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Get a Running Start on 13.1 Miles as New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 General News J E 4
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ATLANTA, Dec. 18 The most popular New Year's resolutions,"lose weight," "get fit," and "reduce stress," can be tackled stride by stridethrough running. According to ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon's RaceDirector Victoria Seahorn, 13 weeks is an ideal time to train for 13.1 milesin a half marathon, or if you are already a runner, this is enough time toprepare for the marathon's 26.2 miles.

"This race can be an inspiration for people with New Year's resolutions,from setting a new personal best time to losing weight. The ING GeorgiaMarathon & Half Marathon is well timed on the spring calendar to help runnersor walkers reach fitness goals in just a matter of weeks," said Seahorn, aveteran of 29 marathons, many half marathons and a coach who has helped morethan 10,000 people complete races.

Sunday, December 30 will mark 13 weeks to the 2nd annual ING GeorgiaMarathon & Half Marathon, which will take place in Atlanta on March 30, 2008.The race, founded by Seahorn in 2007, was named the second largest inauguralcombo running event of all time by Running USA (13,730 finishers). Sherecommends a minimum of 13 weeks as a fitness goal to complete a long-distanceevent like a half marathon for new runners.

In fact, according to myGoals.com's annual prediction of popular goals forthe New Year, commitments to health and fitness remained tops on their annuallist, with 28 percent of respondents citing it as the top resolution for 2008.

This March event, which is the RRCA state marathon championship forGeorgia, is limited to 15,000 participants again in 2008. And for those with'saving money' as a New Year's resolution, early registration will saveparticipants $15. Registration is online at www.inggeorgiamarathon.com andwill increase January 1 to $75 for the half and $95 for the full marathon.

New for the 2008 event will be 22 "Hydration Stations" along the entireroute, each having 40-50 volunteers handing out water and Gatorade. Thesecond-year event will feature a new start and finish at Centennial OlympicPark in downtown Atlanta. It will also provide a staggered start, where raceofficials will segment participants based on expected finish times.

SOURCE Georgia Marathon, LLC
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