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The race is coming to an end. How are you doing? Many people have already crossed the finish line, and they’ve turned in some great entries for our seventh annual Road Warrior contest. Are you one of them? Or are you still searching for just the right story to share with us? Perhaps you haven’t had luck yet with the scavenger hunt, or maybe, like so many of us tend to, you are simply procrastinating. “I have till August 31 at 11:59 p.m.,” you tell yourself. “That’s worlds away.” But is it?

You don’t want to let your fellow road warriors get a leg up on you in the competition for the title of ultimate Road Warrior because you didn’t take the time to enter the competition! That’s just not like you.

So, head to www.americanwaymag.com/roadwarrior right now and make it happen! If you haven’t even been there yet to read the instructions, you’re going to be a bit behind the eight ball. But isn’t that when you work best? Prove it.

As a reminder, here are the prizes for our five winners.

Grand-prize winner: This lucky person will receive the coveted two million Hilton HHonors bonus points and one million AAdvantage bonus miles. There’s almost no end to where this little package will take you and your loved ones.

Second-prize winner: There are all kinds of goodies in this prize, so read carefully. First, you get a suite of Bose products, including the Bose Lifestyle 48 home entertainment system, a pair of Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, and a Bose Wave music system. Then, there’s the five-night trip for two to the Hilton Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, courtesy of American Airlines Vacations. And we top that off with a Panasonic Toughbook W7 laptop computer, which is the perfect companion, no matter where you’re headed.

Third-prize winners: Three people will each receive a three-night trip for two to the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas, also courtesy of American Airlines Vacations, and the Panasonic Toughbook W7 laptop computer. (Did I mention it’s sleek, weighs only three pounds, and is highly durable?)

But of course, just as they say in the best of infomercials: That’s not all!

All the winners will be the focal point of the March 1, 2009, issue. That means each of the winners will get the star treatment by members of the American Way staff at a beautiful Hilton property as we ready you for your 15 minutes of fame among our pages.

So, there you have it: Fame, notoriety, and boss prizes are up for grabs, and all you have to do is enter our contest, which ends, as I’ve said before, on August 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Period.

Good luck!


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Sherri Gulczynski Burns