Virgin Athlete Contest Winners!

>> Monday, March 23, 2009

The votes are in! A total of 993 votes were cast, and here are the final numbers:

The top “local winner” is Anastasia with her story of her first 2 triathlons (where she ran out of T2 with her helmet on AFTER doing the bike loop TWICE!). By the way, she just started blogging - click on her name to stop by and say hi!

Judi came in third overall with her story of kicking her heroin addition while becoming addicted to running:

Gabriel came in second overall with his story of being out-kicked by the person who he had just tried to cheer on to get going again:

And Big Mike took first place with his inspirational story of losing a combined 365 pounds along with his wife, while catching the “triathlon bug:”

Thanks to everyone for voting, and a BIG THANKS to everyone who shared their great stories!! And an EVEN BIGGER THANKS to Drymax Socks and Charities Challenge for sponsoring this super fun event!! They are getting ready to send some great prizes to the winners: 6 pairs of Drymax to Judi, 12 pairs to Gabriel, and 24 pairs to Big Mike! And Charities Challenge will be giving a free race entry, race shirt, and special finish-line announcement to Anastasia during the MN RRCA Championship 5K on April 4th!


(If you missed the Top 10 stories and have no idea what I’m taking about, click here to read the entries. They’re SOO good!)


jen 11:47 AM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats Mike! And congrats to everyone else. I loved all the stories.

Great contest Steve, I hope you can do something like this again sometime! :)

C 11:47 AM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats to Mike and all the other winners! This was a great contest, Steve.

Maria 11:48 AM, March 23, 2009  

congrats to the winners and Steve for the awsome contest, I hope to see more contests in the future!

Missy 11:51 AM, March 23, 2009  

It was great! All the stories were really great. Nice job.

Marlene 12:00 PM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats to the winners!

Jess 12:33 PM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats to the winners! Those are great stories!

X-Country2 12:43 PM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats to the winners! I've read those stories probably a dozen times. Every time you link to them, I find myself reading them all.

Carolina John 12:45 PM, March 23, 2009  

Great contest, Steve! it was a lot of fun.

Unknown 1:57 PM, March 23, 2009  

And thanks to you Steve for putting this together and giving us all a chance to meet some really cool people!

I Run for Fun 2:21 PM, March 23, 2009  

Conreats to all the winners. And to you too, did a great job of coordinating this. Thnaks for bringing all the stories to us.

chia 2:47 PM, March 23, 2009  

You people all rock :-)

LHE 3:40 PM, March 23, 2009  

Congratulations winners!! I can't wait to read the stories!!

Big Mike and Wife ... speechless and you have inspired me to stop whinning and GET BUSY with my runing,!

Thank you Steve! For this contest!! (even though you didn't use my title ideas! :=).

Michelle 7:26 PM, March 23, 2009  

Congrats to all the winners!! You all rock and will love drymax socks!!! They are amazing and so is Steve!!

Unknown 7:59 PM, March 23, 2009  

congrats to the winners!

bigmike600 8:50 PM, March 23, 2009  

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell our story. I firmly believe that exercise saved our lives.
To anyone reading this who is losing hope or believes that weight loss is beyond them, please don't give up. You can do it.

Thanks again Steve...You are the man and I hope you qualify for Kona at your half ironman.

Gotta Run..... 8:48 AM, March 24, 2009  

You are awesome for putting this contest on!!! Thanks!

The Boring Runner 10:52 AM, March 24, 2009  

Yay winners!!

Wow, almost 1000 votes? Good lord - how many hits do you get a day!?

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