Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Resolution Giveaway!

I'm race-shopping this morning, since I have the day off.  I'm trying to plan next year's race schedule, culminating (I hope) with the St. Jude Marathon on December 3rd, 2011.  And I've noticed one common theme - race entry fees are expensive!

Outer Banks Half Marathon - note our cool skirts!
For me, planning the race schedule is my New Year's Resolution. It ensures that I will keep training, and keep eating a healthy diet, and avoid overindulging in soda or alcohol or fatty foods - all of which interfere substantially with my training.  I'm lucky enough to have a wonderful job and a reasonable income at the moment, but that hasn't always been the case.  And I know there are other folks in the blogosphere who may be struggling to make ends meet, or for whom a race entry fee takes away from some other family need.

So, after conferring with my wonderful husband (did I mention he never complains about my running/quilting/educational obsessions?), I've decided to hold a New Year's Resolution giveaway that might help one of you a little bit.  I wish I could afford to pay for a year of races for one of you, but since I can't do that, here's what I can do: my husband and I will pay up to $60 toward a race entry fee for one winner.  

That's right - up to sixty clams greenbacks bucks.  For you, and the race of your choice if you are the winner!  Hopefully, it will help you keep your own New Year's Resolution.  It can be used for any endurance activity you are interested in - cycling, running, swimming, triathlon, unicycling, distance juggling... whatever.  I'll choose a winner out of all the eligible entries on January 2nd and we'll make arrangements for the payment after that.

Do I have your interest?  Good!  Here's how to enter:

1. Comment and let me know in which race you'd use the entry fee.  You can change your mind if you win - I'm just race shopping and I want to see which races you're considering. I'm nosy like that!

2. Follow my blog, or let me know if you already do.

3. Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry so that I make sure you get credit for everything you do. I'll take entries until midnight on New Year's Day (January 1).  So, what are you waiting for?  Go to Runner's World or Active.com or Cool Running and do some race shopping of your own!

83 comments:

  1. Wow. this is so generous of you! I'e already paid for my 2 big traveling races this year (RnR new orleans & Disney Princess), but I have a few ideas for what to use it on....

    1. RnR Providence, RI is within driving distance for me
    2. Danskin Womens triathlon in webster, ma or any of my other Tris I have yet to line up
    3. Hartford Half marathon in october

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  2. I am registered for most of my races in 2011, but the fall is a big question mark. If I get into NYC this would go toward that. If I don't get in, I want to do the Richmond Half on 11/12 and the Outer Banks half on 11/13. It would be a pricey weekend.

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  3. Sweet! I've never won a giveaway but I keep entering them anyway. ;) I would use the money towards one of the following: The Newport Marathon in Oregon, The Portland Marathon or if I get in, The Nike Women's Half Marathon! You're right, they are all so expensive...that is why it was such a huge bummer to pay the 130 for Portland and then not be able to do it because of an injury. :(

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  4. I'm a new follower. Found you on Miss Zippy's blog!

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  5. I'll post this on my blog giveaway section! And yes, I like the exclamation point if you can't tell. !!!

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  6. hmmmmmm i think i'd put it toward San Diego in June or NYC in the fall. but there are so many races that are on my radar!

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  7. Wow, Terri! What a great and generous giveaway. I would use the dough towards the Pacific Crest Half Marathon in Sunriver, Oregon at the end of June. Or, the Eugene Women's Half on Labor Day weekend.

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  8. Linking you on my blog, but I don't want anyone else to know about this one...

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  9. How generous of you! I am going to leave this awesome prize to someone else, but I'm going to post the good news on my blog. Way to give back, Terri!

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  10. Great contest. I'm a follower and I'll put it on my blog on the right column. I would likely use it for the Detroit Half Marathon.

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  11. I've already paid for my 4 races for the year-RNR New Orleans, Mobile First Light 1/2, Publix GA 1/2 and Big Sur. Trying to plan out some additional states and fall races. Would love to use it towards Jackson Hole 1/2 or RNR Providence.

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  12. Wow, that's really very generous of you!!!

    Ok, this is a long shot with my heel injury, but I so badly want to do the Skyline to the Sea Marathon in SF in April.

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  13. What an awesome and creative giveaway!! Well, I've already paid for Boston and you know how determined I am to run THAT little race. So..I have already set my sites on a fall marathon, probably in Richmond, VA or Denver. It will be my big comeback race in that I hope I can actually RACE it to PR.

    Until then, as you say, copious amounts of alcohol to cope. Love that. We must be soul sisters.

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  14. Following. Stalking. i love anything Greek. And anything running.

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  15. I found you well... on my blog, and started following. LOL I'm so glad I did! It's great to know there are other crafters/runners out there.

    I just started running in Spring 2009 and so far I have only run in 5K's with the exception of running across the Mackinaw Bridge, Labor Day 2010 (that's a little less than 5 miles). I would love to do my first 10K spring 2011 at our local Memorial Day (Fruitport Old Fashioned Days) Run.


    I will post this on Facebook, as well (but I'm not sure I want all my running buddies to be my competition. ;)

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  16. i would use it on the fall creek falls triathlon. they are so much more expensive than running races! and would see it as a sign from God I'm supposed to do it! :P

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  17. What a great giveaway! I'd probably use it towards RnR Chicago or RnR Savannah. Though I've got a lot of races lined up for 2011, those are a couple of the pricier ones.

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  18. Linked this giveaway on my blog's sidebar.

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  19. Great giveaway Lisa. Your husband is indeed an understanding guy. Race fees are indeed getting more expensive as sponsorship dollars dry up.

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  20. I follow! Awesome giveaway, thank you!

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  21. I would put the money towards Ironman Muncie 70.3...talk about a pricey race!!!! Makes my marathon entries look cheap!

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  22. I'd probably use it towards RnR Savannah (my brother used to live there, and I always loved visiting him; Savannah is beautiful) or the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

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  23. I have A LOT of races I'd love to do in 2011. I'd like to do the 1/2 in Eugene, 1/2 in Long Beach in June, & You Go Girl Half in Tacoma in September to name a couple.

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  24. I posted the giveaway on my blog.

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  25. How cool is this? Even if I don't win thank you!
    I'd put it toward NYC if the planets align and I don't get in. Otherwise it'll probably go toward Marine Corps Marathon.

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  26. Wow. Way generous, Terri. I'm trying to work out my race calendar for 2011 too. I'm registered for Disney Princess in February and the Oak Barrel in Lynchburg in April. I'll leave the winnings to another runner. One that knows what they're doing this year (lol), but I'll repost!

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  27. I would use the money for my favorite race..the St George marathon! but I have several on my docket for 2011...great giveaway!!

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  28. What an awesome idea! And how nice of you!!!!! I knew you had a huge heart from the moment I met you. :)

    I would use it for the Publix/GA half marathon In March (or maybe it's April). Either way it'll (hopefully) be my first.

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  29. I'd use it to pay for my entry into the Soldier Field 10 Mile. www.soldierfield10.com

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  30. I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog's sidebar

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  31. I posted a link to this giveaway on twitter

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  32. I posted a link to this giveaway on facebook

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  33. Added to my list of Blog giveaways (your the only one on there right now!)

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  35. I posted your giveaway on my blog: http://13minutemile.blogspot.com/

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  36. My goal is to run the 1/2Marathon in NYC on April 2nd: http://www.131marathon.com/13_1_New_York.htm

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  37. I'm a follower :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity and happy New Year!

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  38. What a great concept. So very generous of you and a great way to start the year.

    I would use it toward the 70.3 Buffalo Springs in June. An opportunity to qualify for World Championships....maybe!!!!!

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  39. I will be putting this on twitter after I convert the URL to a bitly URL.

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  40. I also just posted the link on three pages of Facebook.

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  41. I would put it toward 70.3 Syracuse, my first half Iron Man!

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  42. So many races to choose from..... I would probably use it for the Soldier Marathon in Columbus GA next November though.

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  43. I am already a follower (just behind in reading blogs)

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  44. Great idea! I plan to sign up for the Calloway Garden's Duathlon in May. I've also heard a lot of good things about the Soldier's Marathon Tim mentions above.

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  45. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  46. I will share your blog post and information on Facebook.

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  47. What an amazing giveaway!! I either to plan to use it for my first marathon, livestrong Austin Marathon or the San Antonio rock and roll marathon.

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  48. This is an amazing concept! I'd love to use it for my first half-marathon, "The Other Half," in Moab, UT.

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  49. I would use it for the Antelope Island Buffalo Run.

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