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Run for a cause with Team in Training

Team in Training – Central California is hosting a preview party for its upcoming spring season on Thursday, September 7. Since its establishment in 1988, more than 600,000 Team in Training athletes have collectively raised more than $1 billion for the nonprofit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for endurance events. And while the organization’s primary purpose is fundraising, TNT has …

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Follow the rabbit: rabbit gear is designed by runners, for runners

Earlier this summer I noticed a trend amongst some of the runners I follow on Instagram: everyone, it seemed, was sporting gear from a company called rabbit. I admit, I was drawn in by the name, the adorable rabbit logo, and the “Born to Run Free” mantra I saw in some of the Instagram posts, but after doing some digging …

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Elevation Culture: carving out a niche in the running community

Have you run for wood? If you’ve run a trail race in Central California in the past year or so (or, increasingly, in other parts of the country), chances are you have. Those cool wooden Elevation Culture-designed medals that get handed out at San Joaquin Running events like the SJRT Half Marathon, Pincushion Hill Climb, and last year’s Two Cities …

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7 Effective Self-Defense Techniques for Women Runners

Listen up ladies: stop putting off that self-defense class. In fact, put it on your calendar right now. Oliver Valenzuela, a local runner and Kajukenbo instructor, is teaching free self-defense classes for women in various local running groups. He’s already instructed a class for DAR and the Wascallys, and he has more classes set for Fleet Feet Fresno and Sierra …

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Summer running, as told through Leslie Knope gifs

Running is great! Except when it’s not. I may run a website about running but I actually find it really hard to run in the summer. I’m cold all the time, yet when I’m running I turn into a delicate flower and begin to wilt around 75 degrees. So when it’s 100 (or even 85) degrees out, I don’t always …

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Made to last: Clovis-based Endure Jewelry Co. celebrates 8 years in business

There are a few ways to commemorate a running milestone. It’s tempting to wear a medal out and about (I’ve done it) but let’s be honest, it gets a little weird after the first day. Even Olympians put the medal away at some point. Race shirts are great, but not appropriate for every occasion. Tattoos are permanent and painful, not for …

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A new way to downward dog: goat yoga at Dream Big Ranch

Shortly after Saturday’s yoga session began at Sanger’s Dream Big Ranch, a rooster found its way into the practice. Instructor Amber Herzog Lyman remained unfazed as she led the class in a series of gentle yoga poses. But then, wandering roosters are par for the course in a yoga class that includes baby goats. Goat yoga, in case you haven’t …

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Day Tripper: Yosemite National Park

Sometimes, a change of pace is just what I need. After a long six months of training for two marathons a month apart, I’ve spent the summer rediscovering my love of cross-training and have been running only occasionally. Mostly this has consisted of indoor cycling, barre classes, and yoga, but earlier this week a running buddy and I decided to …

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Race preview: Fresno Freedom Run

When you think of the Fourth of July, you probably think of fireworks. With good reason, of course. But why wait until the end of the day to celebrate our nation’s birthday? If you’re an early riser, you can kick your holiday off at Fresno’s annual Fourth of July race, the Freedom Run. Held in Woodward Park and presented by …

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Good girl gone Badwater

Monique “Runner Moe” Jacques is cool. The local ultrarunner is only a few weeks out from her July 10 debut appearance at the STYR Labs Badwater 135, but from the calm way she talks about it, she might as well be training for a weekend 5K. Billed as “The World’s Toughest Footrace,” the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon begins in Death Valley’s …