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.
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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! 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
Congratulations to C. J. Lage from Iowa for finishing the 50 & DC for the 1st time at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon. Great Job C. J.!!!!
Congratulations to Eugene Bruckert from Illinois for finishing the 50 & DC for the 9th time. Great Job Eugene!!!!
Congratulations to Michael Flaherty for finishing the 50 & DC marathon curcuit on 12/11/2016 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, at Biloxi, MS
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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.
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Congratulations to Terri Ernst for finishing the 50&DC Marathon Circuit for the 1st time. Terri did the Marine Corps Marathon on 10/26/14. Great job Terri!!!!
Brookings Marathon Discount - May 13, 2017 Matt Bien would again like to extend a $10 discount to the 50 States & DC members for the 2017 Brookings Marathon to be held on Saturday, May 13th. Members can check the "50 States Discount" box during the online registration process. It would be great if you could get this info out to your membership. Let us know if there are other ways to promote our event with your group. Thanks! Matt Bien Race Director
Congratulations to Mark LeDuc for finishing the 50&DC Marathon Circuit for the 1st time. Mark did the Newport Rhode Island Marathon on 10/9/16. Great job Mark!!!!
Welcome to Overseas Runs. Firstly we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our e-mail. Overseas Runs is a unique travel experience for all club runners specifically designed to showcase some of the most scenic morning runs overseas. With more than 10 years experience in adventure travel, we brought together adventure travel and themed runs that is synonymous with its surroundings, offering morning runs in spectacular postcard images. We are flexible to arrange specific dates, locations etc for all our club athletes. Please feel free to look at our website here: www.overseasruns.com Attached is our promotional poster, please feel free to contact us for our discounts for club runners. Please feel free to print off the attachment. we would like to thank you once again for your time. Kind regards Matthew Ford CEO
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Dear running clubs of which I am a member. . .(I have blind copied all of you in case it is not OK with you that I share your e-mail address with others): None of you specifically recognizes completion of the Canadian provinces and territories (at least beyond the 2nd time, with the exception of the 50&DC Club); nevertheless, I thought I’d at least call today’s achievement to your attention in case you deemed it worthy of your newsletter. Today, with the completion of the “Legs for Literacy” marathon in Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada), I finished my 4th time around the 13 Canadian Provinces and Territories (including 4 marathons run in Nunavut Territory after it was created in 1999). One person has done this twice (Eugene DeFronzo) and another could be viewed as doing it twice (Don Kern) although he is counting a Nanisivik marathon run in the Northwest Territory on Baffin Island as Nunavut – later, that island was ceded to Nunavut and is now part of its territory. No one else has done the Canadian 13 more than once. I’ve also pasted in the link to the Canadian Broadcasting Company published story on the new world record – they also have a video but I’ve not yet discovered that link. And I’ve attached an extraction from my running workbook that shows the race names, places, and dates of all four marathons I ran in each of the provinces and territories. (I have chosen not to include 3 other Canadian marathons I ran that were started in one place but either finished in or included a portion of the route in a different province, as rules change over time and some might not choose to count those 3, now or later.) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-legs-for-literacy-1.3817425 Incidentally, my wife Jeanne, who is a member of some of your clubs, today completed the half-marathon here to finish her half-marathons in all 13 provinces and territories. We’ve dug pretty hard but have not found any cases of any other USA woman having accomplished that (although some, like Cheri Pompeo, have done the 13 for full marathons).
A compulsively readable, remarkably candid memoir from world class ultra-marathon runner Charlie Engle chronicling his globe-spanning races, his record-breaking run across the Sahara Desert, and how running helped him overcome drug addiction…and an unjust stint in federal ...
Congratulations to Lynn Grieger from Vermont for Finishing the 50&DC Circuit for the 1th Time at the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii on September 5, 2016. Great Job Lynn!!!!
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2 Marathon Discounts New Haven Half Marathon New Haven Green Labor Day, September 5th $5 Discount code for half marathon: 50STATES Guilford Half Marathon Guilford Fairgrounds November 13th, 2016 $5 Discount Code: 50STATES