Storm Contest Winning Entry - Run CrackBerry Gump, Run!!

20 Miles for a BlackBerry Storm!
By Kevin Michaluk on 13 Nov 2008 10:57 am EST

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Maybe we should have called this the What WON'T CrackBerry Addicts do to win a FREE BlackBerry Storm? contest... Seriously! So far in the What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest we have seen T.J. get inked with a life-size BlackBerry Storm tattoo, a Palm Treo get destroyed by Michael in the most creative of ways, and Priscilla and Lauren hit Time Square on a chilly night to show off their love for BlackBerry, and NYC (and of course their wild sides) in a good 'ole chocolate pudding wrestling match. What could be next? How about.... embarrasment and torture??!!!

Out of our over 3,000 entries, a ton of you were willing to push yourself to the limits (beyond the limits?!) and do some pretty sick and embarrassing and tortorous stuff... we're talking things like eating really wonky foods (a few of you were willing to eat your current phone?!), combatting your personal fears (jumping out of planes when it's the last thing you'd ever want to do), or putting a pink tutu or homemade Storm costume on to spread word of the BlackBerry Storm in a crowded place. Think CrackBerry Fear Factor. Our next deserving winner, Kevin Vlk, was a top pick on every one of our judges' shortlists as his entry really summed up all of the above and man oh man, was he ever willing to work hard to earn his BlackBerry Storm:

What would I do for a BlackBerry Storm??? I will run 20 miles, shirtless, around and through downtown Chicago in the middle of November. Nothing but shorts and shoes on. NO SHIRT. Painted on my chest is "" and on my back is "I'm running 20 miles to win a BlackBerry Storm from!!" I will run by all the major news networks which have sidewalk "peer in" windows so they will see me running on by...I am absolutely bound to get some kind of press coverage on this. And for the BlackBerry Storm. I will have the whole thing videotaped by my brother driving or riding somehow beside me in order to prove this. I am sure a lot of people are willing do some crazy things...but I am willing to go through 20 miles of physical effort (and soreness/pain afterwards) to win one of these things.

Watch the video above! I wish I had more BlackBerry Storms to give away as this entry was truly a FAMILY EFFORT. Not only does Kevin deserve one for being crazy enough to run 20 miles in sub 38 degree weather with no shirt, but his brother Keith ran nearly half the distance in dress shoes chasing after Kevin with a video camera (huge props!), while his other brother Jeff drove the car and picked up Keith from the drop off points Kevin had designated. Even Kevin's parents played a role in this entry from the comfort of their home (you'll see why in the video). And as if planning and executing this To Do wasn't enough, Kevin saved me the trouble of editing and chopped over two hours of footage down to ten minutes of highlights for our youtube purposes. This was one well-planned and executed contest entry!! Awesome job!!

CrackBerry Gump - RUNNING 20 MILES for a BlackBerry Storm!

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008

Temperature: 38 degrees Farenheit (near the lake it was down to 32 with high winds!)

Start Time: approx 9:30am CST at the Sears Tower

Finish Time: approx 12:45pm CST at Wrigley Field

Total Run Time: 3 hours 14 minutes 48 seconds

Total Distance: 20.01 miles

Running Route: View it on Map My Run >>

Congrats Kevin!! You truly are a deserving winner! Enjoy the bragging rights. Heck, your brother Keith is a deserving winner too just for chasing after you with a video camera for half the distance (Verizon, if you're reading this, send Keith a Storm!! Actually, send the whole family one! The family that CrackBerrys together, Stays Together!). And just an fyi.. I'm posting this on a Thursday morning, spoke to Kevin last night, and he was still sore as all hell basically four days later! The things people will do for a free BlackBerry Storm from :-)

We still have five more winning entries left to post before we let the community vote for their favorites! Be sure to check out the previous winning entries on our BlackBerry Storm Contest page and stay tuned for more! Keep the comments friendly folks!!

Reader comments

Storm Contest Winning Entry - Run CrackBerry Gump, Run!!


Hee Hee Superb !! Congrats Kevin great entry. Not only doing what you did but also getting the mention ;) Great Stuff !

I actually didn't get sick! I've ran marathons before but I am still sore, 4 days after the fact, and I was walking funny most of the week. The worst thing that heppened was me losing my voice a little on Monday and hacking up a storm (zing!!!) all week. No hospital, thank God, but it was a blast doing it. What sucked mostly was miles 11-19 where I was out of the downtown loop and not a lot of people. I saw clusters here and there but really, it sucked but I got through it.

u deserve it man....anybody who would run threw that crappy ass weather deserves it the TV crew bit funny ass hell CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is kevins brother....i just want to tell you people a few words of advice...never run ten miles in dress shoes and jeans unless you plan to have shin splints...but congrats bro.

ps...anyone wanna get ME a storm :-D

With two hours of film footage you guys should compile it into a 30 minute or 60 minute feature... then we'll sell it here on!

Hopefully we can sell enough copies to buy everyone in your family a new Storm!!

Now that was challenging. I dont think i could have done that. Congrats kevin you definitely deserve a storm!!! :)

Congratulations Kev.

While I will be warmly waiting in line at my nearest Verizon store with a triple shot latte in hand, you deserve some serious props for pulling this off.

Highlights of the vid would be the window streak where you were mentioned on air live, as well as the Bears tailgatin alley! OH, and the stop by Grant Park was pretty awesome's history.

Im sure you'll enjoy your Storm. I hope you have fully functioning fingers after that whole thing.

Mad Props.

to see the others as well. I mean seriously this was great! he actually should have been 2 because he talked to people got on the news everything he stepped up to the CB nation and made others aware of CB and that the storm was coming. spreading the word. i think the brother deserves one as well. good luck!!

Well done Gump, you definitely deserve a Storm.

This was not only crazy, but very entertaining....the only person who can put those 2 together better than you is my wife...

Enjoy the phone!!

Congrats Kevin!! That was out of control, and I was cold just watching you!! I really enjoyed listening to the trash-talk and listening to the asking of beer while running through the I know how cold Chicago winters can be, and if anyone ever deserved a Storm, it would be you - enjoy it!

This is my fav winner so far! Great idea! I found it very entertaining (especailly the mention of you on the news!).

Enjoy your very well deserved Storm!

From a fellow contest winner, Congrats. Better off me sawing a phone in half than running 20 miles. If I had to do that, they'd be burying my Storm with me, before I could even play with it.

Yep! No vowels in my last name. Kind of weird but people remember it which is good. Always have people trying to stick in a vowel there or mistaken the "L" or an "I" and in the line of work that I'm in, I have to spell my last name to people every day. It's fun.


I was the one who offered to jump out of a plane (although I'm sure there were others), but this guy just put my "will do" to shame. Oh well, guess at least I wont have to jump out of a plane now...thank god.

Okay, back to watching the pudding wrestling again.

It's actually pretty fun. Just remember, if the chute doesnt open, its not the fall that gets ya - its the sudden stop.

I went to the prizes booth and asked if they had any models to play with. Good feel, not big at all. Not as thick as in some pix. The screen pressing is softer than I had pictured. Good feel.

i think this entry was way better than mine lol. thats crazy!! a whole lot better than the stupid pudding thing

That was great. You guys really need to send that in to Verizon corporate and RIM. surely one of them ought to be able to make a great commercial out of that footage.

Great job.

hes got my vote.. he made it on the news for this .. i say he should get some free stuff form the crackberry store ..

my favorite part is when he runs though the tail gating, but the funniest part is when he was on the news lmao!!!

good job bro!

Not saying that this person did. But seems too easy to fake this stunt. Edit a few clips together, remember to breathe heavy. Just saying. Congrats to VLK for doing it. I wouldn't have been able to. I mean I just played hockey on my lunch break for 30 mins and feel like ish right now.

Anyway kudos, good job.

I think so far, this guy has been the most deserving. He EARNED that storm. Even made it on TV, friggin' great. Great idea, planing, and execution.

I served in the United States Army and 20 mile on a nice day sucks, congratulations

Please post a unboxing video after you win I would love to see your reaction.

Okay, that was pretty amazing, I must say. He is the only person whom I thought truly deserved it due to actual creativity. Plus I think he's the most genuine CrackBerry addict thus far. Congrats on your well-deserved win, Kevin!

Congratulations Kevin! That was the best winning entry yet. Very entertaining and well thought out. Props to your family for sticking it out with you. I hope you did some muscle stretches and drank a cup of hot cocoa when you got home! The CBS and tailgating footage was hilarious! Congrats again!

This is my favorite one so far!!!!! It's crazy, entertaining, and funny all @ the same time. Congrats on your new storm. I'm sure it will be well worth it!

Much props Kevin. I was at the Bears game and it had to be one of the coldest days so far this year and I was wearing 4 layers of clothes too. Running by the lake, with no shirt on definetly calls for a storm! It even flurried a little that day too. Congrats again and good job showing off the city.

Crazy Awesome. Yeah, I agree Kev's brother & family would be deserving of a Storm too, for all that support - that said- dude, you're a maniac!
Major props to an outpouring of effort like this, for a new Storm. Definately wins my nod for "hardest won" category so far!
Congrats, enjoy the spanking new BB, and thanks for the great video - good stuff!

Hello Kevin,



Hahhah I actually loved that part of the movie. I'm glad you liked it too :) I thought having it right after the CBS broadcast created a good comedic moment.

When I saw the title I really thought that this could be fake. But I was wrong. This really looks real and I only got to say 1 word: Impressive!

You really deserve the storm congrats again.

Congratulations on your win Kevin! Your run, and accompanying narrative, are by far the best entry thus far. Thank you for the guided tour of Chicago, the great PR for visiting your great city, and the family support in reaching your goal. I think maybe Kevin and should at least send some CrackBerry shop swag to your family for their help.
Enjoy your new Storm, you more than earned it. :o)

I knew he won; I saw it local in Chicago on that newscast, and they showed the writing on his chest/back...

Gave away the secret early = DQ'd = I win by default :P