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Race Across California Recap

After 10 days, 266 miles and 9,409 feet of elevation gain, the Race Across USA has completed its traverse of the state of California! Twelve Core Team members, who will run coast-to-coast, started from Huntington Beach on Friday, January 16.

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The Race to End Childhood Obesity

A South Bay native, Patrick Sweeney is most likely to be spotted running along the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, catching rays and wearing nothing but shorts and a smile. On January 16 – his 36th birthday – Sweeney will veer from his ocean-side path and join an international team of run on a 4 1/2 month journey.

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Registration for Race Across California Closes

Registration for the Race Across California will close in one week on December 16 at midnight. The price of running all ten days across the state is $290. There are also two four-day events (Quadzilla!) for $190. Take action and run across the Golden State for childhood fitness.

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73 Year Old Cancer Survivor to Race Across the USA

Race Across the USA core-member Newton Baker will be celebrating his 73rd birthday as he sets out on day one of our 140-day race across the United States. Teacher, father, and repeated winner of the USA 24 Hour Run National Championships for his age group, Newton is the perfect candidate to inspire us all to get up and start moving.

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First Transcontinental Race in Four Years Planned for 2015

After completing his first Ironman, Darren Van Soye co-collaborated to create a 100-mile running challenge to raise money to combat childhood obesity. Now he is gearing up once again to pair his passion for running with a social cause. Beginning in January of 2015, Darren, along with 11 other core team members, will lead a foot-race and carry a message across the USA. Their purpose: to raise awareness of the childhood inactivity epidemic in this country, and to share their passion for running as a possible solution. I caught up with Darren to get some details about the Race Across the USA.

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How to Run a Transcon in 50 Days

Scheduled to start on January 16, 2015, this transcontinental race has captured the attention of the entire nation. A dozen core team runners have been selected from a pool of over 50 applicants. Each runner will vie for the lead position with the dream of taking first place when the team arrives at the White House in Washington D.C. – our nation’s capital. Though many more athletes would like to join the core team, not everyone can take 140-days off from work. The event organizers have created 13 four-day events sprinkled along the route. Most of them are scheduled over a weekend. So, typically, runners would arrive on Thursday afternoon and beginning running the following day….

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Travel the Globe Without Leaving Your Hometown

Back in 2008, Duncan Galbraith of Greenock Scotland, creator of the World Walking application and website, found himself facing the same problem. As the leader of a Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation exercise class for older adults at the Inverclyde Leisure’s Waterfront Complex in Greenock, he needed a way not only to motivate his members to keep attending class, but to continue exercising between classes…

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Strength of Iron, Heart of Gold

For most of us, exercise is a fun, healthy – but casual – way to get out of the house and stay in shape. In the world of sports, however, there’s a category that goes beyond our weekly bouts at the gym, or a pick-up game with the guys: some sports out there are Extreme. Sports like the famous Iron Man Triathlon races exist to push the limits of human ability and endurance. The full Iron Man race pits athletes against 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of bike racing, and a marathon 26.2 miles of running – all in one stretch. Finishing any one course is a workout even for a professional athlete; completing all three amounts to a Feat of Hercules…

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Can You Guess How Many Marathons Yolanda Holder Has Walked?

Meet Yolanda Holder, the “Walking Diva.” Power walker and Guinness World Record holder, Yolanda uses her unique form of racing to highlight the benefits of exercise. In the beginning, Yolanda was a race walker. Unlike power walking, it is judged for technique and form. She combined the two types of walking to create her own style of power walking. When asked about her definition of power walking, Yolanda replied, “Basically, power walking is your own style of walking. Pumping your arms as you walk creates more…

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Can you Guess the Length of the Longest Footrace?

You’ve probably heard the story of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier who, in 490 B.C., ran 26 miles from the town of Marathon to Athens. When he arrived, he announced a battleground victory over the Persians with his cry of, “Nike! (Victory!)”, and promptly dropped dead. Over 2,000 years later the marathon – so named for the spot of Pheidippides’ finish and defined by the approximate length of his run, 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards – was incorporated into the first modern Olympics in 1896 and has since spread across the globe…

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