Thursday, July 15, 2010

Give-Away: 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon Edition

This, my friends, is New York's mighty Hudson River and, on Sunday, my beloved sister in law will be swimming in it! No, she hasn't taken leave of her senses - rather, she will be one of more than 3,000 athletes competing in the 10th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon; the only Olympic distance triathlon in New York City. Holy cow!

On Sunday, July 18th, athletes from 18 countries and 45 states will compete in a way that, quite frankly, boggles the mind. They will brave the mighty Hudson by swimming 1.5 kilometers (.9321 miles) through its turbulent waters, then bike 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) along the Henry Hudson Parkway, and finally, they will run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) through Central Park to complete the course.

Honestly, I can't even imagine the physical and metal fortitude it takes to enter such a race, much less complete it. I am incredibly proud of Heather, my sister in law, and much of our family will be out on the course cheering her on this Sunday. Yes, I know its Thursday and you're all thirsty ... but I'm taking the opportunity to honor Heather and all 3,000 of her fellow athletes with this post on the Tri today. I beg your indulgence ... and, oh, and you'll be rewarded for it, too!

In a happy coincidence, a representative from Nautica contacted me earlier this week to offer a lovely and appropriate give-away to celebrate the event. Knowing that I have a personal connection to the race, I jumped at the chance. Nautica has graciously offered to give-away a stainless steel water bottle (pictured above) to two of my readers. While many of us will likely not take on the challenge of an Olympic length tri ... we all have goals and face challenges ourselves. In recognition of that, and as a token of encouragement, I'd like to offer you the chance to take home an Oceana re-useable water bottle, courtesy of Nautica.

Rules of Entry:

1. Simply leave a comment on this post. You can tell us about a goal you've set for yourself, or simply (and hopefully) lend a kind word or two to cheer my sister in law on. (Go, Heather, go!)

2. The give-away will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, July 21st. Two winners will be chosen using and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 22nd. Winners must be willing to email me their mailing information so that the bottles may be shipped directly.

Disclaimer: The prize was provided by Nautica, but Nautica is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this give-away. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Nautica. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and located in the United States and or Canada only.

I am thrilled to help spread the word about this remarkable and inspiring event. Towards that end, I'd encourage you to check out the following links, especially if you find yourself in New York City this weekend:

To Volunteer for the Race:

To View the Race:

If you're really brave and want to enter the lottery for a chance to compete in next year's race:

You won't see me diving into the Hudson any time soon, or ever for that matter, but you might see me out on the course cheering for Heather ... providing I wake up on time! ~wink~ If you plan to be here too, drop me a comment and let me know.

Heather has graciously agreed to an interview with me, to discuss her experience in running the Tri, and I will present that interview next week when I announce the winner on Wednesday.

My heartfelt congrats and very best wishes for luck to all who will compete this Sunday. I tip my tiara to all of you. Good luck and God bless!


Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

How exciting!!!!! What an awesome thing to be a part of!! Go Heather!!! :)

Molly said...

Good luck to Heather!! Look forward to the interview!

Judy said...

Hey, three cheers for Heather and I hope she wins. I'm also having a giveaway on my blog ( and would love for you and all your readers to enter. Deadline is Sunday, 7/25, Midnight, and the prize is $70.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, good luck to your sister in law! I dont envy her, but I definitely admire her :)
*kisses* HH

mysimplefood said...

Wow! Amazed with what Heather is doing!! Go Go Go! Heather! Be strong!

Queen Bee said...

Good Luck Heather, swim like crazy, ride like the wind, and Run like a a shooting star!!! You are already a winner for just signing up and putting in the hard work during training!!! Have fun out there!

pixelgal said...

My very dear Heather;
I wish you strength, perseverance, Godspeed and a lack of anything growing on your skin after the swim! (tee hee) You know I admire your efforts and successes that seem to multiply each year.

My goal is to weigh 110 lbs but I think I'd have more success competing in this race....but enough negative thinking. 110 here I come!

Love y'all

Sandi said...

wow that is some feat that she will be doing!!! Best of luck to her!!

Deb said...

Heather is amazing! I so admire anyone who can run anything more than a few steps much less throw in some biking and swimming. I would like to be albe to run - a great goal but probably not achievable since I really dislike running but I guess I could shoot to increase my walking distance - a marathon maybe one day?

Charmian @Christie's Corner said...

Go, Heather!!!!

No need to enter me in the draw. I just admire anyone who can do a triathlon.

jack rabbit 12 week said...

Diva - thank you for your consistent support of my various endeavors. It means more than you know. You and Mr Diva are my rocks. I'm really honored at this feature and love that you are put the NYC Tri in the spotlight. It's a cool event that everyone should know about. I would also like to thank Diva's vibrant community. I'm both touched and psyched by your support. I plan to go out there and give it all I got. I would also love to know if any of you foodies out there have suggestions about what to eat the night before race day. Thanks again!

Wilma said...

Hi Auntie & Heather too,
I wish you the best of luck in your race Heather! You rock! And just think, Colette will be waiting for you at the end to snuggle and recuperate with.

Olive said...

Heather - Oh, how you do inspire!! I can't wait to cheer you across the finish line! I wish you all the best on Sunday...have a good race and more importantly, have fun out there! Love, Olive

stephchows said...

yikes the hudson!?!? hope she's got her shots ;) i kid I kid! Good luck heather!!!

Carla and Michael said...

Nice post. Can't wait for the interview with Heather. You go girl!

Donna-FFW said...

Best of luck to Heather. In awe!

Tim Stevens said...

That's quite an acomplishment.
Nice job Heather!!
The Glen Rules!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

How did your sister-in-law do in the race? I certinaly admire her, swimming the Hudson is something I hope I never have to do!

Lovely water bottle - fantastic giveaway.

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You are already a winner for just signing up and putting in the hard work during training!!! Have fun out there!

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