Change in Leadership

Vickie Chu

As the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon (SAMM) prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2014, changes are taking place behind the scenes. Race director Heidi Ryan is preparing to relinquish control of the event to Modesto businesswoman and ultra runner Vickie Chu-Hermis. Ryan will retain leadership for the March 2014 event, with Chu-Hermis shadowing her to make for an easier transition. ShadowChase Running Club will remain as board of directors of the marathon, and Karen Lozano will stay aboard as assistant … [Read more...]

My Race

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The SAMM 5k…this is my race. Not in the sense that I own it, or that I started it, or that I’m anything special in connection to it.  No, this is my race because it’s special to me, just like all races are special to someone.  So we lay claim to our race, along with everyone else who feels this is their special race, even though it doesn’t really belong to us. The 2012 SAMM 5k was the completion of a goal I had set for myself when I decided to do something about my weight.  I challenged myself to become fit … [Read more...]

Adult Training Group Awards Banquet

SAMM Training Awards 2013-13

The 2013 Adult Training Group came to a close with the annual awards banquet. This is a time for each runner, mentor and coach to be acknowledged for 6 months of dedication and hard work. It is also a great time for runners to share their "war stories" from running the marathon. Thanks to our program, over 150 people reached their goals of either completing a full or half marathon. We hope to see everyone (and their friends) back in September for next year's training group. … [Read more...]

SAMM Posters Available for a Limited Time

sammposters

Did you run this year's Modesto Marathon and neglect to buy a race poster? How about any of the 3 previous years? Here is your chance to correct this over site. Artist Mike Pascale has a limited number of race posters on eBay. Don't delay! The opportunity to own a piece of your running history ends April 24th. To get your poster, visit Mike's eBay page. … [Read more...]

Bag Stuffing Night

Video thumbnail for youtube video Bag Stuffing Night - Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

  It takes an army of volunteers to put on the Modesto Marathon. Thank you to everyone who gave up their Tuesday night to get our goody bags ready for Expo Day. … [Read more...]

Tyre Girl Running The Modesto Marathon

Tyre Girl

Update: Read Tyre Girl's blog post about her experience at the Modesto Marathon. TyreGirl (TG) is an IT consultant who grew up in Singapore and now works in the UK. She was conceived in 2006 when she began training for a North Pole expedition with a tyre decided to enter the Singapore marathon with her tyre. Her current ambition is to complete 100 marathon/ultra marathon events by 2020 with a tyre. She has completed 29 marathons (24 marathons and 5 ultras; 848.4 miles) and DNF in a 135 mile marathon, … [Read more...]

Sneak Peak at the 2013 Race Poster

2013 SAMM Race Post

  Local artist,  Mike Pascale, has worked his magic once again. Pick up your copy of the 2013 SAMM race poster at the Expo. … [Read more...]

Last Early Volunteer Contest Winners

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Thank you to the Modesto Marathon volunteers! Congratulations to the winners who were drawn this week. Nia Estrada Martha Guerrero Tonya Estrada Camie Tamraz Donna Yarnal Tawer Petros They all received a gift certificate to Bingo Ranch, a tote bag and shirt.   It isn't too late to volunteer! Sign-up here. … [Read more...]

Kevin Kline To Run The Modesto Maration

Snowdrop Foundation

Modesto sure can make a great impression on it's visitors. Such was the case with Houston radio personality, Kevin Kline. Kevin came out for our annual Movie Night. We were screening a documentary, Dear Chelsey, about his quest to run across Texas to honor 13 children who lost their battle with cancer. During his visit, Kevin ran a 20 mile training run with Teens Run Modesto and our adult training group. The experience must have been a memorable one, because Kevin and his wife, Trish, are flying out for … [Read more...]

Big Changes at the Finish

Finish Line Map

This year's Modesto Marathon has seen major changes in the course. One of the reasons for the change is to create more of a festival atmosphere at the finish line. In past year's, the race started and finished at the same place. Due to how confined that area is, it forced us to put the entertainment, food and other services away from the finish line. That all changes for the 2013 race. We've moved the finish line to a wide open area a couple blocks away from the start. Now, you can cheer on your … [Read more...]