He spent the year between races collecting items for the giveaways, letting available rebates guide him to make his purchases! They gave away kitchen items, tools, office items and did this until the "rebate fad" subsided. He then started giving away the jackets that so many have been awarded over the years. In all his time as director, Carl says he only ever had two sponsors; Bob's Mini-Storage in Black Eagle and Osterman's Restaurant at the finish line. Mr. Osterman was a sponsor until he passed away and his daughter took over. She continued sponsorship for a few years after. For the last 10 years, Carl has run the Wolf Creek Canyon Relay with NO sponsorship and no profit from the race. Everything went back into the Relay. Only one year saw a loss.. it was a year with only 12 teams. He increased the fee a decade ago so he could donate $5 from each runner to charity. All of us who have ever run the relay owe Carl a big "THANK YOU!" for an amazing event every year!