Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Up-date

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Monday March 26, 2012


Registrations Ahead of 2011!!!

Registrations AHEAD of 2011! For any fence-sitters out there… registrations are 25% ahead of 2011 when we sold out in late April. If you plan to run LFM in 2012, now is the time to make that marathon commitment to yourself! It is important to know that we up-date our registration numbers on the LFM home page regularly – we want to make sure that everyone has an idea as to where we are with registrations. Understand, however, that the last 500 or so spots go very quickly as fence-sitters all seem to commit at the same time.

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Pasta Dinner Tickets

We are happy to announce a new partner for our pasta dinner - Ann's Hope Foundation was established in 2005 by two local woman who lost their loved ones to melanoma cancer. They felt compelled to teach others that it's not "just skin cancer" and to educate the community on the dangers of melanoma and other skin cancers.

This year the foundation will hold the 8th Annual “Block Melanoma 5k Run and 3k Walk” at the Milwaukee Zoo. To date Ann's Hope Foundation has committed and given away $900,000 in research and education grants to ground breaking melanoma clinical trials in the state of Wisconsin.

Ann's Hope Foundation will have a large group running LFM to raise money for this important cause and invite you to join them.

We invite you to purchase tickets for the pasta dinner that they are graciously organizing for our runners. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for youth 5-12. You can purchase tickets when you register or email them at info@annshope.org. If you have any questions about the pasta dinner, please contact them.

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Kids Run RETURNS!!!

We have had lots of questions about the 2012 Kids Run. The great news is that the very popular Kids Run will be held again in 2012. We are grateful that BodyBasix will return as our sponsor - thanks, Robin!!!

It will again be set for Saturday afternoon - October 6 - at the LFM Finish area. Details will be posted on the LFM site very soon.

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Building UP

It is never too early to talk about the Badgerland Striders Marathon Build-up Program – especially convenient for SE Wisconsin runners. The program starts Saturday June 30th and is open to EVERYONE. You don’t have to be a BLS member (though we think you’ll want to join), registered for LFM, OR pay a registration fee for the program. Just show up and run with lots of other great runners. The schedule is posted on our LFM website.

You should also consider several great BLS races as build-up opportunities. The South Shore Half Marathon April 7, Cudahy 10 mile July 29, and BLS Half Marathon on August 25 are great and reasonably priced races. You could register for ALL THREE and still have $$$ left over from the registration fee for those expensive races. Registration info is on the Badgerland Striders web site.

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LFM Veterans - Share Your Stories

As we look to promote our race and share the history of this great event with more and more runners, we'd like to include photos from you - our runners - from past races on our Facebook page. We'll be uploading photos dating back to our first race in 1981 if we can get them, but we need to hear from you! You can help us in two ways.

First, simply visit our page and post a photo with a brief description of the year you ran. Post it on the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Official Site. Or if you'd prefer to email it to us, we'd love that too. Feel free to send it to our media team - lakefrontmarathonmedia@gmail.com

Also make sure you keep coming back our Facebook page to see new photos we'll be uploading.

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Million Mile March!!!

We’ve talked to you about Million Mile March – a simple idea. 10,000 runners running at least 100 miles in the month of March and donating $1 per mile to the charity of YOUR choice. This idea is brought to you by the “hearts and brains” behind the Jennipede.

Take a look at the Crowdrise site and – commit to run – and choose a charity that is meaningful to YOU. Your trusty RD chose Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee – a great organization and one supported by many of our LFM volunteers. Believe me, it took less than five minutes to set this up. http://www.crowdrise.com/millionmilemarch Please… look to your heart and harness the power of running for charity. There is still time to open your heart to others who need your help.

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Gatorade and Gel...

About this time we start to get a lot of questions about the Gatorade and gel that we will provide on race day. We are again happy to announce that Gatorade will provide Gatorade Endurance for our race. They generally provide lemon-lime flavor.

We will also again provide BodyBasix gel at approximately 7 and 19 miles. This is the same gel that we provided in 2011. It is available on-line and at a variety of running and cycling specialty stores in the Milwaukee area. We will also provide this gel at some of the later build-up runs.