The Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!


Now that everyone has had time to take a breather (though likely still waking up in a bit of a post-giveaway extravaganza hangover), it’s time to announce the winners!

First up, I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who entered yesterday.  Or…at least attempted to enter.  The load was pretty unprecedented around these parts, and while the rockstar development team made tweaks throughout the day to try and minimize issues, I know a few of you still ran into troubles getting in entries, especially at the top of each giveaway.  Fear not, we’ve got some good lessons learned for next year, and even smaller items for future giveaways to streamline things a bit – especially for mobile users.   Note that all duplicate comments by unique e-mail address were removed earlier this morning (within a given giveaway).  So thanks again for hanging in there!

Now, let’s get to the goods!  Below are each of the giveaways, along with the winners.  And of course, a massive thanks to Clever Training, who helped support this giveaway.  You’ll see the links below to them as well, and in buying through Clever Training you’ll get 10% off for DCR readers (non-sale/clearance items), and still support the site in a big extravaganza way.

12:00AM Giveaway: Suunto Ambit 2


First up this year, the Suunto Ambit 2!  This triathlon focused watch crossed over from starting off as a hiking/ultra-runners watch and then within the Ambit 2 line, they added in all triathlon sports (swim/bike/run/multisport).  Of course, even if you don’t swim/bike/run, you can still create your own mode, such as…underwater golfing.  And create an app on the watch to track how many cupcakes you’d burn while underwater golfing.  The world is your oyster here.  Or at least an oyster about the size of a metallic wrist watch.

My-In-Depth Product Review: Suunto Ambit 2/2s In-Depth Review
Total Entries: 1,615
Winning Entry: #516 – James M.


3:00AM Giveaway: Polar RC3 GPS Running Watch


There’s no question that the RC3 is my most favored Polar product to date.  It’s the first Polar unit to fully integrate GPS into the watch itself.  The unit is primarily aimed at the running crowd, but can easily do cycling as well – and both activities support a variety of sensors.  Of course, just running and cycling is only part of the approval package.  After all, if it doesn’t get The Duck’s approval, it won’t likely get a positive review.  Thankfully, despite spending quite a bit of time in the shower with The Duck, the watch was no worse for wear.

My-In-Depth Product Review: Polar RC3 GPS In-Depth Review
Total Entries: 1,187
Winning Entry: #1176 – Elske


6:00AM Giveaway: Timex Run Trainer 2.0 GPS Running Watch


Why a photo with a glass of chocolate milk?  Well, it has a ‘Nutrition Alerts’ function that puts this watch completely in my ‘favorites’ category. It will remind you to both eat and drink based on the time intervals of your choosing. Pretty cool.

Of course, it does everything else you’d expect a GPS watch these days to do – including tracking your pace and distance, both indoors and outdoors – as well as all the heart rate goodness. And full waterproofing 50 meters! But most importantly, it clearly seems to go well with a cupcake…or chocolate milk.

My-In-Depth Product Review: Timex Run Trainer 2.0 In-Depth Review
Total Entries: 2,077
Winning Entry:
#1608 – Ivan


9:00AM Giveaway: SRAM Quarq Riken Power Meter


What? You thought I’d be just doing watches? Oh how wrong you are…you just wait…I’m only getting warmed up.

The Quarq power meter allows you to more accurately pace your race and training efforts, ultimately increasing the likelihood of a more successful day. By using power instead of speed, you’ll be able to normalize the impacts of wind or hills, and keep a constant effort according to your race plan. Wait, you did have a race plan right? You know, something roughly sketched out that said more than just ‘find finish line’? Oh dear…maybe we ought to just start with nutrition first…

My-In-Depth Product Review: SRAM/Quarq Power Meter In-Depth Review
Total Entries:  3,022
Winning Entry: #1791 – Koen


12:00PM Giveaway: Garmin FR910XT GPS Multisport Watch


Sometimes you just need a friend when you’re going out and swimming, cycling and running 140.6 miles. No, not scuba fins like Finman. But something more technologically advanced, like, the FR910XT. This multisport watch will track your swims, bikes, and runs and has plenty of battery for even the midnight finishers. Whether it be indoors or outdoors, the FR910XT is there to watch and track me flail about aquatically. Same goes for cycling and running (minus the aquatic part…mostly). Now if I could only have it give me a little extra propulsion on that swim…

My-In-Depth Product Review: Garmin Forerunner 910XT In-Depth Review
Total Entries:
Winning Entry:
#2151 – Dave


3:00PM Giveaway: Wahoo Fitness KICKR Trainer


I told you I wasn’t going to stop with just watches and power meters….

While it may be a few days into summer for those of us up north, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend some quality time on the trainer. The Wahoo Fitness KICKR is the first trainer on the market to blend both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, and allow any app to connect to it and control it. The unit is essentially a modern-day CompuTrainer, ready to completely own you. Or at least, it owns me during my workouts. Pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday. Sometimes Friday’s. Occasionally Sunday’s. Really most days now that I think about it…

My-In-Depth Product Review: Wahoo Fitness KICKR Trainer In-Depth Review
Total Entries: 3,252
Winning Entry: #2088 – Eric


6:00PM: Garmin Edge 510 or Edge 810 Giveaway


Sometimes you just can’t decide.  Like when eating donuts. Apple fritter or maple bar?  That’s sorta how it was for this giveaway.  I couldn’t decide between the 510 or the 810.  Some folks want mapping, and some want a slightly slimmer model.  Thus, I figure I’ll let the winner decide.  You win, you decide.  And, if you want the slightly more aged Edge 500 – you can have that instead.  Your choice.

At any rate, the Edge 510 & 810 are the first cycling units on the market to connect to your phone and broadcast your current speed, cadence, power, heart rate, and location data to friends and Facebook feeds everywhere.  And, when it comes time to find the way, both units some various forms of navigation – just like I used last week.  Of course, you’ll still have to do all the pedaling, for that, it won’t do.

My-In-Depth Product Review: Garmin Edge 510 & Edge 810 In-Depth Reviews
Total Entries: 2,839
Winning Entry: #379 – Mike


9:00PM: The ‘iPack’–Wahoo RFLKT, 4iiii’s Viiiiva, Blue SC, and more!


All good things must come to an end…and the end is regrettably here.  And by here, I mean after explaining this last giveaway.

I decided to make a bit of a basket of things for the iPhone/iPad/iPod carrying person.  First up is the Wahoo Fitness RFLKT.  This iPhone powered bike computer displays whatever your phone tells it to.  It works with 3rd party apps, and displays everything from speed and distance to power and current songs.

Next we’ve got the 4iiii’s Viiiiva HR strap.  This strap not only does heart rate, but also consolidates ANT+ devices like ANT+ power meters and running footpods, to your iPhone, without any ANT+ adapter required.  Plus, it gives you heart rate too.  It does this all using Bluetooth Smart.

Then, since you’re cycling I figured I’d toss in the Wahoo Blue SC speed/cadence sensor.  That works with gazillions of apps out there today, and going forward you’ll see more devices and companies utilize it (like TomTom).

And finally, in order to give you a place to stash your phone/iPod, I’ve added in an iPhone armband holder.  It’s the Wahoo Fitness one, as that’s what I use most of the time.  It’s simple, it just works.  Note, if you want to run/ride outdoors with your iPad, I’d suggest duct-taping it to your shirt.

My-In-Depth Product Review/Queue’s: Wahoo RFLKT, 4iiii’s Viiiiva, Wahoo BlueSC
Total Entries: 1,944
Winning Entry: #915 – Michael


Thanks again everyone!  I’ll be in touch with the winners here later today, via the e-mail addresses you provided.

Even if you don’t win, you can still support the site by using either Clever Training or Amazon, both of which are listed next to each product.  If you purchase through Clever Training, DCR readers can use coupon code DCR10MHD to save 10% off any order (virtually everything I review is available there), plus for orders over $75 shipping is free within the US.  Support via Clever Training makes giveaways like this possible!

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  1. Magnus

    Thanks for the give away. Congratulations to the winners.

  2. Drew W.

    Thanks for the contest Ray. Even if I didn’t win, your site is always the first stop when I am looking for new tech gear. Keep up the great work.

  3. Steve Gupta

    Thanks for a fun give away. I didn’t win, but a 10% discount is a nice consolation prize

  4. Bryan

    Thanks for the giveaway Ray! Even though I didn’t win! Best site out there, keep up with the amazing reviews so we can continue to spend money!

  5. David Fernandes

    Excellent event.

    Thanks Ray and Clever Training. Keep up the good work 😉

  6. David Stankard

    Thanks for all the work you put in, Ray. I bought my FR-910xt about a month ago, at the 25% off price for ten days, and would NEVER have even known a sale like that was going on, if I hadn’t been following your site.

    Bummed I didn’t win, but you get a serious e-high-five for your extravaganza giveaway.

  7. Drew

    Congrats to the winners. Looks like I’ll be sticking with old faithful (Forerunner 305) for now.

  8. Great contest, keep up the great work!

  9. ChrisC

    Enjoyed the Extravaganza. Thanks for the opportunity and for all you provide on the site.

  10. Dr. D

    Another thumbs-up for all you do. A truly valuable service.

    If I had my way, you would be Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Society’s Health & Wellness: Sir Ray :-)

  11. Jerry

    Congrats to all! Amazing job Ray, thanks!!!

  12. Jennifer W

    Oh well. Maybe next time! Thanks for the awesome blog, stories and reviews. And thanks to Clever Training.

  13. Matthew Chestnut


  14. Dalibor

    Maybe next time….. but lot of fun in any case. Well done, Ray.

  15. No luck this time, but many thanks Ray for what you do. Cheers mate!

  16. Hugo Noronha

    Thanks Ray. Keep on with your excellent aid!!!

  17. CJ

    Interesting, but just “rough” math here. If one individual entered in all 8 giveaways and based on a rough 18000 entrees between all the giveways, that one person had .04% chance of winning atleast one option.

    Either way it was a lot of fun, and honestly felt like a Woot off but without buying anything.

    As always great review/site and thanks again!

  18. RichardHR

    Congrats to winners. Thanks to Ray by this opportunity and all the reviews.

  19. Bryan R.

    thanks for the fun event. Congrats to the winners.

  20. What an awesome event!

  21. Hubert

    Thanks for the event Ray!

  22. stevea

    thanks Ray for the site and the giveaways, great stuff. congrats to the winners.

  23. Andrea Wells

    Thank you for the extravaganza opportunity!

  24. JimL

    Yet another reason I check in every day.

  25. Blake W

    Thanks for the great reviews and the opportunity to dream big…congratulations to the winners.

  26. Thanks for the chance to win – not this time but I got excited for 24 hrs 😉

  27. Kevin Old

    Thanks for the give away. Congratulations to the winners. Keep up the good work.

  28. Joshua McLaughlin

    Even though I didn’t win that was fun. Keep up the great work you do.

  29. yuval aharoni

    no luck :(.
    maybe next time…
    thx a lot anyway, your site is fantastic!!

  30. This was the shortest I’ve ever spent time on your site…1st prize…nope, 2nd…nope…8th…nope…close tab 😉

    but this was the ultimate sport gadgets giveaway of the year for sure, congrats Ray!

  31. Shelley White-Picott

    While I didn’t win it was a great experience. CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners. :)

  32. Yaw Wei

    That’s why readers keep coming back (on top of the excellent articles!)

  33. Krispijn Scholte

    Awesome give away Ray! And congrats to all the winners.

  34. Fredrik Jönsson

    Darn :-). Congratulations everyone.

  35. Stéphane

    Congrats to the winners and you, Ray! Great fun :+)

  36. Eric S

    Thanks for the opportunity and congratulations to the winners!

  37. Randee Roucoulet

    Congrats to the winners. Nice job DCR, as usual!

  38. Awesome thing you do here. And the same goes for Clever Training. I had fun playing. And your reviews are the best out there. Thanks for everything you do.

  39. Markie Mark

    How has there been no comment about the last winner’s entry?

    “Sex me plz…” haha, I now know my future comment for these!

  40. Ross Pyne

    Well done to all the winners and thank you Ray for the opportunity!

    Maybe next time!!


  41. Chris

    Gratz to winners. That was fun!

  42. Didn’t win, but still had fun tracking the site yesterday. Thanks and congrats to the winner (that power meter…)

  43. Marc Michals

    Awesome RAY!! Thanks for the opportunity! -Marc Virginia Beach, VA

  44. JimH23

    Bummed I didn’t win, but thankful for the opportunity! Thanks again for the contest and amazing site!

  45. Sandra

    Awesome Giveaways! Congrats to all the winners!

  46. nikos

    when is the next giveaway ?

  47. Great contest, congrats to the winners. Look forward to more reviews and giveaways.

  48. Carlo

    Great event Ray! Keep the nice work up!
    Greetings from Antwerp, Belgium

  49. Kevin Tan

    Congratulation to all winners!

    Thank you, Ray. It was fun. My 310 from CT arrived this evening. I promised myself I will only unbox it after I’ve completed my work today. :)

    All the best! Will look forward to your next review. :)

  50. Jeff

    Great Contest… Great Site… Use it whenever I’m looking for something :)

  51. Avi

    Thanks! Congratulations to the winners!

  52. Noah G Pene

    That was fun!

  53. Mansi Gupta

    Lol… nothing as usual : )
    Congrats to all the winners but!

  54. Michael Dreyer

    Thank you and keep up the good work!!

  55. Donna Kudzman

    Darn! Now I have to go out and buy my own Wahoo! Thanks for the contest and congrats to the winners.

  56. Travis R

    Awesome! Thank you for doing this Ray, and congratulations to the winners!

  57. Joe R

    Thanks again. :-)

  58. Nick

    Awesome giveaway, Ray. Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Kevin

    Congratulations to the winners!!!
    Thanks for putting on this awesome event!!!

  60. Many thanks for the contest! Congrats to all winners!
    By this way Ray if you’re in Paris area you could join our ride next WE or later

  61. morey000

    Hope that all the winners enjoy their booty and use the hell out of them!
    Train hard (and measure everything!)

  62. Congrats to the winners!
    Keep the GREAT work, DC!

  63. Johan

    Great give away! Hope all you winners enjoy your prizes! 😀
    Johan, Sweden

  64. Ferdinand Pregrad

    Ray, thanks for the contest!!! Congrats to all the winners! I hope this items won’t became a dustcatchers!

  65. Roberto

    Great contest, congratulation to winners.

  66. Jason Newville

    Great contest Ray! You make even the boring part of tech fun to read. Can’t wait to see what you post next.

  67. teachertim

    That giveaway was such a great idea and surprisingly addictive, every 3 hours i had to run and find somewhere to get online.

  68. Marcello

    No luck this time.. Thanks Ray!

  69. Raf Assumpcao

    thank you – it was a fun experience

  70. Eric

    Thanks for giving fantastic gifts, congratulations to all winners. This site is way awesome!

  71. Chris Thompson

    Congrats to all the winners!

  72. Daniel

    Thanks for doing this. The give away is great. I love the blog and your amazing reviews keep me coming back.

  73. Kim S

    Thank you for the opportunity, Ray! Congrats to all the winners.

  74. Tej

    Incredible. It was fun. awesome site. keep up the good work.

  75. Gloria

    Thanks for the event. I appreciate how quickly you fixed the response time to post via mobile so I didn’t have to scroll through all the comments. Congrats to all the winners!

  76. Dave

    Woo Hooo!

    I think I won!

    Tech gadget or not, always lots of good information on the DC Rainmaker site. Now if someone could let me know the trick to portion control at the table, I’d be much better off.


  77. Alastair

    Koen, you’re a lucky man!

  78. Daniela S.

    Thanks Ray for hosting the giveaway. And thanks for all the time you put into your blog. It is so much easier to buy gadgets once I read your reviews.

  79. Przemyslaw Mycek

    Thanks Ray for the giveaway. Congratulations to all winners.

  80. Koen

    OMG I won the SRAM powermeter….. Really can’t believe it!!

  81. Robert Olasz

    Thanks for the giveaway. Congratulations to all winners.

  82. Jeremy

    I love the work that you do Ray. It truly is a great gift to everyone in the community! I think that it’s amazing that you organize giveaways like this, and I think we can all thank you for that.

    Keep on making great content!

  83. Congratulations Koen… That’s a awesome prize. I’ll surely try again next time

  84. Hiram

    congrats to all winners! thanks DC!

  85. Anthony Anicete

    Congrats to all the winners. Ray, u are awesome

  86. This is a great contest Ray! Even the boring part of Gadgets are fun to read. I Can’t wait to your next post.

  87. jveithmac

    Honor where honor is due!

  88. Michael

    Thank you for all your efforts. Congratulations to all who won one of the drawings.

  89. Ricky

    Great giveaway congrats to the winners.
    And a great site

  90. tzachi

    You have some big fans here in Israel, Ray. We love your work!
    Tnx for the cool giveaway event.

  91. Robert

    Keep up the good work Ray


  92. Lilian

    Congratulations to the winners! It was fun to follow your giveaway. Thanks! Thanks also for a very usefull site.

  93. Shaun Moran

    Thanks for the giveaways Ray – much appreciated. Hoping I’m luckier next time!

  94. Great event, congrats to the winners !

  95. angelo

    Thanks Ray! Great event! Kept me excited for a day 😀

  96. Bas

    Awesome event! Keep up your good work!

  97. Wayne

    Cheers Ray. I had a klaxon alarm set every three hours, so when it went off, everyone thought it must be something important when I slipped out. Little did they know how important. Well done to you and CleverTraining. Brilliant.

  98. Thor R

    Thanks Ray & CT!

  99. Mark

    You’re First Class Ray,
    Thanks for all you do. :)


  100. Nathan

    Congrats to all the winners :)

  101. Simone

    Thanks Ray… always top notch

  102. Congrats to everyone! Thanks for a fun event.

  103. James M

    Woke up to find out that I won the Ambit, absolutely stoked.
    Thanks Ray, you are a LEGEND!

  104. champ

    All that give away I didn’t win again. Rey have you noticed that the random numbers are always towards the ending number range?

    • I had noticed that this time. Thus proving my motto that procrastination is important…

  105. John

    This was fun. Thanks…

  106. syned

    Congratulations to the winners!
    I’m waiting for Ray to giveaway his bike :)

  107. That was an exciting day AND night, thanks to your contest 😉
    This is just one of the myriad of things I like in your website.

    Thanks a lot, to you and to Clever Training,
    See you soon!

  108. YES!

  109. oldSAP

    congrats to the winners. looking forward to the next

  110. griz

    waiting for next

  111. azrul

    hard luck..but no worries…will continue and support this site…

  112. Martin


  113. Turn The Damn Cranks

    Sad not to win, but thanks for an awesome give away!

  114. Cindy

    Great give away! Great site!

  115. TJ

    Thanks for doing this Ray! Your website is the best!

  116. Fernando Alvarez T

    Thanks Ray… and congratulations to the winners!!

  117. del

    Thanks for this awesome giveaways!

  118. Musette

    Thanks Ray for the fun and for your work! You’re the best!

  119. JD

    Congratulation to winners and Clevertraining

  120. Elske

    Wow, i won the polar RC3. thank Ray!
    I can’t wait to start using it!

  121. Željko

    Thanks for the contest, Ray.
    And keep up good work. :-)

  122. Eugenio

    Thanks for the give away and congratulations to the winners!

  123. Tommy Torwald

    Didn’t win anything this time, bu thanks anyways :)

  124. Thanks for the great game! And congratulations to the winners!

  125. Mans M

    Congrats to the winners, too bad I am not one of them 😛

  126. Manolis

    It was fun. Thanks a lot

  127. Andy Zhou

    Great contest, keep up the great work!

  128. Great Contest.
    Well doen too all the winners.

  129. Just as a quick FYI to all contest winners – e-mails have been sent out to everyone based on the e-mail provided in your profile. Since ‘winner’ e-mails probably look a bit like spam from an African prince seeking your establishment, if you haven’t heard from me yet due to getting something caught in a SPAM filter – please drop a comment here.


  130. Gabriele

    I have more instruments than I can handle and I could start a giveaway any time but that power meter was something UGLY but desperately needed… hopefully next time.

    gonna do a good DDOS and make sure I am the only one to apply.


  131. Dan

    I don’t know of anyone else doing this. You’re so generous. I appreciate all your efforts. Thanks, Ray.

  132. psywiped

    I miss you printing the names cutting them up and pulling them from a hat.

  133. tom

    That was big fun, thanks for the contest.

  134. Alan Torrigino

    Ray, Thank you much for the fun giveaway. I enjoyed having the opportunity to win. And thank you very, very much gor all you do for us. I really appreciate the efforts you make to share your knowledge, experience and valuable time with us. Thank you. Thank you.