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tb-run.com will be shut down

Hi all,

it was a long back and forth but I have decided to discontinue also the service of tb-run.com.

Developing and running the site was a lot of fun and the feedback from the geocaching community was really great. But on the other hand, the usage of tb-run also went down during the last year.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project. It was a lot of fun.

You can still access the current Races until Oct 12th. From Oct 12th day on, the site will be offline.

Cheers,
Sascha

Mileage of your TB

Hi all,

first let me say this: tb-run.com in general is working fine and the daily updates from geocaching.com are running like a charm ;-).

In the last year, we did not have a single occurence where tb-run did a wrong calculation of the ranking – (as long as the information from gc.com was up to date and gc.com provided the right results).

Most of the mails regarding wrong ranking we get, can be tracked down to the fact that the race tye is set to a “fair” race. This which will filter out movements by the same geocacher. You find a detailed explanation in a previous blog post.

However, there is a problem right now:

As you all now, tb-run can only work with the mileage that is provided by gc.com. Since a few months, we experience a problem that seems to be related to what gc.com is showing.

We recognized that the mileage delivered from geocaching.com all of a sudden changes from time to time. Example

  • For this old TB that was not moved since 2010, the log from 08/14/2008 shows 32.16 Miles – which is correct. Now two days ago, at 1:15 CET gc.com showed 5259.59 for this TB. And an hour later gc.com showed 377.03 Miles.  At 3:15 then it was back to 32.16 Miles. At 9:15 it was 464.04 Miles for two hours and then it was correct.
  • Or this Race TB from BNJanny (Upsstups)
    Log  from 01/17/2017 in Cache Kosinus meets China. Correct is 0.15 Miles. Yesterday all of a sudden gc.com showed 5266.23 Miles. One hour later it was back to 0.15 Miles.

It seems that these are not exceptions but this happens across geocaching.com.

We have written a program that pulls the mileage from gc.com every hour for several TB’s to see if we can detect any pattern. We are also checking if this is somehow related to tb-run.com – but don’t think so at this point.

We will update this post once we have any news – hopefully in the next few days.

If you have seen similar behaviour, please leave a comment. This may help us to track down the root cause – or give us more meat  when talking to Groundspeak.

Pathtags shjpped accidentially to germany

This article is only relevant for germany.

We have produced a first amount of tb-rescue pathtags which were supposed to b offered via pathtags.com.

Now accidentially they were shipped to my home in germany – so we are doing a “garage sale” of them in germany.

New production is in progress and they will soon be offered also in the US.

Hunting down a TB thief – A spectacular rescue mission

Probably the coolest rescue mission of the year: The german geocaching team “Sonntagsrudel” has hunted down a TB thief – using a self built video surveillance cache.

You can find all details of this spectacular misson on their websitehttp://sonntagsrudel.amshove.net/indexE.html.

We think this a pretty cool accomplishment that (even though it was not a activity that was initiated by tb-rescue.com) deserves honor.
In order to thank the team, we have set up all successful rescues as records on tb-rescue.com

A big THANK YOU to the Caching team “Sonntagsrudel”.

Here you find all rescues trackables of this cool mission:

Acimes 1st Coin
Letterboxing in Deutschland
Saarland Geocoin 2007
Frozboz’ Happy Caching – Black Cat Geocoin
Euro 5th Anniversary Geocoin
Birthday Geocoin 2009
Die Schwedenflagge – The Swedish Flag
Dragon Spinner Geocoin
Happy Caching – Ladybird Geocoin
Come Together – Rad
GN_worldwide!_S16_002_Germany2007
Reindeer Geocoin
Geocacher?s Star 2009 Geocoin
Screw 2007 Geocoin
Denmark Geocoin
The Lord of the Caches – Earth Geocoin
Pepper’s Love
Belted Kingfisher Geocoin
SNSpencer?s Cache Movers Geocoin #1
mahos geotaler 3
Robby Schlappohr
Das fliegende Auge
Army Geocoin
NoobNaders RoG – Harz- Geocoin
Proving Trail Geocoin
Excalibur Geocoin
Red Handed Micro
2102 on Tour
“Amaigbo, Nigeria” Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug
“Thun, Switzerland” Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug
Phoebe the Globetrotter
Helicopter Herrold
The Flying Dutchman
Goofy
Alaska Bear Paw TB
Schwitzwasserleitung
happy
The flower bug
Silferme’s WorldRoller #2
Team Die Goldbären – Tebby
Liam’s Lego Plane
Janis the Bat
Where’s My Car?!?
Go GOLEO, go !!!
Travel Bug Vista
Dalarna horse
Vans World Tour
RANGE
Travel Bug Cool Chicken
Lupus54 No.: 06
Bob
Bailey Bee
Balancing Act
Svenne Svensson
Halve a twin (Yoni)
ROBOTICA 2
UV-Men Baron von Zwick
Freizeitpark TB
Signature Item Collector