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Bad Apple Ultra- Race Entry Giveaway

Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Brandon

Bad Apple Ultra- Race Entry Giveaway- Winner Ryan H!

This October 29th, in Greenville, Michigan there will be a first of its kind race for the ultra runners.  The Bad Apple Ultra Race is a timed event with 3 different races to choose from.  The longest race of the day is the 12 hour event which will allow runners to experience the 4 mile loop as many times as possible from Dawn till Dusk.  For people who only want to spend part of the day running there is the 6 hour and 3 hour events as well.  All will compete on the same 4 mile loop that is host to some beautiful autumn scenery and scents.  If you are more team driven, get a couple of friends together and run as a team of 2 or 3.

Timed events are an easy way to figure out if ultra running is for you.  There isn’t much commitment.  In a set distance race you are responsible for running the entire distance in order to qualify for “finishing” the race.  In a timed event, its up to you to do as much as you want to do.   As long as you complete one lap you are a finisher.  If you want to rest, you can rest.  If you want to quit after 9 hours, you can quit.  No matter what happens you do not get a DNF.  Most people find themselves reaching new limits in a timed ultra.  My wife for example had never ran more than 5 miles, but at a 12 hour race she was able to complete 31 miles.

Ben VanSoose is one of the founders of this race and has given us one race entry to give away.  There are a few steps in order to be entered to win this prize.

  1. You must like  post a link to the race on your Facebook Wall and/or Twitter –
  2. You must comment on this blog why you want to test yourself at a timed event, or what advise you have for someone running a timed event.
  3. You must share this blog on your Facebook Wall and/or Twitter
  4. You must sing our National Anthem while holding your hand over your heart.  I will be listening. (Please no recordings, or any witness required)

Winners will be Picked on September 23rd, 2011 via draw.  One entry for each step completed besides step 4 will be rewarded.

Food Donations are starting to arrive – Don’t miss out

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Brandon

Food Donations are starting to arrive – Don’t miss out

Flat River Outreach Ministries- Food Donation

Flat River Outreach Ministries- Food Donation

Greenville Food Donations

Greenville Food Donations

Impact Collections

Impact Collections

The food is starting to be arrive at the studio and be collected.  We are excited that over 3000 items were pledged to to local food pantries from Michigan to Texas and as far west as California.  It is not too late to get on board.  If you missed all the Facebook messages, Postings, and News articles, but still want to help you can.

1.  Donate to a local food pantry 50 items for the 50 miles I ran with my jaw wired shut and then let me know about it.
2.  $25 can buy 50 items, so you can send a check written to Flat River Outreach Ministries, and send it to Modern Photographics, 216 W. Main St. Lowell, MI 49331

Local food pantries close to where you are need you support.  Thank you for your support.

Road ID – Never Run without it – *Giveaway* – Winner is Sarah

Road ID - Runner Safety Identification Bracelet

Road ID - Runner Safety Identification Bracelet

When I received my Road ID last year for Father day I really didn’t know what to think.  Running is safe isn’t it?  Why do I need ID when I run?  Is it going to annoy me when I run?  When do I wear it?

The answers have came through experience.  For over a year I have been running with my Road ID.  Experience has showed that running is safe, but what happens when something out of your control makes it unsafe.  Many of my miles have been run on the shoulder of the road.  I am just inches from cars passing at over 55 MPH and I can control me, but not them.  If for some reason they were distracted and clipped me I might not know what even happened or who I am.  By wearing my Road ID emergency responders will have enough information to get me the care I need.  My Road ID has my Name, Year of Birth, City, State, and My Wife’s Contact information, and a scripture verse that means a lot to me.  As a Paramedic this information helps me find out other information like, Medication and Allergies, Medical History, and other details related to my health.

More than likely I will never be hit by a car, but other situations that are more likely include: Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, Falls, Diabetic Issues, or even Cardiac Issues.  Altered Level of Consciousness is possible in all of these cases and not knowing vital contact information can result in delayed care.  As an Ultra Runner who runs miles from home on trails the likelihood of someone knowing me is rare.  Trail running brings its own risk, as witnessed at Western States, Bears, Dogs, or other wildlife can harm you.

When to wear a Road ID?  Anytime you are running, biking, hiking, or just out of the house.  Distance from your house or neighborhood doesn’t matter as to if you should wear your Road ID.  Running in a Local 5K, or traveling to Western States?  As a runner I won’t run without it.

Road ID on Ankle - holds up to trail running

Road ID on Ankle - holds up to trail running

Does it get annoying?  Like your wedding band, if you wear it often enough it become part of you.  I wear mine around my ankle and it has stayed on through some of the deepest mud or fast moving currents.  The velcro strap is tough enough to handle sweat, heat, and snow.  The reflective tape that is built into the Road ID helps traffic see you.  I know other runners who wear it as a bracelet on their arm.

Where do you get a Road ID?-

Closer to home than I really need…  (I have run this route over 50 times!)

Cyclist veers into truck in Ionia County Between Saranac and Lowell

Do you want your own Road ID?  How about for a loved one?

Its who I Am

Road ID- It's Who I Am.

Win a Gift Card to Road ID to create your own personal Road ID!
Comment below answering either one of these two quesitons:

1. Have you ever had a close call on the road?

2.  Where would you wear a Road ID this summer?

Extra entries can be obtained via:

Like Road ID on Facebook
Following Road ID on Twitter

(Make sure you tell us where you put it)

Winner will be drawn by on August 4th and will be notified by Email.  Winner will receive an ECard valued at $35 to purchase any ID Product on Road ID’s website.

The winner has been picked and its Sarah E!  We will be in contact.  Thank you all for entering.


Your Day Without Shoes- June 11th + Giveaway

Posted on June 8th, 2011 by Brandon

This Saturday (June 11th) is “Your day without Shoes“.  Sponsored by the Primal Foot Alliance is sponsor this day because it’s a Day about You!  Its is all about promoting the education to others about the healthiness of barefoot running.

For More information go to

In honor of this event we are giving away a copy of Jason Robillard’s The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

How to win: 
1.  Share this blog post on your Facebook, Blog, Twitter, or Sky Writing
2.  Comment- Leave me a comment or question about Barefoot running or living and tell me where you Shared this post _
For every place you post you get 1 Entry-
 (except Sky Writing which will result in a free book, to verify you must send photo (limited to 1 book to the first person to share photo)) 
3.  Winner will be randomly chosen by all who qualify on Wednesday June 15th, 2011.

National Running Day Giveaway

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Brandon

Today is National Running Day. I challenge all of you to go for a run. Since we all like prizes. Everyone who leaves me a comment on this blog post will be entered to win a free book!

Answer this question: What did you do to celebrate National Running Day?

Winner will be picked at the end of the day tomorrow!

Winner was picked:  Congrats to Jessica- Check out her awesome blog

Choice of Books: Jessica picked Running on Empty… Check back often to see what we give away next.

The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running
The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes
Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

Vibram FiveFingers Speed Giveaway!

Posted on May 24th, 2011 by Brandon

From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).

Our friends at Birthday announched they are part of an awesome giveaway.  Check it out  at the link Here

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