This year’s event will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at the historic State Theatre in Modesto. We will be showing A Long Run, featuring Bob Anderson, who started Runner’s World magazine at the age of 17. The film follows Anderson’s pursuit of 50 races in a year, covering 350 miles, averaging a sub-7 minute mile pace … all at the age of 64!

Anderson’s amazing life connects viewers with running icons such as Bill Rodgers, Billy Mills, Dean Karnazes and Paula Radcliff. He will be on hand for a Q&A session following the film.

The evening features food and wine, some of which has been chosen after trying out a wine of the month club, along with our drawings and silent auction fun.

Movie & Wine Night is a fund-raiser for the Teens Run Modesto program, in which we teach area youth, especially those considered at risk, how to train for and eventually run the Modesto Marathon. Along the way, students learn valuable life skills such as hard work, discipline, dedication and perseverance. Currently we have nearly 300 students in the program, and we provide them with everything they will need, from running shoes to tech shirts to hydration gear.

Movie & Wine Night, this year generously sponsored by the Law Office of Gary C. Nelson, is put on by the ShadowChase Running Club of Modesto. Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door and $10 for under 21) and will be available for purchase online.

The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon (SAMM) is seeking 8 influential runners in California to represent our 2015 Race!


Applications open Monday, October 13, 2014

All applications are due Friday, October 31, 2014


Ambassador Perks:

  • Complimentary race registration
  • Official SAMM ambassador gear
  • Profile hosted on the SAMM website
  • Potential for additional perks for SAMM
  • Additional incentives based on involvement

Ambassador Role:

  • Collateral distribution in hometown (running stores, local races, etc.)
  • Spreading the word about SAMM events (local running clubs, social media, blogging, etc. are all examples) and answering questions.
  • Participation in the 2015 planning, feedback and surveys- you are our research team! Help us better serve the running community!
  • Race weekend support – to be determined.
  • Be an expert on SAMM!

We encourage frequent communication and love to hear about your running goals and accomplishments.

Please note that Ambassadors are NOT financially compensated in any way. We do not subsidize travel or training expenses or issue payment of any kind to our team. The Ambassadors serve from November 2014 through April 2015. Ambassadors are encouraged to reapply each year if they wish to continue on future years. SAMM reserves the right to remove any Ambassador from the team at any time due to poor conduct or failure to perform duties.

2015 SAMM Ambassador Application


Please submit your application to [email protected]. You will receive an email the first week of November to notify you if you were chosen as an Ambassador or not.


Thank you!

We have finalized the label for the finisher’s wine bottle. Check it out. All full, half and half-relay runners 21 and over receive a bottle of this special wine.

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BostonmarathonlogoThe Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon recently selected two winners in its Win a Trip to Boston drawing from those who ran Boston qualifying times in the March 2014 SAMM. One male and one female winner – Esther White of Waterford and Miguel Reyes of Fresno — each take home $500, which they may use toward a trip to the 2015 Boston Marathon.

While one was aware of the SAMM contest, but thought it was out of her reach, the other didn’t even know he qualified for Boston or that there was a check for $500 in his future.

Esther White, of Waterford, said she had heard about the contest, but she’s “never, ever won anything. I really didn’t think about the contest” while running,” she said, but she’s thrilled to have won.

“I wasn’t sure I could afford to go to Boston (next year), to tell you the truth. I have been spending on airfare for graduations, weddings and grandbabies! But I thought I should try to go as I am getting ‘older’ and would like to experience Boston before I can’t go,” she said.

Reyes, on the other hand, said (through an interpreter), that he didn’t even know there was a contest in Modesto or that he qualified to run Boston – he was “running for the win.” The 37-year-old ran a 2:55:24 in Modesto, good enough for a fifth place men’s finish and sixth place overall.

Reyes, who was running his third SAMM, says he “loves the Modesto course,” and hopes to make Boston one of his 2015 goals as he has not run Boston before. Reyes began running in 2002 in his hometown in Mexico. He is sponsored by his employer, Tarlton & Son, Inc., a construction firm in Fresno, and has a goal of someday running a sub-2:30 marathon.

“Thank you to the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon team for making this possible,” said Reyes. “I look forward to many more races.”

White, 55, qualified for Boston with a 4:02:14 in Modesto. She has been running since 2000. Her PR is a 3:51:58 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento six years ago, but she couldn’t afford to go to Boston then. She also re-qualified in 2009. But this year is really special, she said.

“This year is about 5s. I turned 55, I have five kids, we had our fifth grandchild, I’ve been running 15 years, been married 35 years and will go to Boston in 2015! Cool, huh?” she said.

This year was White’s second SAMM. She ran last year as a Teens Run Modesto coach. She mentored the Central Valley Christian Academy team in 2013, which included her daughter.

“Honestly, not because I won, but our local marathon is run so great compared to others I have been to,” raved White. “From the expo to the finish. The last time I ran LA the finish was horrible, no bathrooms nearby and once you left the finish area you couldn’t get back. For a small local marathon, ours is easy, efficient and a lot of fun at the end. I only wish we had the ocean to jump into when we’re done!”


Did you have a great run at this year’s Modesto Marathon? Maybe you qualified for Boston or set a new PR?

There’s no better way to commemorate that special day than with an official race poster.

For a limited time, 2014 Modesto Marathon posters are available on eBay. At just $5.00 each, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Looking for something even more special? Get an artist signed and numbered poster for only $20.00.

Click here to see all available Modesto Marathon posters.



A bit over 2 hours into the Expo and things are hopping. So much energy in the building.


See everyone at the SAMM Expo!

The great thing about ShadowChase is that when help is needed, members really come through. Such was the case as last night’s Modesto Marathon bag stuffing night.

With 3500 runner bags needing to be filled, we needed an army of volunteers. Over 80 club members took part over 2 working shifts.

4 days until the race and we’re ready!

competitionWondering who some of your competition is for Sunday’s 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon?

You might notice a lot of youngsters: there are 91 registered minors under the age of 18. The youngest are a pair of 12-year-olds, Gerardo Avalos of Ceres and Coby McCaig of Modesto. The youngest female competitors are 13 years old — Maria Diaz and Dana Miranda, both of Ceres.

But marathoning knows no boundaries: Larry Lieb of Carmichael is the oldest competitor at 80 years young. Ricardo Guidolin, a local speedster who is a mainstay of area races, and Philo Short of Martinez, both 76, are included in a field of four males in their 70s. The oldest female competitor in the full marathon is Barbara Brady, 70, of Livermore.

One of the fastest women we know in the race is defending champion 29-year-old Anna Bretan of Berkeley, the 2013 SAMM winner and course record holder at 2:43:33. She was third overall last year. The men’s field could be anyone’s guess as no past winners have as of yet registered. Two-time winner Jon Olsen of Modesto won’t be competing as he’s nursing an injury. He will, however, be on the speaking panel at the Expo on Saturday at the CrossPoint Family Life Pavilion, corner of 12th and Needham streets. The Expo will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Olsen will speak at noon, followed by “Marathon Goddess” Julie Weiss of Santa Monica, who was featured in the movie Spirit of the Marathon II. Weiss was in Modesto in February during a screening of the film at the Modesto Marathon Movie & Wine Night fund-raiser. Weiss will also be running the full marathon, encouraging others to complete the run while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Also at the Expo will be Arlene Pieper Stine, who is the first recorded woman to have completed an organized marathon. Stine ran the tough Pike’s Peak Marathon in 1959 to promote her women’s health club.  Her daughter Kathy, age 9 at the time, tagged along for the half-marathon up the mountain, and she will be in Modesto with her mother as well. They will be at the Expo, speaking at 3 p.m., and at the marathon finish line on Sunday offering autographed photos from her historic accomplishment.

While the vast majority of marathon runners are from California, we have someone entered with an Armed Forces Asia Pacific address. Of those traveling from out-of-state, eight are from Oregon, four from Nevada, three each from Texas, Florida, Missouri and Montana; with North and South Carolina, Delaware and Illinois also represented.

One of our largest family contingents comes from SAMM’s “Number 1 fan,” Dee Cajiuat of Yacaipa in Southern California. Many here know of Dee through her Facebook posts or her free K-T Tapings and promoting at our Expo. Dee started running to honor her nephew Josh, who suffered life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident. SAMM was her first full marathon and she has since run many, many full and half marathons and even a 100-miler. This year Josh will be making the trip to California to run his first half marathon since the accident, with his Aunt Dee by his side. A total of six Cajiuats will be here running the full or half marathon. Josh’s father and brother will be attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon here.

SAMM is offering a few perks for any runners qualifying for the Boston Marathon here. First, they’ll have their choice of a tech shirt or a license plate frame that proclaims: I BQ’d at the Modesto Marathon. BQ runners will also automatically be entered into a contest for two $500 cash prizes – one to a male and one to a female — which may be used toward their trip to run in Boston.

Other featured runners in the 2014 SAMM are members of the Teens Run Modesto program, who comprise most of our youngest runners, as well as members of the ShadowChase Running Club Adult Training group. Both groups have been training the past 6 months, many for their very first races.

One competitor will be setting SAMM history by being our first official wheelchair athlete. A.J. Mitchell, who helps coach and encourage our adult trainees, will attempt to complete the course in his regular, daily wheelchair. Mitchell recently completed his first marathon, the Los Angeles Marathon, on March 9. The 2014 SAMM also has an “assisted team” entry with one athlete scheduled to run while pushing another.


Nearly 60 volunteers came out this morning to spruce up part of the Modesto Marathon course. Trash was picked up and graffiti was painted over along the 2 mile stretch down 9th street.

Thank you to our volunteers. Your efforts will make a huge difference for thousands of race participants.