Boston Contest Winner

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The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon recently selected two winners in its Win a Trip to Boston drawing from those who ran Boston qualifying times in the March 2014 SAMM. One male and one female winner – Esther White of Waterford and Miguel Reyes of Fresno -- each take home $500, which they may use toward a trip to the 2015 Boston Marathon. While one was aware of the SAMM contest, but thought it was out of her reach, the other didn’t even know he qualified for Boston or that there was a check for $500 in his … [Read more...]

2014 Modesto Marathon Posters Still Available

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Did you have a great run at this year's Modesto Marathon? Maybe you qualified for Boston or set a new PR? There's no better way to commemorate that special day than with an official race poster. For a limited time, 2014 Modesto Marathon posters are available on eBay. At just $5.00 each, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Looking for something even more special? Get an artist signed and numbered poster for only $20.00. Click here to see all available Modesto Marathon posters. … [Read more...]

Letter from a Runner

Hello! I cannot believe it has taken me a week to write this email, and for that, I apologize. I'm not sure where to begin so I will just speak from my heart and tell you how great each and every person involved in this race is! I have been overweight most of my life. In January of last year, I decided to change that. I began eating healthy and took up running, as that seemed to be the only exercise that I would see weight loss results in. April 2013 marked my first half marathon. In September, I took the … [Read more...]

Reflecting on SAMM 2014

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Well, the pre-race anxiety finally came to an end at 7:07:56 AM on Sunday morning as I crossed the start line of my very first marathon…which by the end of the day I swore would also be my very last! We had a perfect day.  The temperatures were low but not too cool, and there was no wind.  My game plan was to average a 12 minute mile pace for the race, bringing me across the finish line in just less than 5 ½ hours.  My usual split times in a long run show me running faster than average in the first 3rd of the … [Read more...]

Expo Update

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  A bit over 2 hours into the Expo and things are hopping. So much energy in the building. … [Read more...]

Expo Day is Here!

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See everyone at the SAMM Expo! … [Read more...]

Goody Bags are Stuffed

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The great thing about ShadowChase is that when help is needed, members really come through. Such was the case as last night's Modesto Marathon bag stuffing night. With 3500 runner bags needing to be filled, we needed an army of volunteers. Over 80 club members took part over 2 working shifts. 4 days until the race and we're ready! … [Read more...]

Your Competition at the 2014 Modesto Marathon

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Wondering who some of your competition is for Sunday’s 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon? You might notice a lot of youngsters: there are 91 registered minors under the age of 18. The youngest are a pair of 12-year-olds, Gerardo Avalos of Ceres and Coby McCaig of Modesto. The youngest female competitors are 13 years old -- Maria Diaz and Dana Miranda, both of Ceres. But marathoning knows no boundaries: Larry Lieb of Carmichael is the oldest competitor at 80 years young. Ricardo Guidolin, a local … [Read more...]

Setting a Running Record

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It was May 24th, 2013, my first day of summer vacation after graduating 8th grade, when my alarm rang at five thirty in the morning. I got up, got dressed, and I laced up my brand new shoes and prepared for my one shot at history. I had decided that I could attempt to break the Prescott Junior High School distance record and endurance time record which could not include any stopping or even walking at all and had to be done all on a quarter mile track. I was the first girl to even attempt to break the boy's record … [Read more...]

Twelve Days

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Twelve days.  Twelve days to the big event.  I’ve been working toward this event for six months now.  Or a year.  Or a couple of years.  Or a lifetime.  It all depends on where you want to start counting, on what you want to mark as the starting point. If you use the logic that all past events in your life make you who you are today, then March 23rd will be just another point to where the events of my life have led me.  If you consider the starting point to an event as the moment where, if you had not taken a … [Read more...]