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February 25, 2014

The ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge

Take the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge and help raise money for one of the Official Charities of the ASICS LA Marathon!

The marathon treadmill is custom built and only runs at one speed, the course record pace for the ASICS LA Marathon. The course record is 2:06:35 (12.4 MPH)!

Check out the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge at the following locations:

2/28 – 3/3 from 11:00am – 8:00pm: The Grove on Lawn near Nordstrom (189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles),
3/4 – 3/6 from 10:00am – 9:00pm: 3rd St. Promenade Near Old Navy  (1200 Block 1351 3rd St., Santa Monica)
3/7  from 10:00am – 7:00pm: Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Plaza, Figueroa & 12th St., Los Angeles)
3/8  from 9:00am – 5:00pm: Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Plaza, Figueroa & 12th St., Los Angeles)
3/9  from 9:00am – 5:00pm: Finish Festival (Santa Monica Blvd. & 2nd St., Santa Monica

February 25, 2014

Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men’s and Women’s Marathon

LOS ANGELES –The City of Los Angeles will host the Women’s and Men’s 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA MARATHON LLC announced Wednesday.

The 2016 Olympic Trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016. With separate starts, the men’s and women’s races both will be carried in their entirety on NBC.

“We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long distance running by hosting this event,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world’s biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine.”

“I’m happy and honored USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee have chosen Los Angeles as host city for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With its iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world class sporting events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America’s elite marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.”

“The U.S. Olympic Committee is pleased to be returning to Los Angeles with this amazing event,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. “As the host of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles has a tremendous Olympic legacy and L.A.’s status as a global center of sport and culture make it an exceptional host for the Olympic Trials.”

Click Here for complete press release.

Click Here to watch a video recap of press conference.

February 15, 2014

Official Charity Highlights: Premier Charities: Team World Vision

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Premier Charity: Team World Vision

TWVphoto_01Globally, an estimated 768 million people live without access to safe water. Every day in Africa, people – mainly women and children – walk on average six miles round trip in their search for water – any kind of water. Close to 2,000 children (under the age of five) die every day from diarrheal diseases, and approximately 1,800 of these deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Team World Vision runners run marathons and half marathons to END that cycle. 80% of our runners have never run before Team World Vision. We are united by a PASSION to provide clean water in Africa. No other essential has a more dramatic effect on a child’s life than clean water. In fact, combined with improved sanitation – including access to safe toilets, as well as training in hygiene – access to clean water can immediately cut child deaths by more than half.

World Vision partners with local villages, equipping leaders there to develop, maintain and administer clean water resources – over ten technologies in all, from bore hole wells to rain water catchments. World Vision provides more clean water worldwide than any other charity, reaching another person with clean drinking water every 30 seconds. Team World Vision runners run for LONG-LASTING water projects, developed locally, and our goal is to provide water for life for every mile we run. $50 donated through World Vision provides one person with water for life.

The children and families we run for spend eight to ten hours every day fetching dirty water, putting themselves at risk of violence – even kidnapping – and putting their family at risk of malaria, guinea worm and dysentery. When our runners fundraise $50 per mile and a community gains access to clean water, we shut down that cycle. Children no longer fetch for ten hours a day – they’re in school. Parents are free to start businesses and tend farms. Families prosper. Hope returns.

Help end their search. Be a part of this transformational journey. Learn more and join Team World Vision at http://www.teamworldvision.org

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014