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Passing of Ray Scharenbrock

Ray Scharenbrock, a member and record holder of 50 & DC Marathon Group, passed away a few days ago. Ray's visitation will be Thursday 4:00 at Nash-Jackan in Ladysmith, WI with prayer service at 7:00. Friday 10:00 at funeral home followed by church service at 11:00 and burial to follow. Ray loved to run!

Run Crazy Horse, Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay $10 Discount!

From Emily,  I wanted to send you a $10 discount code if you are willing to share with the 50 State +DC group? Run Crazy Horse, Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay $10 Discount! Black Hills, South Dakota Sunday,  Oct. 8th TO REGISTER: Please visit: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=125568 .  Use discount code RCH17 for $10 off! Event information: www.RunCrazyHorse.com Other Questions:   Director@RunCrazyHorse.com Thanks! Emily Wheeler WEM, Inc. Wheeler Event Management Emily@RunCrazyHorse.com 605.390.6137 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon www.DeadwoodMickelsonTrailMarathon.com Run Crazy Horse www.RunCrazyHorse.com ....The Only Way to the Finish Line is to Be at the Start

Brookings Marathon, South Dakota. a $10 discount for marathon entries.

Greetings from Brookings, South Dakota.  I am writing to again offer your group a $10 discount for marathon entries.  The date for next year is Saturday, May 12, 2018. But I also would ask that you look ahead even further to 2019.  On May 11, 2019, the Brookings Marathon will hold its 50th running.  We are among the oldest continuously run marathons in the US.  I am hopeful that we can attract record marathon numbers for that year - we have a goal of 500 for the 50th (twice our current largest field). To get there we will need some help from groups such as the 50 & DC Marathon Group.  You may even want to consider a group reunion in Brookings that weekend in 2019.  Plans will continue to evolve in the coming 18+ months, but here are some early ideas: 1. free registration to the first entry from each state 2. special discount (higher than current discount) to all marathon club members 3. VIP tent at the finish and/or party/meeting room at a local hotel 4. unique finishers jacket or hoodie 5. awesome volunteers, fast course, custom medals 6. post-race party 7. discounts on a 50th Anniversary Brookings Marathon history book with results, photos, and stories (to be published after the 2019 event) All that and more...PLUS we are open to any suggestions that you may have to make Brookings a 2019 destination for your club.  I wanted to reach out with plenty of advance notice and look forward to hearing from you. Matt Bien Race Director Brookings Marathon www.brookingsmarathon.comz

Congratulations to Edson Sanches

Congratulations to Edson Sanches from New Jersey for finishing the 50 & DC for the 7th time at the New Hampshire Marathon in Bristol, New Hampshire on Oct 01, 2016. Edson also finishes his 700th marathon. Great Job Edson!!!

RUN WALK CRAWL ADVENTURES

RUN WALK CRAWL ADVENTURES P.O. Box 40431 Phoenix, AZ 85067 Tel: 602-457-4635 connect@rwcadventures.com Run Walk Crawl Adventures, Inc. Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions Entry Fees Sign Me Up! Join the adventure for the third annual Angel Fire Adventure Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Happy Feet Kids Run! Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery with a run through picturesque Angel Fire, New Mexico. The rolling course is great for the beginning runners, and poses just enough of a challenge for those looking to test their endurance. The elevation might also take your breath away, but the views are worth it! On event day in July, participants can expect an average high temperature of 80 degrees with a possible low of 40 degrees in the evenings, creating perfect running conditions for all. A resort town located at 8,300 feet in the New Mexico mountains, Angel Fire offers runners a quiet environment to take in the views and an escape from the summer heat. Event Day Start Times - Sunday July 2, 2017 Marathon starts at 6:40am Half Marathon Starts at 6:50am 5k starts at 7:30am Happy Feet Kids Run starts at 9:45am Packet Pickup & Late Registration Friday, June 30, 2017 Visitor Center of Angel Fire 2:00pm to 6:00pm​ Saturday, July 1, 2017 Visitor Center of Angel Fire 10:00am to 6:00pm​ Sunday, July 2, 2017 Start/Finish Line 6:45am to 7:15am​ *Each participant will need to present valid photo ID *There is NO Marathon or Half Marathon packet pick up on Sunday, July 2. As a participant in the Angel Fire Adventure you will receive: Participant performance shirt Finisher medal Aid Station support every 1.5 - 2.0 miles. Professional Chip timing by 4Peaks Timing

Congratulations to J. R. Nolan

Congratulations to J. R. Nolan

Congratulations to J. R. Nolan from Virginia for finishing the 50 & DC for the 1st time at the Blooms to Brews Marathon in Woodland, WA. Also J. R. finish his 100th Marathon at that race. Great Job J. R.!!!!

Comprehensive Review on Treadmills

Comprehensive Review on Treadmills Treadmills can be a useful indoor training tool in addition to running outside. Due to the many advances in treadmill technology in recent years, they’ve become so much more than a conveyor belt you run on. Now you can run while you check your email, plan a marathon, and turn a celebrity trainer into your own running coach. Because they are a hefty investment, it’s crucial to take time to learn about the available options out there. The research team at Reviews.com recently spent weeks testing and evaluating 65 treadmills currently on the market. They consulted with numerous experts to come up with 3 top choices: best overall, most immersive experience and best for race prep. You can see their full review here: http://www.reviews.com/treadmills/

From Michael Zielinski

Running seven marathons in the span of seven days on seven continents wasn’t enough for Michael Wardian. He had to go and break the world record, too. Wardian was one of 30 competitors in the World Marathon Challenge, in which runners attempt to complete a marathon on every continent in just a week. The competitors start in Antarctica, then go to Chile, Miami, Madrid, Morocco, Dubai and finally Australia. Incredibly, Wardian broke the three-hour mark in each of the seven races, even down in Antarctica, where he finished in 2:54:54 despite running in sub-zero temperatures. Over the course of the seven races, Wardian averaged 2:45, breaking the record of 3:32. Granted, it’s only the third time that the World Marathon Challenge has been held, but that’s still incredibly impressive. A marathon is practically a walk in the park for the 42-year-old Wardian. He runs marathons all the time (including a personal best 2:17:49 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials), but he also runs ultra marathons, like 135 miles in Death Valley and 150 miles in the Sahara desert. Wardian had stiff competition in his races this week, too. Among the other competitors was former U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall.

Don McNelly, whose passion for running led to 744 marathons, dies at 96

Don McNelly, whose passion for running led to 744 marathons, dies at 96 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Don McNelly called his marathon running “a positive addiction.” “I have to get my running fix or I get itchy," he said during a 1995 interview with the Democrat and Chronicle. He would scratch that itch with abandon for more than four decades. A longtime resident of Irondequoit who completed 744 marathons, including 117 ultra-marathons, in a running career that brought him international fame, McNelly died Sunday. He was 96. “He was so devoted, and I would say consumed — or addicted — he would often say he was addicted to running and he was quite proud of that," said Dan McNelly, Don’s son. “If he couldn’t do marathons he wasn’t going to do anything else." Perhaps because of his obsession with 26.2 miles and good health, Don McNelly was able to enjoy a variety of accomplishments, including a legacy of volunteerism that revolved around his running passion. Age an asset for ultramarathon runners, study suggests Watch the thrilling video of 70-year-old woman finishing ultramarathon with seconds to spare Described by family and friends as a polymath, someone who becomes a master of many areas of life, McNelly also found time to make wine, enjoy classical music, author a book, become a beekeeper and, at the age of 80, become the “elephant ambassador" at the Seneca Park Zoo. A World War II Navy veteran, McNelly served the community on the boards of Hillside Children's Center and Strong Children's Hospital and as president of the Seneca Park Zoo Society. He helped found two popular road races, the Stroll for Strong and the Jungle Jog 5K, fundraising events that have raised thousands for Golisano Children's Hospital and the zoo, respectively. A bench at the zoo bears McNelly’s name in appreciation for his many years of service. “I met him when he was well into his mid-80s and you’d never guess his age," said Chuck Levengood, Seneca Park Zoo’s director of development. “He had more enthusiasm and energy than most people half his age. He was a glass-half-full guy, always positive and willing to jump in and help out however he could." McNelly’s running exploits were featured in Runner’s World magazine and many other publications. His colorful life was the subject of a book, The Madman, the Marathoner. “Few people could ever hope to achieve in three lifetimes what Don McNelly has done in one," said Juanita Tischendorf, a family friend and McNelly’s biographer. “A man too big to ever be forgotten." Rochester's Don McNelly, left, receives encouragement Rochester's Don McNelly, left, receives encouragement from an unidentified runner during the 2010 Harrisburg Marathon in Harrisburg, Pa. Mr. McNelly completed 744 marathons, including 177 past age 80. He died Feb. 5 at 96. (Photo: Daniel Shanken, Daniel Shanken/AP) Raised on a series of tenant farms in Brookville, Ohio, as the oldest of seven, McNelly served aboard the destroyer USS Kyne as a lieutenant and chief engineer and was among the first Americans to set foot in Japan after the atomic bomb attacks. He would return many times to Japan for visits, including to run a marathon with his grandson, Nick. McNelly and his family relocated to Rochester from Indiana in 1954. He served in a variety of executive positions for St. Joe Paper, Co. Shaken by the sudden death of a close friend from a heart attack, McNelly began running in the late 1960s, way before America’s running boom. He ran his first marathon in 1969 in Boston, struggling to the finish. But three years later, he completed the iconic race in 2 hours and 51 minutes. He would go on to set what Runner’s World said are believed to be world records for most marathons past the age of 70 (295, of which 58 were ultras) and most past the age of 80 (177, of which seven were ultras). He reached the 700 milestone in 2006 at age 86 and eventually met his goal of 744 — the ship number of the USS Kyne. He attempted No. 745 at a marathon in Harrisburg, Pa., in 2010 just days after his 90th birthday but had to pull out after 12 miles. Don McNelly, then 74, runs at Durand-Eastman Golf Course, Don McNelly, then 74, runs at Durand-Eastman Golf Course, near his home, in January 1995 as he prepared to run in Antarctica the following month. (Photo: Reed Hoffmann/file photo) In addition to his mega-marathon running, McNelly ran up the Empire State Building and across the United States as part of a relay team. A prostate cancer survivor, McNelly once was the subject of a research project studying aerobic fitness and aging by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’m 90 and I feel like I’m 50, 60 tops," McNelly told The Associated Press. “I’m a lucky, lucky, lucky guy." While he averaged sub-five-hour marathons until age 65, later in life he used a combination of jogging and walking to get to the finish line, making many friends along the way. One of his best friends was traveling companion and kindred spirit Norm Frank of Brighton, who completed 965 marathons. He died in 2015 at age 83. Why this obsession with marathons? McNelly said it had to do with testing his physical and mental limits and “competing against myself." “I want to keep going as long as I can,” McNelly told Runner’s World. McNelly is survived by his wife, Phyllis, two sons, Tom and Dan, and one grandson, Nick. He was predeceased by daughter Nancy.

Deadwood Mickelson Discount!

Deadwood Mickelson Discount! I wanted to send the discount code for your members for the marathon again this year.  Thanks for your help with promotion.  I appreciate it! Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Person Marathon Relay $10 - Sunday, June 4th, 2017 8 a.m. Deadwood, South Dakota Contact:  info@DeadwoodMickelsonTrailMarathon.com Kick off 2017 by registering for a DMTM event!  The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half and Full Marathon is a point to point course, beginning in the historic mining town of Rochford, the first 1.5 miles are on a paved road. At this point, the course becomes the Mickelson Trail (a rails to trails project). The next 12 miles are a mixture of gentle uphill and flat terrain. From this point to the end, the course is either downhill or flat and finishes at the historic Engine House at end of the line…the Deadwood Trailhead. The Half Marathon is also a point to point course, starting at the 13.1 mile mark of the full marathon. Walker Friendly .  Race caps at 3000 participants,  don’t wait to register! TO REGISTER: Please visit:  https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=124918   At Checkout, please enter the following information in the “discount code” box to receive $10 off!  AcesandEights (not case sensitive) We are a walker-friendly event so don't let the "running" part of it stop you from entering.  The courses are open for 7 hours.  All finishers receive a commemorative Medal. Emily Wheeler WEM, Inc. Wheeler Event Management Emily@RunCrazyHorse.com 605.390.6137 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon www.DeadwoodMickelsonTrailMarathon.com Run Crazy Horse www.RunCrazyHorse.com ....The Only Way to the Finish Line is to Be at the Start

Casper Marathon discount

Casper Marathon.
Once again this year we are offering  a discount to your members who choose to run our event, (both the half and full marathons).  I wanted to contact you and let you know the promo codes have not changed from last year and am hoping you can pass along the information to your membership so they can take advantage of the discount.  Registration opens January 1, 2017 and this years event will be held on Sunday June 4, 2017.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the 50 & DC group for their strong support of the Casper Marathon over the years.  I have met so many great members from the club  and always enjoy hearing the stories of their journeys and adventures along the way.
The Promo codes for the 2017 Casper Marathon are >>>>>  50 States Full and 50 States Half   Your members will receive either a $10 discount (full) or a $5 discount (half)  and will cover both early registration or late registration.
Thank you for your help and assistance with getting the information out to your members and hopefully putting us on your 2017 calendar.
We look forward to seeing the 50 & DC members ‘Running with the Herd’ again in 2017!!
If you need anything further please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,
Lee Wood
Casper Marathon Committee