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Running Blog Idol 2.0

Once upon a time, I spotted a call out in these pages looking for contestants for Running Blog Idol. It looked like this:

Have you ever wanted to share your most intimate chafing experiences with the entire world? Feel the need to fill the blogosphere with your musings on everything from Achilles injuries to zero-tolerance headphone bans?

This could be your big chance.

Introducing iRun’s Running Blog Idol – iRun’s answer to Canadian Idol, only with more sweating and less Celine Dion. iRun is looking for a handful of blogging runners to share their blood, sweat, and run-on sentences with iRunNation.

Since I like to write about running as much as I like to actually run, I tossed my hat into the ring – or more accurately, I sent in my writing samples. I still remember where I was the day I found out I was selected as iRun’s first Running Blog Idol – I had just picked up pad thai for dinner. 

Now, a little over three years later, I am still kicking around. My blog, Endorphin Junkie, is thriving, but that’s not all – the editorial team invited me to write for the magazine, then I pestered them until they eventually gave in and let me be the web editor. Some of the other original Idol finalists are still rocking out – Dana Ménard is The Shuffler, but also shares recipes on What’s Cookin, iRunNation? And Vicky and Grant? They’re hanging out with iRun, iRead: The Runners’ Book Club.

Now it could be your turn! 

That’s right, the time has finally come for iRun’s Running Blog Idol 2.0! This time we’re looking for contestants with a niche – any niche! Maybe you’re a trail runner at heart, or maybe you only run destination races; perhaps you didn’t take up running until you were retired, or you only (gasp!) run with scissors – we don’t know! We want you to tell us. If you have a running niche that you could blog about endlessly, we want to hear from you.

We’ll select our finalists and post your blogs online, then the readers will once again decide the winner. The winner will receive a running prize package, bragging rights and a low-paying, one-year contract to keep blogging at iRun.ca.

To audition, send an email with: your name, your address, your proposed niche, and three sample posts to webeditor@irun.ca by June 15, 2012. And watch for iRun’s Running Blog Idol 2.0, starting soon at iRun.ca.

UPDATE: you do not have to be a subject matter expert in the area of your proposed niche. It just has to be something that holds enough interest for you that you could blog about it on an ongoing basis, and be willing to have iRunNation join you on your journey of exploration. So be creative!

Terms and Conditions:

Open to Canadian Residents only. By submitting your entry you grant to iRun the unrestricted, royalty-free, worldwide license (but not the obligation) to use, reproduce, communicate, modify (in whole or in part) your story for any purpose without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission, including without limitation the following purposes:

* reproducing, publishing, communicating your story as part of the contest;
* identifying you by name;
* for iRun advertising purposes, including to advertise the contest, future contests, and iRun products and services.
Thank you for your submission and good luck!

 
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