A Triathlon Weekend Giveaway: Garmin FR910XT

For many triathletes, this weekend holds almost as much spectacle as the Olympic Triathlon races held just two short months ago in London.  The Kona based Ironman World Championships is watched by not only by those in the sport, but also of course the handful of folks who stumble onto the recorded version in December on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

As such, it’s only appropriate to give something away to mark the festivus that the weekend ahead of us is.  Plus, it’s been too long since the last giveaway (as epic as it was!).  It makes sense to giveaway away a triathlon product – hence, I’m going with the Garmin FR910XT.  The FR910XT covers you across all triathlon sports segments from pool toys to tricycles to one-legged races.


The best thing though is you’ve got nothing more to do than leave a single comment below (multiple comments don’t count around these parts!).

As far as entry goes, we’ll keep it easy this time.  All you need to do is enter in your favorite Kona-related memory (be it watching the race, participating in it, a TV segment, or even just a random beach related thing in Kona).  Failing any Kona related memories, just give me something Hawaii related.  Anything at all really (mmm…chocolate covered macadamia nuts…).  I’m not picky.

The entry period will run until Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at 11:59PM Hawaii Time (official end of the race), at which point I’ll close the entry period and randomly select a winner. Like the all my giveaways there are no restrictions on where the goods go to – so no matter where in the world you are, I’ll send it to ya. The winner will get a brand new Garmin Forerunner FR910XT (with HR strap) – shipped anywhere in the world.

This giveaway is sponsored by Clever Training, which I recently announced a partnership with.  As you probably remember, by picking up sports technology gadgets from Clever Training you support the site.  And on top of that, all DC Rainmaker readers get an exclusive 10% off all products they sell (basically every sports tech company) using coupon code DCR10BTF (along with the link above).

(Note: If you’re deployed US Active Duty military and are unable to complete the entry method above, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get ya entered in. For those curious on how the giveaways work, here’s the deets.)


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  1. Discovering IM last year on TV, watching the last half hour of the competition. Oh my god! loved it!

  2. watching my wife’s friend from college come out of the water first! Go Amanda!

  3. Gotta be the underpants run. Great idea….

  4. Sza_Zso

    The happy faces at the finish line.

  5. Reading about Chrissie Wellington winning overall :-)

  6. My favorite memory is watching the dad who pushes his handicapped son in the wheelchair. That and I am always motivated by the mere mortals who plug along until the last minute.

  7. Love the 910XT! Great write up.

  8. Watching the 1st Ironman and thinking how insane those people were.

  9. Swimming the Ironman course was awesome!

  10. Kiwi Al

    I love chocolate macadamia nuts and bananas.

  11. Several years ago, I was on vacation in Kona, and during my stay, I realized that it was the week before the Triathlon. It was fun to see all of the athletes out practicing, and I was so impressed with them.

  12. Vog, not fog, mount Kilauea causing respiratory issues from ash for. Wow… just amazing seeing all the age group mass start.

  13. Swimming with a group of dolphins off of a random beach

  14. Hawaii is among the top of the list of US destinations I would like to see. Hopefully someday I’ll have some memories from there, but for now its NBC in December for me!

  15. Watching all the NBC specials on YouTube from Kona

  16. Would love to qualify for Kona one day!

  17. Would love to qualify for Kona one day!

  18. Awesome giveaway. I love the 910XT – great review, BTW.

  19. Would love to qualify for Kona one day!!

  20. Went to Hawaii once but never made it out of the airport.

  21. Just set the DVR for the Kona coverage.

  22. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. lehmanb1980 @ 37221

    starting a 100km charity ride along side Gordon Haller.

  24. The huge effort of the senior people when finish the race.

  25. Love the beaches in Hawaii

  26. My honeymoon that will include a visit to Kona.

  27. Eating Hand Shaved Ice on Kauai

  28. Eating hand Shaved Ice on Kauai

  29. SzH

    My first major climb was the last 3500 ft of Halekala on Maui. This year in August.

  30. Kona is beautiful, but that asphalt sure does absorb the heat!

  31. Kola is great, but hot

  32. My favorite memory is the hope of actually seeing it for myself in the midst of competition one day…

  33. Watching Aussie men win at Kona over the last few years has been proud moments for me

  34. JacekS

    Watching Macca in 2010

  35. Hi
    Did my 23, put legs on coffee table with frozen gel, laptop on the lap and watch the insanity of IMKona. And I thought my legs hurt?
    Congrats to everybody finishing!

  36. Favorite memory is probably mark Allen running down Hellriegel.

  37. The bike I used to ride across the country was from a company called Kona. I still have it in my garage too!

    Would love the 910xt… Hope I get lucky :) :) :)

  38. Almost 30 years ago, I remember watching Kona ironman on TV as a child not truly appreciating what this event was all about but clearly remembering how much the finishers persevered. It wasn’t so much the podium winners that left an impression on me but rather those athletes who continued to put one foot in front of the other till the very end into nightfall.

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  42. Scott Trice

    What an unreal day! Great races and champions.

  43. I would like to go to Kona :)

  44. Macca and Realert battle!

  45. Seeing everyone finish!

  46. macca reaelrt battle

  47. Chris L.

    Destination-Hawaii-can’t wait!

  48. First time I saw Chrissie Wellington racing. Something about her is pretty inspirational.

  49. Pablo Rosas

    Watching Andy Potts swim backstroke to check out the gap to the pack behind him.

  50. Throwing up at mile 80 on the bike course and realizing that this is not a normal race or ride – no one cares if your not feeling well, they have their race to race.

    So I got back on my bike and continued, and managed to finish Ironman Hawaii. Lots of big lessons learnt the hard way that day.

    The Ultimate Testing personal gound :-)

  51. Visiting the Dole Pineapple plantation on Oahu – and getting fresh Dole Pineapple soft-serve ice cream. Mmmm….

  52. YL

    i like macadamia nuts

  53. Kona coffee with chocolate covered macadamia; only wish I could enter Kona

  54. Watching age group finishers. All these crazy people who finishes shortly before 24:00.

  55. I want to go to Hawaii!

  56. Calculating lottery odds…crossing my fingers for next year!

  57. I’ve been to Hawaii once, but I didn’t even get to swim in the beautiful ocean :(

  58. Back in 2003? 2004? Normann Stadler was leading the bike and he flatted. He had a horrible time getting it fixed and then, once he got it repaired, he flatted again a few miles down the road. And on that second one he just…lost his shit. Threw his bike and screamed, ‘Flaaaaaaaaat tyyyyyre!’ It was hilarious. To this day, my friends and I like to scream out, ‘Flat tyyyre!’ every time we flat on the bike. It makes it all less stressful and more fun.

  59. Chrissie’s last win at Kona. Epic!

  60. Chrissie’s last Kona! Epic.

  61. Needs more Hawaiian shirts!

  62. Having a swimming race out to the island of Na Mokulua (Small Island off the East side of Oahu) with my mates. We ended up swimming with Sea Turtles.

  63. Cheering on friends as they race Kona!

  64. Cheering friends on as they race Kona!

  65. Never been, but I always like watching the folks who are racing to make the time cut every year on the race coverage. Always happy for the ones who just make it, gutted for those that just miss it.

  66. Ben Idle

    macca and raelert, enough said

  67. Last year, Chrissie W starting with a huge post swim deficit to win in the end = grit & determination :-)

  68. Kew

    Surfing in Kona…

  69. beeing not able to post a comment before Kona ends

  70. Haha,

    wish to get this watch on my shanghai marathon !!

    Anson Kiek


  71. Poor Cameron Brown having to quit the race due to volcanic fumes in Hawaii.

  72. Yo Hawaii! Hula hoops and big waves.


  73. Unffortunately, I didn’t have the chance to visit he island, but I have very good meemories of my Kona koffeemaker!

  74. The gigantic pipes coming out of the water at the energy lab and how hot and barren the bike ride is there

  75. Dreaming to be there and race someday!!
    And one of the best moments: Maccas fight with Realert! That year was epic!!

  76. watching last finishers crossing the line

  77. Dreaming about participating…

  78. The weather, soft breeze, nice temps, short shower in the afternoon, then back to nice again. This reflected in the local architecture (airport terminals open to the elements, who’d figure): awesome place to be

  79. Dreaming about participating in the event..

  80. Learning to scuba in the ocean on my vacation there was awesome. Cdn_Hammer

  81. Hawaii is quite far from my home location…but i love it since I saw “Lilo&Stitch”.I love the Stitch character!

  82. Roy

    Inspired while watching it a few years agin on the TV. Now doing it for real. Happy days!

  83. best memory from Hawaii- paddling on a kayak in the beautiful blue sea.

  84. GG

    My friend nearly 10 years ago competing at Kona whilst enduring a gastro bug! Not only finished but did a PB, it was truly incredible!!!!

  85. Coffees of Hawaii vanilla macnut coffee. Mmmm

  86. such an epic event this, would love to go one day

  87. watching lew hollander.