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Nov. 18, 2013
CLIF Bar Fresh Powder Giveaway

The first storm or two of the season means that winter is coming and fresh pow is right around the corner. What’s better than getting out and getting after it after a long and snowless season? Whether it’s your first chair or first foray into all the goodness winter brings, we’d love to see how you celebrate the season.

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Athlete Life, Contests

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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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
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