If I knew how, I would create a sticky thread for this forum just for new competitors. I think I stepped on a few toes when I tried to get several seperate threads condensed into one thread. However, I was just trying to make things easier to research, as I have to keep going back to answer questions that I have. Don't get me wrong though, this is the best resource and friendliest place to get info on competing that I have found so far. The usuals that haunt this forum are pretty accurate with their tips.
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