Lake Effect Series: Giveaway!

As part of the final week leading up to the Lake Effect Half Marathon I will be having a giveaway.  I am so lucky that so many people and companies have decided to send awesome gifts and prizes for you.  I am honestly overwealmed with support from people and companies towards this campaign.  I will never be able to thank people enough.  From the bottom of my heart thank you for everyone’s time, donations and positivity towards this campaign.  It truly means a lot.

Without further ado here are some of the gifts you could potentially win!

A 12 pack of KIND Bars. 



KIND BARS are very well known and I was happy to have them on board.  The box of 12 contains multiple flavors.  They would like emphasize being kind to your body and fueling correctly for any exercise and life!  Kind bars are actually a personal favorite in my household (when I get my coupon on).

Two different Energy Bits and PocketFuel gift packs.  Energy bits is a well known and great alternative energy source for athletes and anyone in general!  


Pocketfuel is a new to me fueling but I have found since recovering from the marathon and starting runs that need fuel, they are completely awesome.

Included are my personal favorite (and more) Java!
Included are my personal favorite (and more) Java!


Healthy Bites from Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

Let’s face it Lindsay is an awesome and very well known blogger.  To have her sending a lucky winner some of her Healthy Bites is completely awesome.  Her Healthy Bites are delicious.  Since she is a kickbutt athlete (as well as her professional husband) how could you not want to win some?  She will be providing a box!


Here is a small excerpt she wrote about her Healthy Bites:


Healthy Bites is a company dedicated to providing healthy snack and fuel options for all people. It was started by myself (Lindsay Cotter) and my husband (James Cotter).  I am a certified Nutrition Manager and Fitness Consultant and my husband James is a professional triathlete. In the past, I struggled with a lot of health issues which resulted in a drastic change in my diet and my husband’s diet, but for the better. Since 2009 we have been gluten free. And in an effort to help James (and myself) have a healthy gluten free pre and post recovery snacks I started making him healthy bites.  Realizing, that I was onto something I enlisted my friends and colleagues to help me expand my idea into a small business.  All of us worked hard to create different flavors and break down nutrition for each Healthy Bite. James and I are grateful for the hard work and direction we received from our friends and family. They are our best supporters! Now about our Healthy Bites……..

We’ve created 4 standard flavors: Apple/Peach/Apricot Cinnamon, Muddy Buddy Mocha, Whey Good (Vegan Protein available), and Cookie Dough/Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. Each flavor is unique in its taste and function. All are made with mostly all-natural, gluten-free and organic ingredients. The mission is to offer the most minimally processed bites proving to people that eating healthy can taste really good while still being really good for you. Each box comes packaged with the ingredients and nutritional information so that every customer knows exactly what is going into their bodies.

Hearty Handfuls Granola made by Allie


Allie has been one of my good friends for a very long time.  She is an amazing baker, foodie and women in general.  She recently opened an etsy shop where she is selling her healthy and minimal ingredient granola.

She was nice enough to write me a small excerpt about healthy handfuls!

“I created Hearty Handfuls as a way to connect with others and share my love of baking. I chose the name Hearty Handfuls because I bake with my heart, and it makes me so happy to see others with handfuls of something I created for them. All of the varieties of granola offered in my Etsy shop are healthy, and made with simple ingredients like whole grain oats, honey, and raisins.”

So in summary the prizes up for grabs are:

1.       A 12 pack of KIND Bars

2.       One gift pack of Energy Fuel and Energy Bits

3.       Another Gift pack of Energy Fuel and Energy Bits

4.       Healthy Bites from Lindsay

5.       Two bags of Hearty Handfuls Granola Package from Allie

Now how can you enter?

  1. The ways to enter are very simple.  For every dollar you donate (or have donated), it is a single entry.  For instance, if you donated 100 dollars, you have 100 entries.  I am truly grateful for all the support for Ophelia’s Place I have gotten and I know we can raise more and spread more awareness.
  2. If you have shared a story, I have also thrown your name into the mix.  I actually have the rest of the stories scheduled and I cannot thank each person who shared enough.  They have all been truly inspirational.
  3. Finally if you share the link to the fundraising page or the the Lake Effect Series page (facebook, twitter, however you want you want to share and support) you can receive an extra entry.  You can do that as many times as you want.  Please just comment here each time you share, so I can add you to the list.

So in cliff notes version to enter the contest you can donate to Ophelia’s Place or share. I think we are capable of reaching 2200 dollars before Sunday!   

I just wanted to re-thank each company and individual for donating to this give away.  I’m very excited to see how far this campaign has come and I know Ophelia’s Place will put the fundraising to good use. 

*Each company has provided these for this giveaway. 

I will draw the winners randomly sometime next week and include it in the series wrap up.