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Apr. 18, 2014
CLIFCast Podcast: Ellie Greenwood

In this episode, we chat with Team CLIF Bar runner Ellie Greenwood about her remarkable running career, her nutrition, how she started out and what her future holds.

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Ricardo
Category:
Podcasts, Running

Apr. 14, 2014
Big Sur International Marathon Course Preview

The Big Sur International Marathon stands as one of the most beautiful and challenging courses. Preview the course with us.

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Posted by:
Ricardo
Category:
Events, Running

Nov. 26, 2013
Zion Traverse in One Day

Four Clif Bar Employees take on running across Zion National Park in one day. This is the story of their adventure.

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Posted by:
Ricardo
Category:
Athlete Life, Running

Nov. 11, 2013
Philadelphia Marathon Course Preview

Once you’ve run the Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon, you’ll have no doubt that this city is about more than just cheese steaks.  With weather that’s (almost) always perfect, a reasonably flat course and tremendous spectators, the Philadelphia Marathon makes PR’s happen – and still gives you a great experience when they don’t.  It’s been a special favorite of the Clif Bar Pace Team for years – and for more than the cheese steaks.

Phili Course Map

The start of the race is at 17th and Arch Streets; just look for the avenue lined with international flags.  As always, we’ll be lined up along the right hand side of the street with our finish time signs and balloons about 30 minutes prior to the start.  The Philadelphia starting area is very crowded and therefore critical for your safety, and everyone else’s, that you line up in your assigned corral. Be prepared for a chilly start; though Philadelphia almost always delivers ideal running conditions, it takes a few hours to get there.  Have plenty of throwaways to keep comfortable, and hold on to at least one of them for the first several miles.

After the traditional remarks from Mayor Nutter and Runners World’s Bart Yasso, you’ll be headed off into Center City Philadelphia, toward the iconic LOVE statue and fountain before turning onto Arch Street.  Be careful in your first mile.  Not only is it crowded, but as you approach the statue and fountain, there are some challenging turns and medians.  Watch yourself, and those around you.

Your first three miles will take you past many famous Philly sites:  the Terminal Market, Independence Hall, Constitution Center and the US Mint.  From there, you’ll head down toward Penn’s Landing and the pier as you approach the mile 3 marker.  Here’s the reason for hanging onto those throwaways – it’s often chilly down here by the river, and in colder years, best to wait until you’ve passed this area to officially toss those throwaways.

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Ricardo
Category:
Running

Oct. 24, 2013
Course Preview: The Marine Corps Marathon

As a 15 year veteran runner of the Marine Corps Marathon, it’s always held a special place in my heart.  While MCM is by no means an easy course, it is steeped in history, lined with spectators, and the best seat in the house on the fourth Sunday in October.

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Boasting nearly 21,000 marathon finishers in 2011, Marine Corps is indeed a crowded affair.  Your race here doesn’t start when the gun goes off, but much earlier in the morning.  Training may be key to your best running performance, but being prompt – and even early – for subways, bag drop and corrals will make your experience markedly better.

While the start of the race is at 8:00 am, most runners take the subway to the Pentagon or Rosslyn stations.  What many runners new to Marine Corps don’t realize is that they then face a walk of nearly a mile to the actual starting village – and with the crowds and darkness of morning, it’s often a very SLOW walk.  To get in your corral comfortably – without too much pushing, shoving and crowding - you should be headed down or IN the corral no later than 7:15.  That means bag drop by 7:00 am, which means arriving at the Pentagon or Rosslyn stations no later than 6:30 am.  Plan accordingly – it may mean an earlier wake-up call than you’d hoped, but that extra hour will save tremendous amounts of pre-race stress.

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Posted by:
Ricardo
Category:
Events, Running

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