Circle of Hope helps Breast Cancer Patients

June 23, 2014

Duluth UV Postcard (2)This past weekend at the Grandma’s Marathon, we met Peggy Anderson with Circle of Hope. Circle of Hope is a breast cancer non-profit organization located in Duluth, MN.

Circle of Hope is having a fundraiser called the UV Splash Color Dash on September 13, 2014, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN. This organization is raising money to help breast cancer patients in northern MN and northern Wisconsin with daily living expenses as they go through treatment. For many of the patients who have breast cancer and go through the treatments, it is hard to pay the bills in many cases. Click here for race details.

Circle of Hope has helped breast cancer patients by raising $109,000.00 in three years. This money has helped by paying providers of the patients who are struggling financially.

Go to the Circle of Hope website to learn more about this organization. For more information about how you can join the Circle of Hope “team,” contact Peggy at

Grandma’s Marathon – 15th Annual M&B Dinner

June 16, 2014

BeardsleyThis year marks the 15th year that M&B has hosted the Grandma’s Marathon post-race dinner & celebration for subscribers and their families. After the race on Saturday evening, we invite you, our loyal readers of Marathon & Beyond magazine, to celebrate your success at our annual Grandma’s Marathon Post-race Dinner & Celebration.

The complimentary buffet dinner is Saturday, June 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Lake Superior/Michigan Ballroom, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 200 West First Street in Duluth.

Join M&B publisher Jan Seeley and other Marathon & Beyond staff and friends for a fun gathering after Grandma’s Marathon. Special guests this year include ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich and Grandma’s Marathon course record holder, Dick Beardsley.

“We are planning a great time to share experiences, tell stories, and enjoy the accomplishments of all our subscribers who run the half and full marathons,” says Jan Seeley, publisher of M&B.

Admission to the party is free to subscribers and their families and friends. It includes delicious food, soda, and juice, along with a cash bar. There will be raffle prizes and specials on M&B merchandise.

An RSVP is absolutely required to attend. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. To confirm your place at the celebration, call or email the M&B office by June 16. The phone number is (217) 359-9345 or email:

The post-race dinner & celebration is part of the overall support that Marathon & Beyond is providing as a contributing sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon.

Ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich will be one of the all-star guest speakers during the expo. Marshall will also be joining us at the Marathon & Beyond booth at the expo. Marshall will be available to take pictures and sign his book Running on Empty: An Ultrarunner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America, a chronicle of his epic 3,063-mile run.

Dig Deep Races – Date set for 2014

October 1, 2013
DigDeepPromoPic3_smFor immediate release. Following the huge success of the 2013 Dig Deep Race weekend, which was held at Whirlow Hall Farm earlier this year, Event Organisers Eight Point Two are excited to announce that the 2014 event will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June.

The Dig Deep weekend has earned its place as one of the most highly anticipated race weekends in the UK trail and ultra-running community, with its comprehensive set of races and activities to suit all abilities. With four main races over the weekend, including the Ultra Tour of the Peak District – a brutal but stunning 60 mile course showcasing the best of Peak District trails – to the Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge.

Sponsorship for 2014 has already been finalised and race organiser Ian loombe announced, “We’re delighted to have Mammut as our principal sponsor, with Injinji and Ultimate Direction heavily involved as well. Clif will once again provide the nutrition for the race and Outside will be providing some great retail opportunities giving us a very respectable sponsor package.”

The 2013 event received great feedback, with the goody bags in particular proving to being very popular! Campers were given an overnight bag, which included earplugs, travel pillows and a Mammut cuddly toy. Over the weekend over £1,000 worth of Clif and Injiji freebies and goodies were given out as spot prizes!
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The Land of Runners

July 24, 2013
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Photo courtesy of Mark Shearman

Guest blogger, Richard Nerurkar, was a British international marathoner in the 1990s (PR of 2:08:36) before working as an event organizer in Ethiopia where he set up the Great Ethiopian Run. He now works and lives in Brighton, UK.

If you’re a keen marathon runner and curious to experience first-hand the land of long-distance running, why not check out the opportunity to take part in a marathon where runners and running never goes by unnoticed. Not only will you get to meet one of the greatest runners of all time; you’ll also get to see why marathon running has come to mean so much to this great distance-running nation. In this instance, it is surely true that seeing is believing.

The Haile Gebrselassie Marathon takes place in Hawassa, Ethiopia on Sunday October 20, 2013. For more details visit

It’s a curious thing that while marathon running worldwide continues its upward curve at a mass-participation level, at the elite level viewed worldwide performances are steadily declining. The striking exception to this global trend is found in the two African countries which for the past thirty years have been the powerhouse of world distance running: Kenya and Ethiopia.

Here are a few statistics to ponder:

  • In the past 45 years, British runners have recorded 37 marathon times of under 2 hours and 10 minutes, but only one of these (of 2:09:31 by Jon Brown in 2005 while he was still running for Britain) was achieved in the past 10 years. Over the same 45-year period US marathon runners have run 34 sub-2:10 times with 15 of these performances achieved in the past 10 years.
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The North Face Endurance Challenge Races – 10% Discount Code

June 27, 2013

3124nb_09911In our July/August issue, Meghan Hicks writes an article on “The 10 Best Ultras for First-Timers.” One of the series that she profiles is The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K races. Our friends at TNF races are offering a 10% discount for any race distance for the Wisconsin and Georgia events. Use this coupon code to receive your discount:  M&B13 (it is case sensitive).

An ideal course layout for elite speedsters and those taking their first strides in the world of ultra trail running, The Endurance Challenge Wisconsin course is run-able from start to finish, provided that you’ve trained properly. A large portion of the course takes place on the renowned Ice Age Trail located 60 miles southeast of Madison in the southern reaches of the picturesque Kettle Moraine State Park. A hardy test for trail runners of all levels, The North Face® Endurance Challenge at F.D.Roosevelt Park, GA, takes place on the Pine Mountain Ridge on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range. The registration fee for these events goes up on July 5, so register now to get your 10% discount! Go to for more information.

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