Moving (From) the Motherlode Contest

Motherload giveaway[Note: This contest is now closed. Winners were announced here.]

Not only are we thanking you, the iRunFar reader, this week for helping us reach the milestone of one million(!) pageviews, but we’re also preparing to move iRunFar headquarters out of the Sierra Nevada. It’s a long story that we’ll fill you in on later. Anyway, we’re getting rid of our entire stockpile of giveaway items ahead of the move.

Most of the gear we’re giving away in this contest is new; however, there are lightly-used items, as well. You can assume that an item is new unless we tell you otherwise. Details on how to enter follow the list of gear to be won.

FYI, we’re running four other great contests this week in celebration of iRunFar’s one millionth pageview. Here’s an index to all of our contests this week. Two highlights: An Endurance Challenge prize package from The North Face and 5 pairs of New Balance’s just-released MT101/WT101 trail shoe!


  • Salomon Minim 30 – A lightweight (675 g) 30-liter pack that is hydration compatible and trekking pole friendly. The pack is black and red.
  • Camelbak Blowfish – Generally a bike pack that was used for trail running. A used, couple-year-old version that’s still in good shape. About a 12 liter capacity that holds a 100-ounce bladder (not included). Goldenrod and gray.
  • Camelbak Flashflo – A waist-mounted hydration pack (bladder included). A used, couple-year-old version that’s still in good shape. Blue, gray, and black.

Short Sleeve Tech Shirts (medium unless otherwise noted)

  • Jupiter Peak Steeplechase ’10 – A good looking blue shirt from Green Layer.
  • Rothrock Challenge ’10 – Another blue shirt from Green Layer with small, simple front logo and sponsor-filled back.
  • HAT Run 50k – White shirt with black neck and small black back panel. Back features a definition of ultrarunning.
  • Freemotion – Black shirt with yellow accents.
  • Taos Up and Over Trail Run ’10 (extra small) – Blue shirt with simple logo front and sponsor-filled back.

Black Hats

  • Salomon New Era Cap (medium/large) – Black with small “Salomon” and logo in gray on front.
  • Salomon Cap (large/extra large) – Classy black cap with large gray Salomon logo and gray trim.
  • Mammut Cap (large/extra large) – Black cap with the Mammut logo.
  • Udo’s Oil Cap – Black Coolmax hat bearing “Udo’s Oil” and “oil the machine.”

Socks (sizes are noted in US men’s)

  • Asics Men Sorbtex Performance Low Cut Sock 3 Pack (large 9-12) – Three pairs of thin white tech socks.
  • Injinji Performance Mini-Crew (large – 11-13) – The classic Injinji tetrasock in “sand” color.
  • Merrell Quick Socks (large – 9-11.5) – Merino running socks with targeted cushioning.
  • Newton Ankle Socks (large/extra large 10.5-15) – Performance running socks perfectly suited to Newton running shoes.
  • The North Face Men’s Fire Road No Show (large – 9-12.5) – Thin-to-medium weight socks with targeted cushioning.


  • Brooks Run Happy Water Bottle – A dark blue 20 ounce H2GO bottle with the Brooks Run Happy logo.
  • PUR Guide Water Filter and Replacement Cartridge – This is a fastpacking/hiking item rather than a true running item, but it may be useful for iRunFar readers. The filter system, which is well-used and well-cared for, comes with a replacement filter.
  • Nathan Flip Straw Pure Bottle – An orange 700 ml BPA flip straw bottle.
  • La Sportiva Bottle – A white, BPA-free, biodegradable water bottle.
  • nuun Bottle – A blue water bottle made by Specialized.
  • Mountain Trails Foundation bottle – A water bottle featuring the MTF logo.


  • The North Face towel – A thin small-to-medium size towel that would be great to wipe off with after a workout.
  • Assorted flash drives – We’ve got a couple outdoor company-branded USB flash drives with from 1/2 – 1 GB capacity.
  • Salomon Shoe Bag – A simple black Salomon shoe bag.
  • The North Face Sunscreen – 50 mLs of 20 UPF sunscreen.
  • Green Laces Shoelaces – Show your support of the environment with these laces.

The Rules
Really, there are no rules to speak of. To enter, just leave a comment (please do this directly on the website, not via email) with your name and location. While not necessary, please include your email in the confidential box above the main comment box to help expedite our getting your brand new gear out to you (if you win). In the name of responsible shipping (and our non-existent budget) we’re limiting 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. Your 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 (see paragraph below), 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. (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, October 15. We’ll post results from all of our One Miiillllionth Pageview contests on October 18th.

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, link to iRunFar on your blog or website, or tell your buddies 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 page, and Twitter), but you’ll help us out, too!

Also, anyone looking for a free iRunFar bumper sticker, please use our contact page to request one. We’ll need your full address for that! Folks, we ship these free anywhere in the world. Really!

There are 795 comments

  1. Natural1

    Well, I'm a big fan of Salomon gear, so I'd be happy to win any of these:

    Salomon Minim 30

    Salomon New Era Cap

    Salomon Cap

    Salomon Shoe Bag

    Looking forward to hearing about your move, Bryon – hope it's good news…

    Good luck everyone!


    Chatham, NY

  2. Plumbrunner

    I would love any of the hydration packs, or the shirts. Unfortunately the socks are too big. Thanks for the great giveaways!

    Livonia, MI

  3. Blaine Moore

    Another great contest!

    I wouldn't say no to the Salomon Minim 30, any of the socks, the PUR Guide Water Filter and Replacement Cartridge, or the Salomon Shoe Bag.

    Blaine Moore

    Portland, Maine

  4. toddstarkweather

    I'm running my first ultra this spring and it just happens to be the HAT 50k. It would be nice to wear the HAT shirt while I'm training as a reminder as to why I should get out of bed when the temperature is cold and the days are dark. By the way, I visit your site the way news junkies visit the msnbc/cnn/fox news websites.

    Todd Forkin, Brewster, NY

  5. Dan


    I would love,

    Salomon Minim 30

    Mammut cap

    any of the socks

    any of the flash drives

    Thanks a lot you are making this the best site on the intrawebs!

    Dan, Washington, DC

  6. Andy H

    I'd be willing to provide a loving home for the Salomon Minim 30 Pack and any of the black hats.

    Good luck with the move!




  7. Aliza Lapierre

    Hello Mr. Byron Powell,

    I would love to enter to win the Salomon Minim 30, for some reason I am very into Salomon stuff ;)


    Williston, VT

  8. Tatiana

    Once again would love to be part of it:

    Tatiana Surazhsky, Israel Yokneam

    interested in the following:

    * Salomon Minim 30

    * Camelbak Blowfish

    * The North Face towel

    * Salomon Shoe Bag

  9. CJ

    Thank you for the fantastic site content and opportunity to enhance my running gear!

    That being said… Anything from the packs, hats or hydration category would be appreciated and put to good use.

    CJ LaFond

    Madison, WI

  10. Kevin B.

    Living in SC, any of the hydration packs or bottles would do wonders (especially when it is 85 at 6 am).

    The shoe bag could also come in handy….

  11. Micah


    Love the site and I'd love any of the following:

    Salomon Minim 30, Camelbak Blowfish, Any of the Caps, Sorbtex Socks, Merrell Socks, North Face Socks, PUR Water Filter, The North Face towel


    Monroe, NY

  12. Kovas Palubinskas

    Kovas Palubinskas

    Downers Grove, IL

    Salomon Cap (large/extra large) – Classy black cap with large gray Salomon logo and gray trim.

    Asics Men Sorbtex Performance Low Cut Sock 3 Pack (large 9-12)

    Injinji Performance Mini-Crew

  13. Tracy K

    I'd love any of these:

    Salomon Minim 30

    Salomon New Era Cap

    Brooks Run Happy Water Bottle

    Nathan Flip Straw Pure Bottle

    La Sportiva Bottle

    nuun Bottle

    Mountain Trails Foundation bottle

    The North Face towel

    The North Face Sunscreen

    –Tracy K, Santa Fe, NM

  14. Chris Trahan

    Chris Trahan

    Houston, TX

    I'm jumping on the Salomon Minim 30 bandwagon…

    Thanks for the hard work and great site, Bryon. It's very much appreciated.

  15. Jul

    This is amazing!

    I would love to put my name in for:

    * Salomon Minim 30

    * Camelbak Blowfish

    * Camelbak Flashflo

    the Freemotion shirt



    Washington, DC

  16. Jorge Fernandez

    That salomon bas is NICE !!!

    but more than happy with any of the socks! socks are always gooood!

    thanks for the giveaways and looking forward to hear were are you moving now!

    Jorge Fernandez


  17. Josh

    First, love the site and good luck with the move!

    As far as the gear goes, sign me up for:

    Salomon Cap (large/extra large)

    Mammut Cap (large/extra large)

    The North Face Men’s Fire Road No Show (large – 9-12.5)

    Newton Ankle Socks (large/extra large 10.5-15) –

  18. Turi

    Wow, you sure know how to make a contest complicated. OK, here goes:

    Either of the Salomon Caps

    Injinji socks (mine are getting a hole…)

    Nathan Flip Straw Bottle

    and I could use a spare flash drive…

    Thanks –

    Turi Becker

    Reno, NV

  19. Kevin

    Yep, I can never get enough bags! The Saloman pack and the Camelback Blowfish would be awesome! I actually lost my best cycling hydration pack a year ago when some twerps broke into my truck and stole a bunch of stuff at a trail head while I was out on a run. I still haven't found a good replacement for that bag!

    Thanks for all the contests and chances to win cool stuff!


    Greenbelt, MD

  20. Adrian

    I'd love any of the packs, the water filtration system (!!) and I'd be happy with any med t-shirt. (I've only had one DNF in an ultra so please don't make me look like to much of a poseur with race-specific gear :) )

    Good luck with the move, please keep us informed.

  21. Tobias

    Socks! I'd love to try some new socks, especially the Injinji ones. I'm not sure the Newton socks would be beneficial if they're imperfectly suited for everything except Newton running shoes. But, I'll take any of those socks you want to give away.

    This is an awesome week at iRunfar!

    Tobias | Raleigh, NC

  22. ScottTomKretz

    Heading to is usually one of the highlights of my morning, but this week has been better than Christmas. That being said…

    – Salomon Minim 30 pack

    – nuun water bottle

    – shoelaces

    Keep it up!!

    Scotty K.

    Alamosa, Colo.

  23. Brad Koenig

    Hi Bryon,

    Good luck with your move! I could use a flash drive (preferably the 1GB size, if I am allowed to be picky :). Believe it or not, I don't have a single flash drive.

    I hope all is well and good luck with the move!


  24. Megan T

    Would love the

    Salomon Minim 30

    Salomon New Era Cap

    Brooks Run Happy Water Bottle

    Salomon Shoe Bag

    Taos Up and Over Trail Run ’10 shirt

    Megan T

    San Antonio, TX

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