Interview with 2012 SAMM Winner

Clyde Behunin

Clyde Behunin 2012 SAMM Winner 2:32:46 (course record) You are from St. George, Utah. What brought you to Modesto to run the 2012 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon? How did you hear about our race? I found the race online... had planned on doing LA that same weekend but just didn't feel good about it for some reason. Then saw this race and we (my wife and I) had lived out in Modesto for a summer selling home security systems about 10 years ago. So I was semi-familiar with the area and decided on … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Marathon Pace Wristband

Marathon Pace Wristband

One of the keys to achieving your best marathon time is to keep an even pace throughout the race. Go out too fast and you'll hit the wall, go out too slow and you won't be able to make up the time later (but you may feel more rested at the end). Determine the pace that you believe you can honestly achieve and stick to it. Use these wristbands to guide you through those miles (or kilometers) when your mind can't do the math anymore (or you want to save your concentration for your race). Of course you may need to … [Read more...]

Boston Contest winner is Vicky King of Salida……

Vicky-King-2012

Vicky King of Salida wasn’t supposed to be running the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon on March 18. She was supposed to be home with her hubby, celebrating 34 years of wedded bliss. But when she couldn’t find a marathon she wanted to do about the same time, she got the blessings she needed from her husband, she ran, and boy is she thankful. King is the winner of the SAMM first-time Boston qualifier contest! She wins $1,000 toward her dream trip to compete in the 2013 Boston Marathon. “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” … [Read more...]

Jon Olsen Successfully Defends His 2010 SAMM Title

Jon Olsen 2:39:42

Were you confident you'd repeat as winner this year? Absolutely not! I knew of three competitors that had faster PR's than me. My training was ahead of last year but I thought at best I would run 2:40. I thought the winning time would be a few minutes faster, 2:37 or so. I am glad I had reserved myself to running my race and placing as high as I could because that strategy paid off in the end. If I had tried to run with the leaders, I don't think I would have won. I would like to add one other thing. There was a … [Read more...]

San Franciscan Michelle Meyer Captures the 2011 Women’s Crown

Michelle Meyer 2:52:25

What made you enter the Modesto Marathon? How did you hear about it? I discovered the Modesto Marathon online on http://www.runningintheusa.com/ and saw that it was a fast, flat course that was relatively close to my home in San Francisco. I thought that this marathon would be a perfect final long training run for the Boston Marathon, so I signed up! What is your marathon PR? My marathon PR is actually what I ran at the Modesto Marathon this year: 2:52:25. How long have you been running? I began running as … [Read more...]