Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier

October 9th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier)

Hood to Coast with StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

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This Hood to Coast Relay Team really loves their StowAway2 Hitch Cargo Carrier!

After a summer of record-setting high temperatures in Oregon, a powerful storm blew into the area just in time for the “Mother of All Relays” during the last weekend of August.

During the 34th annual Hood to Coast Relay, which takes participants nearly 200 miles from the base of Mt. Hood to the beaches of Seaside, wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy rains tested the endurance and fortitude of each runner. Wet, tired, and windblown, participants running the last leg of the race were surprised to find that the finish line had been moved from the sandy coastal beach to the promenade in downtown Seaside as a safety precaution.

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This runner doesn’t appear to be bothered by the inclement weather. Photo courtesy of KOIN 6.

Event coordinators were forced to modify the finish party after event canopies, sanicans and chairs set up on the beach were found blown over Saturday morning. Participants were urged to dress warm, wear raingear, and stay alert for downed trees and debris as they made their way from mountain to coast. While some runners seemed to enjoy racing in the wet and stormy weather, others were less enthused. But I think everyone can agree that this was definitely an event they won’t soon forget!

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Despite heavy winds, rain, and even some hail, the 13,000 participants in this year’s Hood to Coast Race didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits. With over one thousand teams participating this year, runners in the world’s oldest and most popular running relay race surpassed the fundraising goal of $550K, bringing in nearly $562K for cancer research, treatment, and services at Providence Cancer Center to help #finishcancer. Congratulations to all of the 2015 !

StowAway2 had the privilege of sponsoring another team for this year’s race. As you can see, their Hitch Cargo Carrier kept them fed, hydrated, and happy throughout the grueling event.

For more information about this event or to find out how you can participate or volunteer next year, please visit the Hood to Coast website.


5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

October 7th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway in Action | Tailgating | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on 5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating)

5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

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Tailgating is fun – In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees. After all, 80 percent of the U.S. population tailgates at least once a year, with many across the country participating nearly every weekend. John Sherry, a University of Notre Dame marketing professor and cultural anthropologist who conducted a two-year study of college tailgating, says, “The idea of getting out of your house and feasting and drinking somewhere else is a pretty old tradition. People eat and drink and build up community in the process. It’s one last blowout before we hunker down for winter.”

And a blowout it is! But despite the friendly faces, great food, and enthusiasm of game day, that “blowout” is also really hard work – after all it is a party, and parties don’t throw themselves. It can be stressful, draining, and a bit overwhelming if you’re not prepared.

Avid tailgaters will tell you that the keys to stress-free tailgating are advanced planning, organization, and coordination. To help you make the most of game day and ensure you’re not worn out before the game even starts, we’ve pulled together five great tailgating life hacks to ensure a smooth and enjoyable tailgating experience.

  1. Even the most devoted tailgaters will forget something on occasion. If you don’t already have one, I suggest creating a checklist to be sure nothing is left behind. You can find hundreds of templates online with a simple Google search for “tailgating check list” (here’s a sample from simpletailgating.com). Once you find a list, customize it to meet your specific needs. Not only will it help you pack your rig before heading to the stadium, but you can use it to be sure everything makes it home safely at the end of the day. *Bonus life hack: Laminate your list to protect it from BBQ sauce, beer, rain, or tears (if your team is on a losing streak).
  2. If you’re in charge of the party, take time the week before to plan your menu, shopping list, and job assignments. That’s right – job assignments! While this is a party and should be loads of fun, there’s nothing wrong with recruiting your friends to help out. After all, if they want to eat your food, drink your beer and hang out at your tailgate, they can pitch in too. Assigning friends to help cook, clean, set up, tear down, and monitor beverage, ice and/or condiment levels will help alleviate stress and allow you to enjoy the tailgate experience along with everyone else.

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    Keep tailgating essentials organized in a toolbox so you can grab-and-go on game day.

  3. Keep the essentials packed and ready to go. For instance, a toolbox is a convenient way to organize and store smaller items that you know you’ll need at every single tailgate party. Keep utensils (bottle openers, tongs, cutlery, can opener, etc.) in one drawer, while storing first aid supplies (Band-Aids, pain reliever, sunscreen, etc.) or favorite spices and seasonings in another. For larger items, you can use bins (I recommend clear ones so you can see inside easily without having to take the lid off) to store kitchen items such as dishes, aluminum foil, soap, and paper towels, as well as games, blankets, seat cushions, and more. Having the necessities packed and ready to go each weekend will save so much time, you just may have a shot at landing the best parking spot at the stadium!
  4. Bring extra! No matter what it is, bring more than you think you’ll need: ice, beverages, food, chairs, blankets, etc. This will help avoid a flurry of phone calls when you realize you’re almost out of hamburger buns or (gasp!) beer. And since half the fun of tailgating is making new friends, having extra to share with your tailgating neighbors and fellow fans is a bonus!
  1. So how do you get all of this stuff to the stadium?
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    Fans of the University of Oregon football team use their StowAway Cargo Carrier for all of their tailgating needs on game day.

    Invest in a StowAway Cargo Carrier, of course! Mounted directly into your vehicle’s trailer hitch, StowAway carriers provide easy, ground-level access to your gear. Quickly and easily organize and transport all of your tailgating essentials, especially those bulky items like canopies, chairs, and even your cornhole boards or ladder golf. With either 12.5 or 16 cubic feet of storage space, a StowAway Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity – you’ll wonder how you ever tailgated without it!

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Fans tailgate with the StowAway Hitch Grill Station at a Notre Dame game.

And for those who really want to take their tailgating to the next level, check out the StowAway Hitch Grill Station that features a Cuisinart gas grill. The SwingAway frame pivots and locks at 90° to create a safe, convenient, and easily organized kitchen/grilling space, complete with a jumbo-sized (25.5” x 18.5”) commercial-grade cutting board. And the rack provides ample room for hauling coolers and other gear too.

Yes, tailgating is hard work… But with a little advanced planning and these life hacks, it can also be one of the most enjoyable, stress-free ways to spend a weekend this fall. You’re welcome! 🙂

Fly! Wrigley Fly!

Wrigley and Meghan travel to competitions with their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley jumped over 26 feet to land the longest jump of the Dock Dogs Regional Championships in August

The farthest dock-jumping Weimaraner in the history of the sport, Wrigley, owned and trained by Meghan Williams, didn’t seem to be a born leaper. He started late in life (4 years of age), never swam before, and had to wear a life jacket to dock-jumping class.

But don’t tell him that. Wrigley just leapt away with two titles at the Dock Dogs North Central Regional Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 8-10, 2014.

“It’s not natural for Weimaraners to jump into water,” reports Williams. Given this, and the fact that there are only ten competing across the country, Willams calls Wrigley’s success “astonishing.” At 9½ years of age, for example, Wrigley was the most decorated veteran jumper at the regional championships, with invitations to compete in the World Championships. His average jump is 25 feet; his farthest is nearly 28.

To travel to competitions, Meghan, Wrigley, and their family of four pack themselves into a small Trailblazer. “We wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without our hitch cargo carrier,” says Williams. “We’ve got two children and Wrigley in the back of the car. Everything else goes in the StowAway. It’s incredible.”

‘Everything else’ includes suitcases, chairs, all of Wrigley’s gear – leashes, collars, toys, dog food, and water bucket, plus a 24-pack of water bottles for the family, and more. “It’s amazing how much stuff will fit in there,” says Williams. “Once we put in a double stroller, and they’re huge!”

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Meghan has perfected the timing of the toss that enables Wrigley to jump nearly 28 feet

The wife, mother of two, full-time employee, and Wrigley’s trainer/partner, Williams is a busy woman. Add to that, her skill at throwing Wrigley’s toy off the dock is 50% of the team effort that has brought them so much success.

Kudos to Wrigley and Meghan for these amazing results at the Dock Dogs Regional Championships, where they competed in Big Air Elite and Big Air Veteran Divisions:

  • 1st place in Elite Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • 1st place in Veteran Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • At 9-1/2 years old, Wrigley out jumped every single dog at the competition, with an incredible 26’1″ for the longest jump of the weekend – of all dogs, all ages
  • Re-titled himself into the Super Elite Division (25’+ average) by having countless jumps over 25′ during the weekend competition. (This has only happened a handful of times in the history of the sport)
  • 16th overall world ranking in Big Air (out of 600 dogs)
  • Ranked 2nd in the World for DockDogs Worldwide Veteran Dogs
Wrigley and Meghan travel to regional and national championships with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley always travels with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Where’s Wrigley Going Next?

Wrigley and Meghan’s next event will be September 6-7 in Springfield, Illinois at The Super Retriever Series. They will also be jumping in Carol Stream, Illinois at the Ultimate Air Dogs on September 14. Follow them on their Facebook page, and the StowAway Facebook.

 Congrats Wrigley and Meghan! All of us at StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers are so proud of you.

Cornhole: How to Play the Hottest New Tailgating Game

September 4th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Tailgating Grill | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Cornhole: How to Play the Hottest New Tailgating Game)
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Cornhole is the #1 tailgating game in America. Photo courtesy of Victory Tailgate

In the olden days, we used to throw around a football at tailgate parties and call that good for gaming. Not anymore. Tailgaters today require a most diverse and sophisticated “palette of choices”. (As opposed to “palate of choices”, which requires special menus. But more on that – and the best tailgate hitch grill on the market – another day.)

According to the folks at Infographics Mania, who illustrated a national survey, cornhole is the most popular game at tailgate parties these days. (Other than the game of football going on inside the stadium, of course.) Ladder Ball, also known as the – ahem – “balls toss” for reasons that will become apparent once you’ve seen it, comes in second, followed by Beer Pong. Then comes the Washer Toss, in which players attempt to throw large metal washers into a small hole.

Seeing as cornhole is # 1 in the competitive arena of tailgate parking lots, I decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon, which reportedly originated in the Midwest, where reserves of whole kernel corn are available in abundance. The corn goes in a bean bag, which is thrown in the hole on the board. Ergo, “cornhole”. Imagine a group of farmers sitting around one evening, wondering, “What are we going to do with all these extra kernels of corn laying around?” Answer: “I know. Let’s sew them inside little square bags and throw them into a hole on a big board. Like horseshoes, except not.” Thus was the game of cornhole born. (except maybe not.)

At any rate, cornhole is great for the entire family, according to the folks at VictoryTailgate.com. “Cornhole, also known as ‘tailgate toss’, ‘bean bag toss’, ‘baggo’, ‘corn toss’, or just simply ‘bags’ is a lawn game in which players take turns pitching cornhole bags (duck cloth bags filled with whole kernel corn) at a raised wooden platform with a hole in the far end. There are several versions and sizes but the most well-known size is 2 feet wide by 4 feet long with a 6 inch hole centered 9 inches down from the top. The surface sits 12 inches high off the ground in the back and 4 inches high in the front. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a player reaches the score of 21. The game can be played as either doubles or singles and uses two boards with 8 bags (4 of one color and 4 of another).

“Ok, so why is it fun? It’s fun because the entire family can play. It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 years old or 80 years old. Just about anyone can play. It’s great for parties, special events, tailgating, or just for some fun in the backyard to get your family out of the house every once in a while. It’s easy to learn and can be challenging at any skill level. You and your opponent alternate throwing the 8 bags at the hole, which almost always results in some humorous situations and/or precise throwing strategies at the higher skill levels of play.”

You can even order custom cornhole boards and bags created in your team colors, with logos from all the college football, NBA and major league baseball teams.

Whoever your team is, and whatever your favorite tailgating game might be, we invite you to share it on our Facebook Community Page. Happy tailgating!

Helping Angels Soar – Hitch Cargo Carrier Supports Relay Racers

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Helping Angels Soar – Hitch Cargo Carrier Supports Relay Racers)
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The “Almost Angels” team walks 100 miles from Portland to Seaside, Oregon each year to raise money for cancer research

Every year, more than 12,000 people gather into 1,050 teams and spend roughly 24 hours getting themselves – on foot – 199 miles from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. The Hood to Coast Relay celebrated 16 years in 2014 and has become the self-proclaimed “Mother of all Relays.” This year, the first place team finished in 17 hours, 32 minutes and 17 seconds.

StowAway is proud to support the team, “Almost Angels” in the Portland-to-Coast version of the event, with 12 women walking 127 miles to the Oregon Coast. Hats off to these champions who begin the grueling relay at 5:30 in the morning … Those of us snug in our beds at that hour salute you! Our “Angels” completed the relay event this past weekend in 30 hours and 26 minutes.

Tina Lingenfelter, co-captain of the “Almost Angels,” says the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier they use makes for a terrific picnic table – as well as an invaluable place to stow pillows, blankets and bottles of water for the team. On the challenging  route, sleep deprived and psychologically weary, the team relies on each other for support. “The comradery of the women you travel with is second to none,” says Lingenfelter. “We all face personal demons and confront our physical challenges head on with amazing support from one another. You leave it all on the road … with the support of these ladies, you feel like you can do anything!”

The "Almost Angels" haul pillows, blankets and water bottles in their hitch cargo carrier. Closed, they say it makes a great picnic table!

The “Almost Angels” haul pillows, blankets and water bottles in their hitch cargo carrier. Closed, they say it makes a great picnic table!

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is a super-durable cargo container that attaches to your trailer hitch, instead of the roof, for easy access. The patented SwingAway frame pivots up to 180 degrees to give you full and complete access to everything in the rear of your vehicle. The StowAway Max holds as much as four carry-on bags and two camp chairs, plus two duffel bags. The Standard Cargo Box fits four carry-on bags and two duffel bags. Both hitch cargo carriers hold 200 pounds of payload and fit 1.25” and 2” trailer hitches. The cargo box and frame are made in America and come with a 10-year warranty.

The Hood-to-Coast and Portland-to-Coast relay races are “helping to find a cure for cancer through the world renowned Providence Cancer Center,” according to the Hood to Coast website. Teams raise money, as well as awareness, to help fund the latest technological research in cancer treatments and patient care programs. “Each of us on the team has been touched by cancer in some way, either through direct loss, or as a caregiver or family member,” says Lingenfelter. Motivation is easy when your with a great group of ladies, relying on each other for support and encouragement to reach personal goals and it benefits cancer … what’s not to love?”

There isn’t one of us under this roof at StowAway whose life hasn’t in some way been touched by the dark hand of cancer. It is our pleasure and our privilege to support a team supporting the cure. Together, let’s finish cancer forever.


Top Photo (left-to-right): Julie Hajduk (co-captian), Melissa Harrington, Tina Lingenfelter (co-captain), April McFarlan, Monica Eckrich, Nancy Bieber, Myra Mendoza and kneeling in front from left to right, Linda LaGraff and Diana Moses

Packing for Team Sports: Hitch, Haul and Play Ball!

June 6th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Packing for Team Sports: Hitch, Haul and Play Ball!)
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Win big by packing for team sports with the Hitch Cargo Carrier

The camaraderie, competition and collective energy of team sports is intoxicating. Whether you’re part of a relay race, cycling in the peloton, kicking your way down the soccer field, driving the SAG Wagon with support and gear, or cheering others at the Finish Line, the team spirit takes you places you simply cannot go on your own.

To get you and your team where you’re going, with all your gear and supplies safely intact, you won’t find a better teammate than the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. The cargo carrier gives you up to 16 cubit feet of extra storage space in a heavy-duty box with a locking lid latch, rear tail lights, and a 10-year warranty.

Here are some fantastic, real-life applications of sports teams using the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier:

• In the photo above, you’ll see the professional cycling team, “Team Basis,” who used the hitch cargo carrier as they traveled across America competing in events.

• Baseball teams can store bats, balls, cleats and gloves in the hitch cargo carrier, making more room on the inside for players, hot dogs and apple pie.

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is a great teammate for team sports packing

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier makes a great teammate

Capacity: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity. The MAX cargo carrier, for example, can hold four carry-on bags, two duffel bags and two camp chairs. The standard carrier box, with 12 cubic feet of storage capacity, accommodates four carry-on bags and two camp chairs. In either sized box, you can load up to 200 pounds of gear – from bike parts to basketballs, swim suits to suitcases, and wine bottles to bottled water.

Accessibility: Rather than balancing on your vehicle’s door jam to access your rooftop carrier, StowAway Cargo Carriers are exponentially more accessible, because they are mounted directly into your vehicle’s trailer hitch providing easy, ground-level access to your gear. The StowAway SwingAway frame pivots 180 degrees so that you can open your rear lift gate, door, hatch or tailgate, allowing full access to the contents in the back of your vehicle. The SwingAway frame will lock at 90 degrees or pivot up to 180 degrees for gear access.

Durability: StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of some competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking.

Packing for team sports – with easy access to everything inside your vehicle as well as that in the cargo box – is a team advantage with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes)

What does a team of runners in the largest relay race in the world need on race day? Anything from a bagel to a cooler full of energy drinks. So we were glad to receive photos from Nike using its StowAway cargo carrier, which provided extra room for a shag wagon during this summer’s event

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Provisions must be handy for Hood to Coast Relay. StowAway2.com

The Hood to Coast Relay is known as the Mother of All Relays and attracts upwards of 1,000 teams in the longest running relay event in Oregon. It starts at scenic Timberline Lodge (elevation 6,000 ft.) on Mt. Hood and finishes 199 miles later in Seaside, Oregon. The event, usually held in August, takes all day, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Individuals on each team run sections of three to eight miles each.

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A StowAway cargo carrier helps the Nike teams carry supplies during the 2013 Hood to Coast Relay.

Nike typically enters several teams, and the company kindly forwarded photos of race day and how it used its StowAway hitch cargo carrier. When you support teams of up to twelve runners, having room for enough provisions is a must. Three Nike teams posted in the top 100 – Nike Pacer Team at 15; Nike Great Bowels of Fire, 31 and Nike Hell on Waffles, 63. Everyone at StowAway2.com was glad to do our part.

Interested in participating? You’ve got until July 1, 2014, to get your team together and prep your StowAway carrier for the run.

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The SwingAway frame on the StowAway cargo carrier allows this runner access to the cargo and the trunk. Hood to Coast Relay 2013.

Hockey Equipment Storage | Another Use for the StowAway

November 30th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Hockey Equipment Storage | Another Use for the StowAway)

hockey equipment storageIf you have ever played hockey or have kids that play hockey, you know how dirty and smell a hockey equipment can get after just one practice.  Storing hockey equipment and keeping hockey gear clean can be a difficult task.  After three periods, pads, jerseys, gloves, skates, and other hockey equipment will be soaking wet from the ice and sweat.  The solution is often washing all the equipment and thoroughly drying it out.  However, you can wash anything until you get home.  Even with a victory, this leaves you with an unbearable ride home.

StowAway hockey equipment storageTo make the drive from the hockey rink more bearable, the StowAway Cargo Carrier is the perfect solution.  The cargo carrier easily attaches to the trailer hitch receiver of a vehicle and stores up to 16 cubic feet of hockey equipment (as well as other gear).  The 200 lbs. capacity will easily hold all your pads and hockey equipment.  The cargo carrier allows for convenient storage of your dirty hockey gear outside of the vehicle.  Unlike a rooftop box, all your equipment will be available at ground level so don’t have to lift everything above your head.  The StowAway cargo carrier will keep everything dry (from the rain at least) and will be secure with a locking latch.

The StowAway Cargo Carrier is great for hockey equipment storage but it can be used for almost anything.  Team sports, vacation travel, hunting, fishing, or tailgating, these carriers can be used anytime more storage is required in your vehicle.  Find out more about StowAway Cargo Carriers and using them for hockey equipment storage at StowAway2.com

Team Sports

September 6th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Team Sports)

sports cargo carrierThe day after Labor Day marks the beginning of school for many students around the country.  While you may not use a cargo carrier to drive your kids to school, the StowAway Cargo Carrier can be quite handy for after-school sports.

Whether its football, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, or any other fall sports, there is always gear and equipment that needs transportation to and from practices and games.  The StowAway is a great alternative to cramming the pads, balls, shoes, dirty clothes, and other items into your trunk or back seat.  The StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier stores 16 cu ft and 200 lbs of equipment.  Your gear will be dry and secure with weather strip and locking latch.  So consider a StowAway Cargo Carrier for this season for all of your athlete’s gear.

StowAway at Hood to Coast

August 26th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on StowAway at Hood to Coast)

Hood to Coast“The MOTHER of all relays” is the bold title claimed by the Hood to Coast Relay (HTC).  At 200 miles and 15,000 runners, it is certainly one of the largest relay races in the world.  The race begins at Mt. Hood in Oregon and ends at the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, OR.  The relay draws competitors from all 50 states and countries around the world.  Teams of 8-12 complete 3 legs ranging in distances from 3.52 to 8.09 miles to complete the relay.  The event is supported by over 4,100 volunteers and corporate sponsors.  There is even a full feature documentary about the event!

For the past few years, StowAway Cargo Carriers has sponsored the Helen’s Angels team with hitch mounted cargo carriers for the Portland to Coast walk relay.  This partner event allows for a diversity of participants, from serious runners/walkers to casual teams out simply to enjoy the wild adventure!  So if you are out there this weekend, look for Helen’s Angels and ask them about a special discount for HTC relay runners/volunteers (and blog readers).