LoPv2

TURF INSIDER March 2022-03-15 12:18:55

 Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 140: Király from Skåne took another Gold, Cruachan from Scotland added a Silver to his Bronze, and micke0708 from Blekinge spruced up his fifth region win with a Bronze medal.

Well done mates!


Bonanza 2022

Registration for Bonanza 2022 in Västervik is now open. There is an offer for discounted accommodation for the Bonanza weekend, read more about it here. So far 190 turfers are coming to the Bonanza. Don't miss out on the Turf event of the year :)


At the Bonanza Banquet, Turf Awards 2022 will be presented. The nominations for Best Zone Take over is still open until 15th of March. I am sure you can come up with a funny take (you did it standing on your hands) or special take (take 5000 of your home zone) and nominate it after you've finished reading Turf Insider! Nominate here


Göteborg Open - 2nd of July in Gothenburg

In July, it's finally time for the ninth edition of Turf Gothenburg's open event. One Event with two classes competing at the same time. If  you want to compete by foot you have to make sure to register that in advance or you will be counted to belong to the bicycle class. Read more here.


Photo Contest - Help us out!
Turf Crew wants some help with updating the home page with new photos of turfers turfing. Send us your best photos of Turfers turfing! The competition is open for all turfers.


All contributions that are used to promote TurfTeams will get a gift card at a sports store. Send your contributions to info@turfteams.se and include your Turf-nick.

Rules:

-The photos must include at least one person turfing.
-Use high resolution photos to increase your chance.
-Maximum 3 submissions per person.
-The competition ends on 31 March.


Warthog from Västra Götaland wrote to Turf Insider with a short, but very positive message:

The 365 medal might be the best thing you´ve ever introduced. Being out there, every day, be it 5 zones, or 50 zones, but everyday in rain or snow or whatever. It’s done wonders with my stamina and health. Would not have happened but for the turf. Well done mates!


I can only agree, the Daily-5 is a very good reason to get out and about once per day. Keep up the good work, Warthog and thanks for your mail :)


Just a few days ago, at the very end of Round 140, those turfers that started the day the Daily-medal series was released last year, was awarded the Daily-180 medal. According to warded, 330 turfers took the medal at this first opportunity. Since then another 109 turfers have been awarded it and I am sure more will follow.


This is a story of the fight for the Daily medals from UrukHek in Minnesota:

Part of what makes Turf so much fun for me (after the main benefit of getting me outside) is that it can be played in so many different ways. A Turfer can go for points and get on the Toplist, can turf with friends, compete against other Regions, go for different Medals, or Turf in several other ways. When I started Turfing in December 2020 there were only three Zones near me; now there are several different short routes with at least 5 Zones near me and well over 300 Zones within a relatively easy biking distance. The addition of so many Zones near me made it an easy decision to try and see how far I could go in the Daily Medal series when it was announced in September 2021.


Achieving the Daily-30, -60, and -90 Medals went pretty smoothly. With COVID-induced "work from home" I was able to maintain a schedule that meshed well with the 6 hour difference between my local (Minnesota) time and GMT. About 60 days after Daily-90 I started checking Frut (ed. https://frut.zundin.se/2day.php) regularly to make sure I still had the streak going!


About 15 days before Daily-180 a thought crossed my mind that maybe I should try to take advantage of the 6 hour difference and be the first Turfer in the world to achieve the Medal (since I could do it at a relatively comfortable 6pm instead of midnight or 1am like in Sweden). Nice - another way to play Turf! I started scouting different routes and immediately found 5 Zones along a separated bike trail in Minneapolis that were only 0.8 miles apart. With a Region Crown on my head I thought I could get these 5 Zones in about 4 minutes and when I looked to see who had first achieved the Daily-90 I saw that 4 minutes could be competitive.


Unfortunately, life intervened and I would not be able to bike the 12 miles needed to get to the target (and then another 12 miles back) so I settled for 5 Zones much closer to my house. Capturing those 5 Zones would require traveling over 1.7 miles (even if I included a shortcut across a frozen lake) which would pretty much ensure I would not be the first worldwide. Oh well!


When the time came I was a little nervous and I think that must have affected my phone because I was two green bars away from taking the first Zone when my avatar jumped several hundred feet and would not come back! It finally did after about 45 seconds so I was able to continue with only a slight delay. I made good time capturing the remaining 4 Zones in just over 9 minutes. I knew I wouldn't be the first worldwide with that time. I kept refreshing the Warded Daily-180 page on my phone to see how I did but nothing was being displayed. After I got home, I realized I had miscalculated for the Daily-180 and was now the proud owner of the first Daily-179 Medal worldwide! :-)


For my next attempt, I selected 5 Zones that were also about 1.7 miles apart but along a nice flat bike path. A nice bonus of this route was that the 4th and 5th Zones are the most Taken Zones in Minnesota (MaetzoldField and Blowing). At the right time (and on the right day, this time!) I captured the first Zone (Applewood) and then furiously pedaled my fatbike along the trail as the sun went down behind me. TresTrees, Hwy7Bridge, and MaetzoldField were all captured smoothly and I grabbed the 5th Zone (Blowing) at 00:07:58 - nowhere near the times of recycling and Corellian (00:02:36!), but still among the first ten worldwide. As I rode home I managed to sneak a little färgning (ed. colouring of the zones in warded) in, too (because why not!).


I'm not sure I'll be able to achieve the Daily-365 medal because summer holidays will have me in places without Zones. I'll keep going for now though and with luck (and kind-hearted Zonemaker(s)!) maybe I'll be able to try to be first in the world in September! Whether I'm able or not, I'm glad to have such a fun, flexible, and variable game that fits in with my love of biking - thank you, Turf Crew!”


Turfing in winter can be quite a challange, but also very rewarding. It is something UrukHek again wants to tell us a little about:

Turfing in winter can be very fun! It can also be quite cold (as my toes will attest) but let's focus on the fun instead.


My favorite aspect of winter turfing is that I can change some of my routes. In spring/summer/fall, my route between the Minnehaha and GraysBay Zones follows city streets for 1 mile. In winter the distance is a little over 1/2 mile because I can go straight between these Zones across the frozen lake surface! Similar options let me explore between Minnehaha and JidanaJetty (1 mile in winter, 2 miles other times) or between CedarPoint, PointBeach, and CedarBeach (winter < 0.5 miles, 2.5 miles other times). Winter also makes it so much easier to Take Water Zones like PointSwim (which is directly between PointBeach and CedarBeach) or Zones on islets (like BugIsland). In warmer seasons I either have to swim or haul my kayak to Take such Zones, in winter I can fatbike the whole way!


I look forward to the longer Turf rides I can take in summer, but knowing that Turfing in winter is fun and different makes being outside year-round even more enjoyable.”


Another turfer in Minnesota finds she is paying more attention to details when she is biking.


MNmagik has the pen:

Biking has a way of forcing me to be in the moment. I have noticed more details of my surroundings due to biking.

While playing Turf I am out in the world, and I am hyper aware. I notice new buildings being constructed, everyday closer to being finished. Art murals being painted. I notice things like an eagle eating a fish, a fox staring at me, a mouse running across my path. The sun on my face and the brisk air in my lungs.


I have been taking five zones a day since September. Unfortunately, have not paid close attention to details of the different time zones. I live in Minnesota and twice now I have had to reset my start date for the daily five due to the time difference (I forgot about daylight savings). None of my friends or family understand my frustration when I did not get the medal on the 60 or 90 days. They say, “What is the big deal? Do you win a prize or something?” They do not get that it is a sense of personal pride to have the medal. Anyways I now have the 90 and fingers crossed I will have the 360 next year. Better late then never.”


Did you know...

...the Gold medal has been awarded 140 times to 75 different turfers. 

...the Silver medal has been awarded 140 times to 95 different turfers.

...the Bronze medal has only been awarded 139 times since Simpan, one of the creators of Turf, did not want to accept it for the very first round of Turf.


Top List World Placement Medals sorted by total number of medals (gold, silver, bronze):
1. :flag-se: Király 29 medals: 17 Gold (G), 7 Silver (S), 5 Bronze (B).
2. :flag-se: kingenin 10 medals: 6 G, 2 S, 2 B.
3. :flag-se: GW007 10 medals: 3 G, 4 S, 3 B.
4. :flag-se: Björke 9 medals: 3 G, 3 S, 3 B.
4. :flag-fi: M0112 9 medals: 3 G, 3 S, 3 B.
6. :gb: féarglas medals: 3 G, 4 S, 1 B.


Turf Picture of the Month

Pictures are returning to Turf Insider, thanks to some real good instructions on how to insert them into the html-code of this e-mail.

First out with Pricutre of the Month is mpmoke from Uppsala showing us what he found in a zone during Speedweekend 2022 25-26th of February.

If you have a Zone picture you want featured as Turf Picture of the Month, send it to insider@turfgame.com


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


...if you want to contribute to future Turf Insiders, send your story to insider@turfgame.com :) C'mon and share your big and small stories with the Turf world.

Winter Classic 2022 in Umeå 2022-03-05 2022-02-23 16:36:42

As the registrations for the supposed 24h Winter Classic were far too few, the Turf Västerbotten Association has chosen to quickly switch to a regular traditional Winter Classic Event. There will be two classes; bike and foot. In the foot event it will also be allowed to use skies and a "spark" (google it for a picture of this lovely winter vehicle). It is an open event, so no pre-registration is needed, but in order to help the organizers, please fill out this form if you plan to attend :)

TURF INSIDER February 2022-02-16 21:52:56
Round winners

Congratulations to the winners of round 139: Király from Skåne once again won Gold, Fashven from Scotland turfed home his first Silver with just over one million points, and Pike from Västerbotten secured his second Bronze by turfing in temperatures as low as -35C.

Well done mates!


Bonanza 2022

Registration for Bonanza 2022 in Västervik is now open :)There is an offer for discounted accommodation for the Bonanza weekend, read more about it here.


24 h WINTER Event in Umeå 5-6th of March 2022

It is not too late to sign up for the once in a life time Turf event: Umeå Turf association has combined their classical Winter event with the exclusive Event 24, only held twice before. Read about it and sign up here. Maybe with restrictions gone in Sweden, more turfers will sign up :)


Turf Awards 2021

It is time to nominate turfers for Turf Awards 2021. Nomination period is until the 28th of February. Voting for the nominees will take place on April 1-30.

Winners of the Turf Awards 2021 will be presented at the Bonanza Banquet on May 21st in Västervik.


Information in English:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1efnwd756oCHmzcpM1F548b93NY7JWrlp/view?usp=sharing

Information in Swedish:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kdhRvszVbpfBo4NV8U-PMSQGJ9b4X0jW/view?usp=sharing

Link to nomination form / länk till nomineringsformulär:
https://forms.gle/FLCxmn5wfUMMdKzM6


On the 12th of January Marcus_P from Hamburg biked home the first German Staminatrix. He was happy to answer some questions about this for Turf Insider:

Q1: When did you discover Turf?

In spring 2021 I started.

Q2: How did you discover Turf?

A cycling friend posted something about #turfen. Then I took a closer look.

Q3: Where do you live?

I live in Hamburg, Germany.

Q4: Which one is your ”home zone”?

My home zone is „Eulespielen“

Q5: When did you take the Staminatrix?

I took the Staminatrix 12.01.2022

Q6: Did you do a lot of planning before you decided to take the Staminatrix?

Not really. I needed a day off, and dry weather. Because I mostly ride solo, a very early start was planned. At that time the city is still very empty, and you can get around quite fast. I had roughly put together the directions in which I wanted to ride.

Q7: Did you take it during one day or two?

I took it in one day. I started at 1 am and got home around 8 pm.

Q8: How many hours did it take you?

In total I was on the road biking for 17 h 43 min

Q9: How many kms did you bike?

It was 235.42km by bike.

Q10: What was hardest with taking this medal?

400 zones are 400 zones. You really have to bike a lot. In the end I miscalculated the zones and I had to bike more than I actually wanted .

Q11: Anything else you want to say about your Staminatrix-medal

With this medal, you should plan the route very well before you ride.


On the 18th of January, a turfer finally achieved rank 60, Turfalicious. Király from Skåne ranked up to level 60 in the zone Rings in Malmö. This was done in a bit over 5 years and 4 months. Congratulations!


On the 27th of January, turfer Provokatör took the 100 million take in Turf by taking the zone Domarkullen at 16.18.44 UTC time. He is now know as Mr.100miljoner. Congratulations!


A new Turf year means new (or old) Turf goals. Personally I am going for at least 5 zones per day (Daily-365 is the prize in September), 250 takes per week and at least 50 unique zones per month. These are the same goals I have had for the last few years ;) Here are some other turfers from around the world and their goals for 2022:


bythesea:
If Turf was just a numbers game, my goals for this round would be simple; take 5 a day, hit 7,500 takes, try to score 100,000, stay in League 7. Like many others, during the cold, dark month of February I will use Turf as motivation, to keep on taking the long way round to the shops and to take a walk while my son is in the sport centre (a lot).


I'm aiming to visit a couple of places in Scotland that I haven't turfed yet, bag some uniques, and see old familiar places through a new Turf lens - Kelso, Galashiels and Dundee are on my list, but I haven't made any firm plans yet, so I could pop up anywhere. Finally, as a foot turfer, I'd like to have a go at upgrading my Eager Beaver to a Weasel - I'm a pretty slow runner, but with some new zones locally filling some gaps, it should just be possible.


TortugaVeloz:

My goal this year is to take more unique zones. We have some far outside the city center, that will be a nice ride when the weather gets warmer.

Also, I found that I can take the train to other cities for walks. Some cities also have good city bikes to rent so I can get a bit further.


Marcus_P:

Well, I want to try some country medals. Two would be nice, three would be even better.

For a long time I’ve been interested in the Ranger Medal. But therefor I have to plan better with the implementation. (ed. You get the Ranger Medal when you take 25 National Park zones in one year)

Currently I want to get promoted to the Elite League. I’m working on it.


At the moment a silver or even a gold medal is out of question. There are not enough active turfers in Hamburg for that. Let's see what can be realized in 2022 :)


mrsbigabee10:

Being relatively new to turfing, one of my Turf goals for 2022 is to organise an event in N East Scotland. Watch this space! I love bringing people together and my personal goal for the year is achieving more of the assist badges, and of course a bigger unique badge. I love my country and turfing helps me explore it while bringing new people together!


KingCogg:

I started Turf in December 2020, after the famous féarglas article, with all but one lonely zone near me. Quite quickly, a Zone Maker spotted me and slowly but surely my local area was populated in yellow and had me zipping around picking them up as fast as they could lay them. Soon I was eying up the historic town of Colchester to the East of me where two other players enjoyed relative peace amongst their zones. Turf in the East of England feels like a different game to elsewhere in the UK. With few players around, it’s all about quantity, an average PPH above 1 being highly unusual! This has led to dawn raids at the start of rounds to get the yellow advantage.


A few Regional wins later, and some new friends along the way, my goals have changed. I’m currently trying to maintain the Daily 5 takes a day, which is fine for now - but I can only do so as my work in the travel industry has been devastated by Covid. As restrictions ease, my next focus will be getting Zones from all around the world!


Woody:

We have had active Turfers in Minnesota for over a year now. The number of regular participants is still small, so my primary goal will continue to be to attract more local Turfers. We have made an effort – some examples: kelih created marketing collateral, MNMagik organized an information table at an outdoor street festival, and I did a radio interview about Turf. I have a couple new ideas to try this year. More Turfers are out there – we just have to find them.


Soon, before winter wanes, I want to do a fat bike Turf ride with UrukHek across Lake Minnetonka, and along Minnehaha Creek. Once the snow melts, there are some medals I look forward to collecting this year. I have come close to capturing an Eager Ferret, but it still eludes me. I attained El Stamintore on a beautiful summer evening last summer with WIoutlander, so this year I look forward to a Staminatrix day.


Similarly, I gained a Restless medal and now need to stay awake for Insomnia. Some goals are more practical. MNFiberFairy, my wife, is an active Turfer too. Our cell phone batteries are nearing their end of life. We need new phones to maintain our turfing habit.


TurfTeams - new feature in Turf
We hereby like to announce the release of our latest concept in the Turf family: TurfTeams. Many of you have already read about TurfTeams, or seen the button in the app or the new medals. The idea is to bring a way of using Turf as a health and team building experience to the workplace. Corporations and organizations can use the service and offer their employees to play turf as a part of a health benefit programme or just for fun to have a common thing to talk about on coffee breaks.


The concept is simple: Divide into groups or offices or individuals and compete for 1-2 months. We will guide closely along the way and provide all the administration, information, stats and support needed.
We made a specific explanatory page for the concept here: https://turfteams.se (The page is in Swedish, email us for an English version.)


Photo Contest - Help us out!
What we found out in the process of making the TurfTeams web page is that we lack good photos of Turfers! This is totally unacceptable after more than 10 years of course, and we hope that you could help us out here.

Therefore:
Send us your best photos of Turfers turfing! The competition is open for all turfers.
All contributions that are used to promote TurfTeams will get a gift card at a sports store. Send your contributions to info@turfteams.se and include your Turf-nick.

Rules:
-The photos must include at least one person turfing.
-Use high resolution photos to increase your chance.
-Maximum 3 submissions per person.
-The competition ends on 31 March.


Did you know...

...a total of 337 Staminatrix medals have been awarded since it was introduced 2016-08-20.

Medal no. 1. First out to win the medal, TXL from Sweden, Skåne, Malmö 2016-09-03

Medal no. 16. First outside Sweden to take the medal, rozaliona from Finland, Åland, Mariehamn 2017-07-10

Medal no. 100 was taken by JENZA from Sweden, Stockholm, Stockholm 2019-04-10

Medal no. 200 were taken by M0112 from Finland. The medal was taken in Mariehamn on Åland but the turfer lives, in Pargas, Lounais-Suomi. 2020-06-13

Medal no. 235. First medal to Norway by Nicke1 from Østlandet, Oslo 2021-02-23

Medal no. 293. First outside the Nordic countries, féarglas from Great Britain, Scotland, City of Edinburgh 2021-04-04

Medal no. 300 were taken by cambla from Great Britain, Scotland, Aberdeen City 2022-01-12

Medal no. 337. First medal to Germany by Marcus_P from Hamburg, Hamburg

When will we see the first Staminatrix in other Turf countries?


Turfa lugnt/Safe turfing!

//Munin


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