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Spread the Spark Summer Challenge

Thursday, May 14, 2009

SparkPeople is kicking off summer with our Spread the Spark Summer Challenge and it all kicks off with the official "Show Your Spark" Weekend, Friday, June 26, 2009, to Sunday, June 28, 2009. During this weekend, SparkPeople members across the globe will wear their SparkPeople Gear and/or gather at SparkRallies. (Visit your local SparkTeam page to help plan or RSVP to attend a local SparkRally in your area!) Even if you don't attend a Rally, you can still wear your gear wherever you go--and be on the lookout for other SparkPeople members doing the same!

We want everyone wearing SparkPeople gear that weekend to take photos of themselves and their SparkFriends to share with us. By wearing your gear, taking photos, and sharing your pictures with us, you could win fun SparkPeople prizes and even an iPod touch in our Show Your Spark Giveaway. Here's how.

1. Wear your SparkPeople gear the weekend of June 26, 2009. (If you do not have SparkPeople gear, you can purchase it at our SparkPeople Store.)

2. Start or sign up to attend a SparkRally near you. Don't forget to remind other members to wear their SparkPeople gear to the Rally, too.

3. Join the Spread The Spark Summer Challenge SparkTeam. Here, members can post fun and healthy summer activities, share information about SparkRallies, and post their photos all summer long.

4. Take photos of yourself and your friends at SparkRallies and events that weekend!

5. Upload your photos to the Team page so others can see how much fun you had. To upload a photo to the Team page, click on the red "Photos" tab (above the Team message boards) and follow the instructions there. Or add your photo(s) to your SparkPage or SparkPeople blog to share with your friends! Our staff will look at all of your photos and may feature your photos or story in future articles, emails or dailySpark posts!

6. Win prizes in our giveaway! To show our appreciation, and to encourage everyone to participate in the official Show Your Spark Weekend, we'll be giving away SparkPeople prizes and even an iPod touch! We will periodically select winners at random, from all members who join the Team and share their photos. We will post the winners in the Spread the Spark Summer Challenge Team and announce the iPod touch winner on July 10, 2009.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAULA_COACH 6/10/2009 11:48AM

    Torrance/SouthBay-BeachCities/LA Sparks will be in "Showing our Spark "in Redondo Beach Ca Sat, June 27th everyone is invited to our rally!!!!!

for more info!!!

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DIXONNINE 5/21/2009 3:42AM

  this sounds like a very good way to meet spark people. i am new at this and would like to meet sparkpeople. i do not have any gear . i do not even know what it looks like. i would like to know very interested. thanks dixonnine

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EMMABE1 5/20/2009 8:48PM

    In order to participate in the ‘Show your Spark’ weekend I ordered a Spark T shirt from the SP shop. I live in Australia and entered Australia from the drop down menu in the address field on the order. It came up saying the post and handling charges would be ‘actual’ but gave no figure. .
It seems very unfair that we can't get a postage cost when we order - the site is set up that you have to give your credit card number without having a postage charge (just says - actual) and confirm the order before you know. That is very unfair and wrong - they have your card and can charge what ever they like!!!
Very few will order in that situation. With most countries, normally the postage charge is detailed as soon as Australia is entered as the address and you have the chance then to continue or cancel the order.
There are obviously programs available that will do this automatically, and since there are a growing number of Sparkies in various countries outside the US mainland maybe this should be thought about.
I then emailed the store to ask the cost of sending a T shirt to Australia and was told that the price would depend on the item and weight, every order is calculated individually. I have to wonder how much the weight of a T shirt varies!!
The whole idea was to encourage Australian Sparkies to get a T shirt to participate in the weekend – since it has proved impossible to even put a cost on our message board I really cannot see many buying a T shirt without knowing how much will be charged to their credit card!!

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ROBCURTROSS 5/18/2009 5:09PM

  will publicize SparkPeople. Any handouts available -- short brochures, etc.?

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GTSLIM 5/18/2009 1:16AM

    do we have last year winner photo?

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SHEENADEE 5/17/2009 12:38PM

    On my way next to join the new team & will check out Rally plans in my area.

KATIE10146 - I love the wearing of SP gear at Curves. :-) Good combo of resources.

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VIOLETTE1 5/17/2009 12:21PM

    I've been passing along Spark Recipes and ideas for 3 years now!

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AKEITH1967 5/16/2009 12:07PM

  I think that this is a great idea. I have been telling my sister about sparkpeople and she joined. So she can help me spread the spark too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/16/2009 12:08:22 PM

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ROUXZQ 5/15/2009 11:28PM

    I've been trying to get my Mom to join SP. She is getting close I think!

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KATIE10146 5/15/2009 5:22PM


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DONNAEDA 5/15/2009 3:12PM

    I even got my grown son to join SP when he saw how successful I was using your website I love Sparkpeople

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BELLACUDDLES 5/15/2009 3:00PM

    What can I say except............ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KING*GET*FIT 5/15/2009 1:26PM

    I was just looking at the shirts and realized someone has their colors mixed up. In the spark apparel section of your online store you have a blue shirt listed as tangerine (item 905) and a orange(ish) shirt listed as blue (item 906). Were you aware of that, lol.

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NCAZULL 5/15/2009 11:29AM

    I'm all for this I am gonna wear my shirt and carry flyers and spread the spark in my neighborhood.. I'm even gonna have them take pictures.
I am going to get together with my teamleader and we shall make it a GREAT rally for that day....
Can I get a WOO HOOO??????


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KELLEYCLOVER 5/15/2009 10:58AM

  How do I find out who is in my area (i am fairly new to being interactive on this site. emoticon

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NEGRI5 5/15/2009 10:53AM


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BENZA811 5/15/2009 8:12AM

    thanks so much, this site is GREAT - emoticon

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JAIGFTL 5/15/2009 7:15AM

    I am going to be in Russia at that time. Is a Russia Spark People group were I could join to show my spark???? emoticon

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QUEENET 5/15/2009 3:48AM

    This sounds GREAT.

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KIMUSH23 5/14/2009 11:25PM

    Sounds wonderful!

SPARKPEOPLE Says...Reach Out & SPARK Someone emoticon
Luv Ya Kim

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MARYANNE4403 5/14/2009 11:06PM

    thanks so much, this site is GREAT

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SPARKYCARLEY 5/14/2009 8:54PM

    A team that I'm part of called People in Ontario have several rallies planned. They've been referring to them as 'Play dates' or 'Meet & Greet'. There isn't one in my city and I don't have a car, but I'm hoping to get a ride to the nearest one. I think it'll be so much fun!


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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/14/2009 8:41PM

    Will there be a quick-link on Start pages to help us reach a site listing locations and contacts for various rallies?

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TAZ675 5/14/2009 8:34PM


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SASSY_QUEEN 5/14/2009 8:34PM

    Can;t wait....

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GETHEALTHY57 5/14/2009 8:22PM

    This sounds like it is going to be fun....Does anyone live in South Jersey?? Cumberland County? I like this challange SPARKGUY......I'm what you consider probably a newbie...but even a few people together can make things happen...and if not; you can count on me to be wearing a tee shirt..and hopefully other gear...LOL!!! emoticon

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BONNIEDENNIS 5/14/2009 7:23PM

    I'm excited to meet people in my area. No one comes up on the buddy search though.

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LINZ50 5/14/2009 7:21PM

    Would love to have a rally here in Arizona!

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    Yay to Spark Rally's!!! We love them here in San Diego! :)


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JANEYJAYE 5/14/2009 5:27PM

    Sounds like a great way to meet local sparkers! emoticon

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KLONDIE3 5/14/2009 5:22PM

    Thanks for the quick response!!! This contest is open to all SparkPeople Members so get Sparking!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/14/2009 5:11PM

    This is great, I wear my T Shirt all the time anyway. Will post this on the Teams.

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RD03875 5/14/2009 5:03PM

    Thank you for the incentive. Two of my teams are trying to plan get togethers and this may help set a date!

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BKWERM 5/14/2009 4:52PM

    Sounds good. Just one question though, is this contest open to anyone other than US citizens, e.g. Canadians or Brits?

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