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GIVEAWAY THURSDAY!

by leandre on March 22, 2012 · 50 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congrats to Sam who won last week’s GIVEAWAY.  I have to admit: I thought even more of you would enter for the chance to win the plastic equivalent of cash. I knew I was taking a risk by asking you to do ‘real’ homework and read the Handbook, though. On the flip side, it made my communications heart very happy to see so that quite a few of you read the medical information and especially the details about managing heat. If you’re running KBVCM and haven’t read the handbook yet, please do. In fact, do it twice…once now and once again a few days before the race.

Many of you might recall that several years ago we made a decision to remove all paper products from our race bags.  It wasn’t a tough decision; I knew that the first thing I did when I got a race bag was empty out all the fliers to get the good stuff, and based on what we saw in the trash barrels (and often the floor) at the Sport & Fitness EXPO, I wasn’t alone. That said, we knew that local businesses and organizations were eager to have the opportunity to reach our runners, so we created an “e-bag.” The e-bag was basically a web-page with hyper-linked coupons and pdfs from our sponsors and other folks who want you to know about them. Well, the e-bag was fun while it lasted, but what we heard from our runners is that it took too many clicks to get to the coupons, the discounts didn’t feel big enough or targeted enough. So, we’re trying something else.

From now through the marathon, our sponsors and other folks we really like will be bringing you special offers here on the blog. (Not in the form of advertising. Think a little text and a lot of give.) The blog gives the business the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about what they do, but perhaps even better for you, in addition to a coupon or KBVCM-specific offer, you’ll have the opportunity to won something real and valuable; in some cases that something will be worth hundreds of dollars or taste really, really good.  Shortly before the big event, I’ll compile all the posts that fall in to this category into a single post so you have all the info in one place should you wish to return to it. I hope you like what you see, and that you’ll tell us if you don’t.

Today is not one the aforementioned posts, however.  Today we’re giving away 2 official KBVCM cowbells and a whole lot of SUNSCREEN. Yeah, ok, so temps are due to fall back to more seasonal levels, but before we know it we’ll all be running around in shorts again and realizing that our sunscreen expired last year.  So, here’s what one lucky winner can look forward to:

You’ll want to pass the cowbells and a bottle of the sunscreen off to two of your most adoring to fans in preparation for cheering you on at KBVCM. (Because you ARE registered for KBVCM, right? You’re not being silly and waiting until the last minute, are you? Discounted pricing ends April 1 [no joke] and really, you can’t don’t want to risk getting shut out.)

To Enter:

I was inspired this morning by this post on a local runner Sarah’s blog, Daily Nibbles. I don’t know Sarah personally, but I know she is training for KBVCM and that she loves food and photos. I also now know that she likes the effects of chia seeds.

Tell us what you know about chia seeds. (Don’t know anything? That’s ok, I don’t either. Just say so.)

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, March 28; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, March 29.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway on Facebook by linking to this post and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use Random.org to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.
* Have some product you’d like to get in the hands of a great group of runners?  Contact Leandre.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley March 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

I hear they provide an energy boost.

2 Ashley March 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m also a follower of the blog.

3 Eilelen Hamilton March 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

I am a vegetarian and use Chia seeds to because it is a complete protein as well as adding Omega 3 fatty acids to my diet. I sprinkle them on my salads or add a little to my oatmeal in the morning. They taste great!

4 Eilelen Hamilton March 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

I subscribed to the RSS feed

5 Sarah March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

Ahhhh, I’m so flattered! I love this.

I took chia seeds for the first time on my 15-miler last weekend, and I felt AMAZING! I felt energized and not super hungry. It was crazy. Last week, I brought a GU and water, and was famished. (Same breakfast. Same course. Same time.) So, I’m excited to try them out again this weekend.

Great give-a-way!

6 Eilelen Hamilton March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

I am going to share this on Facebook right now.

7 Kayla March 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’ll be honest- I don’t know a thing about chia seeds, but I am intrigued after reading Sarah’s comment above!

8 Mainely Running March 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

I don’t know anything about chia seeds (other than the whole Chia pet thing) but am now inspired to do a little research!

9 Amy at Mainely Running March 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

I’m following the blog! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

10 Danielle C March 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

I also read Sarah’s post about chia seeds and I’ve got to try them! I may try to pick up some this weekend before my 20 miler.

11 Danielle C March 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

I subscribed to The Run Down

12 Mac March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

I know they get stuck in your teeth!

13 Mac March 22, 2012 at 9:10 am

I’m also a follower.

14 Mike March 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

I see “chia commercials”, no zero about Chia seeds. Do enjoy Sarah’s blog. Used up much of my sunscreen past 5 days… :) and downed a lot of GU yesterday..maybe should have had a bag of Chia seeds with me?

ps yesterday on the bike path training for VCM was about as good as it gets.

15 justin March 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

Consider me a regular follower

16 Kathy L March 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

Chia seeds make awesome vegan pudding!

17 Kathy L March 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

I’m also a follower!

18 Kathy L March 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

Sharing on FB now!

19 Lauren Fowler March 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

They’re really high in omega 3s, and a great recipe to use them is soak ~1-2 tbsp in 1/2 cup milk or soymilk overnight with whatever other flavors you want (cocoa powder is great). They gel up to make a pudding like consistency, which I like on top of a banana for breakfast!

20 Holly March 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

Wow! Interesting stuff about chia seeds!

21 Holly March 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

I am a follower!

22 Tim March 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

Wow, it’s awesome to see so many fellow Chia Seed users. I eat them every day sprinkled on Almond butter toast, but honestly haven’t seen any benefit. But hopefully the Omegas and the hydrating benefits are there like they say!

23 Rick March 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

Do I really get to be the first to say “ch-ch-ch-CHIA!”

I have chia seeds on my oatmeal in the morning. Started adding them because of omega-3s. I’ve learned what Sarah learned about congealing. (Hadn’t thought about carrying chia seed on the bike to fix flats, but seems plausible. Maybe a new product: Chia tubes.)

I can’t say I know about chia seeds preventing energy blowouts. But then I’m old, so it may be a matter of chia vs. the inevitable. I can say this with certainty: Chia seeds congealed with oatmeal and covered with maple syrup are one slimy, yummy, impenetrable mess. Half life of plutonium, I’m saying.

Oh, and one more thing: If you race using chia, are you chia-ting?

24 bob March 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

they do make great pets

25 Jake March 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I don’t know a thing about these things. This is the first time I have ever heard of them.

26 Jake March 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I am a follower.

27 Lesley Fearnley March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I don’t know a thing either about chia seeds

28 Lesley Fearnley March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I’m a follower

29 Forrest March 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

i don’t know anything about chia seeds

30 Forrest March 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I am a follower

31 Forrest March 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I tweeted

32 Forrest March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I shared on Facebook

33 Ron Bissonnette March 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

You’re right. I don’t know anything about Chia seeds.

34 Sam March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I know nothing about Chia seeds, but I’m assuming they’re good for you.

35 Sam March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m a follower

36 Sam March 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Twat it

37 Sam March 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

FB’d it

38 designContest March 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

The Chia Seed are awesome for weight loss. Organic absolutely natural way for fighting with some extra weight.

39 Kaitlin March 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I know that my dad eats chia seeds because he says they lower his cholesterol…but he puts them in a cup of water letting them soak awhile on top of the fridge before drinking it (this is the part I don’t understand)…maybe I’m missing something??…

40 Tom Knauer March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

Best to let them soak for at least 10 minutes before using. I put them in oatmeal for my late-morning snack before my lunchtime run. Jury is still out on whether I have felt the fabled chia boost. First time I ate them it was before either an 8 or 9 miler and I felt pretty good and was not hungry.

41 Tom Knauer March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’m a follower.

42 Corey Burdick March 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I hear they expand, keeping you fuller longer

43 Corey Burdick March 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I’m a follower

44 Colleen March 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I first learned about chia seeds in the fantastic book, Born to Run.

45 christa March 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I learned about chia seeds in the book Born to Run. I have yet to try them. I did look for them at the Co-op and they were expensive!

46 christa March 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I am a follower

47 meredith March 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

i know they are healthy – but i couldnt pick one out of a seed line-up

48 meredith March 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm
49 Dale Miller March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Chia? No clue.

But I do have a nearly transluscent red-headed son who needs sunscreen like I need coffee. C’mon, no whammy.

50 Dale Miller March 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

A follower, too.

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