Boycott Arizona???

OK, I kinda get the entire boycott Arizona thing, except that the groups calling for boycotts are the same groups that are busing in hundreds of people a week to fill in the protest…doesn’t that seem counter intuitive? So it hasn’t taken long but now there are calls for people to boycott the P.F. Chang’s Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon and the Ironman Arizona.  The RnR Arizona folks are calling for the race to be moved to New Mexico or California, and the Ironman boycott folks are calling for an outright boycott.  I tried to start an intelligent discussion on both of the events Facebook pages asking how many people who are up in arms about the new law have even read the law, as opposed to people who are opposed to it based on what they hear, read and ingest from the media which is so unbiased and straight forward.  Both got my posts deleted and the comments calling me a racist and Nazi are still there.  I would post links but I don’t want to glorify their pages.

I really don’t care if you are for it, or against, it, but I do care if you are informed before yelling about it.  I feel this way about any topic.  If you are uninformed, then don’t protest, and certainly don’t vote.  Here’s is a picture my friend Paul posted as he runs across the U.S. in the name of Liberty-real liberty.

Yeah all the way from Orange County, California (Hey Ryan!) to the Statue of Liberty.  Here is his facebook page. Dude is so hardcore about his cause that he ran over 2000 miles in the same pair of Vibrams…that is bad-ass!  Those shoes should be on the wall in their headquarters.

This sums it up.

Thanks for posting this Paul!

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RNR Arizona meet up

If you are running the PF Changs Rock and Roll Arizona in a few weeks you might be interested in an event that is being put on by the race directors.  If you go to the PF Changs at the Scottsdale waterfront (has that smell issue from the water been fixed yet?) on the 14th from 5-7 PM you will have the chance to mingle with Josh Cox, Ryan Hall, ultra runner Dean K, and many others.  Could be a fun event.  In fact, I think that I will be there myself.  Details are below.

“Mingle with fellow race participants and be inspired by Runner’s World columnist, John “the Penguin” Bingham, and running legends Ryan Hall, Josh Cox, Dean Karnazes and Steve Scott. These running celebs will give you tips on how to run your best race yet, while you enjoy delicious appetizers and giveaways throughout the evening.

Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: P.F. Chang’s Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road”

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Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor to run RNR Arizona half marathons.

Huge news for the local race, but I still detest the RNR series.

by Jeff Metcalfe – Dec. 15, 2009 07:25 PM
The Arizona Republic

Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor, both 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champions, will make their P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona debuts by running in the  1/2 marathon Jan. 17.

More than 30,000 entrants are expected for the seventh annual event, the world’s largest marathon and  1/2 marathon combination. It will include a new 50K division.

Hall and Kastor are U.S.  1/2-marathon record holders: 59 minutes, 43 seconds in 2007 and 1:07:34 in 2006, respectively. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set a then-world  1/2-marathon record (58:55) here in 2006 on the back half of the marathon course.

“It’s great for Arizona (to host the U.S. Olympians),” said Matt Turnbull of Elite Racing. “Since Haile, we haven’t had a marquee athlete, if you like. Our goals are to get the best in America to run for us, and they fall in that category.”

Hall, 27, was 10th at the 2008 Olympic Marathon and fifth at the 2008 London Marathon, recording a personal-record time of 2:06:17.

Kastor, 36, was the bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics but dropped out of the Beijing Olympics marathon because of a broken foot. She was sixth at the Chicago Marathon in October despite stomach problems and could be ready to run fast here in a field that will include Kim Smith of New Zealand (seventh at the 2009 World  1/2 Marathon Championships) and Phoenix native Sara Slattery.

The field for the Dean Kamazes Ultra 50K is limited to 150. Entrants will complete the extra five miles before the start of the 26.2-mile marathon.

Also new for 2010, headlining band Everclear will perform shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the finish line in Tempe rather than perform in an evening concert.

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PF Chang's RNR kick off

SRP is sponsoring a kick off event for the Rock and Roll Arizona 1/2 and full marathon.  It is a chance to meet and hang out with American 50k record holder and former “Bachelor” star Josh Cox.  Lots of giveaways, if it is like the past there are also lots of people there for attention or to “be seen”.  But it is a good time.

Join the fun at the sixth annual SRP Training Kick-Off Party for the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. This free community event features live music, refreshments, prizes and giveaways and a 3.5-mile training run led by 50k American Record Holder, Josh Cox. Date: Thursday, October 8

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm

Location: G.R. Herberger Park / Indian School
& 56th Street


American 50K Record Holder-Josh CoxAmerican 50K Record Holder-Josh Cox

  • 3.5 Mile Training Run/Walk led by Josh Cox,three-time Olympic Trials qualifier and 50k American Record Holder
  • Expo showcasing free training and nutrition products

  • Discounts on marathon and half marathon registration

  • Plus, the first 100 registrants receive an Official Race T-shirt!

  • Live Music

  • Refreshments compliments of P.F. Chang’s, NYPD Pizza, and MGD64 *ID required for beer tasting

  • Interactive Q&A with marathon experts, Susan Lokenand Josh Cox

  • Raffle prizes from SRP, P.F. Chang’s, Oakley, Garmin and more!