ColdFusion Biggest Loser Additional Prize Details

Ray mentioned that I’m putting up an additional prize for the ColdFusion Biggest Loser contest that he is organizing. I wanted to add a few details to about my prize offering.

I intend to donate to the winner:

One “Nike+ iPod Sport Kit” for iPod nano OR One gift card of $40 value for either Apple or Amazon

The winner will get to choose the prize. I recognize that not everyone can or likes to jog, so a Nike+ chip probably isn’t much incentive in those cases. However, I hope the $40 gift card makes up for that. The Nike+ chip is approximately a $30-$40 value, depending on where you get it, hence the value of the gift card. If the winner can get their own chip for cheaper, they are welcome to take the card and make a little money off the deal.

More information:

The fine print:

No, the chip is not used. I’ll have it shipped new, directly from Amazon or Apple to the address the winner provides. (Same goes for the gift card.)

Why the Nike+ chip? I started jogging last year, and the Nike+ chip has been instrumental, seriously, in keeping me motivated. I’m a metrics-based guy, and the chip does exactly that. And the chip stores the workout data on the iPod in an easy XML format. I figured that would make the CF guys go all hot-n-bothered. The chip can bet set to upload data to Nike’s Nike+ site, which is chock full of cute widgets for your blog and social-network type stuff.

Do I need to have Nike shoes to use it? Nope. Most running stores these days have little fobs that can attach to your non-Nike shoes to keep the chip in place. I personally recommend LaceLids, as mine has worked great for going on 13 months now.

But what if I never run outside? The chip works just fine on the treadmill.

But what if I only walk? It still works. You still get all of the benefits, like the ability to hit the center button on your iPod and have a voice tell you your pace, distance, and time.

What if I don’t have an iPod nano? Get the gift card. The chip only works with nanos. (Both original nanos, and the newer video nanos, as I understand it, but I’ve only got the original.)

What else am I going to need to use it? You’ll need some way of securing your iPod to your person. The new Nike sport armbands are nice — they breathe well as you sweat and have a clear plastic cover for the display (the first gen armbands didn’t). If you prefer yours on your belt or some other place, go for it. An armband will run you $15-$30 depending on manufacturer, but you’re on your own for that.

What if I don’t want you to know my address? If you prefer, and Ray doesn’t mind, I can send him the chip and he can send the chip out with his prize. Oh, and your tinfoil hat is askew.

Are you competing? No, I am not competing in the contest.

Why are you doing this, then? I take weight loss very seriously, and I’d like to help anyone that is serious about it. I’m just trying to do my part to help motivate.

By Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.