inshapeComing in from out of town to run the race? Like to shower before heading home but you couldn’t get a late check out or you just drove in for the race?

No worries. Go to any of the In-Shape Health Clubs. They’ll let you use their awesome facilities if you show them your race bib!

Check out the In-Shape website for locations in the Modesto area.

Thank you In-Shape Health Clubs for taking such good care of our runners.


You probably are already super excited about this year’s Modesto Marathon. In case you need something to take that excitement to the next level, here is a sneak peak at the medals, shirts, jackets and vests.


Do you love frozen yogurt? Of course you do.

Why not enjoy this guilty pleasure while helping a great cause?

Enjoy any tempting treat at the Yogurt Mill this Tuesday, March 4th. 20% of your purchase will be donated to Teens Run Modesto.

The offer is good all day (10:00AM-10:00pm) at either of the Yogurt Mill’s 2 locations.

The only catch is YOU MUST PRESENT THE FUNDRAISING FLYER. Download that flyer here:

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So treat yourself to a tasty frozen yogurt and help keep Modesto youth on the right track.


Tuesday, March 4


Roseburg Square
801 West Roseburg Avenue

Oakdale Road
2509 Oakdale Road

There’s nothing like a massage at the end of a race. It relaxes tired muscles and begins the recovery process immediately.

Keeping this in mind, we have placed multiple teams of sports massage therapists at the end of the finish chute. They will be waiting to give you a free post-race rub down.

So, pick up your finisher’s medal, grab some food and step into the massage building.

Special thanks to our teams of massage therapists:

Christopher Akin D.C.
Valley Chiropractic Care
2031 Geer Road
Turlock, CA 95382

San Joaquin Valley College
Dennis King
5380 Pirrone Rd
Salida, CA 95368
(209) 535-5946

Abrams College
Patty Kohler
201 E Rumble Rd, Ste E
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 527-7777

Total Imagine Salon & Spa
Michelle Dawson
2501 McHenry Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 581-8097

Pain Relieving Massage
Kathleen Adams
3300 Tully Rd.
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 996-8804

For Better Health
Pam Weaver
1429 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 525-3668


CrossPoint Community Church and SAMM are collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls

Attention runners: Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

Soles4SoulsThat’s the message being delivered by CrossPoint Community Church, which has launched a drive to collect shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon Expo and Finish line festival.

The shoes that CrossPoint Community Church & SAMM collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing. Founded in 2007, the organization has distributed more than 25 million shoes in well over 100 countries.

“CrossPoint Community Church is supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives,” said Don Rowe “ CrossPoint Community Church is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.”

Soles4Souls – which holds the highest rating from nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator — will convert every used pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic. Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed over 50,000 new pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The connection between poverty and shoes is well-documented. The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty. Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.

The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don’t wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill, bring them to the SAMM Expo, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us.

About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls, Inc. is a nonprofit social enterprise that advances the fight against global poverty by monetizing used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts around the world. The organization collects new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributes those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and through qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Please visit for more information.

Curious about who is running the 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon so far? Well, one thing is for certain, there are more women than men. Women number 61% of runners and walkers, while men account for just 39%.

As you could probably guess, most runners – 1,350 — are from California, followed by Oregon with 8. Texas is sending 6 runners; Missouri, 4; Nevada and Washington, 3 each; Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and South Carolina, 2 each; and 7 from various other states. To make it an international affair, we have one runner from the United Kingdom, and one person on active duty with the Armed Forces, Pacific division.

But one person who won’t be running the marathon this year is two-time winner Jon Olsen of Modesto, who is battling some injuries. However, we do expect a spirited, competitive field this year.

New this year is that we will be going three deep in prize money for both male and female divisions. Marathoners will earn $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third-place finishes. Half marathoners: $250, $100, $50; and 5K runners, $100, $50 and $25.

Setting a course record will also net a bonus $500 in the full, $250 in the half, and $100 in the 5K. Check out our awards page for current record holders.

Awards are given in 5-year age groups, and we are especially “kid friendly” in the 5K, with special prices of $15 for those 12 and under, and awards starting at 5 & under.

We also offer Athena (women over 160 pounds) and Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds) divisions in the full and half marathons. Weigh in at the Golden Valley Health booth at the Expo. Participants who choose to compete in these categories will not be eligible for age group awards.

Also new this year is a wheelchair category and an assisted team division.

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We all began our journey to run with many different and personal reasons. For me, it was to get healthy, but it has turned into so much more than that. When I began my running journey, I could not run 1 mile without stopping 20 times (and this is not an exaggeration). The weird thing was – I kept at it!

And OMG, when I ran that mile for the first time, I felt like I just ran a marathon and I’m sure I looked like it too. I was dripping with sweat, huffing and puffing, and thought I would never be able to walk again. Surprisingly, this one mile led to many more miles, friends and confidence.

The confidence I felt was overwhelming. I had never known what this felt like, doing something so physical, like running for miles, and not listening to my mind telling me to quit. This feeling, the feeling of conquering my mind, is what has kept me motivated to run. I don’t listen to the voices in my head telling me “I can’t do this” “I’m too old” “My body aches” or “No one will care if I quit.”

Whenever I think I can’t do something, I now know that I am stronger than the voices in my mind and I can conquer anything that is thrown my way!


Modesto Marathon Winner in 2011 and ultrarunner, Jon Olsen, was named the Ted Corbitt Memorial Ultra Runner of the Year by USA Track & Field. This recognizes his performances throughout 2013 including the gold medal at the IAU 24-hour World Championships in The Netherlands, amassing 167.568 miles in 24 hours and his absolute 100-mile American record of 11 hours, 59 minutes, 28 seconds. Olsen is a math teacher at Prescott Junior High School right here in Modesto. Last Friday, January 11th , he spoke at the Modesto Sportsman of Stanislaus club and eloquently conveyed the highs, lows and mental gymnastics that ultra runners go through to achieve incredible performances.

Modesto Marathon organizers hope that warmer weather will be here for the marathon. But seriously, while most of the country is suffering from a cold snap, Modesto is having a typical California winter and by the time the event arrives on March 23rd we are confident that we will have perfect weather for a PR on this fast course.

captivatingphotosJust a reminder of one of the perks we provide or runners and walkers. Captivating Sports and Events Photos will be on hand at the 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon to photograph you and your friends.

They will have a booth at the finish line where you can find and take your prints with you, or you can wait until you get home and download any or all of your images for FREE! Yes, free. We are picking up the tab.

So don’t be afraid to ham it up when you see a photographer and be sure to pose with your medal at the finish line.

For more information, see our Race Photos page.

sutter400Special thank you to our photo sponsor, Memorial Medical Center.

Being fast will pay off at the 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. We’ve expanded our purse to pay three deep in both the men’s and women’s races. First place in the marathon will pay $500, with $250 for second place and $100 for third. Half marathon winners will receive $250, $100 for second and $50 for third. The 5K will pay $100, $50 and $25.

In addition, we are offering bonuses for setting course records. A new marathon record earns $500, half marathon $250 and 5K $100.

We’ve altered our Boston Marathon contest as well. Everyone who qualifies for the Boston Marathon at the SAMM will be entered into a drawing for one of two $500 prizes (one for a male and one for a female), which may be used to help pay expenses toward their trip to Boston. You will not need to sign up at the Expo for this contest, although we encourage you to visit our In-Shape Health Clubs Pace Team booth to meet our pacers.

Those who BQ will also have their choice of a shirt or license plate frame (based on availability) boasting of their accomplishment. BQ prizes may be picked up at the awards booth at the finish line area following the race.

Here are the current SAMM records:


  • Jesus Campos, 28, Fresno, 2:26:53 (2013)
  • Anna Bretan, 28, Berkeley, 2:43:33 (2013)

Half Marathon

  • Miguel Nuci, 33, Turlock, 1:11:20 (2013)
  • Grace Lien, 23, 1:26:22 (2012) 


  • Dylan Isaacson, 23, Berkeley, 16:20.669 (2013)
  • Ramona Sanchez, 32, 18:02.8 (2010)