Where the Road Ends: New Balance, Nathan, Stance, UnTapped, and BUFF Contest

Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail RunningI’m happy to announce that while today’s Friday, it won’t be the final day of our Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running Launch Week contests! Today, we’re again offering two prize packages (one for each gender) with great products from New Balance, Nathan, Stance, UnTapped, and BUFF.

Remember that all these contests support the launch of iRunFar editors Meghan Hicks and Bryon Powell’s new book Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, which is now available for purchase on the cheap, with autographs, and on ereaders. Also, consider spreading the word about the book however you feel comfortable!

The Contest

New Balance logoTraditional running brands are making some great shoes and apparel to hit the trails in and New Balance is at the forefront of these. They’ve just released the Vazee Summit, a lightweight, aggressively lugged shoes that’d be more than capable in mud or on the mountains. The NB Leadville v3 is more of an all-around shoe with a bit more substance. The winner will get the choice of the Vazee Summit or the Leadville v3.

One nice thing about trail running is that most running apparel is up to the task and that’s certainly true of running shorts. I (Bryon) wear my preferred style of NB running shorts on nearly every run. Both winners will get to pick a pair of New Balance running shorts in his or her preferred style. They’ll also get a Short Sleeve Heather Tee and a Lite Packable Jacket for a little extra warmth and protection on cool or inclement runs.

Nathan Sports standard logoNathan has been a leader in runner-specific hydration solutions for many years. The Nathan VaporAir (for men) and VaporAiress (for men) are hydration packs that should fit a wide range of needs. For hydration in your hand, you can go with the Nathan QuickDraw Plus, which features a small pocket on a handheld waterbottle. Nathan also offers a slew of products outside of hydration, including an expanding range of lighting solutions of which the Nathan Halo Firea super bright, highly adjustable, rechargeable, smart headlamp–is at the pinnacle. Both winners will get a QuickDraw Plus and Halo Fire headlamp as well as the gender-appropriate pack of the VaporAiress and VaporAir.

Stance logoStance has brought fashion and style to the sock world, recently including the running sock world. If you’re looking to sport a little style on your next trail run, consider Stance’s Fusion Run line of socks. Both winners will get to choose three pairs of Fusion Run socks of their liking.

UnTapped Energy logoUndoubtedly, my favorite running fuel innovation of the past few years has been UnTapped maple syrup packets. What are they? Exactly what the name suggests: pure maple syrup (and nothing else) in energy gel packets. I can’t get enough of them. The two winners of this contest will each get a box of UnTapped gels.

To top things off, literally, in this contest, we’re throwing in an Original BUFF, the original multi-purpose headwear for each of the winners.

Original BUFF uses

How to Enter

To enter, all you need to do us leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 22nd. Please make sure to include your email address in the comment form, so we can get in touch with you if you win! (We’ll only use these email addresses to contact the winners of this contest and never for other purposes.)

Since we’re offer one prize pack each to a woman and man, it’d be great to include either your name (if it’s gender-specific) or another indication as to your gender.

Additional Contests

As a reminder, we’ve launched seven separate contests during launch week with almost $12,000 in total prizes!

Winners will be determined in the weeks following the contests’ closure. We’ll notify all winners directly.

There are 1,164 comments

  1. Daryl

    Sitting on a ferry headed to a 50k tomorrow. Looking forward to a great weekend and the start of the season for me. Huge fan of iRunFar, and of course would love to win! (The prize. I’m not going to win the 50k!)

  2. austin schauer

    Sitting on the same ferry as the other guy attempting my first ultra. I will not come close to my friends finish, but I will finish!

  3. Jonas Fröberg

    And here was me thinkink you had gone down the AJW route on a Friday and had a prize from Untappd…
    What a let down ;)

  4. Kevin

    I love the website and am a proud owner of relentless forward progress. Good luck with sales on the newest book!


  5. John Cushma

    Having worn NB shorts for quite some time – I can tell you they ROCK! Looking forward to the book!

  6. Matt Olding

    I LOVE my BUFFs, but my wife keeps on using/taking my and then when we go for a run I am SOL :) Help, Help.

  7. Patrick T.

    i wish was a little bit taller, wish i was a baller, wish i had some gear, if i did, i would wear it.

    danke, papi!

  8. Cody L Custis

    I’ve been debating getting a new hydration pack. Might be nice to get some gear roundups here. I’ve seen individual products reviewed, but cannot remember a “we tested ten hydration packs and found….” type article.

  9. Ethan Money

    Never even heard of UnTapped until now. Sounds like an interesting concept using pure maple syrup for an energy packet.

  10. Craig Woodward

    Thanks for all your work to provide runners with great info over the years. irunfa.com is an great resource for ultra runners!

  11. Josee

    OMG…maple syrup aka nectar from the gods. I thought I was the only one who drank that stuff straight up (yup, I’m canadian!) What a great series of contests!
    Good luck with the books! Sign me up for the (women’s)draw.

  12. Carole Holley

    I thought I had to have pancakes for my maple syrup fix. Glad to know that’s not necessarily true.

  13. Ian Jones

    Just come in from a trail run through the woods where I was pelted by hailstones! So would be nice to have some new kit!!

  14. Matthew Houseknecht

    I would like to try those maple syrup packs! I need a new energy source since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis…no refined or processed sugars anymore,

  15. Louis Pitschmann

    Bryon’s Relentless Forward Progress is guiding my training for my first ultra (Lake Hodges 50K in October). I think I’m on track so far. I’m looking forward to reading the new book. Great full for the inspiration I get from reading irunfar.

  16. Daniel

    Happy Friday! Glad to see the prize packs keep on getting better and better, I also look forward to reading the book. Looking forward to a weekend full of trail running and I hope you guys get out and track some miles yourselves!

  17. Don Kiely

    Boy, I’m really surprised that I’d love to win ANY day’s set of prizes. What a great selection. Thanks for doing this!

  18. Mark Smith

    As someone married to a Canadian, I understand the energy that comes from pure Canadian goodness. Bring on the maple.

  19. Jeffery Maddron

    Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to read it and learn even more. Thanks for all you fo. New Balance rocks as well ss Nathan. I love both of those brands.

  20. Larry Prater

    This is an amazing series of contests for what seems to be an amazing book. Cannot wait to get my copy of Where the Road Ends.

  21. Jim P.

    “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”

    ― Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

  22. Ian Ramsey

    Thanks so much for the book and all else you do! You’re a real conduit for the Ultra community!

  23. Trina Saunders

    More fabulous prizes which include a couple products I haven’t even heard of. I’ll have to check them out!

  24. Katie Silcox

    Please choose me! Running has turned out to be the second best medication for my type 1 diabetes. I run six days a week with some speed work and some strength training. I was diagnosed at three and have been running most of my life since then. I have none of the complications most people due, largely because the running has helped me maintain consistently good blood sugars. I also love it because it lets me do what is essential and core to me: explore my physical environment: trails and urban. Unfortunately, the diabetes stuff costs more than my insurance covers, so sometimes it’s hard to afford decent running gear … every bit helps. Thanks for all the coverage and inspiration!

  25. Tom Davidson

    Hello there irunfar, I love your race commentary and behind-the-scenes tidbits from the big ultra races. Great contest too!


  26. Christine McDonald

    One year in and loving the trails. Will be buying your book as still a trail ‘newbie’. Thanks for the contests

  27. Mr Aurelijus

    It’s friday! That means another amazing long trail running weekend in the mountains! And long waiting for the book to come:(

  28. Jason Cox

    I would be oh so grateful to win. It would make my 2016 season so much more amazing.
    Please, please, please pick me!!

  29. Maya Grasse

    Hey, why isn’t this in the Pack Creek lending library yet? :) On a related note, do you have an extra copy I could buy from you before Sunday when I leave this little slice of paradise you have here? – Maya at Trail’s End

  30. Curtis Hall

    I can’t wait to read this. Your first book was very helpful in training for my most recent ultra.

  31. Timm H

    New balance are what I wore when I started running over ten years ago and I love my Nathan hydration gear is indispensable on my long runs!

  32. Becky Matthews

    Love New Balance! These prizes are amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter, and good luck with the book release!

  33. Jason Nemecek

    Love the NB products. Wish They’d bring back a one-time run of the MT110 AK/ES shoe. I still have a few miles of use left in my last pair of them. They will be sorely missed!

  34. Faye Johnson

    The book looks fantastic! Awesome prize packs with some brilliant brands! Exciting, fingers and toes crossed!

  35. Matthew

    Dear gods of the pain cave,
    I was born a poor young dirtbag. I worship the trails people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them my shoes belong in a church.

  36. Paul Weaving

    New Balance have a factory in Cumbria, one of the most beautiful places in the world. You should visit.

  37. Stu Cameron

    Stance socks are fantastic. I didn’t know what all the hype was about until I tried them. Now they are my ‘go to’ socks for runs in all conditions. They support, stay warm in the cold, don’t get baggy and move around even when soaked.

  38. Bob Gilmore

    Really liked Relentless Forward Progress so looking forward to reading the newest instalment. Wouldn’t mind winning some gear too!

  39. Annette Schulz

    I just bought Where the trail ends and can’t wait to read it!
    The prize pack this time looks awesome! I only run with Nathan hydration packs and would love to try the new one!

    Whoo hoo!

  40. Sean James Dickson

    I’m really excited about both NB shoes. I already use Vazees for intervals & Leadvills for trails & hills.

  41. Rhea Weaver

    Talk about a package deal of great brands!! Awesome contest, would love to sport this on my next trail run on the AT

  42. Joe Coppom

    Big fan of iRunFar, the entire editorial team and looking forward to buying and reading the book!

  43. Scott Andrew Berthel

    Since time constraints have me locked onto the same trails, there’s nothing like a new piece of gear to re-stoke the excitement for running!

  44. David B Leeke

    Good luck, guys!
    You deserve success for all the hard work and dedication you’ve put into the running community.
    Thank you
    Relentless Forward Progress was a key to the door of ultra running for me. I still use to charts for mileage building.

  45. Deborah Sexton

    New Balance, Nathan, Stance, UnTapped, and BUFF. Please enter me and thank you for all your great coverage of the ultra world. I can always depend on you to find out what’s happening in all the greatest races. I look forward to reading the books as well!

  46. D Lip

    I’m slow…I just have to be faster than the slowest, like if zombies were after me. Words of wisdom, surely worth some kinda swag?

  47. Dan Tyree

    Your last book helped me get off the roads and on to the trails. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks for all you do for the trail community.

  48. Linnea (female)

    As a beginner in trailrunning I think I’ve finally found I really like doing, and hopefully can keep on doing until age 90-ish. I’m eager to learn more about trailrunning and this book seems promising. Can’t help entering this giveaway too for a chance to get some gear to help me on the way to becoming a full fledged trailrunner.

  49. Kayla Wilson

    I came very close to getting a pair of the New Balance Leadville, if I won some I wouldn’t need to keep wondering about them.

  50. Elaine

    You shall be drawn to this comment, hidden in this ginormous thread, and you shall think – that’s the one. this is our winner.
    (maybe? please?)

  51. Lisa Campbell

    Hmmmmm….these are some brands i am not familiar with.
    It’s great to see so many choices in products for such a great sport.
    This contest is helping to show me some new choices of hear out there…

  52. Carolyn S.

    Can’t wait to check out the new book. If it’s anything like RFP, it will become a well thumbed reference guide in my house. Nice work with the contest!

  53. Molly

    Just bought my first pair of NB road shoes and love them straight out of the box…looking forward to trying a NB trail shoe! Fingers crossed!

  54. Scott Thomas

    Just got some NB shoes for the first time in a few years. Instantly remembering why I wore NB for everything (football, baseball, training, running) all through college.

  55. Suzanne Collins

    Exciting to see all the people in the ultra world come together to advice new runners to trails

  56. Brendan Watt

    Not sure that I have ever tried “proper” maple syrup here in Australia. Would love the opportunity to see how it tastes!

  57. Hans

    Stability trail shoes are kind of rare, but there are times when I would really need a pair. I would surely like to try the Leadvilles!

  58. Travis

    The odds are good on this one! Thanks Bryon and Meghan for all you do! Looking forward to reading the book..

  59. Kenton Vincent

    Thank you for all of these contests!! looking forward to potentially winning some new New Balance and those rad Stance socks!

  60. Matthew Houseknecht

    I would love to be picked! The Nathan pack and light would really come in handy. Thanks irunfar for the opportunity!

  61. Bobby O

    No one is born talented, it’s the amount that of effort and focus you apply to a discipline that creates the phenomenon known as “talent.”

    iRunfar is killing it. May you slay many more dragons.

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