Two weeks ago I became aware of a national contest sponsored by Timex called “Return to the Outdoors“. The contest was looking for video clips or stories that tell about an experience that inspired your love of the outdoors, or keeps you returning to it.
I was notified the poem was selected as 1 of 5 semi-finalists winning a new Timex Expedition watch. The entry receiving the most votes by 04/25/08 will become a finalist and receive an Outdoor Adventure pack featuring The North Face, Camelbak, and Ahnu footwear and compete to win a grand prize adventure trip for two to the San Juan Islands, Moab, or Aspen!
To better the chances of winning I ask you please visit: http://www.active.com/page/timex/vote and vote for our story entry before the 25th of April. To eliminate multiple voting the site requires you to provide your email address and set up a password, however, I can assure you this request is legitimate and I have not received any email solicitations to date.
Unfortunately, the contest has not formated the entry as a poem, but instead it is presented as one continuous paragraph. I have written to the sponsors requesting proper formating as I feel it puts the poem at a great disadvantage. Hopefully this will be corrected soon so that if you refer someone to the site they will see the poem as intended. To see the poem as submitted you can read it here on our website. You can read the story that led to the poem here and see pictures from the trip here.
Thank you for your help and please feel free to notify onto any friends or relations that you think might help us.