New Location for Saturday’s Training Run

Getting bored of running every weekend in Dry Creek Park? Ready for a change of scenery? We got you covered.

For this weekend’s 18 mile training run, we are heading back out to Oakdale. Going a route very similar to the Flat Arch Run we did at the end of December.

Location

This time, we aren’t starting from the barn, though. We will be meeting on Frankenheimer Road (same road as the barn is on).

The meeting area is along the road and doesn’t have an exact address, so put 9720 Frankenheimer Road, Oakdale into your GPS for a close location.

Time

We will start at our usual time of 7:45.

The Route

Mike Araiza planned out a great run for us and the Teens Run Modesto program. It keeps us off major roads to make for a quiet, uneventful run.

Check out the course on the USATF website.

Aid

We will have aid stations on the course, but it is still very important that you bring your own water/sports drinks and energy fuel (GU, gel, etc.).

Unlike the marathon that will have aid stations placed every 2 miles, we don’t have the volunteers to staff that many stations for this training run.

18 miles is a long distance. You will need to hydrate and refuel more frequently than our aid stations will provide. Bring a water belt and pack GU.

Respecting the Route

Whenever we run on the road, we are running in people’s neighborhoods. We need to respect that as you would expect that in your neighborhood.

Please run along the side of the road to allow locals to pass by easily. Run facing oncoming traffic for safety.

Most importantly, DON’T LITTER! We want to leave this farm land as clean and pristine as we found it.

See you all on Saturday morning in Oakdale. If you show up at the park, it will be a very lonely 18 mile run.

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Hotel Discounts for the Modesto Marathon

We have arranged discounted room rates for race weekend at multiple Modesto hotels.

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SpringHill Suites Modesto

Just 2.3 miles from the start line and 2 blocks off of the marathon course, Springhill Suites is another great option for lodging on race weekend. SpringHill Suites is offering marathon participants a discounted hotel room rate of only $99.

To receive the SpringHill Suites marathon rate, use this link to book your hotel room.

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DoubleTree Modesto

The DoubleTree Modesto is offering race participants a $94 room rate. Located blocks from the start line and adjacent to the Expo, staying at the DoubleTree puts you in the center of the action on race weekend.

To receive the DoubleTree marathon rate, use  this link to book your hotel room.

Other Hotel Discounts

14 other Modesto area hotels have provided discount pricing for Modesto Marathon participants. Check out our Accommodations Directory for a full list of hotels.

Spread The Word About Movie Night

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Help us get the word out about how much fun our annual Movie and Wine Night.

With great food, wine and an inspirational movie, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Even non-runners in your life will have a wonderful time.

Let’s all work to fill the State Theatre and show our special guest, Kevin Kline, what Modesto hospitality is all about.

We’ve made this special-sized poster that will print easily on your home or work printer. Print it out and post it at work.

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Print Your Own SAMM 2013 Poster

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Having a hard time getting out of bed on these cold winter mornings? Need something to motivate you to get your training runs in?

Print out the official Modesto Marathon poster. Post it on your refrigerator, in your work cubicle, or anywhere that it will remind you of your goal to finish the race strong.

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SAMM Merchandise Is Here

The excitement is building around the 2013 Modesto Marathon as race shirts and other merchandise are arriving. We are so pumped that we couldn’t help but share pictures with you.

Race Shirts

We got a lot of feedback from runners of last year’s race about our shirts. The biggest request: offer men’s and women’s shirts instead of unisex.

We listened and now the 2013 race shirts come in gender specific sizes. (A good reason to complete the post race survey to help us make the event even better.)

Pick up your shirt at the Expo Day on March 23rd.

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Water Bottles

waterbottleInclude your favorite marathon in your hydration strategy with this handheld water bottle.

This 22 ounce bottle includes a removable bottom for easy cleaning. It also has a zippered pouch to carry your phone, MP3 player or keys.

At only $15, this water bottle is a steal.

Purchase the water bottle at the Expo Day or get it a month early at the Modesto Marathon Movie Night.

Running Hat

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Back by popular demand, this lightweight hat will quickly become your favorite running accessory. At just $15, these are bound to sell out like they did last year.

You can buy your hat at the Expo Day or at the Movie Night to make sure you get one before they sell out.