September Garmin Forerunner 310XT Giveaway

With summer essentially ‘over’, and only one long weekend worth of it left (well, for those in the US anyway) – I feel like I need to add a bit of excitement back into your summer sails.
Given the fall running season nearly upon us – I figured I’d give something away that works well whether you’ve still got a few triathlons left, or if you’re purely a runner (or cyclist).  And since I love the Forerunner 310XT – I decided I’ll give one of those away.  Here’s my in depth review if you aren’t familiar with the little orange device.
Like the last three giveaways, there are no restrictions on where the goods go to – so no matter where in the world you are, I’ll send to you.  Last month it was one by someone in Poland! I’m going about this like a random raffle drawing, except that you can get multiple ‘entries’.  Here’s the usual skinny on how:

One Entry: Simply place a comment below on this page, that’s it!  No lyrics to create, or poems to make.  No stories to tell, or anything complex.  Only comments on this page count (nope, comments from 2 years ago don’t count).
Two Entries: Three different ways to double up here.  In addition to the comment below, just put a link on your blog (if you have one) to this contest page.  Or the second option is adding your Twitter account as a follower of DCRAINMAKERBLOG and retweeting the contest announcement.  By simply spreading the word, ya get an extra entry.  (Note: If you’re already a follower, simply re-tweet and you get credit!).  The final third option for non-Twitter/Blog peeps is to Share this on FaceBook instead. Surely you have FaceBook, right?  There’s a handy button below the post for doing it automagically.
Three Entries: Triple-time baby!  This is easy – just do all three of the above!  Twitter (or FaceBook), Blog/Site, and Comment.  Ya max out at three entries though…no quadruple dipping here!

See, that’s pretty painless, right?
If you’re new around these parts – then I suggest getting the lay of a land from this post – it’ll get you all caught up on the most interesting stuff I’ve written this year pretty quickly
Please let me know in your comment below how many entries you’ve qualified for if more than one, as it’s super-difficult for me to lineup a Twitter account named “AwesomeRunner28” to a blog named “RunnerGuy” to a comment listed from “RunningCowTippers!”, and I certainly want you to get all your entries.  I don’t need to know your account names, just how many entries.  Also, if ya have technical questions/thoughts/comments/diatribes/poems regarding the FR310XT specifically, use that post page for those writings.
The winner will get a brand new Garmin Forerunner 310XT (without HR strap).
The contest will run until Thursday September 9th, 2010 at 11:59PM Eastern Time when I’ll close the entry period.  I’ll announce the winner the following day.
For those curious on how the giveaways work (like the part about how these are funded by me…), here’s the full deets.  Thanks all!
(Note: If you’re active duty military and deployed and are unable to complete the three entry methods above, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get ya counted for all three.  Thanks!)


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  1. I would love to have the 310xt for my next tri season!!!

  2. I would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity

  3. Count me in for three hits!!! I’ve been eyeing this device since the first time you reviewed it and running my first tri this Saturday, I’ll pay the extra $ for shipping!!!

    // this comment
    // twitter: @eejay
    // blog post: link to


    I would love the opportunity to try one of these out.

    Dave (the turtle) Wilkes

  5. Awesome Review and even more awesome give away – sigh me up!

  6. Two entries for me this and a retweet!

  7. One entry for me! Thx!

  8. I’d love a Garmin!!!!

  9. JZ

    DC. Here’s a single entry for me. Thanks for the best in product reviews, especially your work on the Garmin 310XT. I am planning on making this my only source of data on power, HR etc. JZ.

  10. Brian Baran

    Thanks Ray. Count me in for 2 entries.

  11. Two entries: this comment and facebook.

  12. Rainmaker! 3 entries for me, comment+twitter+blog. Many many thanks!

  13. Chas

    Tweet, tweet….

  14. One entry for me, I found this blog by a friend

  15. One for me please

  16. I guess that is 2 for me, FB Twitter and post.

  17. Anonymous

    I am married to a polish woman that doesn’t allow me to buy this watch. Winning it can help. Thanks

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  19. I am married to a polish woman that doesn’t allow me to buy this watch. Winning it can help. Thanks

  20. Only 1, that’s about all I can do from my work computer. Thanks!!

  21. three entries for me!
    This comment,
    I retweeted, and I posted a link to my blogs sidebar.

  22. Two entries for me, comment and a retweet.
    I hope I win, I definitely need this!

  23. 3 entries.
    Comment, Blog, Facebook.
    Thank you !

  24. Two for me – this and a retweet (@flatpacked)

  25. Two entries for me, comment here and shared on Facebook. Good luck to everyone!

    Many thanks for all your blog posts, really enjoy reading them.

  26. I tweeted, I blogged, adn I am leaving a comment!

    This may be the best bog giveaway I have ever seen.

  27. Count me in for 2. Comment and retweet! I love the blog!

  28. jmh

    Two entries please. Twitter and comment.

  29. jmh

    Two entries please. Twitter and comment.

  30. Facebooked, blogged and comment.

    thanks for all the great reviews.


  31. I’m commenting about hose much I would love that! I retweeted as Craftyvivi and here’s the link to my blog post

    (link to

  32. Count me in. Shared on Facebook as well.

  33. WOw, great info, and a great givaway. Sign me up for the XT! Thanks

  34. I just followed your blog!

  35. Tweeted from @AndrewOpala

    No catches random draw contest for a Garmin @dcrainmakerblog link to

  36. Also sent it on facebook from link to

    No catches random draw contest for a Garmin link to link to

  37. Great contest, I will like to enter

  38. 1 entry for me, this comment. I refuse to join Web 2.0 or whatever version of the internets we are on now ;)

  39. 2 entries for me! Here and a retweet @etchagretchen.

  40. Nej

    First time to the blog! Loving it so far!

  41. 2 please! Comment and blog post


    What a giveaway! 1 entry for me!

  43. Would be great I won my 305 is dying

  44. One Entry, gl all

  45. Put me down for 3 entries.
    Comment, FB, and link on my blog at
    Thanks for the hook-up!

  46. one entry for me, thanks. Keep up the good work!

  47. Thanks again for doing these give-aways! 3 entries for me (, Twitter, and comment!

  48. 2 entries, here and FB.

  49. 2 entries… one for comment and one for facebook.

  50. Pick me! I need a fall pick-me-up!

  51. This item is one of dreams!

    3 entries please: twitter RT, FB, and comment :).


  52. Would love to win this Garmin!
    Three entries for me please!

  53. Don

    count me in for three

  54. Not sure how your tracking this but added you on facebook. Thanks!

  55. Sorry forgot to mention. Followed you on Twitter, Retweeted contest, Shared on Facebook. No blog or website though. :(

  56. Entry one, witha facebook entry to follow!

  57. Michael

    2 with a re-tweet

  58. Ok, I think I’m getting here in time. Put me down for 3, I’m tweeting and linking now!

  59. I would love to win this! Please count me for two entries (comment and facebook link).
    Thank you.

  60. Sign me up for 3 again!

  61. nell1969

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a Garmin. Wish me luck

  62. I just squeaked my 3 entries in just in time! You’ve been blog linked, followed on twitter (RunnuRMark), and retweeted! Crossing my fingers…I need one of these next year as I start my tris!

  63. count me in for one!

  64. I just ran a 33.45 min at a 5K – I need the Garmin:)