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Our very own Active Expert Matt Fitzgerald will be in San Diego next week leading the Rock ‘n' Roll marathon pre-race clinic. His lecture is entitled The Art and Science of Marathon Pacing and he will have copies of his latest book, Brain Training for Runners, available for purchase and signing.


Matt is a widely respected running expert and author of several books, including Braining Training for Runners and Performance Nutrition for Runners. A frequent contributor to Runner's World and Running Times, he is also an Running Expert and a certified sports nutritionist.


His newest book, Brain Training for Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Results is based on new research in exercise physiology. Packed with cutting-edge research, real-world examples, and the wisdom of the world's top distance runners, Brain Training for Runners offers easily applied advice and delivers practical results for a better overall running experience. To learn more about Matt, visit his Active Expert page:



For details on his lecture in San Diego on May 31, please visit his website.



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For Immediate Release -- May 9, 2008


Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team Makes Donation to Fallen Competitor Who Was Paralyzed at Tour of Gila  

Team Will Auction off Signed Team Jersey on eBay to Raise Additional Funds


Bend, OR -- The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team announced today that its riders and staff donated $5,000 cash to Fausto Munoz Esparza, the rider who was paralyzed in a horrific high-speed crash in the Sunday, May 4, final stage of the Tour of Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. The cash consists of the riders' prize money they earned over last week's 5-day Tour of Gila and staff donations.


In addition, Toyota-United will auction off a team jersey signed by all 14 riders on eBay beginning Monday, May 12 in order to provide the general public with an opportunity to show their support for Fausto and his family.


Esparza 33, a former Mexican Nation Champion and father of three children, is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit of El Paso's Thomason Hospital in Texas with a broken back which has left him paralyzed from the waist down.  "He is very depressed and not sure what to make of this terrible situation.  His wife, three children and parents have all come to El Paso to be by his side for the next three weeks until he gets out of the hospital" said Jose Manuel "Chepe" Garcia a Toyota-United rider and personal friend of Esparza.


"When I first heard how bad his accident was from Scott Moninger, (Asst. Team Director for Toyota-United) I immediately sprung into action and called Chepe who is a friend of Fausto's to see what was up.  I could hear in his voice how upset he was and how Fausto is very depressed and makes his living racing a bike, which is no longer the case.  Then Chepe told me how Fausto has three children and a wife to support.  Being the Team Owner watching my riders risk everything each week and being married with a baby girl on the way in September, the whole situation really hit home for me.  I then spoke with our riders and staff and we all agreed to do something for Fausto no matter how small it may be; but we want to start the ball rolling in hopes that other teams and fans will follow suit to help Fausto in his time of need" said Team Owner Sean Tucker.


Supporters may visit the Toyota-United website beginning Monday May 12th to link to an auction of a team jersey signed by all 14 members of the team to raise additional funds.


In addition, people may make a private donation to:


Wells Fargo Bank

1201 N. Pope Street

Silver City, NM  88061

Attn: Fausto Munoz Esparza Donation Fund


Letters can be sent to:


Patient: Fausto Esparza, ICU/12

C/O Thomason Hospital

4815 Alameda Avenue

El Paso, TX  79905

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Endurance Weekly: 5/5

Posted by Active Toby May 8, 2008

The latest comic from Frazz creator and noted triathlete Jef Mallett:


Check out this roster of 15 green sports stars


Active Expert, Bruce Hildenbrand previews the Giro d'Italia that starts Saturday


Even with the torch atop Everest, Olympics are clouded

Climbing Everest because it's there is inspiring. Climbing Everest because it's in Tibet is not nearly so heartwarming, particularly to an international audience that is still trying to sort through the ethics of getting enthusiastic about August's Beijing Olympics. Read full story



Make doping a crime, says Lewis

Olympic legend Carl Lewis has called on governments around the world to make the use of banned substances in sport a criminal offense. Read full story


Shave valuable time in you bike-to-run triathlon transitions by installing a quick-lace system:


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