Black Friday 500th Post Blowout Giveway Extravaganza?!?!

A few months ago we realized that was quickly approaching its 500th post. We briefly toyed with approaching companies to provide product to giveaway in honor of this milestone, but noticed that we already have a huge stash of gear here at iRunFar world headquarters. As luck would have it, our 500th post coincides with Black Friday… a day on which we had a huge giveaway last year. We guess we’ll have to call this a tradition. Whatever we call it, there’s a ton of gear to giveaway and some of it could be yours. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with your name and the items in which you’re interested in winning. Below are the Rules and the Prizes!

The Rules
Really, there are no rules to speak of. To enter, just leave a comment as described above. If you’re comfortable leaving your full name, go for it. Otherwise, a first name along with a final initial and town should be fine. We’re not trying to collect your confidential info, we simply need a way to identify the winners. We are afraid that we’ll have to limit this contest to American and Canadian shipping locations only.

We ask that you please note in the comment only the gear pieces in which you are most interested. The specific requests add to our work, but mean the gear goes to the folks for whom it would be most useful. There’s no limit to the number of items you can enter to win, we just ask that you are thoughtful in entering the contest.

The drawing for each item will be random … for the most part. One caveat of this giveaway is that you’ll only walk away with one item with the exception of small smaller prizes. (A good reason to only enter for the items you want most.) With that in mind, there may be instances where we will deliberately divvy up prizes so that more people walk away happy.

To be eligible, you need to enter by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 4. We’ll post results on Monday, December 7.

The Prizes
You’ll notice that some of the products listed below note light use. All that means we briefly tested the product. We wouldn’t be giving you anything that’s heavily worn or that we wouldn’t accept if we needed that type of gear.


  • Rab Quantum Top Bag AR (very light use) – Folks, this is a top of the line, ultra lightweight sleeping bag. It weighs all of 19.4 ounces (550 g) and would be a great addition to a stage racing or fastpacking kit for use in places with moderate nighttime temps.


  • Black Diamond BBEE (orange) – If this 12-liter pack were any more minimalist it would cease to exist and yet is still has internal pockets, hydration capability, and an adjustable sternum strap.
  • Body Bottle – A 10-ounce water flask that Velcros to an arm band. Yeah, you heard us right.
  • HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle (light use) – This water bottle isn’t the sort of bottle you’d run with, but it does monitor your fluid intake.
  • Leadville 100 Totebag/Backpack – This jack-of-all-trades bag has a cell phone holster and water bottle holder, too. This is NOT for running!
  • Nathan QuickDraw Plus (black) – You can’t go wrong with Nathan’s excellent handheld bottle carrier.
  • Polarpak Flowjo (light use) – The waist belt hydration bladder uses Polarpak’s Moflow technology to shoot water into your mouth once the system is pressurized.
  • Salomon Ultra Twin Belt (used once) – Not available in the US, give this Salomon double bottle belt (with Salomon’s triangular bottles) a go. As a bonus, we’ve already trimmed down the lengthy waist belt strap. ;-)
  • Water bottles – If you need water bottles, just let us know… they don’t hurt your chances of winning other prizes.


  • Rab Drillium (medium size – light use) – eVent fabric makes this shell a game saver on cold, wet runs.
  • Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket (men’s medium – light use) – A highly technical soft shell with W.L. Gore’s Windstopper fabric. It’s black, but has excellent reflective features for your night runs this winter.
  • Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoody (men’s medium – gray) – Looking for a “technical sweatshirt” to keep you warm this winter? Look no further than this full-zip sweatshirt made from Polartec’s Thermal Pro fabric. (Blue version of sweatshirt here.)
  • Original Buff (2 in green) – Other websites might list a Buff under hats, we know better. We’ve previously reviewed the Original Buff and the Merino Wool Buff.


  • Merrell CT Converge II (men’s 9.5 – light use) – A high mileage, neutral road shoe.
  • Montrail Hardrock 09 (men’s 9 – light to mild use, more scuffs than anything) – The final model in Montrail’s legendary Hardrock series (look for the forthcoming Sabino Trail).
  • Teva CT-140 (men’s 9 – light use) – A trail/road hybrid that’s never going to see the light of day now that Teva has stepped out of the running shoe business.

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hat,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

  • Mountain Hardwear Duration s/s shirt (men’s medium – light use – khaki) – A solid (performance and color) tech shirt with chitosan for odor control.
  • Annecime (men’s medium – worn once – white) – cotton short-sleeve hand-imported from France.
  • Blue Ribbon Run (men’s medium – white) – Old school graphics on a cotton short-sleeve T from Silverton, Colorado’s Fourth of July Run this year.
  • Leadville Trail 100 (men’s medium – black) – A technical, long-sleeve T from this year’s Leadville Trail 100 mile run.
  • Pocatello 50 (men’s medium – blue) – cotton/poly blend short-sleeve.
  • Rudy Project (men’s medium – gray) – cotton short-sleeve.
  • Shoe-Odometer (men’s medium – yellow) – technical short-sleeve.
  • Vasque “Run in sync with nature.” (men’s medium – gray) – cotton short-sleeve T made by American Apparel.

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hat,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hats,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

  • Darn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – Cushion (Large) – Well-cushioned merino wool socks.
  • Jimi Wallet (orange) – A minimalist, splash-proof wallet.
  • Nike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock (unisex, but sized men’s 9-11 – black) – Winner get’s 3 pairs of these simple 1/4 cut Dri-Max socks.
  • Salus Muscle Relief Gel – We’re a skeptical lot… but call use convinced. This stuff takes our pain away.
  • Vasque Bandana – A badass, black bandana.

A Favor
We don’t make you “do” anything to enter this giveaway. No need to fill out a form, sign up for this, or subscribe to that. However, if you appreciate iRunFar and what it does, we just ask that you spread the word. You could share news of this giveaway with others or tell them about the website on your next run.

While you’re at it, consider further embracing the iRunFar community through one of the following options. Not only will they keep you better informed (we share different news on the website, the Facebook fan page, and Twitter), but you’ll help us out, too!

Also, anyone looking for an iRunFar bumper sticker, please use our contact page to request one. We’ll need your full address for that!

There are 147 comments

  1. Bryon Powell

    Thanks, Karl. Glad you like the contest!a.k.a.Moogy, I'm afraid the only jerky I have sitting around iRunFar headquarters is faux jerky of various sorts and that stuff goes straight to my stomach!

  2. Jon Allen

    Jon Allen, Logan Ut:Rab DrilliumMythos SO jacketSaucony PolartecAnd since winning a prize in Shirt or Hat doesn't DQ me from the above:Put my name in for any of the shirts, plus the Headsweats super visor or the Smith Optics hats, the Darn Tough socks and the Nike socks.Thanks

  3. nrmrvrk

    I'd love to get my hands on:Nathan QuickDraw PlusSmith Optics Endurance Hat (white)Headsweats Race HatShame that everything is in size Medium.Thanks.Jason Nemecek

  4. Bryon Powell

    Jason,The medium sizes on apparel and men's 9 sizing on the shoes is an unfortunate side effect of those being my sizes. Know that when I work directly with companies on setting up contests, I lobby to have sizing determined after the contest is over (check out my post on Monday… ;-) ).

  5. Derrick

    Bryon, I'd happily provide David with the swift kick in the butt for you, and offer Keith a bonus one since he can't even spell our own hometown correctly;)…by the way. I could use a Jimi wallet from Santa.

  6. Ty Walters

    Ty Walters, Portland, OR:Rab Quantum Top Bag ARGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketNathan QuickDraw PlusBlack Diamond BBEERab Drillium

  7. Shaun

    Shaun Hansen, Mission, BC, Canada-Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket-Rab Drillium-Rab Quantum Top Bag AR-Water bottles-Salomon Ultra Twin Belt-Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodyAwesome!

  8. Anonymous

    Heidi Finniff (Lakewood, OH)All I want for Christmas is the Leadville 100 bag! Made my first pilgrimage there this past June. I am ready to move!I would buy a IrunFar bumper sticker to support the blog!

  9. Alex Whyte

    Alex WhyteRab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEENathan QuickDraw PlusOriginal BuffGU-branded Headsweats SuperVisorSmith Optics Endurance HatsJimi WalletNike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock

  10. Bryon Powell

    Heidi,I'm afraid you can't buy an iRunFar bumper sticker… you can only get one for free! ;-) I got your other message – a sticker will be on the way soon.

  11. Brad K

    Hi Bryon!I could really use a totebag/backpack. I don't like wearing/using race-branded stuff, unless I ran it. So if I win the bag, then I'll just have to signup & run Leadville :-) I could also make good use of the GU Supervisor (I don't have a visor).Also, if you have any Nathan 22ounce water bottles, then I would make great use of them, too! Thanks again!-Brad KNJ


    Charles Dye:Body BottleLeadville 100 Totebag/Backpack Nathan QuickDraw PlusWater bottles Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket Original Buff Montrail Hardrock 09 Teva CT-140 GU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisorThanks Guys, looking forward to it – keep up the good work

  13. Alan Jaques

    Alan Jaques in the bluegrass!Hydracoach intellibottleSaucony hoodysmith hatannecime t-shirtBy the way Bryon thanks for the heads up on the New Balance MT100's. I've been running in them for a couple weeks now and absolutely love them!Feels like running in slippers with a rock guard and tread! Plus they don't cost an arm and a leg.Cheers, Alanps, i could use a bumper sticker as well.

  14. Michele Jensen

    Michele Jensen, Littleton, CO:Body BottleRab Drillium ShellGore Running Wear Mythos SO jacketSaucony Polerec hoodyMountain Hardware DurationSmith Optics Endurance hatsNike running socks

  15. Mike

    Michael Vance, Charlotte, NCNathan QuickDraw PlusBlack Diamond BBEE Salomon Ultra Twin BeltMountain Hardwear Duration s/s shirtSmith Optics Endurance Hatsthanks

  16. Natalia

    Polarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltSmith Optics Endurance hatSalus muscle relief gelWater Bottlesirunfar bumper stickerThank you very much!

  17. Gailanne

    Gailanne J.Mississauga, Ontario- Rab Quantum Top Bag AR- Leadville 100 Totebag/Backpack- Water bottles- Rab Drillium- Smith Optics Endurance Hats- Headsweats Race Hat- Jimi Wallet (orange)- Nike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock- Salus Muscle Relief Gel- Vasque Bandana- Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket- Salomon Ultra Twin Belt And… A Bumper Sticker Please :)

  18. christophe

    I'm so sorry..Impossible to receive an us gear from you for a french reader …but i'm proud to have the same "french annecime tee shirt" of you bryon …see you next time, here, on FB , or in 2010 in france ! ! !

  19. KMAX

    Kevin Stapleton, Greenbelt, MDRab Quantum Top BagBlack Diamond BBEENathan Quickdraw PlusSalomon Ultra Trail PlusWater BottlesA bumper sticker would be sweet too!

  20. Chris Freet

    Chris Freet, Honesdale, PANathan Qiuck Draw PlusGU Energy Gelbranded Headsweats SuperVisorGore running Wear Mythos Jacket2009 Leadville shirtThanks!

  21. Stacey

    Stacey P. Amherstburg, Ontario.*Black Daimond BBEE *Nathan Quickdraw Plus*Salomon Ultra Twin Belt*Gu Energy- Branded Headsweats Visor*Headsweats race hat*Mountain Hardware hat*Smith Optics Endurance hats*Vasque bandana

  22. Mike

    Mike Keller – Reynoldsburg, OHBlack Diamond BBEENathan QuickDraw Plus++Polarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin beltAny water bottlesOriginal BuffHeadsweats SuperVisorHeadsweats Race HatJimi WalletSalus Muscle Relief Gel

  23. Anonymous

    Janet S – Thessalon OntarioNorthern Ontario aka northernbliss.blogspot.comoriginal buff ormerino wool buffbecause my ears get verrrry coldkeeping my cold finers crossed…Thanks!!

  24. Hilary

    Hilary Lorenz, New York City. I would love either the Quantum Top Bag or the Black Diamond BBEE hydration pack. Either would come in handy while running Transrockies 2010. I have to tell you, I love having your bumper sticker on my car. It always gives me a huge smile to see the sticker on my car in the city streets. Plus I only see my car when I am headed to the country for a long run.

  25. Ryan J.L.

    yeah yeah yeah!Rab Quantum Top Bag AR Black Diamond BBEE Nathan QuickDraw Plus Polarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltGU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisor Smith Optics Endurance Hats Darn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – Cushion Nike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock Ryan J.L.

  26. bolo

    Bobby Love, New Milford, CTNathan QuickDraw PlusSalomon Ultra Twin BeltGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketOriginal BuffSmith Optics Endurance HatsVasque Bandana

  27. Bryon Powell

    Hillary,I'll keep your name in the drawing for the Rab Top Bag, but trust me when I say you'll want something MUCH warmer for TransRockies! I sleep warm and would bring at least a 20F bag next time I run the race.So glad you enjoy having the iRunFar bumper sticker!

  28. Pinkcorker

    Hi Bryon!Nathan QuickDraw PlusGU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisor Vasque BandanaI hope to get to meet you someday! I'm doing Old Pueblo 50 in the Spring. My first 50 miler!Renee Webb Tucson, AZ

  29. Johnny

    John McAlisterToronto, OntarioRab Quantum Top Bag AR Black Diamond BBEERab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketSmith Optics Endurance Hat Thanks!

  30. Cole

    Cole Mortellaro, Pittsburgh, PARab Quantum Top BagBlack Diamond BBEENathan Quickdraw PlusWater bottlesMountain Hardware DurationLeadville Trail 100Darn Tough run-bike 1/4 sockThanks!!

  31. Joey C

    Bryon -Your blog has been invaluable for a new runner like me. I'm thankful for YOU this year.Joey CCharlottesville, VARab Quantum BagNathan QuickdrawSalomon Ultra Twin BeltRab DrilliumGore MythosMontrail Hardrock

  32. Stephanie

    Chris Thomas, Richmond, VAI never win anything. Please be the first to break this cycle of loser.Nathan Quickdraw PlusBlack Diamond BBEE Other water bottlesRab Drillium JacketSalomon Ultra Twin BeltGore Mythos JacketSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodieMontrail Hardrock shoesMountain Hardwear Duration shirtVasque shirtMountain Hardwear hatNike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion SockVasque BandanaSmith Optics Endurance HatsGU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisor

  33. Blair

    Black Diamond BBEE Nathan QuickDraw PlusMontrail Hardrock 09Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoody Vasque "Run in sync with nature." Smith Optics Endurance Hats Vasque Bandanaand I wouldn't mind a bumper sticker :^)Blair Layng, 23 North St, Unit 5W, Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, N4G1B9

  34. RunninRob

    Rob M., Rowley, MABlack Diamond BBEESmith Optics Endurance HatsGore Running Mythos SO JacketSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodyDarn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 SockHeadsweats Race Hat (red)

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