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Announcing the "Where's Your 5-hour ENERGY® Shot?" Contest Winners!

Friday, April 29, 2011
Whew - it was tough, but we did it. The 5-hour ENERGY® team sifted through all the entries for the "Where's Your 5-hour ENERGY Shot?" contest and chose five deserving winners. We know what you're thinking: "Five? I thought you were going to choose three finalists?" Well, there were so many worthy submissions that we had a tough time picking just three. By now you're probably dying to know who won the Grand Prize of 365 shots of 5-hour ENERGY, so without further ado, we give you our winner:

Heather Gettings Gowrie, atop the Mt Tutoko glacier in Fiordland, New Zealand.

Heather told us, "I'm so glad I packed it for my trip to New Zealand, knowing I couldn't buy it there. Every day was packed full of activities. Having my 5-hour ENERGY each morning perked me right up, ready for the next adventure including landing on glaciers and bungee jumping for the first time!"

Though Heather's life isn't all bungee jumping and helicopter rides, she says she has a 5-hour ENERGY shot in her holster for her daily activities as well.

"Taking 5-hour ENERGY has definitely improved my energy on so many levels, from waking up faster in the mornings to having a better workout at the gym & Pilates, to staying more focused and alert at work."

Like Heather, our third place winner, Brad Parker, is also a fan of the a.m. 5-hour ENERGY boost. You can see from his submission that Parker keeps a stash of 5-hour ENERGY in his office desk drawer - who wouldn't want to wake up to that?

"5-hour ENERGY has become very much a part of my morning routine, and gets me off to a great start," Parker said. "Also, it's made a fantastic coffee-substitute, which has resulted in my teeth becoming whiter as a result of staying away from the staining effects long-term coffee usage has on my choppers!"

Well, we're glad we can keep your teeth in tip top shape, Brad!

The fifth place winner of the "Where's Your 5-hour ENERGY Shot?" contest has a job that requires an extraordinary amount of energy. Emily Kines runs a household full of boys - including a little one who is only 4 months old.

"I take 5-hour when I feel sluggish and have a hard time getting it together for the day, or when I know I have a long night ahead of me with my lil' baby," Kines said. "[5-hour ENERGY] keeps the 'zombie feeling' away!"

Check out our other "Where's Your 5-hour ENERGY Shot?" contest finalists:

  • Jason and his dad scaled the Gokyo Ri peak in Nepal - their 5-hour ENERGY shots safely in tow.

  • Frank ran the Lake Sammamish, Wash. Half Marathon with a little help from his 5 Hour Energy shot.

As you can see our 5-hour fans take these energy shots to stay energized at work, play, with family and during every activity in between. Our mission is to reward deserving fans like these, which is why we're constantly giving away free 5-hour to those that deserve a little extra recognition.

Do you think you should be featured as a top 5-hour ENERGY fan and get some free 5-hour? Participate in one of our contests and you can be! Visit the 5-hour ENERGY Contests page within our Fan Zone to see how you can win! But, keep watching the Energy Shot Blog, the 5-hour ENERGY Facebook Page and @5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter because new contests are cropping up all the time!


Did Someone Say Free NASCAR Tickets?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Who wants free tickets to the 5-hour ENERGY® 200! I know you're probably screaming "I do!" at your computer monitor right now, but unfortunately, I can't hear you. I guess you're going to have to communicate your voracious need for free tickets to the Monster Mile in some other way. But how? Twitter and Facebook contests? My thoughts exactly!

Starting today, the 5-hour ENERGY team will post three contests via @5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter and on the 5-hour ENERGY Facebook Page. You'll get a chance to win free tickets by entering one contest, or tripling your chances and participating in all three. Here are the contest details:

  • Retweet Rewards Contest: @5HourEnergyGuy will post the message: "Want free #NASCAR Tickets? Follow us & tweet "I want to win tickets to the @NASCAR_NNS #5HourEnergy200 @MonsterMile!" will be posted from @5HourEnergyGuy Twitter. All fans who retweet the phrase will be entered to win a pair of free tickets that day. If you enter, you must follow @5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter so we can send you a direct message if you win. One winner will take home a free pair of tickets each day.

  • Friend Send Contest: You can recruit your own Twitter followers to help them win free tickets by asking them to retweet the post "Help send @[your handle] to @NASCAR_NNS #5HourEnergy200 @MonsterMile" If you receive the most mentions by your Twitter followers, throughout the week, you'll receive a free pair of tickets. The Friend Send Contest will occur once per week, ending May 6.

  • 5-hour ENERGY® 200 Sweepstakes: All you have to do for this contest is "Like" the 5-hour ENERGY Facebook Page and follow the prompts to enter the Sweepstakes. Winners will be chosen at random to receive the free 5-hour ENERGY® 200 tickets. However, since this one runs for the entire three weeks, you won't know if you've won the tickets until all three contests come to a close.

All three Facebook and Twitter contests will run until Friday, May 6.That's only three weeks, so you better get moving 5-hour fans! Oh, and if you are a lucky winner, don't forget to track down the 5-hour ENERGY brand representatives at the 5-hour ENERGY® 200. They're going to be stationed throughout the Dover International Speedway handing out free 5-hour ENERGY shots! I know, I know, we're so good to our fans.

If you have any questions about the contest, just post them on the 5-hour ENERGY Facebook wall or tweet your query to @5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter. You can also check out the 5-hour ENERGY Racing contest page for more information. We'll make sure you've got all the details necessary to enter each contest.

Good luck scoring your free tickets!

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Follow Signs to the 5-hour ENERGY 200, Then Turn Left

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
At 5-hour ENERGY® Headquarters, we're overachievers. It's not enough to sponsor a single NASCAR team - we've got to sponsor the whole race! The 5-hour ENERGY team is stoked to announce our title sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at the Dover International Speedway.

On Saturday, May 14, competitors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will race in the 5-hour ENERGY 200 on the "Monster Mile" in Dover, Delaware. But the drivers won't be the only high-energy individuals at the Speedway that day. Brand representatives will be passing out samples of 5-hour ENERGY samples to ensure our fans are full of get-up-and go while at Dover International Speedway.

“We want racing fans to feel energized and alert throughout the race,” said Carl Sperber of Living Essentials, the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®. “But where 5-hour ENERGY® really shines is in how it helps hard working people get through a hectic day. It’s quick, simple and portable, which is ideal for busy people on the go who can’t afford a letdown.”

We don't expect any letdowns on May 14 - on or off the track. 5-hour ENERGY's own Steve Wallace, #66, is confident that the 5-hour ENERGY 200 will be an exciting race.

"We’ve had some good runs at Dover over the last couple of years and I would love to give 5-hour ENERGY® a strong finish." Wallace said. "We hope to put on a really good show for our loyal fans that come out or tune in and support us and our sponsors each week.”

So, 5-hour fans, are you fully prepared to cheer on your favorite NASCAR Nationwide driver? Guarantee you're up-to-date on all the necessary facts and stats by:

Also keep an eye out for 5-hour ENERGY contests and promotions along the way. You could get your hands on some free 5-hour ENERGY!
Well, in the words of famed 3-time NASCAR Cup Series Champ, Darrell Waltrip, "Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys!"


Athletic Event Season is Here: Get Ready for Race Day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The spring and summer seasons are prime time for athletic racing events. If you've been training for weeks or months for an upcoming marathon, triathlon or even a 5k race, don't let race day sneak up on you. Prepare and take the appropriate precautions to ensure you reach your pace or distance goals.

The Week Of: During your home stretch of training, don't overdo it. This close to the race, extra conditioning or training won't improve your pace or distance. Take this time to taper - reduce your weekly mileage so your muscles are fully rested and recovered by race day. Do cut back your mileage, but don't forget to:
  • Continue stretching, even on rest days.

  • Stay hydrated by pushing fluids and avoiding alcohol.

  • Prepare your feet by treating calluses or blisters and trimming toenails.

  • Get adequate sleep. You'll likely be restless the night before the race. Your body will be better able to handle one sleepless night if you're not already operating with a sleep debt.

  • Start increasing your carbohydrate intake about 3 days before the race.

  • The night before, avoid eating high fat, high fiber or highly processed foods. Carbo-loading on pasta 12 hours before the race is a popular choice for many athletes.

  • Make sure you're healthy. Don't put yourself in danger just to complete a race.

The Day Of: Today is the day! You've done all the preparations and today you will see the results of your hard work. Ensure you do your best by:
  • Clear your mind and prepare mentally: If you've done the proper training, the biggest hurdle you're likely to encounter on race day is the mental battle. Prepare your mind and body for the race you're about to start by envisioning the course, the finish line and all the miles in between.

  • Fueling Up: Today is not the day to skip breakfast. Whether you choose liquid nourishment or opt for carbo-rich solids is up to you. But, you'll want some sort of fuel in your tank. You might also want to consider high-carb energy supplements or gels during the race.

  • Checking your equipment: Make sure your shoes, athletic clothing and racing equipment are in tip top shape. Pack your bag ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need before the race starts.

  • Warming up and stretching: This routine is up to you - just don't abandon your normal pre-run preparations.

Post Race: Congrats, you've done it! Keep the momentum going:
  • Cool down to prevent cramps and nausea and resist the urge to stretch immediately.

  • Continue drinking water and fluids with electrolytes such as orange juice.

  • Eat some protein and carbohydrates as soon as possible to refuel your depleted energy stores.

  • Reward yourself! You've just met your goal. Find your friends, family and other supporters and celebrate!