The Travis Manion Foundation commemorates 10 years of veteran advocacy and commitment to service
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), one the nation’s leading veterans advocacy organizations, is hosting its flagship event - the 10th annual 9/11 Heroes Memorial run in more than 50 communities across the country and around the world this September, including locally in in Annapolis, MD, and Alexandria, VA. The annual race series unites communities across the country to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country. Proceeds from the 9/11 Heroes Run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its tenth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world. As part of the marketing campaign for the race series, TMF has released a video to inspire runners and walkers of all ages to participate, which can be seen here.

Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in race locations around the world or as virtual runners, to support military, veterans, first responders and their families through TMF. National sponsors of the events include Comcast NBC Universal and CBS Radio. Last year’s Annapolis run drew a crowd of over 2,000 participants including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ryan Manion, TMF President and Travis Manion’s sister, provided this statement:

“As I reflect on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 Heroes Run, I’m in awe at the number of communities across the country and around the world that have united to honor all those touched by the events of September 11th, 2001. We challenge all Americans to join us this September, to ensure our next generation never forgets the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”

5 Key Races

  • 9/11 Run Alexandria, VA on Saturday September 9, 2017 at 9:00am ET
  • 9/11 Run Philadelphia, PA on Sunday September 9, 2017 at 9:00am ET
  • 9/11 Run Houston, TX on Sunday September 9, 2017 at 8:00am CT
  • 9/11 Run Annapolis, MD on Sunday September 17, 2017 at 2:00pm ET
  • 9/11 Run Doylestown, PA on Sunday September 24, 2017 at 2:00pm ET

See details for over 20 other races in cities across the U.S. linked here.

TMF empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans and survivors continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation's heroes live on in the next generation.

Race Day Reason: 3 Necessary Race Day Preparations To Help You Succeed

The last few days leading up to a big race can be just as important to the outcome as what happens when the gun finally goes off. If you don't take the time to properly prepare yourself ahead of the race, you could end up consigning yourself to defeat long before the race actually starts. For this reason, we'll now look at some of the most important race-day preparations you should make to give yourself the best chance of success.

Visualize The Race

Mental preparation is equally as important as physical preparation in the days leading up to the race. However, mental preparation is even more important on the day of the race. When the race day finally rolls around, there is nothing else you'll be able to do to prepare yourself physically. However, you can still ensure that you're better mentally prepared, and one of the best ways to do so is by visualizing your race from start to finish. Many athletes use visualization as part of their preparation, and it can be a powerful tool for helping you to psychologically prepare for each part of the race and get yourself ready for the pain and fatigue you're sure to experience.

Watch What You Eat

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is obviously important throughout your training regime. However, you'll want to make sure that you begin to adjust your diet in the days leading up to the race. Carb-loading is one strategy that can be effective at ensuring that you have the energy needed for the race without feeling slow or sluggish. One of the best things you can do is to consult with a nutrition professional, like those at Plan 7 Coaching. A nutritionist will be able to fully examine your overall health and conditioning, and then use this information to develop a diet-plan that hopefully provides the best results during training and also leading up to the race.

Avoid Unnecessary Stresses

The importance of mental preparation can't be stressed enough. Unfortunately, even if you take the time to make sure you're psychologically prepared, any potential obstacles or issues that arise in the hours leading up to the race could still end up ruining your mental concentration and taking you out of the zone. Therefore, you'll want to do whatever you can to prevent any unnecessary stress or headaches from interfering with your race preparation. This means making sure to get all of your race gear ready the day before the race and to finalize all of your race day plans in advance to ensure nothing interferes with your routine.

A big race can be incredibly stressful. Even if you physically prepare your body as well as possible, there are still a number of potential issues that could harm your performance or ruin your race. For this reason, it is essential that you do whatever you can and make all of the necessary race-day preparations to give yourself a better chance of putting in a great performance.

Celebrate Canada150 by Train!
Win a Rail Vacation from CanadaRail.ca at Canada's Marathon 

Canada's Marathon – Scotiabank Calgary Marathon – is pulling out all the stops for Canada's Sesquicentennial, including partnering with a celebrated Canadian artist on a commemorative Toonie medal and giving away a trip for two by rail, courtesy of CanadaRail.ca.

Not only will participants experience the Coast to Coast to Coast course when they run in the 2017 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, runners will also take home a piece of Canadiana thanks to the generosity of well known Canadian artist and illustrator, David Crighton.  His iconic 1995 illustration titled "Canada Coast to Coast" was originally commissioned by a Canadian Corporation that had offices in 5 major Canadian cities – east to west, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  Now the illustration will be on the 2017 finisher's ribbons and technical T-shirts for participants.

"We are proud to partner with David to commemorate such a special year for Canada. Runners will experience the coast to coast to coast course on race day and take home both their finisher's medal and t-shirt with David's beautiful illustration to remind them of their achievement and Canada's Sesquicentennial," says Executive Director of Run Calgary, Kirsten Fleming.

David Crighton was born in Edmonton, son of an Anglican minister, his father's career took him to Ontario where the family eventually settled in Toronto.  A love of cartoon doodling leads him to enter Central Technical High Schools Art Program in 1973.   It was here that he found his first success with his talents as an architectural illustrator when given a project to go out and illustrate a building.   The rest, as they say is history.  David's ability to capture the memories and heart of a city and its communities through illustrations of its iconic landmarks is legend.

"I am thrilled my artwork has been selected to represent the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend in honour of Canada's 150th Birthday in the province of my birth." says David Crighton,

Runners will experience the diversity and charm of the entire country as the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is paying tribute to the Sesquicentennial by adding experiences along the course unique to the different parts of Canada. You can kiss a cod in Newfoundland, eat watermelon with a Rider fan in Saskatchewan and get your medal from a cowboy in Alberta.

Register for any of the distances (from 5K to the special one-time only 150K in celebration of the Sesquicentennial) and you will receive a unique technical white t-shirt with David's illustration sublimated across the bottom and your distance on the back of the shirt. When you finish the race, you'll receive a commemorative Toonie medal with the same illustration on each ribbon.

And finishing the race will enter your bib number in a draw. If you win, you will enjoy a four-day tour travelling aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver in style. The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is partnering with CanadaRail.ca to give away two tickets aboard the luxury train for a four-day trip from Banff to Vancouver worth $5800.

"As runners we see parts and pieces of the country by foot while we train and when we race. Having the opportunity to see parts of the country by train is a pretty special way to celebrate crossing the finish line at Canada's Marathon and commemorating this momentous year for our country," says Fleming.

CanadaRail.ca is a Canadian company, based out of Calgary, dedicated to sharing the wonder and beauty of the country with its clients.

"It's an experience you will never forget, seeing the beauty and splendor of the Rockies while enjoying the luxury and service of the Rocky Mountaineer is a memorable way to top off the achievement of a big race during this milestone year for Canada," says Martin Flanagan, CEO of CanadaRail.ca on partnering with Run Calgary on this unique prize.

Register for any of the distances (from 5K to the special one-time only 150K in celebration of the Sesquicentennial) and cross the finish line on May 28 and you will be entered in the draw. The catch? You have to be in the stands to claim your prize and will only have one minute to make your way to the stage from the 17,000 seats in the Grandstand. The draw will be made at random by a computer that has all the bibs that have crossed the line at 2:01p.m., one minute after the finish line closes.

CanadaRail.ca Video & Trip Details:
Images of medals and t-shirts Courtesy: Dave Holland

SOURCE Scotiabank Calgary Marathon




My Nike Women's 15km Toronto Experience - @nikewomen

Nike Women's 15km Toronto

I received an email early last week from Athletics Canada asking if I wanted an entry to the Nike Womens 15km. Obviously I said yes as this is an amazing event and I also knew that entries were limited. Did you know you actually get entered into a draw to run it. Not only did I get a VIP bracelet for the ferry over to the island but the bracelet gave me access to all sorts of things like access to the VIP tent, Nike escort to the start line, cocktails and lunch afterwards. They really rolled out the red carpet for us. This was especially great to be in the tent since the morning started of pretty cold and rainy.


I have never claimed to be a long distance runner. I am from a sprinting background. That means short distances and lots of rest in ideal training conditions. Im definitely not experienced running in long steady state races like a 15km. With that being said I ran a Red Bull Wings For Life event that I also ended up running 15km. The weather was much nicer. At the start line it literally started pouring. They had us in the gate by 9:15am the latest. Since I am obsessed with being punctual I as there by 9:05am. However the race didn't start until 9:30am. Ideally for me I would have preferred to stay warm much closer to the start. They had lots of brand ambassadors, master trainers and Olympians on hand that were introduced and spoke before the race. That was very motivating and inspiring. The rain actually stopped after the first few km's in. Thank goodness!


My goal was to run close to the time I ran for my previous 15km. 1 hour and 30 minutes. I finished in 1:32 minutes. Despite a bad knee and something major going on with my gluteus I was a happy camper. I played Spotify the whole way which kept me very motivated. I even saw my good friend Dj Nora Tones at the 8km mark and hopped in her booth to say hi for a few seconds. My fav part of the race was running down the Toronto Island runway where the planes take off. There were also lots of cool views of Toronto on the boardwalk for the last couple of kms. I really wanted to stop for a picture but I also promised myself I would run the whole way. I will have to go back on another day to enjoy the scenery (it was my first time on the island.

One of the most motivating things about the Nike Women's 15km Toronto experience was that another thing that kept me motivated to finish was that there was a TIFFANY's NECKLACE waiting at the finish line for each and every finisher. Now if that isn't motivating for someone who dislikes long distance running (take a look at the shirt I wore) I don't know what is!!!

Another mistake I made was that I wore my number on my back (its what we do as sprinters). This was a bad idea because all of the race photography was sorted by number. So I had to email www.gamefacemedia.com who were so kind and helpful. They helped me that same day find my pictures from the event! So a huge thank you to the kind gentleman who took the time to help me.

Overall I give the event an 8/10. I wish I could have gotten to the start gate a little later than the required us there so I could have stayed warmer in the rain. Other than that I highly recommend this race. It was fun, inspiring and an over all great experience. I am better for it. #betterforit

The North Face Endurance Challenge


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The North Face Endurance Challenge

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of the North Face Endurance Challenge.

Guys I am so excited to share with you that I have decided to train and compete in The North Face Endurance Challenge. I am strength training and doing longer endurance runs to get ready for the 10km race.  The challenge that I will be running at is located in Ontario Canada on July 12-13th 2014. I am very excited to train and participate in the event.

The North Face Endurance Challenge Series introduces a first-time international expansion within North America, offering an event in Ontario, Canada at Blue Mountain Resort, located 90 miles outside of Toronto. Featuring the most pronounced elevation gain trail race in all of Ontario, The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Niagara Escarpment on the western shores of the Georgian Bay and navigates through the ski trails of the Blue Mountains.

But guess what?!?!?!

The North Face Endurance Challenge is the premiere trail race series. There is a distance for every single skill level.

Distances offered include



Half Marathon

Marathon relay



50 Mile

Kids Race

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You don't have to be in Ontario, Canada to join me and you can run in your own state

New York - May 3rd-4th 2014

Washington DC - June 7th-8th 2014

Ontario Canada - July 12-13th 2014


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This year's NWM Tiffany's finisher necklace. What lucky ladies. Run a marathon get a Tiffany's necklace...I am a sprinter and this makes me want to run a marathon!