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Press Release


LONG BEACH, CA – In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon will be giving away a host of prizes in a random drawing contest.  Anyone registered for any of the marathon events by the contest deadlines (October 1 for mail-in registrations and October 7 for online registrations) will automatically be eligible for the contest drawing.  Topping the list of prizes will be 25 Round Trip Travel Certificates on JetBlue Airways, the Official Airline of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.  Certificates are valid from any JetBlue departure city to any non-stop JetBlue destination city.


Additional prizes include: $250 Prize Package from Clif Bar; $250 Prize Package from Road Runner Sports: $250 Prize Package from Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach and ten $25 gift certificates from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  To be eligible for the prize drawing, participants must register on-line AT for any 25th Anniversary event before the on-line registration deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at midnight.


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11.  Events include: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Bike Tour, Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run.


No purchase is necessary for participation in the Sweepstakes Contest.  For complete contest rules and registration information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, please visit or call 562-427-4606.

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Press Release



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:



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


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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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     what to wear - cold weather races

"I am curious what everyone wears for a cold weather race. I prefer to race in shorts and t shirt but I dont want to freeze to death waiting for the race to begin."


•     Please watch the "Dream" video

”Please watch the "Dream" video and help a good cause:”


•     My 1st race on Saturday - not prepared - long read

“OK, I'm new here and just stumbled upon this forum. I think I will be a regular visitor moving forward...”


•     Here's One Just For Fun: What's the best/most unusual thing you've found while running?

”I've been running the roads for 15 years and during all that time, I have found some pretty cool stuff (not to mention a lot of $20 bills and a couple of $100 Master Card Gift Cards!)”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     No post event massage after long race ?

I was just reading the medical column about a run in San Jose, CA, marathon or half. The advice was there would be no post event Sports Massage because research shows that it doesn't help with muscle soreness. WTF?”

•     Need recovery advice

“ok folks. I need some guidance on RECOVERY. did my first marathon on Sunday and now I'm wasted.”

•     How many miles should I be running (and a couple other questions, too)?

“Hello -- I've been running for several years now, and have averaged out to about 20-26 mpw. How many should I be running to consider myself a "true runner"?”

•     8 years old - 1st 5k

“My name is Alex and I ran my first 5k this past saturday. My final time was 23:42! I really want to keep running, but my mom is not a runner, she is a swimmer, and she is worried about me burning out. If I want to keep running 5ks what should my mom and I do?”

•     The British granny

“Another reason to keep in shape... though I'm sure some of our Texans on board would just as soon blast the perps away (I've always admired Texans).”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Can I really DO this!??

“I have seriously admired runners all my life. Just recently I have started to think about becoming one myself.”


•     Great Quotes

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."


•     August Miles

”This August I ran 159.1 miles! Phew. Would have been 160 but my 5K messed that up a little. Otherwise I ran all the miles my program called for. I'm pretty psyched because this is, by far, my highest mileage month ever.”


•     distance or speed??

"Ok, what exactly should I be focusing on first...I am interested in preparing myself to run in 5k's & 10k's next year, but want to make sure I am good and ready.”


•     Activity after a marathon

”Hi, everyone! I'm a first timer, and I find all the comments here in the community extremely helpful! Unfortunately, I haven't seen anyone make comment on what to do immediately after you complete a marathon.”


•     Triathlon Books

“I'm just starting out in the world of Triathlon and I'm wondering what book(s) are the best to get and read? I've heard perhaps the TriathletesTraining Bible by Joe Friel but I'm not to sure. I want to most up to date training information and triathlon information possible.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•      Half Marathon substitute for long run?

”My question is, can the intensity of the races balance out the mileage lost each time? Or do I need to add something during the weeks after?”


•     At what distance should I start Hydrating?

” Right now, I'm training for a 10K. At this point in my program, my max distance is 6 miles. At what distance do you start to consider taking water or other liquids with you on your run?”


•     Pace vs HR Question

“I am wondering what is better in the long term, a very slow jog where I can keep my heart rate lower or shorter faster runs where I would have to stop sooner. I am 38 and about 50 pounds overweight.”


•     sub 2-hour marathon?

”Two of my friends made a bet back in college - one friend said in the next 50 years, someone will run a sub 2-hour marathon and the other friend disagreed. This was 12 years ago so the questions is, in the next 38 years, will someone break 2-hours?”


•     Keeping the Rubber Side Down: Toshi’s Mini-Cal Tour on Lil’ Giant

“I will be cycling from Nor-Cal to Central California and back starting from Thursday 8/28 to Monday 9/1. The trip will be from San Jose, CA to Bakersfield, CA and the distance is about 240 mile one way, 480 miles total.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     So why did we start running?

” Why did you start running? Do you come from a long line of runners? Nothing else to do and its better then watching tv? Perhaps you're a criminal and you need to build get-away speed? Seen others do it and you hate to miss out on anything?”


•     Hydration Gear on Long Runs: What to use

” Triathlete training for her first marathon and would like any advice on hydration gear during long training runs: have a 2-bottle hydration belt, but those little curved bottles really don't hold much.”


•     Endurance build up?

“ I've been running for 3 months now and would like to know why I'm feeling spent so often. Two weeks ago I was able to run 3.5 miles without feeling to spent.”


•     What do you think about when swimming?

” Terry Laughlin's newest article talks about how some people zone out during activity in order to avoid thinking about pain, distance or whatever. He remarks that he once swam 9 miles with Louie, Louie stuck in his head.”


•     Critical Mass Cyclist Assaulted by NYPD

“ I just read an interesting article in the New York Times regarding the investigation against an NYPD police officer in the Critical Mass YouTube video shown below.”


•     Training for ½ Running on Grass

“ I am new to running,(at 48 yrs) as is never run before. I started running (slowly) in May and in July decided to train for a 1/2 in November. I have just done my longest run ever, 5 miles without stopping, using a training schedule I downloaded from RunnersWorld, on Monday I will try for 6.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•      Missed workouts

”I was supposed to run 5 miles yesterday but was so dog tired that I couldn't do it. I didn't get up this morning to do it either because I still felt like I needed to sleep. This is the miserable kind of tired I am talking about.”


•      Take your vitamins! Interesting article on endurance athletes

”So the question arises, do athletes need to take vitamins? The answer, if you follow the scientific literature, is absolutely! In fact, athletes need more vitamins and minerals than the average person.”


•      How to draft in the water?

“Should you be right behind the person? A few yards back? Off to the side a little? I tried it yesterday right behind a person (about 2 feet back) and felt like was working against the persons kick turbulence. Is there another way?”


•      Weekly running milage for Sprint Tri?

”I am currently training for 2 Sprint Tri's this summer, and was just wondering what is a good average for my weekly running mileage?? I have a very strong swimming background and the bike I don't have to worry about all comes down to the run.”


•      New to Triathlon

“I am a 57 year old female that has never entered anything like a race. I have been swimming for an hour every day for the past year and would like to kick up my workouts.”


•      Wednesday's runs

“OK, 6 miles for me today in 72 degree heat and 84% humidity. Not bad at a 8:36 pace. Still need to get faster though. The forecast is looking pretty good though after this weekend with overnight lows back in the 60s in the DC area.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Trail shoes, might buy mailorder for first time

“I need some shoes for offroad running. I'm not an "Ultra" guy, but I do all my running on fields and through forests. I need some new shoes but don't really have much to choose from at stores here, so I'm thinking of going mail order and would really like it to work out on the first attempt, which is why I'm asking here.”

•     Beer for my horses, whiskey for my men!

“It has been a while since we skirted this topic and with the many new faces I decided to start a good beer thread. Tonight I had a beer that I picked up in California. It's a brew I have never heard of but man is it good.”

•     Everyone's next race?

“What are others planning on running next? My next one that I call official is in Vermont at the end of January(I mean July). I plan on running a fast 2 mile race on July 4th. but the big event is in Vermont.”

•     Wish me luck at the U.S. women's Sprint Tri this Sunday

“I'm as ready as one can be for this triathlon on Sunday. I'm excited about it. My goal is to make it under 1 1/2 hours. I can do the swim in 12 minutes or less, bike in under 40 and run in 30. The transitions will get me as I have to go to the bathroom more often and think I'll have to go each transitions. LOL!”

•     How can I swim faster?

“I've done about 5 sprint tri's and I'm really slow on the swim. I can do the distance. I don't know if I should focus on kicking more or there is something about my form, or I'm just not strong enough.”

•     Too soon to run a 1/2 marathon?

“I am on week five of the couch to 5K from There is a half marathon on Oct 11 I want to run. That would mean I would finish my couch to 5K program the third week of July and jump right into the build up for the half-marathon.”

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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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Active Endurance Weekly

Posted by Active Toby Apr 9, 2008

Active Endurance Weekly: 4/7


Ryan Hall is back in London for the London Marathon on April 13, check out the racing news at Runner’s World, where Hall says I don't think I've ever been this fit in my life" and listen to a podcast with Hall over at TFS.


There have been 19 world records set in the sport of swimming and 18 of them using one suit - the Speedo LZR Racer since its debut in February, 2008. Swimsuit manufacturer/competitor, Arena, is pushing the governing body of the sport, FINA, to ban the Speedo suit on the grounds that it is illegal. The swimsuit debate continues.




It looks like Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. will be the official outfitter for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Here is the article in the Wall Street Journal.


Have you heard the latest craze over the detoxifying magic of apple cider vinegar?

Check out this and the 10 Outrageous Diet Scams at Mark Sission’s Daily Apple.


Set your TiVo tonight because the Ironman World Championship 70.3 will air on NBC April 12.

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Cycle safety campaign in London:



Velonews posted the column, Questions about the Cupertino crash... , written By Bob Mionske, that asks some important questions about media bias and cyclist safety resulting from the fatal accident in SF last week.


How would you like to be able to run any race in 4 weeks? Active Expert Matt Fitzgerald gives us the skinny on nonlinear periodization.


Our own Active Expert, Joe Decker gets interviewed by Endurance Planet about taking on Barklay 100, arguably the world’s toughest 100 mile race. Listen to the interview


While we’re on the topic of impossibly difficult events, check out this video from Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge - Death Division



You can expect barbed wire, mud boggin, wood choppin, tunnels, deep water diving, running, crawling, crying, screaming, and sweating. Doubtful you'll finish but be proud of yourself for trying. for more info.


Do you dream of toeing the line in Hopkinton? Check out this discussion of the fastest marathon courses . You just might get the extra edge to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon!

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TCSD (Triathlon Club San Diego) released a preview of their 2008 race apparel:


For those of you coming down from your weekend runner’s high, check out this article posted by Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkin, where researchers have finally demonstrated the existence of an 'endorphin driven runner's high'. 


Do you get enough sleep? Check out this study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting that Americans aren’t getting their Zzzz’s.


Did your favorite marathon make the list? Check out the Guide to Some of the Best Marathons in North America and let us know.


"You can't keep those women down, you can't get them back in the kitchen." Read the full story to find out which major marathon event director has his foot in his mouth.


Listen to this podcast from Endurance Planet, where USAT Coach Troy Jacobson answers a question about strength training for the marathon, finishing strong in a 70.3, and full Iron-distance event.


And last and certainly not least, ActiveX: ARMaggedon

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Mark Your Race Calendars

Posted by ManintheArena Dec 21, 2007

In her article "[Ten Tips for the New Year|]," Active Expert Gale Bernhardt's first recommendation is: Set a Goal.


What better way to give yourself something to work for in 2008 than to sign up for a race? But be aware, some pre-planning could save you a little money. Many races that already have registration open will be raising their prices beginning January 1.


For triathletes, that includes races such as the Accenture Chicago Triathlon, Vineman Ironman 70.3, Big Kahuna Triathlon (70.3-distance) and the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa--which also happens to be the final Olympic qualifier for the 2008 U.S. triathlon team.


Other races will be opening registration right after the New Year. This includes the Superfrog Triathlon (70.3-distance), the 5430 Sports triathlon race series and the World Famous Mud Run, part of the Camp Pendleton (California) Hard Corps Race Series. On January 3, registration for  opens to USA Triathlon members, with non-member registration opening the next day.


Now is the perfect time to find out the registration details of your favorite race and add it to this list. Runners, cyclists, adventure racers, swimmers and anyone who wants others to be a part of an awesome event can add it to the comments section below.


What's going to be your motivation to train in 2008?

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Caffeine and athletics

Posted by Active Toby Aug 22, 2007

I’ve read quite a few articles in endurance sports publications on the benefits and disadvantages of caffeine on athletic performance. It seems as though there are always new studies being conducted that disprove the latest theory.


Our very own Active Expert, Matt Fitzgerald, has saved us all the hassle of sifting through the most recent studies to find the facts in his article, The Caffeinated Runner.

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