HIVE SPOTLIGHT: Get to know Giff Walters

Photo credit: Lucid Images

Athlete:
Giff Walters

Home base:
Grand Junction, CO

Main sport:
Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Running (MUT)

Do you compete on a team and/or for other sponsors?
I am on the Altra Global Endurance TeamPyllon Racing Team , and am an ambassador for Swiftwick Socks, in addition to being part of the Honey Stinger Hive.

How did you get into the MUT running?
I fell in love with the mountains through hiking, mountaineering, and backpacking.  Slowly I came to the realization that if I left all the heavy stuff behind I could run in the same places and see a ton more in a day.  In 2013 I paced a friend of a friend at the Leadville 100, got hooked and ran my first 100 miler at the Grand Mesa 100 the next year.

Greatest personal accomplishment:
Climbing Mount Rainier in a day.  At the time, I didn’t realize how everything came together to make it happen or how fit I was – which tends to happen when you are just following the fun.

Goal for the future:
To run healthy, to run mindfully, and to continue to push myself to see what I’m capable of.

Favorite Stinger fuel:
Pomegranate Passion Chews

When do you typically use your Stinger?
I usually consume 5-6 chews or one gel every 45 minutes – 1 hour during competition.

Recovery training tip:
Take the time to be with the people and to do activities that you miss out on during intense training blocks.

Strangest training or competition moment:
Pulling off my first dead toe nail.  Now it’s odd if I have all ten on any given day.

Interesting or random fact about yourself:
I have played African and Latin drums for much of my life and although I no longer perform or practice regularly, I tap out rhythms all day long.

Stay connected with Giff…

Website: https://rinnanrunning.wordpress.com/
Instagram: @rinnanrunning
Twitter: @rinnanrunning

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Honey Stinger Adds New Sales and Marketing Hires for 2017

We are excited to announce the addition of new positions across our sales and marketing divisions in order to accommodate the company’s growing business.

Patrick Leslie will fill the role of east coast regional account manager for grocery, Erin Ross will manage inside grocery sales, Abbie Durkee will become the new northern California field representative, Shannon Grasser will manage eCommerce, promotional, and athletic program sales, Mac Kelly will manage sales for collegiate and high school athletic programs, Kirsten Tidik will become a seasonal marketing event representative, and Jason Stephen will join the team as the new customer service & sales support representative.

“We are thrilled to add several new positions and highly qualified members to our growing team here at Honey Stinger,” said Rich Hagar, Honey Stinger co-founder. “Given our expansion into grocery, NCAA collegiate sports, and our increasing presence at tradeshows and events, we saw the need to accommodate our growing business with these new roles.”

Bringing 20 years of experience in the bike industry and outside sales, Leslie will be responsible for managing and growing the eastern U.S. grocery business for Honey Stinger. Ross will transition to inside grocery sales from her former position as customer support specialist, where she will manage all current independent grocery accounts along with new business in that category. Former professional mountain bike racer and Honey Stinger Hive athlete Durkee will assume the role of northern California field representative. 

Moving from key accounts and collegiate sales, Grasser will manage a newly created department and team, overseeing the eCommerce business, including direct website and promotional sales, college athletic programs, and new business. Kelly joins the team from Honey Stinger’s sister company, Big Agnes, where he previously served on the customer service team. Kelly will manage collegiate and high school athletic program sales to increase sales and brand presence within college and high school athletic programs.

Transitioning from independent grocery sales, Tidik will take on a role as a seasonal marketing event representative to boost sales and brand awareness at tradeshows, clinics and sampling, as well as assisting with the organization of the Steamboat Stinger races, and all other sales and marketing events. Finally, Stephen will relocate to the Yampa Valley from Beaver Creek for his new position as customer service & sales support representative.

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HIVE SPOTLIGHT: Get to know MTBRaceNews.com/Pivot

Team:
MTBRaceNews.com/Pivot

Home base:
Park City, Utah

Main sport:
Mountain biking

About the team:
Not only are we racers, but we provide race coverage on MTBRaceNews.com to help provide proper media coverage for the best mountain bike races.

Greatest accomplishment:
Marlee Dixon won Firecracker 50 in 2016 and is consistently on the podium at BreckEpic.  Karen Potter has been dominating XC to marathon to ultra endurance races back East for years.  She recently won the Hampshire 100k.  Jen Hanks is a 2-time breast cancer survivor.  In 2016 she placed 3rd with teammate/husband Shannon Boffeli at TransAndes.

Most memorable training or competition moment:
During TransRockies  sharing porta-potties with 1,000 dudes while camping in the wilderness for a week.  If you can do that, you can do anything!

Favorite Stinger fuel:
Waffles!

Piece of wisdom to pass on:
Race prep never goes perfect; don’t sweat the small stuff.

What animal best describes the team?
I don’t know about animal, but you could compare us to a dandelion.  We’re pretty resilient!

Other team sponsors:
Pivot Cycles, DNA Cycling, Stan’s No Tubes, Kask, Xpedo, CarboRocket, Continental Tire, Go-Ride, CEP, Bliz Eyewear 

Stay connected with MTBRaceNews.com/Pivot…

Website: MTBRaceNews.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trouperacingco/
Instagram: @HanksJen @kpbikes @graciedaze
Twitter: @HanksJen

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The Let’s Talk Project: Face to Face Conversation in a Digital Age

What is your project?
The Let’s Talk Project is a solo, 3,000 mile cross-country journey on foot with the goal of highlighting the importance of face-to-face conversation in a digital age.

A few portraits to capture who Chris interacted with along his journey. Go to LetsTalkUSA.com to hear more about their conversations.

How did it come about?
I was in my final year of school at the University of St. Andrews and found myself so consumed by what was on my phone and happening on social media that whenever I had free time, I was pulling my phone out and draining hours into it. I found myself becoming so connected to what was on it that I was disconnected to the people around me. The call to action was when I began to question the effect this had on me. I appreciate what these amazing tools offer us, but I remember thinking there has to be another side to this. In researching, I learned about Sheri Turkle’s  research at MIT on the effects of phone usage on patience and empathy, and from there I did more research on conversation as a skill and an art.

How did you find Honey Stinger, and why did you want us to be a part of your journey?
I heard about Honey Stinger through a friend and loved your message. Honey Stinger’s phrase ‘Sting or Bee Stung’ can also apply to how we engage with technology. That’s a lot of what Let’s Talk deals with, taking your life into your own hands.

When do you typically use Honey Stinger and what is your go-to flavor?
The Classic Ginsting Gel.  Usually I use Honey Stinger in the middle of the day, about 2 hours after lunch. The extra caffeine gives me a boost when I need it most!

What are a few major takeaways from your project?
First and foremost, being able to build strong relationships and engage with the people around us on a deep level is the most important thing that we can do in our lives. I’ve learned about how speed and depth interact.  Because I walked at 3 mph and did not drive or fly across this country, I was able to connect with the communities I travelled through in a deep and meaningful way. Similarly, I’ve realized that this relationship between speed and depth is at the core of the Let’s Talk project. When we engage patiently and honestly with those around us, we come alive and experience the true beauty of human connectivity.

What are your next steps, once you reach the west coast?
Currently I am working on getting a video made during this last month of my journey. This would be something that could be shared and spread across the world. I believe finding a balance in the way we communicate is something that will resonate around the world. As I am a musician, I am looking forward to releasing an album soon and am considering writing a book as well.

How can we follow the rest of your journey?
Sign up for the weekly email update: http://www.letstalkusa.com
Instagram: @letstalkusa
Facebook: @letstalkusaproject

 

 

For Let’s Talk media coverage, see links below.
Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFSIGby-D7Q
1000 miles Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFSIGby-D7Q
Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/life/digital-life/2016/11/22/meet-guy-walked1473-miles-promote-face-face-communication

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Honey Stinger Introduces Three New Flavors at Expo West

Today we announce the introduction of three new flavors of our popular gluten free organic waffles and energy chew products at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West Tradeshow this week in Anaheim, California.

Released this spring, Honey Stinger will add Vanilla & Chocolate and Chocolate Mint flavors to its Gluten Free Organic Waffle lineup (MSRP $1.49 each or $23.84 for a box of 16), as well as a strawberry flavor to its Organic Energy Chew lineup (MSRP $2.25 each or $27.00 for a box of 12). The new flavors will be available for sampling at Honey Stinger’s booth, #3969, at Expo West.

“We’ve seen great success with our Gluten Free Waffle products since their inception and are excited to expand upon that category with two more unique flavors,” said Rich Hager, co-owner of Honey Stinger, “We’re also eager to build on the momentum of our Organic Energy Chew line with the addition of the strawberry flavor. As one of the three flavors in our best-selling Fruit Smoothie Chews, strawberry has been a top consumer request for many years and we’re excited to bring it to market as its own flavor.”

New Vanilla & Chocolate and Chocolate Mint Organic Gluten Free Waffles and Strawberry Organic Energy Chews will be available for sale this spring at select grocers, convenience stores and specialty retail outlets, as well as online, through Amazon and the Honey Stinger website.

For more information on Honey Stinger, please visit www.honeystinger.com.

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A Letter to Honey Stinger: When Smart Packaging & Thinking on Your Toes Saves the Day

To the Crew at Honey Stinger,

Thank you!  Recently I was on a training ride on a road that I have ridden nearly 50 times.  A rough and rutted stretch of two-lane tarmac that drivers would probably characterize as one of the worst roads in the county.  But for me, a cyclist, it is a uniquely challenging route that has become my warm-up, due to its proximity to my house.  Shortly into the trip I found myself in a precarious position in a groove in the asphalt only slightly wider than my tires and was forced to ride it out.  I was relieved to come out the other side without any obvious signs of wear.

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Can you spot the foil?

Quickly I was in the clear and on to smoother roads, the next of which turned upward for a 3-4 mile climb.  Everything was perfect.   Traffic was low and the sun was high.  As my pedals turned over and the rear wheel spun, I started to feel a very subtle (and unnatural) puff of air on my leg.  Soon my saddle started to bounce and I knew that feeling was air slowly seeping from the tire.  I found a wide section of road to turn out and check the damage.  Confirmed – the rut I was in only a few miles before had successfully eaten into my side wall, leaving it worn enough for the tube to blow out with 10 miles to go in my ride. 

Let’s get one thing clear.  I am a cyclist.  Sadly, I am not much of a bicycle mechanic.  I can change a tube no problem and, for the most part, keep my bike quiet and moving forward.  When I saw the size of the hole in the tire, even I knew this was not just a tube switch.  Unfortunately, I had only ever read or heard about using a tire boot and had certainly never attempted it.  On top of that, my knowledge of booting a tire involved a dollar bill – something I did not have.  What I did have was a Honey Stinger Organic Salted Caramel Waffle.  I ripped it open and enjoyed it on the roadside while pondering my next move.  Then it dawned on me, “Energy bar wrappers can also be used to patch a tire!”  So I gave it a shot.  I folded it a couple times and stuffed it between the tire and my replacement tube, screwed on a CO2 cartridge and pulled the trigger.  Perfect!  The wrapper from my waffle held, and I could see the shine of the foil filling the hole that had left me stranded. 

Nervously I headed home, wondering how far I would get.  But slowly I started to gain confidence GF-SaltedCaramel_WithWafflewith every mile.  When it became apparent that I was going to make it, my ride gave me a rather peculiar sense of accomplishment and gratitude.  Thank you Honey Stinger for your support.  Not only was the waffle a delicious treat, but also a timely piece of gear that held for the rest of my ride and into the next morning.  Your “smart packaging” on an already exceptional product saved my ride and added to the list of reasons why I will continue to ride with Honey Stinger.

Never stop pedaling,

Josh
Oceanside, CA       

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Honey Stinger Protein Bars Now Use 70 Percent Organic Ingredients

 

Minneapolis, MN - December 6: The UnitedHealthcare team presentation on December 6, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Devich/Epic Images)

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling rider refuels with a Honey Stinger Protein Bar. Photo by Jonathan Devich.

Today we are excited to announce our line of protein bars will now contain more than 70 percent organically sourced ingredients. With 10 grams of whey protein in five delicious flavors made with non-gluten ingredients: Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond, caffeinated Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry and Peanut Butta, Honey Stinger 70% Organic Protein Bars are a great-tasting meal replacement bar and portable recovery snack.

“Honey Stinger has successfully balanced protein bars with taste and function for years, ensuring that our consumers receive necessary nutrients, while guaranteeing superior flavor and texture,” said Rich Hagar, Honey Stinger co-owner.  “Building on that success, we are excited to take it one step further and offer consumers our 70% Organic Protein Bars, which is a niche we felt needed to be filled in the protein bar category.”

This shift means that ingredients in the Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond, and caffeinated Dark Chocolate updated10gbarsMocha Cherry Bars are 70 percent organically sourced, while ingredients in the Dark Chocolate Mint Almond and Peanut Butta Bars are 76 percent and 78 percent organically sourced, respectively. 

Honey Stinger’s 70% Organic Protein Bars (MSRP $2.19 each or $34.35 for a box of 15 bars) will be available for sale May 15, 2017, at select grocers, convenient stores and specialty retail outlets, as well as online through Amazon and www.honeystinger.com.

 

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HIVE SPOTLIGHT: Get to know Nate Hills

Photo: Joey Schusler

Athlete:
Nate Hills

Home base:
Dillon, Colorado

Main sport:
Full time enduro racing. Dabble in all disciplines for fun.

Do you compete on a team or for other sponsors?
I am a privateer. My partners are SRAM, RockShox, Yeti, Ergon, Smith, Oskar Blues, Maxxis, Stages Power, TLD Bike, Enduro MTB Training, and MRP.

Greatest personal accomplishment:
I have won a bunch of races, titles, yada, yada, yada. I am just happy to be pursuing my passions and making a job out of my love for bikes.

Favorite place you have ever trained or competed:
I fancy spending time in Whistler, Sedona, and South America. The trails in these particular areas are highly engaging and hold my interest.

Memorable training or competition moment:
Here is a good story from my most recent race in Moab. I was participating in a 4 stage enduro race at the Klondike Bluff trail system. In Stage 2 I hit the ground really hard and upon getting up, I realized that a camera man caught the entire incident. Perfect. You should have seen the look on his face when I scampered around to get back on my bike. After finishing the stage, I was fortunate to have some help from the friendly medics. Some gauze and tape, and I was on my way. I finished the next two stages, pedaled to the car, and promptly drove myself to the ER. After a few ex-rays, a bunch of bleeding, and 10 stitches, I was merrily on my way out of the hospital. I returned to the race venue, because I never miss a barbecue, and was just in time for the awards ceremony. Well, apparently I ended up winning the race and had to use my bicycle as a crutch to get up on the top step of the podium. Fortunately, flesh heels, beer still tastes good, and the prize money covered my medical expenses. I call it a wash. Wear your knee pads kiddies!

Favorite Stinger fuel:
Any and every Honey Stinger waffle I have ingested.

Habits, routines, or superstitions:
I never wash the outside of my car.  6 years, true story.

Piece of advice you would like to pass on:
Bikes don’t win races, people win races. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of some of the best bike technology on the planet, but it’s not the car, its the driver. Passion and determination win every time.

Nate Hills head shot

Photo: Joey Schusler

Stay connected with Nate…

Website: http://www.natehills.com
Instagram: @Natehills1
Twitter: @nate_hills
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCywMHpWJsb9GXD0lakYf6WA?app=desktop

And checkout out his #FollowCamFriday that made Singletracks 2016 Most Popular Mountain Biking Video here!

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Honey Stinger Joins USA Nordic as Official Nutrition Sponsor

USA Nordic team members and Steamboat Springs locals Bryan Fletcher, Jasper Good, Ben Berend, and Taylor Fletcher outside of Howelsen Hill. Photo credit: Noah Wetzel

USA Nordic team members and Steamboat Springs locals Bryan Fletcher, Jasper Good, Ben Berend, and Taylor Fletcher outside of Howelsen Hill.  (Photo credit: Noah Wetzel)

Today we are excited to announce that Honey Stinger will partner with USA Nordic as the organization’s official nutrition sponsor. Honey Stinger will proudly supply honey-based nutrition, including its Organic Waffles, Gluten Free Organic Waffles, Organic Energy Chews, Organic and Classic Energy Gels, Energy Bars, Snack Bars and Protein Bars, for the U.S. Ski Jumping and U.S. Nordic Combined Teams.

Honey Stinger has fueled the top Nordic athletes for years in an unofficial capacity, during training and competition in the company’s hometown of Steamboat Springs, before the team relocated to Park City, Utah, in 2002. 

“Honey Stinger has a strong relationship with USA Nordic, which dates back a number of years to when the top-ranked U.S. Nordic athletes lived and trained in Steamboat Springs,” said Bill Gamber, Honey Stinger co-founder and president. “We were proud to support Nordic and Nordic combined athletes back then, and we’re super psyched to now officially partner with the team.”

“Throughout my career, I’ve relied on Honey Stinger’s great products to fuel my training and competition because they provide organic, sustained energy when I need it most, like when I earned an Olympic gold medal in Nordic Combined in Vancouver,” said Billy Demong, USA Nordic executive director. “Our new partnership is powerful because our history with Honey Stinger dates back to the development of their first prototype bars, when we contributed ideas and feedback, and the Honey Stinger brand has seen exponential growth since that time.”

While Honey Stinger is a longtime sponsor of many professional cycling teams, including the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, the Yeti Fox Enduro Team and the Bontrager Off Road Team, USA Nordic is the first winter sports team the brand will sponsor to-date. Through its grassroots Hive Program, Honey Stinger sponsors thousands of individual endurance and action sports athletes nationwide.

With its new partnership, Honey Stinger will have a sampling presence and signage at all domestic USA Nordic competitions. For more information on USA Nordic, please visit: www.usanordic.org. For more information on Honey Stinger and its products, please visit: www.honeystinger.com.

usa-nordicAbout USA Nordic
USA Nordic is the parent organization for Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping in the United States, providing support and guidance to the nations clubs and coaches while overseeing the National elite teams.  

To stay connected please visit www.usanordic.org and subscribe to their newsletter!

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Honey Stinger Hive Program 2017: FAQ

It’s that time of year!  Winter has arrived and we are already gearing up for the 2017 season.  We are excited to open the Hive for another year and to grow our Honey Stinger family.  To find out more about the Hive and if you would be a good fit, keep reading!

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Hive athlete and Honey Stinger/Bontrager Team racer Cooper Dendel crushing the BME in Steamboat.

What is the Hive?
The Honey Stinger Hive is our grassroots sponsorship and ambassador program for athletes and teams.  These athletes and teams compete in over 50 different sport disciplines.  We have an elite program for professional athletes as well as an ambassador program for athletes of all levels. Look here for more specific qualifications.  Our Hive receive exclusive product discounts, Hive only swag, and the opportunity to participate in events with us!

Things that our Hive athletes have in common?
Passion: for their sport, for proper nutrition, and for our company
Community Involvement: giving back to the place where they live and train
Social Media Presence: authentically sharing their love for Honey Stinger throughout their daily workout and competition posts

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Hive athlete Andre Fuqua battling the elements at the San Felipe Shootout.

What qualities are we looking for in applicants?
We want to know that you are a fan of our products.  Ambassadors unapologetically express to their friends, family, and random strangers that Honey Stinger is their choice fuel.  If you have never tried our products, then how can you know if you want to represent the brand? We want you to be able to share your experiences with others, your go-to flavors, and how Stinger impacts your training and competition.

Where to apply?
Athletes
Teams

Buzz the BeeStay in touch with all things Stinger…
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HoneyStinger/
Twitter: @HoneyStinger
Instagram: @HoneyStinger

 

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