RUNNING THE GAP MARATHON

Some 50 hardy souls lined up with me at the start line, drawn with a heel in the dirt. At exactly 7:30 we were off for an out-and-back run (once for half-marathoners, twice for full marathoners). The route was lined with beautiful fall foliage, which occasionally gave way to vistas of a distant hillside covered with windmills. Aid stations were more like what you would find in an ultra marathon – PB&J sandwich wedges, cookies, m&ms, in addition to water and gatorade. This was no coincidence, as race co-counder Mike Samuelson is himself an ultra-runner. Most runners were local, though one came in from Oregon for the race, and one, Bill Howes, was visiting from England and was running his 440th marathon.T-shirts were optional for a small fee, which seemed appropriate for a crowd that likely owned plenty of race shirts already, but a finisher’s medal is always appreciated, and the Gap Marathon did not disappoint, providing custom steel medals to all who completed the course.

All in all a great experience, for around half the price of most big city races.For more information on the GAP Marathon and other races produced by Altis, visit altisendurance.com, or go to their Facebook page.

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SPARTAN TRAINING

Last week I took a class in Mechanicsville, Maryland to become a Spartan Obstacle Specialist. For those of you who might not be familiar with Spartan, they produce obstacle course races (OCR) world-wide, ranging from a 5K Sprint to the marathon distance Ultra Beast. Obstacles test strength, agility, and athleticism, as participants scale walls, swing through hanging bars and rings, hoist weights, and negotiate a wide range of challenges.

The Obstacle Specialist course is a 5-hour one-day tutorial to provide tips, strategies, and training on some of the most challenging obstacles. This particular class was taught by Kevin Donoghue, a pro OCR racer who brought insight, passion, intelligence, and perhaps most importantly, patience, to his work. Now, I consider myself to be quite fit, but these obstacles revealed lots of holes in my fitness. It was a humbling experience, but still fun and completely worthwhile, especially if you are considering doing a Spartan race.

the Spartan Obstacle Specialist courses are usually offered on race weekends. Click here etc see a calendar of classes: http://www.spartancoaches.com/spartanfit-course-calendar.php

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JOIN ME FOR AN EPIC CYCLING AND RUNNING ADVENTURE IN OCTOBER

Bike to Brooklyn is a fully supported endurance cycling and running challenge from Washington DC to Brooklyn NY, all to raise awareness and funds for a great cause. I’ve done this ride the past two years, and it’s an amazing experience. Proceeds support Run Hope Work, a non-profit organization that uses fitness, mindfulness, and professional development to support young people by bringing stability to their lives. You don’t have to do both the bike ride and the run, but being a participant for either or both legs will be the adventure of a lifetime.

https://www.facebook.com/BiketoBrooklyn/

Bike to Brooklyn is an extraordinary endurance fundraising experience. Participants will cycle approximately 267 miles in 30 hours, from Washington DC to Bro…
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CHECK OUT THIS PODCAST INTERVIEW ON MY NEW BOOK “AGELESS STRENGTH”

I join host Diane Jenks on her podcast show “The Outspoken Cyclist” to discuss strength, balance, and functionality for aging athletes. My interview begins at minute 42 in the show, but you’ll want to hear all of her fascinating guests as well!

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CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY WITH SPARTAN RACE DISCOUNTS

Not sure what to give dad this year? Get him an adventure! Use the code SPARTANDAD to get discounts on Spartan obstacle course races, Spartan gear, and Spartan books. For more information, go to bit.ly/FATHERSDAY_SPARTAN._jim4934.

 

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CHECK OUT MY PODCAST INTERVIEW ON 40+Fitness

I discuss my new book Ageless Strength with host Alan Misner. Find it at https://40plusfitnesspodcast.com/ageless-strength-jeff-horowitz/

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ARE YOU PLANNING ON DOING A SPARTAN OBSTACLE COURSE RACE THIS YEAR? HERE’S AN INCENTIVE

Marriott Rewards is now the official Hotel Partner for Spartan Race and has an exclusive offer to people who join their loyalty program – 20% off races, free VIP bag check and $5 off Spartan gear at the races. Once  enrolled, points are earned when you stay at any 4,500 participating hotels around the world. All the info is here:
https://www.joinmarriottrewards.com/Spartan20/s/EN/channel/D

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