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. J.Dub

    i can haz Forerunner? 😉

    Posted here and a link on Farcebook.

  2. Two entries from me with this and a tweet!

  3. Two entries from me with this and a tweet!

  4. Di

    I have a Garmin but a second set won’t hurt. im in.

  5. I’m in for two.

    Facebook and comment.

  6. Count me in for dos, deux, 2. Thanks!

  7. I can always use an upgrade!

  8. almost not worth scrolling down to 609 on my phone to get my entry in but I’m here!

  9. almost not worth scrolling down to 609 on my phone to get my entry in but I’m here!

  10. Two please…commented and retweeted!

  11. Dan

    Two entries for me: this comment and FB post.
    Thanks abunch!

  12. comment and FB link for me, thanks!

  13. Great giveaway again! Three entries for me please! Linked on my blog at and retweeted @RunAttitude


  14. One for me, please! Thanks

  15. Dan

    Three entries for Dan McGowan! Feeling lucky this time.

  16. 3 for me (Comment, blog –, tweeted.

  17. Tim

    I love your blog. I currently use the Forerunner 50 and would love to upgrade to a free 310XT!

  18. AWESOME can’t wait to sport mine 🙂

  19. I’d love this, one entry

  20. Three entries! Comment, FB sharing, and through my blog. Can’t wait to sport a Garmin and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  21. Tim

    Make that two entries; shared on Facebook.

  22. Too lazy to do much of anything else right now (plus, with 600+ comments, what are my chances?), so this comment will have to suffice for my entry. Thanks for the contest!

  23. Rhys

    Hey Rainmaker.

    Put me down for two. 1) for this comment and 2) for facebook.

    Cheers, Rhys from Melbourne

  24. Comment! (9/9 is my birthday, btw. Could I think of a better birthday present? No, I could not!

  25. me

    Two entries for me: this comment and facebook. Fingers crossed!

  26. Three entries for me please, this one, blog posting and twitter.

  27. Thanks for the give-away, Ray!

    2 entries for me. Comment here and one on facebook.

    You rock.

  28. 1 entry please. Thanks for a great site!

  29. Comment, tweet and blog.

    Love your reviews. Always thorough and informative! Thanks!

  30. Three entries for me! this comment, facebook and retweet in twitter!

  31. 3 entries for me thanks for all the giveaways !!!

  32. JP

    Three entries for me – tweet, fb and this comment.

  33. One entry for me! Thanks!

  34. Comment, Facebook and blog post…three for me! Thanks!

  35. Wooohoooo! Pick Me.

  36. count me in for a comment!

  37. Poz

    Hey, great blog, love your product reviews! I facebooked you + this comment. Thanks for these opportunities!

  38. 3 entries for me……I think…… I have tried hard, but still in doubt 😉

    link to

  39. 2 please – this and facebook!
    I would like the watch – to Denmark 🙂

  40. I’m in with 2 entries, cheers mate.

  41. El

    From Barcelona, Spain.
    I was just looking for a test on a device and you where there.
    Greatings from the lovely Spain,

  42. Count me in for two (Twitter and comment).

    Brian from Little Rock

  43. Al Dalabi

    Greetings from Spain.
    I love to see devices tests. Thanks for you work/hobby.
    Two entries, Facebook and comment. I have no Blog.
    Al Dalabi

  44. 2 entries for me…comment and posted the link to the contest on my blog…

  45. I was just at an REI store showing off your blog to the people who work there. I hope I win the Garmin.

  46. just one entry for me, awesome competition, DC Rainmaker

  47. cannot wait to see that in my mail box?

  48. I need this!
    Retweeted as ipcmlr 🙂
    Blog is

  49. Register me for “triple-time baby’!! I did it all leaving this comment, linked on blog, did the twitter thing and facebook! Love the garmin giveaways really wish I could win one though:)!!!

  50. 2 entries (comment and FB) for me. Thanks!

  51. Two entries for me as well. This a great blog. Keep up the good work, I think we all appreciated.

  52. Great giveaway. Thanks

  53. Two for me facebook and comment

  54. Joe

    two for me twitter and comment

  55. First comment: nice website and cool giveway. The second will be on twitter … 😉

  56. Raffaella Vassilà

    One entry for Raffaella

  57. Alessandro Vassilà

    One entry for Alex

  58. I like forerunner … Matteo

  59. Two entries for a Danish Marathon Debutant.
    Super reviews and more. Thanks!

  60. Anonymous

    Three please.

  61. kd

    Two entries for me…. this comment and retweet…

  62. Sam

    Two entries (comment and FB).


  63. wow, another competiton – thats excellent – and a great blog to read too.
    Please put me down for two entries comment and facebook – thanks – heres hoping (again)

  64. 2 for me, please! Comment’d & Facebook’d. 🙂

  65. Visited your site again after looking for reviews of the FR305/310. Commented, retweeted and facebooked.

  66. Pick me please! I’m in for 3 entries….

  67. Two entries for me, here and tweet.


  68. 3 entries for me: comment, tweet and blog. Thanks!!!!

  69. One entry for me, please.

  70. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win!

  71. Count me in! What a great giveaway!

  72. Tweeted about the giveaway and became a new follower.

  73. 2, facebook and comment it was 🙂

  74. Anonymous

    Here’s one comment and a facebook entry as well.

    If you need a map, let me know:

    link to

    “Jonathan Frishtick” ,

  75. Best give away ever!! pick me, pick me!! LOL

  76. Two entries for me. Comment and retweet.

  77. Great giveaway, thanks so much!

  78. One for me please.


  79. First entry,would love to win this.

  80. 3 entries for me. Comment, twitted, and bloggy love.

  81. 3 entries for me. Comment, twitted, and bloggy love.

  82. Wow, this is like the best giveaway I’ve seen. I’d love to win!

    Amy Lauren

  83. Dan

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  84. Dan

    Please add 2 for me. I’m posting this to FB too. Thanks!

    Dan H

  85. Really? It’s way too easy! I blog, I tweet, I comment, and I get three entries? It’s all too easy . . . Now if only getting my sub-4 could come so easy . . .

  86. Two entries for me please (comment and Facebook).

    And thanks for doing this! Great information and now great prizes!!

  87. Retweeted plus this comment.

  88. I’ll take a shot at this!

  89. I’ll take a shot at this!

  90. Mark M

    Please add me to the list.

  91. Retweeted and comment.. woot!

  92. cnl

    2 comment and retweet

  93. Three entries for me!!!

  94. beskamoo

    Joining again. I hope to win this time. Thanks…..

  95. Martin Sanderhoff

    Fantastic blog – you´ve really helped me being able to go from couchpotato to ironman this year – thanks a lot.

    Martin Sanderhoff, Denmark

  96. have the 305 and would love a 310. Thanks

  97. Sweet!
    Two entries:
    Comment and Blog

  98. Count me in for 3 entries: FB update, retweet, and this comment!

  99. Just one entry on this end. Keep up the great work!

  100. Great – put me down for one entry please!!
    Will spread the word as well…

  101. sorry for all the comments….i have 2 entries total. one comment and also facebook!

  102. WoW! So Awesome! I hope I win so I can keep up with my hubby.

  103. Count me for 2 entries: comment and Facebook.

    I love your blog, Ray.
    Detailed, practical, funny.

  104. this is great! two entries: this comment and a facebook post.

  105. Two entries for me – this comment and blog post.

  106. Count me in for an entry. Thanks!

  107. Triple time baby! I am good for 3 entries. It is on Facebook and my blog: link to Awesome!.


  108. One entry for me! A friend of mine told me about this contest after I asked for her input on what Garmin thingie I should buy! My fingers are crossed! Thanks for doing this, eh? 🙂 🙂

    Julie 🙂

  109. Count me in for two entries – one for this post and another for facebook.

  110. I’m getting all three entries because I’m gonna need all the help I can get! (

    This Forerunner 310 looks pretty awesome too! I just started looking at other alternatives to Nike+ or Run Keeper and the Forerunner seems to cover all the bases.

  111. J_U_K_I

    Just one entry from Finland.

  112. Jen

    Excellent giveaway! 2 entries for me please 😉

  113. oh pleeeeeeease!

    button dot lambright at gmail dot com

  114. two more for me! would it help if i told you i’d have your babies if i win? i have cute babies…

    button dot lambright at gmail dot com

  115. Oh please, I’ll take 3… comments that is, I’d be happy with 1 Garmin. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

  116. This is such a neat giveaway. I will hope real hard that I win this one.

  117. Spence Bridges (

    enjoy your site.

  118. Great blog, please count me in for two (+facebook)

  119. 2 entries! this comment & facebook 🙂 Thanks!!

  120. Oh jeez! I’d love to win this. I’d totally give it to my running partner though. She doesnt have one. I have a super old garmin and I love fred.

  121. two please: this comment and facebook.

  122. Link on my blog side bar.

  123. As soon as I get home I’ll follow you on twitter too. Ssshhh…checking bloggies at work. 🙂

  124. Comment, retweet & facebook. Please pick me, its my birthday tomorrow 😀

    Thanks for the great blog and reviews!


    I would be proud to receive this as a gift. Truly enjoy your blog.

  126. 1 entry for me please. Thanks!

  127. Nice blog! One entry here!

  128. I will definitely leave a comment for this giveaway.

  129. incredible giveaway! I’d love to win this baby!

  130. 2 for me, commenting and a retweet. Hope 2 win!

  131. Pick me pick me! I am so poor and so old fashioned I use a 305, ahhhhhh!

  132. Facebook post


  133. Two entries please. Im commenting and I’ve retweeted. 🙂

  134. Anonymous

    Thanks! I retweeted and am commenting here. Have been coveting a Garmin, so my fingers are crossed; thanks for posting!

  135. Puerto Rico is here! Comment and retweeted!!!

  136. laughinglehman

    three entries:

    Blog link

  137. I love giveaways…..just never win them! lol

  138. I love giveaways…..just never win them! lol

  139. One entry for me, thanks

  140. 2 entries: this comment and retweet

  141. I’m number 768. Thanks for another giveaway chance… and your GREAT website.

  142. Two for me, this and twitter!

  143. Two please. Thanks!

  144. Nice blog!
    Watch out for cycling in Berlin area, Germany

  145. comment & retweet @nealfor

  146. HT

    and a retweet. 2 for me…

  147. Entry one: The comment.

  148. All 3 done. Prayer to the God of probability: it’s both my son and my birthday this month. Papa needs a new pair of shoes… and a killer GPS watch.

  149. Two entries: comment (here) and retweet. Thanks for the fun contest Ray!

  150. I sent you an email, but it’s working now. 3 for me: blog, facebook, twitter! Thanks!


  151. Two entires for me – I definitely put this on my FB!

  152. 3 – Twitter, FB, and Comment here – I so want that bad boy!!!

  153. Thanks for a great blog!

  154. For what it’s worth, here’s an entry!

  155. i’d love to have a garmin. right now i just use a stopwatch and google maps to figure out my run distance and pace.

  156. okay, i’ve done it all – facebook, twitter follow, retweet, blog post – link to – now, i win, right?

  157. Thank you for this give away contest!!

  158. added your blog to my blog roll, too.

  159. Weeeeeeeeeeee! Put me down for two entries please.

  160. Good Stuff man, keep up the reviews

  161. Two entries for me please, here and facebook baby!!!! 😉

  162. Anonymous

    Would LOVE a Garmin!!!
    Andrea Muse

  163. Count me in. thanks

  164. rob

    Comment, blog link, and retweet.