Tomorrow: The DC Rainmaker All-Day Giveaway Extravaganza


(Some of you may have seen me post this photo on Facebook back a few weeks ago…hence, the origins of this post)

It’s been building up for a while now, and now it’s time.  Perhaps, way overtime.  Either way – it’s gonna happen tomorrow, starting at midnight eastern: The Giveaway Extravaganza.

(Sidebar 1: If I could make the extravaganza thing blink and be in lights like a Vegas sign, I would.)

Now, I probably could have just has accurately called it “I have too many boxes of stuff I need to get rid of extravaganza”, but that didn’t have the same ring to it.  Obviously, if you saw my product review shelf back in January, you’d know there’s lots of cleansing opportunity.  The kicker is – nothing from that shelf is going.

So what am I giving away?  A premium blend of products that range from brand new and never used, to a few lightly used units.  Some of the brand new items are things that folks gave me to review and just didn’t end up here, and some are extras that I bought and figured now’s a good time to have a giveaway. 

(Sidebar 2: Oftentimes when a high demand product is first announced I’ll buy a few through different retail channels in case there are delays, and then just giveaway the extras.)

On the ‘pre-tested’ items, a few of them were units that were sent to me for product review that the company doesn’t want back.  Some of them have simply been sitting around in this box for months waiting to go back.

(Sidebar 3: There are few things I loath doing more than shipping and receiving.  More specifically, shipping.  It’s such a pain in the butt.  Vendor provided printable FedEx/UPS return labels are the love of my life from a product review standpoint.   But because most times companies don’t care about the product being returned they don’t provide these (that’s the industry norm).  Since my policy is I do return just about everything sports technology related – it sits there in a box after the review unused waiting for me to figure out who and how it gets shipped back.  The kicker being in every case I’ve already re-bought another copy of the product for my personal collection.  These are just…well…doing nothing.  Time to go!)

At any rate – tomorrow, at midnight eastern, I’m kicking off an all-day giveaway circus – Woot-off style.  Roughly every three hours a new giveaway product will appear on the site, and you can add your name to the hat for that product.  It’ll only last there roughly three hours – then it closes, that’s it – like a fart in the wind!  As always, nothing special from you other than leave a comment on the item you want.  You can play once for each item.  Simply say hello.

(Sidebar 4: I have no further sidebars.)

All in, the value of these products is roughly $2,000!  All I’ll say is that true to my norms, there will be no half-eaten gel packets here, just totally awesome devices.  One.after.another.

And because it’s 24 hours of extravaganza, no matter where in the world you’ll have your chance to join the fun (and, as always, I ship anywhere).  See ya tomorrow!

Update 12:01AM Friday – To see the current/latest giveaway during the extravaganza, click here! And remember, enter on the specific product post, not here. Enjoy!


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  1. MCJ

    Nice! My Forerunner 305 is dying a slow-painful death, I could use a replacement.

  2. A garmin 500 would be sweet…

  3. Anonymous

    I’ll take anything!

  4. Shucks, I’ve been looking for a half eaten gel packet for months, got any soggy powerbars?

  5. Hey there I love your in depth reviews and race reports! Way to go at Alcatraz

  6. Send me a Garmin or a goodie for the cycle & I will send you fresh baked chocolate chip cookies! Every day! For a month! 🙂


  7. Transporter

    Great idea!

  8. “Like a fart in the wind” – What have you been eating? A fart that lurks for three hours before dissipate? Nevertheless I will be in the draw – thanks Ray!

  9. Seattle Shopgirl262

    Awesome – count me in – I just purchased a Garmin 310xt after reading your review and REALLY appreciate the suggestion to turn OFF the auto lap button!

  10. I’m already excited
    And Ray, keep up the good work

  11. Thanks Ray,

    Thanks for your blog, for the time you spend sharing your experiences with us.
    And thanks for your giveaways.

  12. Anonymous

    Just amazing

    martinsanderhoff at

  13. Woot, woot. Bring it on!

  14. A dumptruck full of awesome 🙂
    yeah Garmin 800!!

  15. Kev

    awesome, since coming across your site for an in depth review for the 910XT I haven’t been off of it. will be looking forward to this 🙂

  16. wow dumptruck full of awesome

    yea garmin 800 or anything to brighten my day!

  17. it’s going to be a long day trying to stay awake to have a shot at winning a usefull item 🙂

  18. Anonymous

    “Like a fart in the wind” 😀

    I’ll be there!

    Thanks Ray!


  19. Great! i follow U from Spain, and for U and my new friends this year i run my first Duatlón, and i finish (ok ok finish the last, but finish).

    I have a philiptones bike XD.

    I try to post for some item.

    But thanks for ur post all are a inspiration, last yera for this days i can’t run 1 Km now i do my first Duatlon and training for my first triatlon, Thanks.

  20. ggrrrreeeaaattttt

  21. This is a great news for a sunny friday (as is expected to be here in north Italy…)

  22. how cool is that!!!

  23. Sweet! Hope there is a female watch between it for my wive 😉

  24. amazing blog and reviews.. great stuff at Alcatraz

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  26. I want one!!!

    (Really, ALL!!!!!).

    Thans Rain

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  28. Bad timing! Im heading off for 4 days of camping with our 1 & 3 year olds! Oh well!

  29. wow. i might snuggle up with a pound of starbucks and hang out for 24 hours straight…

    i wish.

    so awesome. i really really need a waterproof something…anything…to swim with 🙂

  30. Awsome. Being a trinewbie, anything will be more than welcome…

  31. ulutuna

    Hi Ray,
    3 years following from Oman(where it is?), never see such treatment for followers 🙂 awesome and cheers

  32. That would be really nice:-)

  33. Anonymous


    doron from tel aviv

  34. Just like during a Woot-Off.. spending time hitting F5 regularly to see what fun and interesting thing pops up next. Looking forward to it.

  35. That’s the “pass it forward” spirit!

  36. This is terrific…my Garmin 210 just crapped out after 1 use.

  37. I won’t have internet access after tonight as i will be on my boat in lake erie….can this count as my entry for every contest opened??? pweeaaasseeeee lol


  38. Anonymous

    Mama needs a new pair of shoes…

  39. Doh! I am travelling from Philly to Paris tomorrow, but hopefully, I’ll be able to get online. Great idea!


  40. Mirror mirror on the wall…will I win something at all?

  41. Love your blog and would love to win!

  42. I want, indeed, I need Mr. Shark!

  43. Great blog! Hope I win something…anything..

  44. BR

    Can I put my name down for the table and chair?

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  46. Great, now I have to stay up until midnight and then get up again @ 3 AM to see what the product of the moment is………..

    Good thing tomorrow is an off day from training!!

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  48. What a cool idea. It will be neat to see what comes up.

  49. So, I have to get up by 3:00 a.m. to get a shot at the first item? -_- Make it a Garmin 310XT or Lemond Revolution since I already have those 🙂

  50. The wife has taken control of my 305, I’m in for something new!

  51. I’ll take everything for my runs / bike

  52. Just further proof (as if any was needed) that Ray is the best!


    Super Awesome Happy Fun time!

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  55. That’s awesome!!

  56. That’s pretty awesome Ray!!!

  57. That’s pretty awesome Ray!

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  59. This is sooooo dope, going to be an all nighter for this guy

  60. Anonymous

    Hello! I hope I get picked!


  61. I sure hope I get something good 🙂

  62. Mark J. in Dallas

    You kick ass Ray.

    -Mark in Dallas

  63. Hey Ray!

    Long time listener, first time caller here…

    Phenomenal stuff as always on your blog and I’m uber-excited about the giveaway.

    The time I spend catching up on all of your adventures is my daily reward.

    Thanks for continuing to give back to your peeps in so many ways!

  64. Dalari

    Keep up the great posts Ray.

  65. Hello! Count me in!

  66. Seb

    Love the humor 🙂 Midnight Eastern, that’s… 0400Z, right ?

  67. can’t wait to win some swag, the girl needs gps technology

  68. Dang, I’m gonna be up late!

  69. A garmin 500 for my wife would be great.

  70. Predes

    Hey DC,

    That`s a great idea.
    I love to spend time on your homepage.

    Greetings from Germany,


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  72. “the girl” in my house, could use a proper device for her bike and running other than a stop watch and an iphone.

    great 4min alcatraz video. fun stuff. you passed a lot of people.

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  74. an new gps watch for fathers day would be nice

  75. joe guissari

    JOE GUISSARI thanks ray!

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  77. MrT

    this is great, next to all the stories, races and reviews, next to your discussionwith the industry to provide us with better features?
    Ray, you simply are the best!

    I will enter my name in the digital hat.


    Gerard from Holland