Thursday, December 30, 2010

PSA; Bears, Beans and Popcorn

I sometimes get emails about upcoming events etc and general newsy things, most of them are spam based but these three I thought may be of interest…

13.1 Marathon® – Los Angeles Invites Karhu Bear to set 5K Pace on Race Day

imageBecause Karhu mean’s ‘bear’ in Finnish, The Karhu 5K, a division of the 13.1 Marathon® – Los Angeles invites racers to come out on January 16th and try to "Beat the Bear". Any runner who "beats the Karhu bear” during the 5K and crosses the finish line before the bear, will be presented with a ticket good for a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice from the Top to Top specialty run store.

The Karhu 5K will share the same start and finish as the 13.1 Marathon® – Los Angeles, beginning on the Venice Boardwalk and ending at the historic Windward Circle in Venice for an unforgettable race experience. Amidst ocean views participants will enjoy a Tinseltown themed half marathon and Karhu 5K celebrating the best of Los Angeles.

First-timer friendly and perfect for avid runners, the Karhu 5K will offer a scenic and festive run along a closed course with fully supported aid stations, live entertainment, and medals for all finishers. Participants and spectators are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy a race “Where the Party Meets the Pavement”.

New this year – racers can look forward a selection of gourmet food truck grub provided at the Finish Line Party by The Sweets Truck,Streets of Thailand, Get Shaved, Dogtown Dogs, and more.

Racers are invited to join the official benefiting charity, Team World Vision to raise funds for clean water projects in Kenya and Malawi while training with local team groups. There is no fundraising minimum and team members will enjoy a Pre-Race Team Dinner, Pep Rally on race morning, and Post-Race Celebration Cookout. For more information on Team World Vision please visit

Registration is currently open. Karhu 5K registration is $20 through January 9, 2011. Week of registration will be $25.

To register and for more information on 13.1 Marathon® - Los Angeles visit

Want to run Boston? (my title)

Hi Stuart,

I love your blog - it is so inspiring. (I should point out that  flattery will get you anywhere)

imageI manage a charity marathon team (from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) that will participate in this April's Boston Marathon.  There are still a few spots left on our 50-member team.  Would you be willing to mention this opportunity to run the Boston Marathon on your blog?  It’s for a great cause and is a great opportunity to run the Boston Marathon!

Team members will raise funds to bring new hope and a healthier future to people everywhere who face loss of sight, hearing, voice, balance, taste and smell, as well as head and neck cancer.  Team members must commit to raising a minimum of $5,000 for research and patient care at Mass. Eye and Ear.  Fundraising and training support will be offered.  The team coach, Fred Treseler, is recognized as one of the best in the country.

Interested runners can contact me at or (617) 573-6364.  More information can also be found

I appreciate your help!!


Hood to Coast…coming to a theater near you

Dear Stuart,

This January 11th, runners and athletes nationwide will make their way to see the world’s largest relay race in movie theaters for a Special, One-Night Only screening. Each year, 12,000 runners make the journey from the top of Oregon's tallest mountain, Mt. Hood, 197 miles to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, Oregon.

HOOD TO COAST is an inspiring new documentary that follows four teams with various levels of athletic ability on their epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. Some run to test their personal limits, some to overcome personal obstacles, and others leap in blindly looking for a way to shake up a complacent life. As we follow these four teams, we realize that winning isn’t everything in a film that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary. Tickets are available at now!

NCM Fathom and Film for Thought are thrilled to bring this feature length documentary to your local movie theater and show it on the big screen in stunning HD. Immediately following the documentary, movie theater audiences will hear from a distinguished group of expert runners, Olympians and running world giants as they discuss their experience of participating in the Hood to Coast relay and its unique place in the history of American running. Panelists include but are not limited to:
·       Mary Decker Slaney—Olympian and HTC Women’s Course Record Holder
·       Bart Yasso—Editor, Runner’s World Magazine, Author: “My Life On The Run”
·       Kenny Moore—Olympian, HTC Runner, Sports Writer & Author: “Bowerman & the Men of Oregon”
·       Bob Foote—Hood To Coast Founder, former Men of Oregon runner
·       Director Christoph Baaden
·       Characters from the film
*Talent subject to change

In addition, the event will feature LIVE red carpet interviews, reactions to the event and more, as running legends like Bart Yasso and Mary Decker Slaney make their way to the premier.

Seats are limited so don’t miss your chance to see Hood to Cost on 1-11-11 only. Also, check out to see the Hood to Coast trailer, additional video content and to learn more about the film and this one-night event.  To download banner ads, a countdown widget, and other sharable content visit To find a list of participating theaters near you and purchase tickets, visit

We would love for you to help us spread the word about this great event!  Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you.



Normal service is now resumed…


  1. You are a forced to be reckoned with in our community! :-) Happy New Years!!

  2. Why do I see events like this and think, "I wonder if you could do that solo?"

  3. The Hood to Coast movie is showing here but only for one night and I got a workout that evening that I'd hate to miss. Ah the athletes will understand, training, training, training. In the meantime I still have my memories of the time that I ran it with a great group of people who I've lost touch with over the years.


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