Garmin Forerunner 610 May Giveaway Results!

Thanks all for the great entries in the FR610 giveaway!  If you haven’t had a chance to go check out all the entries (yes, all 1,600+ of them) – definitely go spend some time reading them.  Given the Memorial Day weekend, here’s a few of my favorites from and supporting our soldiers:

“No holiday weekend in dusty Iraq so I will be heading to the DFAC for the typical trimmings and run the outer perimeter road that will give me about a 4-5 mile celebratory boost. In between coughs of dust from the non-potable water and sewage trucks driving by…Better yet, send me the watch and I can tell you exactly how far it is.” –Rob

“This weekend up I’m running in the Run For The Heroes – Race Across Georgia. I’m on an 8-person relay running 260 miles for a great cause. Check us out!” –Drew

“I am active duty military serving in Germany. As I am close by, I am honored to be participating in the Memorial Day ceremony in Somme France at the American cemetery/memorial. Let us not forget what Memorial Day is truly about.”

“I am deployed for exactly 4.92 days until I go home, or roughly 424,799.39 seconds (as of 2am CST May 30th).  It’s not like I’m counting or anything on a fancy Excel spreadsheet countdown thing.” –Brandon

“I plan on not training this weekend and having a big ol’ cook-out replete with tasty grilled chicken, pasta salad and caprese salad, and maybe even some grilled turkey burgers.  But none of that will compare to spending Memorial Day honoring and reminiscing on memories of my recently deceased step-father who was a retired Army Major, who was also crazy enough to test fly recently repaired airplanes and helicopters. There’ll be some Taps and a flag hung in his honor.” –James

Thanks all for sharing your weekend!

Unlike previous giveaways, there were no points awarded for re-tweeting/blogging/Facebooking or skywriting.  This lead to a fairly simple selection of winners (you have no idea how many hours of my life I regained after figuring out how to have Blogspot number the comments, amazing!).  I had a total of 1,630 comments (that made it before the midnight cutoff), and then another pile of comments from Active Duty military folks via e-mail that I created a small spreadsheet for.  I gave them numbers from 1,631 to 1,641.

With that, I was off to to pick out a winner!  And the lucky person is:


Which, translates to the winner being:


Congrats Tuomas!  Interesting that thus far in giveaways about half are international, apparently these visitors from another land have mastered the art of entering giveaways!  Though, since 53% of the visitors here are actually outside the US, I suppose it does make sense.

For those that didn’t win – don’t worry – you can still go out and pick up your very own FR610 and enjoy touching it all day long (What? It’s a touch screen device…keep your mind out of the gutter!).

And if you utilize the link above, you help to support more giveaways like this.  It’s sorta like recycling: Utilize linkage > More Giveaways > More good stuffs for you.


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  1. congratulations to Tuomas for winning the giveaway!
    “Interesting that thus far in giveaways about half are international, apparently these visitors from another land have mastered the art of entering giveaways!” – actually i do like reading about your blog, and bought my FR110 based on your review. it just so happened that you were giving away a FR610 so i posted my first comment there :)

  2. IEV

    Congratulations to Tuomas, and thanks Ray for both the blog and the giveaways. Indeed, those of us outside the US are also fond of your writing and your amazing reviews. It should be a point of pride for you that you’re able to reach (and inspire) such a wide-ranging set of people, all of us united around common goals of well-being and personal challenge through sports. You make our very global community all the better.


  3. Congratulations to Tuomas!!!

  4. Oh, this is a pleasant surprise! I’m currently a happy owner of a 310XT, but the 610 does look nice, so I better give it a chance!

    What I really like about the 310XT is the 20h battery life, so I think I’ll stick to it for the times that I need to keep going for longer than 8h (e.g. hiking), but perhaps the 610 could be better for an everyday Garmin.

  5. Congrats man, enjoy the new toy.