Relentless Forward Progress Launch Week Contest Winners

I thought I’d outdone myself when I put the Relentless Forward Progress Launch Week contests together. Well, whether or not that was the case, all you iRunFar readers outdid me by a huge margin. I’m in awe of the more than 5,000(!?) entries in the seven contests… or about one entry for every dollar worth of prizes being offered. One contest alone had 919 entries.

Relentless Forward ProgressAs you know, I put these contests together to celebrate the launch of my new book, Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons. I’ll have to admit to being as overwhelmed by the response to the book as I am to your response to the contests. Over the past few weeks, I’ve sent out 100s of copies while has run out more than once. I’m also quite excited that the reviews and feedback have been so positive. That said, there have only been a few published reviews and a few more on Amazon, so I’d love to hear what those who’ve read it think of the book whether by leaving a comment or contacting me directly, if you prefer. Honestly, I welcome all constructive feedback. Between my ability to provide updates and corrections on iRunFar and in future printings, your suggestions will help me and countless other ultrarunners.

The Big Winners!

  • Montrail, Mountain Hardwear & Petzl – Casey Henion of Charlottesville, VA
  • La Sportiva, Black Diamond, SmartWool & more – Jens T. of Astoria, NY
  • Salomon and Julbo – Steve Pollihan of St. Louis, MO
  • Pearl iZUMI, Ryders, Gu & more – Mariko of Portland, OR
  • The North Face and Smith – Mark Schleicher of Madison, WI
  • GORE-TEX TransRockies Run – Sara M of Yarker, ON, Canada
  • Mizuno, CamelBak & GoMotion – Tim Casagrande of Rocklin, CA

(Winners, I’ll be in touch, as I should have all of your email addresses from the contest entries. If you don’t think you included it, please feel free to contact me.)

Thanks to everyone for your cheers of the past few weeks, but, more important, thanks for your support and encouragement over the past three and a half years. Without it, iRunFar would likely have long since ceased to exist and I’d still be an attorney in Washington, DC. As it is, I just hit the two year anniversary of leaving my legal job to write about running full-time. I’ll skip the status report (unless folks clamor for one), but let’s just say that I’m not looking back. So, again, THANKS!

There are 14 comments

  1. Brian

    Congrats to all the winners! And.. most importantly, here's to many more years of writing about running full-time and doing what you love! I'm glad you have made it to the "not looking back" point. Living your dream.. I admire that!

  2. Blaine Moore

    Congrats again on getting the book out!

    I finished reading it on Friday and will put together my review tonight, although it may be delayed going onto my site until next week, potentially.

  3. Neal Gorman


    Great contest and entry stats. Congrats to the winners. I think what you did (saying bye-bye to one job/life to follow a passion for another) is something many people aspire to do deep down. Regarding your status updates on such maneuvering, I think it is pretty cool so keep it up. In fact, I also think many readers of iRunFar would love to know the mental processes of how you actually came to this decision. Moreover, what was the trigger point (pardon the pun)? And, perhaps, how did your previous life toiling as a DC lawyer shape you for the "job" as editor of iRunFar Global Media Enterprises, Inc.??? Sorry to put you on the spot! Enquiring minds (mine) want to know…

    Looking forward to the mail man delivering your book,


  4. Tony Mollica


    Even though I didn't win I still want to thank you for putting the contests together and writing your great book! I'd also like to congratulate the winners!


  5. Mark

    How many times did I lose??? Good Grief….;)

    Is there a departing losers gift? sniffle-sniffle ;)

    I need all winners to meet me in Vegas ASAP!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity Bryon. Congrats to all the Winners!

    Enjoy the sweet swag!

  6. Tina

    Aaaaw… no contest winnings for me, but that's OK… I'm still a winner cuz I have Bryon's book and it's helping me to train smart! :)

    A big congrats to all those who won the contests!! Enjoy!!!

    I'm all for what Neal said — Bryon, I'd like to hear your story!

  7. Tarzan Sutton

    I didn't win, but at least I was in the race-Bryon, thanks a lot for all you do in and for the running community-I always look forward to the new articles that are posted, new product reviews, race pre/reviews, everything! Thanks again and keep up the strong work. I'm curious as well, what was the trigger point that made you leave your job as a DC lawyer? Very Jerry Maguire-ish……very cool….."I'm not going to freak out………"

  8. Jenny Handy

    Congrats to all the winners. Sadly I wasn't one of them but I did get a great book to read. Thanks Bryon!!!


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