Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza.
Next Tuesday (June 24th) starting at exactly 12:00AM Eastern (0600 CET/CEST) the pinnacle of sports technology giveaway awesomeness will commence. Last year the numbers were huge – both in entrants as well as prizes. Thousands of dollars in gadgets were given away to people everywhere on this little blue marble (everyone is welcome). Here’s a refresher set of posts for all the craziness that went down last year.
But this year it’s gonna be even bigger than ever before. Simply because bigger is definitely better in this case. And because Clever Training is pitching in even more to make the awesomeness level even higher.
So how much more awesome? Well, instead of every three hours like years past – I’m going with every two hours. Seriously. Thus, allowing even more prizes to be given out!
This means that every two hours a new giveaway starts and the previous one closes (i.e. 12:00AM, 2:00AM, etc…). The entry period will only be open for two hours for each giveaway. So be sure to plan your entire existence on Tuesday around being able to enter during that two hour period for each giveaway.
If you aren’t sure how to convert your time zone to Eastern time, you can use this little tool to figure it out.
So if you need to barricade yourself in the pantry for 24 hours to ensure proper attention to entry periods, that’s totally acceptable. Just do what you need to do!
Cause yup…it’s gonna be awesome!
Let’s do this! (well you do it, i’ll just be here with my arms up)
When am I supposed to sleep?
1:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 5:00 AM, etc.
Awesome! I’m having a hard time deciding what running watch to buy. FREE always helps with the decision process!
gotta be in it to win it !
got to get this right, I don’t want to miss one!!!
Fantastic, can’t wait
Is it 0600 CET or CEST?
Hmm… I suppose now it would be CEST.
would it be easier if you said the giveaway starts at 11:59 PM on Monday so people wouldnt get confused as to the contest starts at 12:00 AM Monday or Tuesday?
I still crack up at the comment that won the iPhone bundle.
I think I’m going to have to do some interval training specifically around this timeframe
Eat Sleep Ray Repeat
Just once it’s good to be on the other side of the world (Sydney will be a very plesant 2:00pm) – better look into how this extravaganza works …..
I want your goodies. 🙂
This event has been cancelled. Please ignore all future communications from Ray that it’s happening. (rubbing hands together and emitting an evil laugh that my master plan to win everything is now set in motion) (wait, why are my thoughts being transcribed into this comment? arghhh!)
What’s actually pretty funny here is that your comment got all caught up in my SPAM filter and I had to manually approve it. 🙂
Test post. Hope this works so I can participate next week!
Super Excited…. a new watch or training is needed on my end!
Of course this happens while I am on vacation with at best spotty internet and while the World Cup is going on. Going to have to really make an effort this year just to get into a couple of them. At least I will have a cold drink and football to watch while waiting for pages to load.
Hey, just wondering… Were you far from your Samsung Gear 2 review yet? Still haven’t made the purchase or committed to a decision for my partner… Was kind of hanging on your thoughts :o)
It’s somewhat fallen off the radar, mostly because I’ve just found the whole experience a bit cumbersome. It doesn’t really fit what I use the device for, and the optical sensor has been hit and miss when it comes to tracking HR. The inability to easily get data up to most platforms doesn’t help either.
At this point, kinda hard to recommend. :-/
Not at all a problem, and I appreciate the reply and thought!
I can only take on your advice, I will dodge the samsung. With that in mind, it’s only really the Adidas that seems to offer the all-in-one. Despite the price, I think this is the only thing I could really get her that is reliable and ticks the boxes. Better something that works and is reliable than just… Turd.
I only wish they improved the android app compatibility (eg synced), but that is not everything. And from your post / research day a while ago, I seem to recall they are working at only improving the Adidas with further updates.
I have read your review of it too of course, which was positive. So unless it’s exploded on your wrist recently… Hopefully it’s still a good choice :o)
No rest for the wicked!!
Will you be using a raffle widget like on Engadget? Might save you time.
Nah, just the usual system. I’ve got some backend tools that make it fairly easy these days.
You truly are a giver, Ray.
I’m new to the site, which is awesome btw, but this is awesome!!! Can’t wait.
Cracking looking competition. As luck would have it,iI’m on holiday next week so I’ll be all over this!
just testing my comment skills!
2pm Sydney is a great starting time…
Awesome! btw. have you ever thought about switching to tools like rafflecopter.com in your giveaways?
We use it in our company and it works quite well.
For the most part the comment system works well because I’m then not dependent on calling to a separate service (which introduces system load). In the case of the extravaganza, the load is a fair bit high, especially in the first few minutes of each hour.
Gran, good luck to everyone
Always very nice!
Test. And gratitude to Ray not only for the raffle but also for his insightful reviews and entertaining weekly stories (the wife and I are going to try find the cake shop next time we are in Paris :)). Btw really like the article a while back about Cape Town, my home town – always interesting to see a city through the appreciative eyes of a visitor 🙂
Testing in Miami!
Test, Test 1 2,Test
Eeeh…? Can you explain the concept? Sorry, i’m french and i think i miss some info…
Alarm is set … tuesday every 2hours!
Hmm, some new gear…
can’t wait !
I can’t wait to see what I win!! (Dad always taught me to own it and think positive!)
Let the good times role!
It’s gonna be great. Thanks Ray.
I assume since I did not win last year I am guaranteed an entry this year…
Can’t wait, this is going to be awesome!!!
Heck, I might as well post a test comment as well.
Does this go all day, a full 24 hours of craziness? Can’t wait!!!
I could really use a heartbeat monitor strap. I’m in!!
Thought I would try a test too, something to look forward to.
Looking forward to this!!! I already got a Fenix2, but getting a dedicated road bike computer may be a nice way to go… 🙂 Hrm…. 🙂
Ray, many thanks for your detailed, fair, and objective reviews. They definitely gave me a LOT of information to go through and made me consider what my priorities and needs are as far as a GPS watch/computer go. In the end, the Fenix2 was the better choice FOR ME as I DO do the geocaching stuff and go on longer hikes where waypoint setting would be nice (and having a longer battery life).
So far, my mileage #’s have been spot on for the run and bike, but the swim seems to be measuring a bit long in the open water. Not sure if the other swimmers are swimming straighter than me or it is due to GPS error, but no worries here.
Again, thank you for the highly informative AND entertaining site and for doing something so kind as to promote your sponsors and thank your readers. VERY cool! If my wife and I ever get to Paris, we’d love to take you and The Girl out for dinner!
I want in too
I want in too … Pretty please
Free stuff! Yey!
I’ll be IN
So, all we have to do is post during the two hour period for each item and we are entered? And each item is listed to one per email address, but each email address can enter once for each item, right? I am relatively new to this…
Yup, that’s it!
Test from phone
This will be amazing!
Lisboa calling! Testing …
Woohoo, free stuff,
Looking forward to it! Training for IM Choo and a new gadget would keep it exciting!
Now these test posts are pretty funny. I wonder, is it people posting for the first time ever, or are most people setting up posting from all their various devices?
Who is trying to figure out how to post during their Run on that day?
Great job man
Great job man …
That’s cool… looking forward to it
Cool! Looking forward to it. Unfortunately, work internet is spotty at best. Apparently they want us working during work hours.
Do I get special treatment because June 24th is my birthday???
Excited to find you, Ray!,
I’m not sure if my earlier posts qualify me to be in the drawings, but if I may, I’d like to be included as well.
Not just for the free stuff (though, admittedly, that’s really cool!), but the more I read on here, the more I learn about how I can train, what I can look for when I train, and perhaps what I can expect when I compete.
The non-triathlon related posts about Paris and your various travels are just as educational and fun too. I truly enjoy visiting this site and I can’t say that about many sites on the web.
Fly me to the moon…
you are better than Christmas
Sorry for double post…
Thanks Ray for the reviews, I’m learning a lot with your post.
Not sure if it’s been already answered, how long will the whole thing last? Thanks
It lasts for exactly 24 hours. Every 2 hours is a new giveaway.
I’m from Israel I can also participate???
Testing to make sure this works!
Testing Testing 123
Super geil! Oh, sorry … awesome!
Great reviews by the way!
I’m in! And test.
i am in
I’m in too
Can’t wait, alarms set!
Comment test and thanks in advance
Please pick me!
Very nice !!
Reminder set! Waiting for the madness. 🙂
Come on 24th!!
Looking forward to no sleep tomorrow.
Ray – are you posting a list of what all is in the extravaganza, or is the approach that we should check in every 2 hours to see what new item hits?
Nope, the list remains a secret until each product shows up!
Woo-hoo! Alarms are set for 12am PST and every 2 hours after that!
You may want to re-check your alarms. 12AM Pacfici is 3 hours behind 12 Pacific – thus, you’ll miss the first event!
Oops. Meant to say EST. Just excited is all!
Soooo…you’ll be giving away a Garmin 920 tomorrow on the same day you release your in-depth review, right?
woooohoooo, sounds great
Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
Fingers crossed for a tomtom or equivalent allsports watch.
See you all tomorrow!
I’m excited, hoping that I’m lucky!
Test to get in some draws 2morro
Thanks for putting this on Ray!
What I enjoy about this site (along with the in-depth reviews) is the collection of forward thinkers!
great, cant wait!
Desperately need an upgrade!! I’m going to be measuring my heart rate running with my hand on my carotid artery soon!
Go Team USA!!
Rock on man!
Oh yes I think I need good luck this time:-)
Nice! good luck to me!
Come on lucky number!!
I am all in
I need stuff
Love the game
PO Box 08414
thank you so much…..plz pick me….
Please reward me…or pick me
I just ran my first tri and loved it… Would love to have some awesome gear for my next one!
count me in 🙂
HEre I am!
Great site, would love some free stuff!
We would like to win your gadgets so we could enjoy our holidays even more 🙂
Reading more and more of your posts. Would love to be in a winners circle too
Great site….I consult DCRainmaker before purchasing any new tech!
Sign me up. Last winter (in MD) involved horrific suffering. I need a trainer or I may implode if we have another bad winter.
There is no other site with that trustworthy information!
Husband’s 55th birthday today, would love to win him a gift 🙂
Great site Ray !
Pick me, please.
Here i am
Ive really enjoyed reading your site the last couple of weeks. You do a great job with your reviews!
Just as a minor reminder that you don’t actually win anything by posting on this post. It needs to be on the individual giveaway posts that show up on the home page every 2 hours. Enjoy!
So it ended, with really cool stuff; when will the winners be informed, can’t wait, maybe I was lucky, maybe not
A winners circle post will be put up here today, just cleaning up all the duplicate comments/etc…