The 54th Annual Western Hemisphere Marathon Taps Famous Runners as Training Program Coaches

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Western Hemisphere Marathon

    CULVER CITY, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The 54th Annual Western
 Hemisphere Marathon announces a major coup 54 years in the making: famed
 runner Bill "Mad Dog" Scobey and racewalker Fran Bustos are signed to launch
 the Marathon's first-ever training program.
     The Western Hemisphere Marathon is the second-oldest consecutively-run
 marathon in the country (only the Boston Marathon is older).  It's a charity
 fund-raiser, too, (proceeds benefit The Wellness Community, West LA) so Race
 Director Cheryl Anker arranged for the two top pros to conduct training at
 significantly reduced rates.
     The 26 week training program, coached by these world-class athletes, costs
 just $99 (which INCLUDES the Marathon's entry fee).
 One-on-one training sessions will be offered every week -- Scobey's for
 runners in West LA, Bustos' for racewalkers in Santa Monica -- and are
 coached in person, not online.  (NOTE: $99 early registration rate good
 through April 25; thereafter increased to $125.)
     Either training program is for any level of runners and walkers, casual to
 serious, developed as a safe, easy-to-succeed schedule.  There will be a
 variety of courses to increase endurance and motivation.  Expert speakers
 will provide tips on nutrition, injury prevention, running safety and the
 best running apparel.
     Bill Scobey, who will coach runners, is a world-record holder and
 All-American Distance Runner, as well as holder of the record for the
 Western Hemisphere Marathon course set way back in 1971.  Bill is arguably
 North America's fastest marathoner.  At the 1972 Olympics "Mad Dog" Scobey
 was considered the USA's finest hope.  He was instrumental in leading this
 country into the multibillion-dollar running boom we're in the midst of
 today.
     Among Scobey's many athletic accomplishments are the titles of Pacific and
 AAU Cross-Country Champion; Four-Time NCAA All-American; "World
 Record-Holder": 10 Man-24 Hour Relay; Los Angeles Marathon - 3rd Place
 winner; "Current Record-Holder": Avenue of the Giants Marathon; "American
 Record": National 50-Kilometer Road Race; "California State Marathon Record";
 "Current Record-Holder": 1st Annual Ventura Marathon.  Featured on the cover
 of Runner's World Magazine, Scobey also coached the Far Western Conference
 Second Place Champions Ventura College Women's Track & Field Team.  Along
 with another Sports Hall-of-Famer, Gary Tuttle, Bill owned and operated a
 summer Runner's Workshop sports camp in Ventura County.
     Fran Bustos, racewalker, "Wholistic" (natural) Technique Walking Coach and
 World-Class Competitor, a member of the World Cup Racing Team who's been on
 several Olympic trial teams, has a training program designed to improve
 strength, endurance, speed, power and flexibility.
     The Western Hemisphere Marathon's Training Program is sponsored by Off 'N
 Running Tours.  Orientation Meeting will be May 19, 2001 at 8:00 am to
 introduce coaches and teammates; in the Garden Room at Veteran's Memorial
 Park, 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City, site of the starting line for the
 historic Western Hemisphere Marathon race.  Free parking is available in the
 Sony lot.  For more information contact 310-246-1418 or log on to
 http://www.whmarathon.active.com .
     For photos, interview appointments or event press passes contact:
 310-246-1418.
 
     CONTACT:  Cheryl Anker, Race Director of Western Hemisphere Marathon,
 310-246-1418, or Run2Tour@aol.com .
 
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    CULVER CITY, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The 54th Annual Western
 Hemisphere Marathon announces a major coup 54 years in the making: famed
 runner Bill "Mad Dog" Scobey and racewalker Fran Bustos are signed to launch
 the Marathon's first-ever training program.
     The Western Hemisphere Marathon is the second-oldest consecutively-run
 marathon in the country (only the Boston Marathon is older).  It's a charity
 fund-raiser, too, (proceeds benefit The Wellness Community, West LA) so Race
 Director Cheryl Anker arranged for the two top pros to conduct training at
 significantly reduced rates.
     The 26 week training program, coached by these world-class athletes, costs
 just $99 (which INCLUDES the Marathon's entry fee).
 One-on-one training sessions will be offered every week -- Scobey's for
 runners in West LA, Bustos' for racewalkers in Santa Monica -- and are
 coached in person, not online.  (NOTE: $99 early registration rate good
 through April 25; thereafter increased to $125.)
     Either training program is for any level of runners and walkers, casual to
 serious, developed as a safe, easy-to-succeed schedule.  There will be a
 variety of courses to increase endurance and motivation.  Expert speakers
 will provide tips on nutrition, injury prevention, running safety and the
 best running apparel.
     Bill Scobey, who will coach runners, is a world-record holder and
 All-American Distance Runner, as well as holder of the record for the
 Western Hemisphere Marathon course set way back in 1971.  Bill is arguably
 North America's fastest marathoner.  At the 1972 Olympics "Mad Dog" Scobey
 was considered the USA's finest hope.  He was instrumental in leading this
 country into the multibillion-dollar running boom we're in the midst of
 today.
     Among Scobey's many athletic accomplishments are the titles of Pacific and
 AAU Cross-Country Champion; Four-Time NCAA All-American; "World
 Record-Holder": 10 Man-24 Hour Relay; Los Angeles Marathon - 3rd Place
 winner; "Current Record-Holder": Avenue of the Giants Marathon; "American
 Record": National 50-Kilometer Road Race; "California State Marathon Record";
 "Current Record-Holder": 1st Annual Ventura Marathon.  Featured on the cover
 of Runner's World Magazine, Scobey also coached the Far Western Conference
 Second Place Champions Ventura College Women's Track & Field Team.  Along
 with another Sports Hall-of-Famer, Gary Tuttle, Bill owned and operated a
 summer Runner's Workshop sports camp in Ventura County.
     Fran Bustos, racewalker, "Wholistic" (natural) Technique Walking Coach and
 World-Class Competitor, a member of the World Cup Racing Team who's been on
 several Olympic trial teams, has a training program designed to improve
 strength, endurance, speed, power and flexibility.
     The Western Hemisphere Marathon's Training Program is sponsored by Off 'N
 Running Tours.  Orientation Meeting will be May 19, 2001 at 8:00 am to
 introduce coaches and teammates; in the Garden Room at Veteran's Memorial
 Park, 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City, site of the starting line for the
 historic Western Hemisphere Marathon race.  Free parking is available in the
 Sony lot.  For more information contact 310-246-1418 or log on to
 http://www.whmarathon.active.com .
     For photos, interview appointments or event press passes contact:
 310-246-1418.
 
     CONTACT:  Cheryl Anker, Race Director of Western Hemisphere Marathon,
 310-246-1418, or Run2Tour@aol.com .
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com - Your Business Workshop
 For more information, visit http://www.digitalwork.com .
 
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