Big Changes at the Finish

Finish-Line-Map This year’s Modesto Marathon has seen major changes in the course. One of the reasons for the change is to create more of a festival atmosphere at the finish line. In past year’s, the race started and finished at the same place. Due to how confined that area is, it forced us to put the entertainment, food and other services away from the finish line. That all changes for the 2013 race. We’ve moved the finish line to a wide open area a couple blocks away from the start. Now, you can cheer on your favorite runners while listening to our great line-up of entertainment. Even more reason to bring the entire family to support the runner in your life. [download id=”14″]

An Interview with Dr. Calvin Lee

calvinWhile recording his recent radio spot for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon, Dr. Lee was asked for an interview.

A bit surprised by the request, I’m sure, Dr. Lee gave a great retelling of his and Dr. Wu’s long relationship with our race.

So great to here our history from the perspective of our title sponsor.

How far we’ve come!

Listen to the interview now:

Clear Channel Interview with Dr. Calvin Lee


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Are You Hearing Us On The Radio?

calvinleeThe Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon is hitting the airwaves again. This time with title sponsor Dr. Calvin Lee behind the microphone.

Check out the radio spot:

PSA-4th annual Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

Records and Winners


So far, two of our past marathon winners have committed to running the 2013 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. Modestan Jon Olsen will be trying for his third victory in four years in preparation for running in the World 24-Hour competition in Holland later this year. Michelle Meyer, who is attending medical school in San Francisco, will be back to attempt to break her 2011 course record. Meyer went on to qualify for the Olympic Trials after using SAMM in her training that year!

Being fast can translate into fast cash at the 2013 SAMM. Overall male and female winners will take home a cool $500. Add another $500 for setting a course record! Half marathon winners will receive $250, and another $250 for setting course records; while 5K victors will receive $100 and a $100 bonus for setting a new record.

Here are the past SAMM winners:



  • Clyde Behunin, 32, St. George, Utah, 2:32:46 (2012)
  • Michelle Meyer, 23, San Francisco, 2:52:25 (2011)

Half Marathon

  • Salvador Garcia, 30, 1:13:19.5 (2010)
  • Grace Lien, 23, 1:26:22 (2012)


  • Ruben Esparza, 45, 17:43.7 (2010)
  • Ramona Sanchez, 32, 18:02.8 (2010)

March 18, 2012


  • Clyde Behunin, 32, St. George, Utah, 2:32:46 (2012)
  • Sonya Decker, 45, Minneapolis, MN, 3:01:08

Half Marathon

  • Nick Grover, 32, San Francisco, 1:17:16
  • Grace Lien, 23, San Francisco, 1:26:22


  • Luis Perez, 18, 18:23:148
  • Wendy Pierpont, 39, 19:20:720

March 20, 2011


  • Jon Olsen, 36, Modesto, 2:39:44
  • Michelle Meyer, 23, 2:52:25

Half Marathon

  • Christian Izquierdo, 19, 1:19:28
  • Shana Brown, 40, 1:29:12


  • Mike Boyer, 42, Modesto, 19:26
  • Allison Brewer, 22, 22:07

March 21, 2010


  • Jon Olsen, 35, Modesto, 2:43:44.9
  • Samantha Shultz, 29, 3:19:10.8

Half Marathon

  • Salvador Garcia, 30, 1:13:19.5
  • Ali Klikna, 32, 1:27:59.9


  • Ruben Esparza, 45, 17:43.7
  • Ramona Sanchez, 32, 18:02.8

January Volunteer Drawing

Happy New Year!

We are a little behind in congratulating our two winners for our January volunteer drawing. Dan Duarte and Suzanne Abid are the lucky winners. They each won a Modesto Marathon duffle bag, t-shirt and hat!

Hurry and sign-up to volunteer for this year’s marathon and you could be the next big winner. Our next drawing will be in a couple weeks for February. I’m excited to find out what the next prize will be.

If you are running or walking the marathon, don’t fret – you can still volunteer to help. We have volunteer opportunities weeks before the marathon to help stuff goody bags and put together lanyards. We also need a lot of help the day before the race at the Expo in downtown Modesto at the Centre Plaza.

The sense of community that comes from helping put on the marathon is priceless.

Thanks and I hope you are the next lucky volunteer that gets an email from me with “Congratulations” in the subject line!

Official SAMM Keychain


We asked runners of the 2012 Modesto Marathon what they wanted to see in 2013.

What we heard, “MORE SWAG!”

To satisfy your craving for race swag, we proudly introduce the official SAMM keychain.

These keychains are going to half marathon and 5K participants.

Register early to make sure you get yours before they run out.

SAMM Hits The Radio

Seems that the Modesto Marathon is getting so big that it is everywhere. The latest place our team has invaded are the radio waves in the Central Valley.

Have you heard our promo on Clear Channel stations? If not, here it is:

PSA-Movie Marathon-Shadow Chase Running Club 2-2013