Holiday Small Business Swag Giveaway!

14 Dec

The holidays are officially upon us and I’ve decided to celebrate by sponsoring a  special giveaway, featuring some of my favorite local small businesses!  My goals are simple; I’d like to:

  • Express my appreciation to the nearly 2000 readers I’ve had since starting this blog (yay!).
  • Highlight just a few of the fantastic small businesses that I support. 

So, here’s what the lucky winner will get:

One (size M women’s) Sport Science technical shirt from my favorite local running store, Pacers.   Readers of this blog know how much I love Pacers.  It’s the first place I go for shoes, clothing, gear…and most of all, support/advice.  I’ve been running with the Pacers Distance Training program for several years and absolutely depend on the amazing coaching and comradery.   Pacers provides a personal touch that only a small, local business can achieve…so it’s no surprise they were voted as one of the Competitor Top 4 running stores  in the United States; congrats Pacers!

Two (yes, two!)  running headbands by Happy Medium Crafts.   Expertly constructed with ribbon, elastic, and  a non-slip velvet  lining, these headbands STAY PUT even on the longest runs.  Hang out at the track in Arlington, and you’re sure to see multiple ladies sporting these headbands in a variety of customized colors.  I’ve included both a pink and blue for this package, but if you’re interested in custom ordering others, contact Happy Medium Crafts directly at   One band for $8, two for $15.  It’s a deal!

Lastly, one super-rich lotion bar from Millhouse Candles.  It’s not fancy soap….believe it or not, it’s actually a mini solid lotion cake.  With its unique beeswax-shea-cocoa butter formula, this innovative new product is perfect for soothing dry/cracked skin and (when applied in multiple layers) preventing chaffing on those long winter runs.   At $5 a bar, it’s a great stocking stuffer or gift for your running partner. 

Are you excited?   Entering the contest is easy!  Simply click the comments section on this post and tell me  your favorite race of 2011.  In just a few words, talk about why you loved the run.  One winner will be chosen at random on 20 December, and I’ll ship the package out immediately.  Good luck, and thanks for your support of this blog and small businesses everywhere!


10 Responses to “Holiday Small Business Swag Giveaway!”

  1. Bill Schweigart December 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    2000! Wow – congrats! My favorite race would be the North Face 5K, mostly because it was the first race I ran in 5 years and got me running again (however infrequently).

    • katefsummers December 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      Bill-I can’t wait to see you rock these headbands!

  2. Kate S December 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Okay, so I have to go with the North Face 5K, mostly because it was the only race I ran this year. I love running because it allows me to eat more Christmas cookies!

    • katefsummers December 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Kate-I loved that race! Looking forward to doing the half-marathon trail race this summer!

  3. Mike December 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I really loved the Crystal City Twilighter – something about running through city streets at night was kinda fun. Good luck on your contest!

  4. Megan December 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    The Hot Chocolate 5k! It was the hottest of messes but I will never forget it!

    • katefsummers December 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      My husband ran that race. At least you got a great jacket and some chocolate out of the ordeal!

  5. Joe Lowry December 20, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    My favorite race was the one I held with my fellow staffers in the Rayburn building after the earthquake. Last one out of the building loses!

  6. Elizabeth December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I also have to say Hot Chocolate, but the 15K. Logistics were obviously terrible, but my own timing was okay and it was the longest race I have done since my marathon, which is a long time ago…


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