The Sunday Pace- February 13, 2011

Valentines Day Gift Ideas, Chicago Marathon Charities and Natalie Morales and more.

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The clock is officially ticking as we approach Valentines Day.  If you don't have a gift for the special someone in your life, I recommend slight panic, followed by clicking here.  You will be taken to the Crank The Earth web site, where all of their custom tees are $9 and custom bike jerseys start at $25.

Crank the Earth jerseys and tees are works of art designed by people in the endurance community, voted on by the public and then turned into wearable, wick able, original art and a great gift idea.  

Charities looking for Marathon Runners.

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Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an great experience, made better by running it for a charity.  Each year the marathon brings in millions of dollars for various charities.

The Holiday Heroes Foundation is in its first year of partnering with the Chicago Marathon, and they need you!

Holiday Heroes helps children with all illnesses, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis among many others.They have no minimum fund raising amount, but if you get sponsored for at least $500, they will reimburse you your fee to register for the Chicago Marathon. If you are able to raise $1000 they will not only reimburse your registration fee, but we will also comp a one-night room rental at the W hotel.

Click here to find out how you can join the Holiday Heroes team.

Stomp Out Stigma - Run for Mental Health-

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago, and their team Stomp Out Stigma - Run for Mental Health is in their second year at the Chicago Marathon, and they too are looking for runners to join their team that helps so many people in Chicago and around the world.

Amongst other things, participants will receive, a team shirt to run and train in as well as free training through Active.com.

Click here to find out how you can join the Stomp Out Stigma - Run for Mental Health team.
Another Great Reason to support Back On My Feet-

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If
you have been married for more than 3 days, then the conversation of
having a "celebrity list/free pass" has come up.  Second on my list,
behind the mom from Modern Family, is Natalie Morales from the NBC Today
Show. She's smart, hot, funny, a triathlete and now, as if she was trying to edge her
way up to the #1 slot, she has joined in to help  Back On My Feet.

In an effort to support this great cause, Natalie
has joined the national board of advisors for Back On My Feet.  "I know
first-hand the incredible health benefits from running as well as the
sense of purpose. To see now how hundreds of homeless individuals
across the country have found new meaning to get up, put one foot in
front of the other literally, and resolve to change their lives is
truly awe inspiring,"
said Morales. "I have always been concerned about
the homeless. We need to take care of our own and help people realize
that they always have something to offer and can contribute
meaningfully to society.
"

If you read between the lines, she also says how "she has been searching the world for a 40 something, back of the pack, blogger."

Click here to find out how you can join Natalie in supporting Back On My Feet locally.

Fleet Feet Soldier Field 10 Mile, for Free!

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If
you haven't signed up yet, there still is time and Fleet Feet Sports
and Adidas are making it real hard to pass up on this great race.

Receive
$15 off your race entry with the purchase of any adidas product at one
of the Fleet Feet Sports - Chicago stores through February.
 
Also,
for a limited time only, when you purchase an adidas miCoach at either
Fleet Feet Sports Chicago location, you will receive a free entry into
the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile.

More free stuff coming up this week as well as other great endurance news.

Train safe, race hard, have fun.

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