SmartCommute Challenge Rules
Eligibility
The "SmartCommute Challenge" (hereafter, the "Challenge") is open to all employees and college/university students within The Research Triangle Park, Durham County, Orange County, and Wake County, including full-time, part-time and contract employees, except where prohibited by law. Contestants must be 18 years or older. By entering the contest, participants certify that they meet the foregoing eligibility requirements. Members of the SmartCommute Challenge Committee and any immediate family members and/or persons living in the same household with the foregoing may participate in the Challenge, but are not eligible to win.

How To Enter (back to top)
No purchase or expenditure is necessary to participate in the Challenge or to win a prize. The Challenge is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Any person who satisfies the eligibility criteria above may participate by submitting a completed SmartCommute Challenge Pledge Form or by signing up on the website at www.SmartCommuteChallenge.org and by agreeing to try at least one alternate method of commuting during the SmartCommute Challenge, September 1 through October 15, 2012, or by completing the alternate mode of entry described below. To be eligible to win, proof of trip taking must be logged in the GoTriangle Trip Diary system by 11:59p.m. on October 15, 2012. The Pledge Form is available in hard copy from participating employers, and as an online form on the website www.SmartCommuteChallenge.org. The SmartCommute Pledge Form and trip diary must be complete and accurate to be eligible and may be submitted via mail, via fax, or online at www.SmartCommuteChallenge.org. Only one SmartCommute pledge per individual will be accepted. Additional entries submitted from the same individual in violation of this rule will be declared void. Personal information provided on the pledge form will only be used by SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit and will not be given or released to outside organizations. Entries become the property of SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit and will not be returned.

Alternative Mode of Entry
To enter without completing a pledge form or using the website, send a postcard with your name, employer, employer address, phone number, home zip code, and e-mail address to SmartCommute Challenge, Triangle Transit, PO Box 13787, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. E-mail address must be valid to be eligible to win.

Deadline for Entries (back to top)
All entries received by 11:59 PM EDT, October 15, 2012, will be entered into a random drawing for a SmartCommute Challenge Grand Prize. In addition, all entries received by 11:59 PM EDT, October 15, 2012, that do not win a Grand Prize will be entered into secondary random drawings based on the commute alternative mode indicated on pledge form for the remaining Challenge Prizes as listed on the website.

Prizes/Winners (back to top)
Number of Prizes; Odds of Winning
A total of two Grand Prizes and approximately thirty other prizes will be awarded, depending on the number of prizes donated by local employers and businesses. All entries submitted by employees working in The Research Triangle Park will be eligible for one Grand Prize, and all entries by other participants outside RTP will be eligible for the second grand prize. In addition, all entries received by 11:59 PM EDT, October 15, 2012, that do not win a Grand Prize will be entered into secondary random drawings based on the commute alternative mode indicated on pledge form for the remaining Challenge Prizes as listed on the website. Prizes cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash. The odds of winning each prize will depend on the number of qualified entries.

Announcements of Winners
Only the winners will be notified by phone or email. SmartCommute organizers will use reasonable efforts to name winners by November 1, 2012 on the SmartCommute Challenge website, www.SmartCommuteChallenge.org. Winners will be identified by the name used on the pledge form or alternative mode of entry. If a winner cannot be reached through reasonable effort by November 1, 2012, SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit reserves the right to declare that winner no longer eligible and to re-run the relevant drawing.

Publicity of Winners
An entry in the Challenge shall constitute permission by the entrant for SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit to use a winning entrant's name, photograph, company name, and all or part of the written description used to nominate the winner, without compensation, for business purposes, including but not limited to future Challenge promotions, in print, web, radio, television and other media, unless prohibited by law. Winners must agree to be photographed and videotaped and will have to sign a waiver to release their photographs and video to the SmartCommute Committee to be used in promoting future campaigns.

Authority of Advisory Committee
The SmartCommute Challenge Advisory Committee's decisions on winners are final. SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit reserve the right to modify the rules of the contest in any way, at any time, and to cancel the contest for any reason. It is the responsibility of each entrant to read and understand all information on the use, risks, and maintenance of any prize.

Tax Liability of Winners
Prize winners are solely responsible to pay all federal, state, local, or other applicable taxes with respect to the prize awards. Because SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit may be required to file certain information with various governmental agencies with respect to the prizes, the winner will be required to provide any and all information requested in connection with tax compliance and may be subject to applicable U.S. back-up withholding taxes. Failure to comply with a request for any such necessary information or comply with any U.S. or foreign tax or trade laws will result in forfeiture of the prize, or any claims to the prize.

Additional Information (back to top)
By entering this promotion, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the SmartCommute Advisory Committee, SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit. SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit reserve the right to disqualify any entry determined to be the result of tampering with the SmartCommute Challenge system or in violation of these official rules.

SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit and their agencies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge or by any technical or human error that might occur in the processing of submissions in the Challenge. SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit and their agents assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries.

SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit and their agencies are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or combination thereof, including injury or damage to participants or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Challenge.

If, for any reason, the Challenge is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of SmartCommute@rtp or Triangle Transit that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Challenge, SmartCommute@rtp and Triangle Transit reserve the right to terminate the online portion of the promotion.