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30 Marathons Down

By EMMA K CARTER Our Race Across the USA team recently hit a big mile marker. Since beginning this race on January 16th our ten core runners, accompanied by numerous state runners, have run 30 marathons in a row. They

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The Race Across California: Complete

Everything is on schedule. Two and a half weeks ago our twelve core-team runners, accompanied by five state-runners and six four-day Urban Challenger participants, set off for their 140-day, 3,080 mile race from Huntington Beach, California to Washington D.C. After running 266 miles of rolling hills in ten days, they completed the Race Across California and began the Race Across Arizona.

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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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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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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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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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Race Across the USA Launches Indiegogo Campaign

We currently have a dozen runners who have a passion for the cause and have committed to run coast to coast to inspire our youth. These runners will visit schools along the route and participate in community events to raise awareness about the benefits of childhood fitness. In order to participate in this charity event, each runner must make a registration payment to cover liability insurance, campground fees, hotel reservations and gas.

The problem is that this registration amount doesn’t begin to pay for the full cost of running this event. Right now, we are short $14,000. That’s why we are asking for your help. Every dollar you donate will help us close this gap…

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Childhood Obesity – How Does Your State Stack Up?

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States, are obese. Many more are overweight.

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Ray Zahab Added As Advisor

Ray Zahab, founder of impossible2Possible (i2P) and a member of the team that crossed the continent of Africa in the documentary film titled “Running The Sahara”, has been added to the advisory board for the Race Across USA, scheduled to begin in January 2015. On November 1, 2006, former “pack a day smoker” Ray Zahab and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, both accomplished runners, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One Hundred Eleven (111) days and 7,500 km after leaving the coast of Senegal, they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea. The documentary film “Running The Sahara”, produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, was created in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa…

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