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Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza.

Next Tuesday (June 24th) starting at exactly 12:00AM Eastern (0600 CET/CEST) the pinnacle of sports technology giveaway awesomeness will commence.  Last year the numbers were huge – both in entrants as well as prizes.  Thousands of dollars in gadgets were given away to people everywhere on this little blue marble (everyone is welcome).  Here’s a refresher set of posts for all the craziness that went down last year.

But this year it’s gonna be even bigger than ever before.  Simply because bigger is definitely better in this case.  And because Clever Training is pitching in even more to make the awesomeness level even higher.

So how much more awesome?  Well, instead of every three hours like years past – I’m going with every two hours.  Seriously. Thus, allowing even more prizes to be given out!

This means that every two hours a new giveaway starts and the previous one closes (i.e. 12:00AM, 2:00AM, etc…).  The entry period will only be open for two hours for each giveaway.  So be sure to plan your entire existence on Tuesday around being able to enter during that two hour period for each giveaway.

If you aren’t sure how to convert your time zone to Eastern time, you can use this little tool to figure it out.

So if you need to barricade yourself in the pantry for 24 hours to ensure proper attention to entry periods, that’s totally acceptable. Just do what you need to do!

Cause yup…it’s gonna be awesome!

192 Comments

  1. Ted

    Woot!

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    • ale c replied

      Great!!

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    • Miguel Diaz replied

      Let's do this! (well you do it, i'll just be here with my arms up)

      Reply
  2. Nathan Simpson

    When am I supposed to sleep?

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    • Mike replied

      1:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 5:00 AM, etc.

      Reply
  3. Brandon Shockley

    Awesome! I'm having a hard time deciding what running watch to buy. FREE always helps with the decision process!

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  4. Mike F

    gotta be in it to win it !

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  5. Kyle Polansky

    Can't wait!

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  6. got to get this right, I don't want to miss one!!!

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  7. JvT

    Fantastic, can't wait

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  8. egelados

    woot

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  9. Is it 0600 CET or CEST?

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Hmm... I suppose now it would be CEST.

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    • Chris N replied

      would it be easier if you said the giveaway starts at 11:59 PM on Monday so people wouldnt get confused as to the contest starts at 12:00 AM Monday or Tuesday?

      :P

      Reply
  10. Graham

    I still crack up at the comment that won the iPhone bundle.
    Every time....

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  11. I think I'm going to have to do some interval training specifically around this timeframe

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  12. Steve

    Eat Sleep Ray Repeat

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  13. Just once it's good to be on the other side of the world (Sydney will be a very plesant 2:00pm) - better look into how this extravaganza works .....

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  14. Sebastien

    Great!

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  15. SouthernDCist

    Can't wait!

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  16. George H.

    I want your goodies. :)

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  17. trustme

    This event has been cancelled. Please ignore all future communications from Ray that it's happening. (rubbing hands together and emitting an evil laugh that my master plan to win everything is now set in motion) (wait, why are my thoughts being transcribed into this comment? arghhh!)

    Reply
    • Rainmaker replied

      What's actually pretty funny here is that your comment got all caught up in my SPAM filter and I had to manually approve it. :)

      Reply
    • Chris N replied

      Test post. Hope this works so I can participate next week!

      Reply
  18. Jeff Sammon

    Super Excited.... a new watch or training is needed on my end!

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  19. Duane

    Of course this happens while I am on vacation with at best spotty internet and while the World Cup is going on. Going to have to really make an effort this year just to get into a couple of them. At least I will have a cold drink and football to watch while waiting for pages to load.

    Reply
  20. Hey, just wondering... Were you far from your Samsung Gear 2 review yet? Still haven't made the purchase or committed to a decision for my partner... Was kind of hanging on your thoughts :o)

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Sorry!

      It's somewhat fallen off the radar, mostly because I've just found the whole experience a bit cumbersome. It doesn't really fit what I use the device for, and the optical sensor has been hit and miss when it comes to tracking HR. The inability to easily get data up to most platforms doesn't help either.

      At this point, kinda hard to recommend. :-/

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    • Richard replied

      Not at all a problem, and I appreciate the reply and thought!

      I can only take on your advice, I will dodge the samsung. With that in mind, it's only really the Adidas that seems to offer the all-in-one. Despite the price, I think this is the only thing I could really get her that is reliable and ticks the boxes. Better something that works and is reliable than just... Turd.

      I only wish they improved the android app compatibility (eg synced), but that is not everything. And from your post / research day a while ago, I seem to recall they are working at only improving the Adidas with further updates.

      I have read your review of it too of course, which was positive. So unless it's exploded on your wrist recently... Hopefully it's still a good choice :o)

      Reply
  21. brokv

    No rest for the wicked!!

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  22. Mike Guitard

    Awsome

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  23. Bob R

    Ray,
    Will you be using a raffle widget like on Engadget? Might save you time.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Nah, just the usual system. I've got some backend tools that make it fairly easy these days.

      Reply
  24. Chris O'Brien

    You truly are a giver, Ray.

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  25. jorge

    Awesome!!

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  26. MAGNUS

    I'm new to the site, which is awesome btw, but this is awesome!!! Can't wait.

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  27. Jean-Paul

    Awsome!

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  28. TdF8

    Cracking looking competition. As luck would have it,iI'm on holiday next week so I'll be all over this!

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  29. Henrik

    just testing my comment skills!

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  30. Chappo

    2pm Sydney is a great starting time...

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  31. Jean-François Gagne

    Yes. Fantastic

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  32. Krystian Włodarczyk

    Awesome! btw. have you ever thought about switching to tools like rafflecopter.com in your giveaways?

    We use it in our company and it works quite well.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      For the most part the comment system works well because I'm then not dependent on calling to a separate service (which introduces system load). In the case of the extravaganza, the load is a fair bit high, especially in the first few minutes of each hour.

      Reply
  33. Gran, good luck to everyone

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  34. Joe Rosati

    Always very nice!

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  35. Greg

    Sweet

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  36. robert

    awesome :)

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  37. Malcolm

    Test. And gratitude to Ray not only for the raffle but also for his insightful reviews and entertaining weekly stories (the wife and I are going to try find the cake shop next time we are in Paris :)). Btw really like the article a while back about Cape Town, my home town - always interesting to see a city through the appreciative eyes of a visitor :)

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  38. Pawel

    awasome !!

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  39. Stef

    Testing in Miami!

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  40. Stef

    Test2

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  41. Mike

    Test, Test 1 2,Test

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  42. Stephane

    Eeeh...? Can you explain the concept? Sorry, i'm french and i think i miss some info...

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  43. Bart De Weirdt

    Alarm is set ... tuesday every 2hours!

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  44. bycho

    yes! :P

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  45. Tim

    Hmm, some new gear...

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  46. Fingers crossed!

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  47. Eric

    Testing

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  48. Mike

    Sweet!

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  49. can't wait !

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  50. Ed H

    test 2

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  51. Tammy Abbott-Thiel

    I can't wait to see what I win!! (Dad always taught me to own it and think positive!)

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  52. Kevin Chandler

    Let the good times role!

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  53. Paolo Dizon

    Excited

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  54. Juanje

    It's gonna be great. Thanks Ray.

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  55. DUNG HOANG

    I'm trying...

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  56. Deane Hafling

    I assume since I did not win last year I am guaranteed an entry this year...

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  57. Eric McMinoway

    Can't wait, this is going to be awesome!!!

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  58. Jamie Watson

    Heck, I might as well post a test comment as well.

    Does this go all day, a full 24 hours of craziness? Can't wait!!!

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  59. I could really use a heartbeat monitor strap. I'm in!!

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  60. Matthew shepherd

    Thought I would try a test too, something to look forward to.

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  61. Paul E

    Looking forward to this!!! I already got a Fenix2, but getting a dedicated road bike computer may be a nice way to go... :) Hrm.... :)

    Ray, many thanks for your detailed, fair, and objective reviews. They definitely gave me a LOT of information to go through and made me consider what my priorities and needs are as far as a GPS watch/computer go. In the end, the Fenix2 was the better choice FOR ME as I DO do the geocaching stuff and go on longer hikes where waypoint setting would be nice (and having a longer battery life).

    So far, my mileage #'s have been spot on for the run and bike, but the swim seems to be measuring a bit long in the open water. Not sure if the other swimmers are swimming straighter than me or it is due to GPS error, but no worries here.

    Again, thank you for the highly informative AND entertaining site and for doing something so kind as to promote your sponsors and thank your readers. VERY cool! If my wife and I ever get to Paris, we'd love to take you and The Girl out for dinner!

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  62. Faisal Ackerdien

    I want in too

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  63. Faisal Ackerdien

    I want in too ... Pretty please

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  64. loshko

    Free stuff! Yey!

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  65. Michele Brussa

    I'll be IN

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  66. Bill

    So, all we have to do is post during the two hour period for each item and we are entered? And each item is listed to one per email address, but each email address can enter once for each item, right? I am relatively new to this...

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  67. Bill

    Test from phone

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  68. Skammenv

    This will be amazing!

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  69. Bruno Barran

    Lisboa calling! Testing ...

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  70. CW

    Woohoo, free stuff,

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  71. Leigh Ann Schultz

    Looking forward to it! Training for IM Choo and a new gadget would keep it exciting!

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  72. Chris O'Brien

    Now these test posts are pretty funny. I wonder, is it people posting for the first time ever, or are most people setting up posting from all their various devices?

    Who is trying to figure out how to post during their Run on that day?

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  73. Great job man

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  74. Great job man ...

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  75. Ge

    That's cool... looking forward to it

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  76. Peter

    Cool! Looking forward to it. Unfortunately, work internet is spotty at best. Apparently they want us working during work hours.

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  77. Andrew Taylor

    Do I get special treatment because June 24th is my birthday???

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  78. Kimberlynn

    Excited to find you, Ray!,

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  79. Paul E

    I'm not sure if my earlier posts qualify me to be in the drawings, but if I may, I'd like to be included as well.

    Not just for the free stuff (though, admittedly, that's really cool!), but the more I read on here, the more I learn about how I can train, what I can look for when I train, and perhaps what I can expect when I compete.

    The non-triathlon related posts about Paris and your various travels are just as educational and fun too. I truly enjoy visiting this site and I can't say that about many sites on the web.

    Reply
  80. Iggi vaggi

    Fly me to the moon...

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  81. Myron Luis

    you are better than Christmas

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  82. Iggi vaggi

    Woot

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    • Iggi vaggi replied

      Sorry for double post...

      Triple now

      Reply
  83. Sam

    Thanks Ray for the reviews, I'm learning a lot with your post.
    Sam

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  84. Iñaki

    Not sure if it's been already answered, how long will the whole thing last? Thanks

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  85. ym

    I'm from Israel I can also participate???

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  86. Arek

    Can't wait

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  87. Maggie

    Testing to make sure this works!

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  88. sam

    Testing Testing 123

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  89. Amand

    Super geil! Oh, sorry ... awesome!

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  90. Audrey

    Cool!

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  91. David Olsen

    Cool

    Reply
  92. woowoo20

    Awww----some

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  93. Chris

    Another test!
    Great reviews by the way!

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  94. Kingkool

    niiiice ;)

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  95. popo.jay

    I'm in! And test.

    Reply
  96. Sakis Katsantoulas

    i am in

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  97. Ryan jiv

    Nice. Game!

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  98. Barry

    I'm in too

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  99. ale c

    Great ray!

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  100. Matthew H

    Can't wait, alarms set!

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  101. J

    Comment test and thanks in advance

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  102. Luca

    Very nice !!

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  103. Bora

    Reminder set! Waiting for the madness. :)

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  104. Matt

    Come on 24th!!

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  105. Hugo

    Just great...

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  106. Matt Dz

    Looking forward to no sleep tomorrow.

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  107. Ray - are you posting a list of what all is in the extravaganza, or is the approach that we should check in every 2 hours to see what new item hits?

    Thanks.

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  108. Moe

    Woo-hoo! Alarms are set for 12am PST and every 2 hours after that!

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    • Rainmaker replied

      You may want to re-check your alarms. 12AM Pacfici is 3 hours behind 12 Pacific - thus, you'll miss the first event!

      Reply
    • Moe replied

      Oops. Meant to say EST. Just excited is all!

      Reply
  109. Drew

    Soooo...you'll be giving away a Garmin 920 tomorrow on the same day you release your in-depth review, right?

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  110. minja

    woooohoooo, sounds great

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  111. Roser

    Great news!!

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  112. Elliott

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

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  113. lionel birkenbach

    sweet

    Reply
  114. Fingers crossed for a tomtom or equivalent allsports watch.

    See you all tomorrow!

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  115. Anush

    Truly exciting!

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  116. Gilles Levesque

    I'm excited, hoping that I'm lucky!

    Reply
  117. doucetcpa

    Ready!

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  118. Meghan

    So excited!

    Reply
  119. Sander de Vos

    Test to get in some draws 2morro

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  120. Stuart

    Thanks for putting this on Ray!

    Reply
  121. Dennis B

    What I enjoy about this site (along with the in-depth reviews) is the collection of forward thinkers!

    Reply
  122. Chris Furner

    great, cant wait!

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  123. Tony

    Sweet

    Reply
  124. James

    Ready.

    Reply
  125. Seth Downs

    Desperately need an upgrade!! I'm going to be measuring my heart rate running with my hand on my carotid artery soon!

    Reply
  126. Matt

    Sweet

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  127. Chris

    testing....1...2...3...

    Reply
  128. Hemi

    Cant wait

    Reply
  129. JOHN RAMPULLA

    Testes 123

    Reply
  130. Test

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  131. Bill L

    Thanks Ray!

    Reply
  132. JackZ

    Go Team USA!!

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  133. Fingers crossed!

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  134. Teddy

    Rock on man!

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  135. Felix E

    thanks!

    Reply
  136. Ole

    Oh yes I think I need good luck this time:-)

    Reply
  137. Miguel Matos

    Nice! good luck to me!

    Reply
  138. JasonM

    good luck

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  139. MARK

    3RD ONE

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  140. Miguel Matos

    2nd

    Reply
  141. Matt

    Come on lucky number!!

    Reply
  142. Eric McMinoway

    I am all in

    Reply
  143. Mandy Breen

    I need stuff

    Reply
  144. Bill Breen

    Love the game

    Reply
  145. Mandy Breen

    PO Box 08414
    402S

    Reply
  146. Hung Nguyen

    thank you so much.....plz pick me....

    Reply
  147. Eric Goldblatt

    Please reward me...or pick me

    Reply
  148. Kevin Kirkhart

    I'm in.

    Reply
  149. Maren Frisell

    I just ran my first tri and loved it... Would love to have some awesome gear for my next one!

    Reply
  150. Semi Ennafaa

    count me in :)

    Reply
  151. Tomas Strelak

    Pick meeee

    Reply
  152. Todd Whited

    Great site, would love some free stuff!

    Reply
  153. Klara Maskova

    We would like to win your gadgets so we could enjoy our holidays even more :)

    Reply
  154. Eric Goldblatt

    Reading more and more of your posts. Would love to be in a winners circle too

    Reply
  155. Michael Madden

    Great site....I consult DCRainmaker before purchasing any new tech!

    Reply
  156. William P

    Sign me up. Last winter (in MD) involved horrific suffering. I need a trainer or I may implode if we have another bad winter.

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  157. Miguel Matos

    again

    Reply
  158. Csaba

    There is no other site with that trustworthy information!

    Reply
  159. andrea hopkins

    Husband's 55th birthday today, would love to win him a gift :-)

    Reply
  160. Pál Benyó

    Thanks :)

    Reply
  161. Marc-Olivier

    Great site Ray !

    Reply
  162. Johnny Hsu

    Pick me!!

    Reply
  163. James

    Pick me, please.

    Reply
  164. jean-alexandre

    me... 16:00

    Reply
  165. andrew nagy

    wow!

    Reply
  166. Here i am
    Great job!
    Thank you

    Reply
  167. Karl Pointer

    Ive really enjoyed reading your site the last couple of weeks. You do a great job with your reviews!

    Reply
  168. Santosh

    Me Me...

    Reply
  169. Just as a minor reminder that you don't actually win anything by posting on this post. It needs to be on the individual giveaway posts that show up on the home page every 2 hours. Enjoy!

    Reply
  170. Sixto

    Awesome idea...

    Reply
  171. Mike

    So it ended, with really cool stuff; when will the winners be informed, can't wait, maybe I was lucky, maybe not

    Reply
  172. Hi All!

    A winners circle post will be put up here today, just cleaning up all the duplicate comments/etc...

    Thanks!

    Reply

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