bartyassoBart Yasso, known as Runner’s World Magazine’s “Chief Running Officer” since 1987, will be the featured guest speaker at the 2013 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon Pre-Race Dinner. He will also be at the SAMM Expo greeting the public and sharing his running wisdom and anecdotes.

Yasso has coached thousands of marathon runners enrolled in the Runner’s World Challenge.
He is the creator of the “Yasso 800’s” a workout that predicts marathon race pace through running 800 meters 10 times. This technique has been used by many local athletes and is extremely popular in Europe and Italy.

Yasso was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions and is the author of the book My Life on the Run.

He has run marathons worldwide – from Boston and New York to Antarctica and Mount Kilimanjaro, and at least one on all seven continents. He completed the ultramarathon Badwater, billed as “the world’s toughest footrace,” in 1989 when it was a grueling 146-mile trek across California’s Death Valley. (Today it has been trimmed to 135 miles.)

He has also completed two solo, unsupported bicycle rides across the U.S. in 20 days, averaging 155 miles per day.

Yasso was recently named #80 among The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012 by

In addition to hanging out at the Expo and speaking at dinner, Yasso will start the 2013 marathon and half marathon races, and will greet and mingle with finishers.

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volunteerHappy Holidays! My name is Gabriela Guerrini and I am the new volunteer coordinator for the 2013 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. Last year, I ran my first half marathon and benefited from the experience so much, I decided to take on a larger role in helping the marathon succeed. I am captivated by the energy the marathon brings to Modesto, in addition to the amount of people we see running and walking in town, it is inspiring. If you’ve run a race or have volunteered at one, you know the excitement it generates and it is contagious – I love being a part of it.

It definitely takes a village to put on, so I am grateful for each and every person that gives their time to lend a hand. As you may know, it takes about 700 volunteers to make the marathon successful, so we have a big task ahead of us. I have plenty of spots for everyone, including many opportunities other than the day of the race, if you are interested in volunteering and running, I have a spot for you. I am getting all my ducks in a row and will be getting back to all our volunteers this January.

This December the committee started a drawing for our volunteers. We picked three names from our list of volunteers to give away fun schwag and gift certificates to three lucky volunteers. Help me congratulate Kristy Oden, Verlee Gale & Vicky King. These lovely ladies won a Modesto marathon shopping bag, t-shirt and $25 gift certificate to Envy Fine Clothes in McHenry Village! We will be drawing more names each month until the marathon. Be on the lookout for an email from me – you could be the next winner! Thanks again for volunteering. May the New Year bring you much health and happiness!

vance-westernSports injuries can stop your marathon training fast.

To increase your chances of running your best race at the Modesto Marathon, you need to know how to prevent getting hurt. If you do get injured, you need to know how to recover as quickly as possible to get back out on the road.

The Modesto Marathon Medical Coordinator, Dr. Vance Roget M.D., shares his fast knowledge and experience in the field of sports injuries. Dr. Roget is a sports medicine specialist practicing here in Modesto (a great person to see if your injury needs professional help). He is also a well accomplished marathon and ultra-marathon runner.

This downloadable guide was provided by Dr. Roget during a seminar he gave to our Adult Training Group. We thought others training for the Modesto Marathon could benefit from the information.

Dr. Roget’s Sports Injury

motivationIt’s been about six weeks since we started this journey! We have enjoyed sunshine, beautiful weather, new knowledge, new running shoes, and new friends. Some of you are beginning to adjust to this new path you’re on; you take steps daily toward a healthier active lifestyle. It’s not training just for today; it’s training for a lifetime.

As the weather starts to turn cold and the sky is sometimes gray, the mileage starts to increase, rain drops may be falling on your head, the busy holiday season is upon us and getting out for your run can become a little more difficult. Running tests your physical strength and mental strength (perhaps more mental than physical at times).

Somebody asked me how to stay motivated. The educator in me knows that if one person asks a question, it’s quite likely others may be wondering about it too.

Motivation is unique. Motivation is personal. What motivates you to leave a warm bed on a cold morning to run in the rain won’t work for somebody else. Motivation doesn’t just happen. You have to nurture the highs, lows, and places everywhere in between.

Perhaps some of these ideas may work for you. If not, dig deep and find what will make you successful and then please share with the team.

Listen to music. This is debatable. Some can’t run with music. Others can’t run without it. The type of music people listen to varies greatly. Google “running music” if you need suggestions. If you do run with headphones, safety must come first! Wear only one ear bud so you can hear others and traffic around you. If you’re in a highly congested area, turn it off. Never compromise your own safety.

Find like-minded friends. Seek out people who are motivated to live a healthy lifestyle. It’s not uncommon for non-running friends to think you’ve “lost it” when you share your new goal! Have you heard something like this? “You’re going to do what?” They may make unencouraging comments to you (usually out of their own guilt because you’ve committed to take care of yourself.) Likeminded friends, on the other hand, will encourage you, run with you, check in with you, and listen to you!

Sign up for the marathon (full, half, or 5k). Once you’re paid, you’ve made a financial commitment to your goal. Race fees are always non-refundable.

Find out why. Ask yourself why you’re on this journey. Is it so you can be healthier for your family? Chase after your children? To feel better? Look better? Lose weight? In honor of a loved one? Somebody shared the story of losing a loved one to cancer. In permanent marker, he wrote “Cancer” on the bottom of his running shoes. He “stomped on cancer every time he ran.” Whatever your reason, remind yourself of it when you feel your motivation is low.

Reminders. Place your inspiration prominently around your living and working spaces. Leave your running magazines on the coffee table. Post motivational quotes on your computer, bathroom mirror, car, desk, nightstand, on that box of chocolates that continues to call your name, and anywhere else you can think of.

Celebrate milestones. Every time you run further or longer, that’s an accomplishment. Hitting five miles, ten, fifteen, then twenty is quite a feeling. Your legs and feet will be tired, sore, and you may wonder why you continue, and then amazingly enough, once again you’re lacing up those running shoes to do it all again! Mark the milestone with something you enjoy (an indulgent guilt-free afternoon nap??).

The feeling you get from a good run far surpasses the uncomfortable feeling you get from sitting around just thinking about doing it.

Some days you can think of some great reasons not to run…dishes in the sink, laundry is piled up, the dog hasn’t been walked, the lawn needs mowing, I must go to the grocery shopping, I need to fix the sprinkler, my son lost his jacket at school, my kids need homework help (why do those teachers give so much?), I can’t find my favorite running shorts, I haven’t called my grandmother in two weeks, I went to bed too late, I woke up late, I just don’t want to… I can think of only one reason why you should run…YOU’RE WORTH IT!

Way to go on your lifelong journey…

John Bingham said, “The miracle isn’t that I finished, it’s that I had the courage to start.”
For you, you’ve already started!

  1. If you live nearby, no one will lose your luggage.
  2. If you live nearby, you can sleep in your own bed, and for at least an extra hour.
  3. It is cheaper not paying for planes, trains, and automobiles (and hotels).
  4. We guarantee good pre-race food, motivating lecture, and interesting Expo.
  5. We guarantee a flat, fast course (and Boston qualifier, for the fast runners).
  6. We train adults and teens for safely finishing (half or full marathon).
  7. You will find an excellent variety of post-race services (including free massage), food, and fun activities (for runners and families).
  8. Your registration and training commitment proves that you are a dedicated athlete, in charge of your own healthy destiny. Your entry fee helps support teens fitness (see
  9. You will probably be running faster than the cows, trees and rocks that you will speed by like they are standing still.
  10. You can get a free photo of you and your drool and vomit-encrusted (smiling) face and shirt, and salt (and urine?) stained shorts.

Ultra-runner Linda McFadden shares her extensive experience in the prevention and treatment of blister and chafing.

Here is the Powerpoint presentation from her recent presentation to our marathon training group.