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REI Clearance Sale; Vibram FiveFingers Closeout Sale; Marathon Bar Winners; Random Shots of Beauty*

Posted Aug 27 2011 12:00am

*Boy, these post titles are getting long ...

Lots of odds and ends for this weekend's post, so let's get right to it. In keeping with recent tradition, here's a rundown of cool sale opportunities for some of my favorite gear
First up is REI. It should tell you something that even with the amount of complimentary gear I get for product testing, I still shop at REI on a regular basis. They're probably the most dependable source for almost all basic outdoor gear; if I need it, they probably have it. And this week, they have it at a discount. Check out REI's Labor Day Clearance Sale taking place from now until September 5.

Next is Vibram, or more specifically, Vibrams from I mentioned this week that they have stock of the FiveFingers Bormio and FiveFingers Trek LS from the Fall 2011 line - but they also have a decent selection of 2010 Vibram FiveFinngers models available at closeout prices . They don't have every model available, but there are a couple of great deals to be grabbed, such as the men's Bikila for $65 and the women's KSO for $65 . It's pretty unusual for Vibrams (real Vibrams, that is) to be available at significant discounts, so check out the links above to see if something catches your eye.

Thanks very much to everyone who entered the Marathon Bar giveaway contest, and as a side note, never underestimate the power of free chocolate to drive traffic to your blog. Anyway, we've got some winners to announce, so ... Andy, Chris (New Mexico Trail Runner), and Diana - e-mail me your contact info. You've won the Marathon Bar prize packs!

Finally, two more reminders to pass along: you've got a few more days to enter the Recharge Sports Drink mix giveaway contest , and a little more time to submit proposals for a Running and Rambling guest blogger post coming up in September.  Go on, take your chance!

OK, I think we're caught up for now. I'm not sure what it says when my introductory stuff is longer than the actual post. On to the Random Shot of Beauty

My son and I ride our mountain bikes in the Fort Ord Open Space, which is adjacent to the famed Laguna Seca Raceway. Every now and then we make our way beyond the Fort Ord boundary, and if we pass through the right fences and cross the right bridges, we actually end up on the inside of the racetrack.

Since there are all manner of race cars and motorcycles doing test laps there on any given day during the summer, our inside access gives us scenes like this
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Tranquil MTB fire roads on one side of the fence, and world-class auto racers on the other. Just another one of those uniquely Monterey County sights.

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