### Nickolas's blog

By Nickolas, 2 years ago, translation, ,

TCO18 Marathon Round 1 RoadsAndJunctions started on May 9th and will run for a week. You can find it in the list of active contests. I am the writer :-)

This year the online part of the Marathon competition consists of 4 main rounds, each running for a week. The winner of each main round advances to the finals, and so do 8 participants who accumulated the most points across all main and lightning rounds. 150 competitors who accumulate the most points get t-shirts; given that each round awards points to top 50 places, it's quite possible that the t-shirt condition will transform into "top 50 in each round get t-shirts".

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 » 2 years ago, # |   0 The round has begun! :) You can register and compete now: https://community.topcoder.com/longcontest/?module=ViewProblemStatement&rd=17153&compid=63555Check out the current standings here: https://community.topcoder.com/longcontest/?module=ViewStandings&rd=17153
•  » » 2 years ago, # ^ |   0 Are there any prizes?
•  » » » 2 years ago, # ^ |   0 As the blog post says, TCO18 T-shirts for a certain number of top finishers (up to top 50, but the exact number will be known after all online rounds).
 » 2 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 If I understand correctly, we need to participate in all four rounds to accumulate points. Is that true?
•  » » 2 years ago, # ^ |   0 No, points for each round are awarded independently, you can participate in as many rounds as you want to.
•  » » » 2 years ago, # ^ |   0 "150 competitors who accumulate the most points get t-shirts" ?
•  » » » » 2 years ago, # ^ |   0 This doesn't contradict the possibility to skip a round. If you don't participate in a round or don't place in top 50 in it, you get 0 points, not NULL, so the points accumulated in other rounds are not turned into NULL upon addition :-) It makes sense to participate in all rounds to get the best chance at accumulating enough points, but it's not a hard requirement.
 » 2 years ago, # |   0 An editorial is available.