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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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Oct. 3, 2013
Meet Your CLIF Builder’s Tough Mudder Sweepstakes Winner

Thousands of you entered to win our CLIF Builder’s Ultimate VIP trip to Tough Mudder in San Diego. If you remember, part of the deal was that our winner forms their team of six people, and we provide training sessions for the entire team leading up to the event.

Well, meet your winner, Mike Arnold! We’ll be following Mike through his team’s training sessions and right through the actual Tough Mudder event in San Diego.

Our Tough Mudder Sweeps Winner, Mike Arnold

My name is Mike Arnold and I’m a very active 38-year-old father of three and husband of one! At a young age of 14, I started throwing weights around in the gym and I’m still very involved with that aspect of my life. I train simple, deaf-lift, squat, bench and military press and all the filler exercises.

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Chris Morell
Events, Athlete Life

Oct. 2, 2013
Seasonal CLIF Bars Return with a Brand New Flavor: Pecan Pie!

As the holidays roll in, CLIF Bar special seasonal flavors return with a brand new flavor this season: Pecan Pie! Along with favorites Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie, you can find the three seasonal flavors through December at your local retailers.

But remember, the limited-edition bars are only available while supplies last.

Here’s the mega list of retailers where you can find seasonal flavors. Definitely call ahead to check on specific store stock because, as you know, these limited-edition flavors sell out fast!

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Chris Morell
From the Kitchen

Sep. 23, 2013
Share Your Awesome Running Moment on Instagram!

To celebrate fall marathon season, CLIF Bar wants to hear about your awesome running Moments. What did it feel like crossing the finish line at the marathon? What is your favorite part of your morning jog? What has made you stop dead in your tracks or kept you going the extra mile? We would love to for you to share it with us!

From Monday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 29th, upload an Instagram video telling us about an awesome running Moment you have had and tag it with hashtag #MeetTheMoment. CLIF Bar will randomly select a winner who will receive Scott Jurek’s book “Eat and Run” and 10 (yes, TEN!) boxes of CLIF Bars!


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Chris Morell
Team Clif Bar

Sep. 18, 2013
Follow the Frog with Clif Bar and Rainforest Alliance

Today officially kicks off Follow the Frog week, with our partner Rainforest Alliance, working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Many of you know that we only use chocolate from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms in our CLIF Bars. Sierra Trail Mix was our first CLIF Bar flavor with the Rainforest Alliance seal on the wrapper, and now we’re happy to say that you will see the friendly little frog logo on all chocolate-flavored CLIF Bars. To celebrate we are hopping on board with Follow the Frog week.


Follow the Frog’s purpose is to raise awareness for everything Rainforest Alliance is doing, including public events, online contests, in-store promotions, travel discounts and more. So here at Clif, we’re getting on board and doing something fun! And we’ve got some awesome prizes to give away, along with it.

Follow the CLIF Bar feed on Twitter and Instagram from today through September 22. When you see the Rainforest Alliance frog seal (pictured below) hidden in any CLIF Bar pictures on Twitter and Instagram, post or comment on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #iFoundtheFrog. We will select 10 random winners from 5 photos on both Twitter and Instagram. (Read the official rules here)

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Chris Morell
Food Matters

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