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SAN DIEGO - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009,

the Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series has announced its event dates for

the year. The 2009 schedule, which will kick off with an event

in Richmond, VA in May, will also include four new events in Nashville,

Detroit, San Diego and Phoenix. Muddy Buddy sold out eight of its nine

events in 2008, and is looking forward to a record year in repeat cities

as well as successful debuts in the four new markets.

 

 

The series, which hosts between 900 and 1,400 teams

of two at each event, is known for its unique six- to seven-mile courses

that require participants to 'leapfrog' between biking and running as

they traverse trails and obstacles. The course ends with a 60-foot-long

mud pit, which contestants crawl through together before crossing the

finish line. Registration for all events in the 2009 Muddy Buddy Ride

and Run Series is currently open online at: MuddyBuddy.com

 

 

Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can join in the fun

with the adults, as a part of the Paul Mitchell Mini Muddy Buddy. At each

event, kids can sign up to complete a short obstacle course and slither

through the same mud pit as the adults. Five dollars of each registration

fee for the Mini Muddy Buddy benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

 

 

"These events are a great way for the whole family

to get out and enjoy an exciting, unique event," said Bob Babbitt,

founder of the Muddy Buddy series. "Some participants even dress

up in costume - the courses are appropriate for any ability level, and

the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to have a great time

and get muddy!"

 

 

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Muddy Buddy Challenge, +presented by Land

Rover Certified Pre-Owned+, provides an easy way for able-bodied Muddy

Buddy participants to help people with physical challenges. Funds raised

through the CAF Muddy Buddy Challenge help purchase the adaptive athletic

equipment and support necessary for challenged athletes to create an active

lifestyle that includes fitness and competitive athletics. Land Rover,

one of the event's longtime sponsors, aided the cause for the 2008 series

by donating $9,000.

 

 

2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run

Series

Sunday, May 3 - Richmond, VA

Sunday, May 9 - Orlando, FL

Sunday, May 17 - Austin, TX

Sunday, May 31 - Nashville*, TN

Sunday, June 7 - San Jose, CA

Saturday, June 20 - Atlanta, GA

Sunday, July 12 - Detroit*, MI

Sunday, August 2 - Chicago, IL

Sunday, August 16 - Boulder, CO

Sunday, October 25 - Dallas, TX

Sunday, November 1 - Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, December 6 - San Diego*, CA

Sunday, December 13 - Phoenix*, AZ

*New event

 

 

 

 

 

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Clif Bar & Company Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CLIF and LUNA Branded Bars Containing Peanut Butter Due to Possible Health Risk

 

BERKELEY, Calif., January 19, 2009 -- Clif Bar & Company today announced a voluntary recall of CLIF and LUNA branded bars that contain peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products contain peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.

 

In the U.S., the following Clif Bar & Company products with "Best By/Sell By" dates ranging as shown below, in all sizes and packages, are included in the recall:

 

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and

       03NOV09 to 28NOV09

 

CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and

       03NOV09 to 28NOV09

 

CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       13SEP09

 

CLIF Builder's Peanut Butter

SELL BY:

       19JUL09 to 30SEP09 and

       05NOV09 to 18NOV09

 

CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR Peanut Butter

BEST BY:

       07JUL09 to 05SEP09 and

       12NOV09

 

LUNA Nutz Over Chocolate

BEST BY:

       29JUL09 to 03OCT09 and

       11NOV09 to 14NOV09

 

LUNA Peanut Butter Cookie

BEST BY:

       02OCT09 to 03OCT09 and

       11NOV09 to 14NOV09

 

MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Mixed Nuts

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Mountain Mix

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter and Jelly

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Fruit and Nut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

These products were sold in grocery, warehouse and other retail stores throughout the United States. No other CLIF or LUNA products or flavors are included in this United States recall.

 

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

 

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

 

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them but retain the "Best By/Sell By" code found on the back of the package. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund may contact Clif Bar & Company at 1-800-CLIFBAR (1-800-254-3227). Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com.

 

"With an abundance of caution and given the FDA's ongoing investigation of PCA, we're doing all we can to ensure consumer safety and trust," said Gary Erickson, owner and founder of Clif Bar & Company.

 

About Clif Bar & Company

Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of all-natural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks, including the CLIF BAR energy bar and LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women. Focused on great food and sustainability, Clif Bar & Company works diligently to reduce its footprint on the planet from the field to the final product.

 

The FDA has created a searchable list of other products affected by the peanut butter recall.

 

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The following four CLIF products distributed in Canada with "Expiry Date/Date d'Expiration" dates and/or ranges of dates as shown below, in all sizes and packages, are included in the recall:

 

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch / Brisures de Chocolat aux Arachides Croquants

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE07

 

CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter / Beurre d' Arachide Croquant

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE06 to 2009SE11 and

       2009NO13

 

CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz / Toffee et Arachides

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE12

 

CLIF Builder's Peanut Butter / Beurre d'Arachide

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009JU20 and

       2009AU20

 

These products were sold in grocery, warehouse and other retail stores throughout Canada. No other CLIF or LUNA products or flavors are included in this recall in Canada.

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Lance Armstrong makes his return to road cycling next week at Australia's Tour Down Under. And for the first time ever, American cycling fans can watch it on Versus . Coverage will be seen in half-hour segments from January 18 to 24, and an hour-long presentation will air on Sunday, Jan. 25.

 

For triathletes, the XTERRA USA and World Championships have been airing in local markets and will continue for the next several days. Check the complete broadcast schedule to find out when you can see it.

 

And for those anxious to find out if they were chosen in the Ironman lottery (deadline to enter is February 28!), you can watch the NBC broadcast of the Ford Ironman World Championships on Hulu.com for free, anytime you want.

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Kids And Adults Worldwide To  Virtually Run And Walk With Man Through Alaska

 

A 44-year-old  husband, father of four and ultra-endurance athlete pushing a  jogging stroller of gear will virtually trek with thousands of children  and adults  worldwide over a 500-mile course through the rugged terrain of Alaska  between April 20 and May 12, 2009. Paul  Staso accomplished a 3,260-mile solo run across the United States in  2006 and a 620-mile solo run across Montana in 2008  ─  virtually trekking with teams of children using his unique approach to  promoting youth health and fitness. Now he's heading as far north as  the Arctic Circle and for the first time will virtually bring  adults along on his journey.

 

"The Alaska journey, called P.A.C.E. Trek 2009, is my way of trying  to make an impact in the childhood obesity issue and the continuing  decline of youth health and fitness," Staso says. "The  journey through Alaska will require me to average 30 miles per day  as I encounter some rugged and breathtaking terrain.  I'll be virtually traveling with teams of children and adults from around the world as  they access my web sites, pacetrek.com and stepthere.com, and learn about the  locations we're trekking through via my writings, pictures and media  files."

 

 

 

In May 2008 Staso accomplished the inaugural P.A.C.E. Trek by  virtually bringing  children with him across the state of Montana. Through rain, wind, heat and  snow Staso persevered across Montana, averaging 31 miles per day for  20 days during the east-to-west run. There were 108 teams of children (8,000+ runners and  walkers) globally following along with him and cumulatively those teams logged  over 42,000 miles during the trek. P.A.C.E. is an acronym for  Promoting Active Children Everywhere and that is what Staso  aims to achieve through his endeavors.

 

 

 

"Since I completed my 108 days of running coast-to-coast across  America, I've had opportunities to speak to many audiences about the  purpose of P.A.C.E. and what I believe needs to be done to turn the tide on  the growing epidemic of childhood obesity," Staso says. "Kids  need to see that if you take care of your body it can take you on  some wonderful adventures    ─  far more satisfying than staring at a television or computer for  hours on end. By the reactions I receive from children,  I know that my message and endurance journeys intrigue many."

 

Staso, a former 5th grade teacher, has developed an extensive web  site at www.pacetrek.com so teachers and students from  kindergarten through 12th grade can be involved in the trek. There  is no cost to register a P.A.C.E. Trek team and teachers can  sign up a team at pacetrek.com. For the 2009 endeavor Staso decided  that it was time for adults to get involved in the virtual journeys.  Therefore, adults can register teams for free via stepthere.com. Staso, who  organizes and funds much of the endurance journeys himself, intends to do  the treks annually in different locations  ─ as long as  his body holds up.   

 

 

 

"We've set it up so that teachers will have everything needed at  the pacetrek.com web site and it would not take any more than 10  minutes per day for 17 school days. That's a commitment of less than  3 hours total," Staso says. "Last year we had teams reaching  from Germany to Georgia; Malaysia to Maine; Australia to Alaska;  Italy to Iowa... and so many places in between. I'm very excited to  also offer an opportunity to parents and non-parents to get involved  through stepthere.com."

 

Once again Staso will push a jogging stroller to carry essential  equipment, including: food, water, GPS, running gear, and more  ─ even a solar panel for charging electronic gadgets. Lodging  will be arranged before the journey begins.

 

Staso grew up in Alaska, attending such schools as Eagle River  Elementary; Gruening Middle School; Chugiak High School; and,  Juneau-Douglas High School - from which he graduated in 1983. Montana has been  Staso's home for the past 25 years. He is committed to doing what he  can to inspire, educate and motivate children and adults toward greater health and fitness. Staso also wants  people to set personal goals and reach for their dreams. As  he says, "Your dreams are beyond the horizon, and you have to  persevere to the horizon in order to realize those dreams."

 

When  not on the road, Staso develops virtual trek  curriculums which many schools have either adopted or imitated,  including a Run/Walk Across America trek (seeusrun.com)  and a fitness journey along historic Route 66 (kids66.com).  He also develops corporate web sites and provides Internet marketing  services through OnTrack Designs.

 

Staso is asking all who hear about his latest endeavor, P.A.C.E.  Trek 2009 (and the adult challenge called S.T.E.P. There), to share the  upcoming 2009 Alaska trek with as many people as possible. "The Alaska adventure will be a  fun, educational trek for all involved,  regardless of age or where they're located," Staso says. "Since it's  a free and unique opportunity I particularly hope that school teachers and  coaches will sign up student teams and support the aim of getting kids up,  moving and learning."

 

You can learn more about P.A.C.E. Trek 2009 at pacetrek.com,  and the adult challenge at stepthere.com. You can also  experience Staso's 2006 solo run across America online at pacerun.com,  and his 2008 solo run across Montana at pacetrek.com/montana.

 

 

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