A Running Festival with Lagniappe


The Marathon Maniac Finish


• $20 adult through 1/6*

(*) Only 140 spots available to Maniacs and Fanatics. May sell out and not be available.

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Each year this dinner grows in popularity. With only a few hundred seats left, reserve your seats now for the best-carb loading meal in town. Enjoy a Louisiana favorite, Pastalaya, as well as other pre-race healthy options while enjoying. a relaxing presentation from two industry leaders: Bill Rodgers and Matt Long.

The Pastalaya Dinner features a buffet with many carb-loading servings and healthy options. We are expanding on the menu and want to give everyone enough time to get a plate, listen up and meet the speakers.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
• 5:30p.m. Doors Open
• 5:50p.m. Introductions Begin
• 6:00p.m. Bill Rodger Begins
• 6:45p.m. Matt Long Begins
• 7:30p.m. Q&A, Meet-&-Greet
Currently we are finalizing the location at a downtown convention/ ballroom. We intend to have one seating for 500 patrons. There will be multiple buffet stations set up for quick and easy serving.
Sponsors like Louisiana Runs allow us to secure industry leaders, sports legends and motivational speakers, adding to the experience and complementing our mission. We hope you enjoy the experience and welcome your feedback.


Bill Rodgers

The legendary long-distance runner details his historic victory in the 1975 Boston Marathon that launched the modern running boom

Within a span of two hours and nine minutes, Bill Rodgers went from obscurity to legend, from Bill Rodgers to “Boston Billy.” In doing so, he instantly became the people’s champ and the poster boy for the soulful 1970s distance runner. Having won the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon four times each, he remains the only marathoner to have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustratedtwice. Winning the Holy Grail of marathons in an unthinkable record time changed Bill’s life forever.

But his dramatic breakthrough in Boston also changed the lives of countless others, instilling in other American runners the belief that they could follow in his footsteps, and inspiring thousands of regular people to lace up their shoes and chase down their own dreams. In the year before Rodger’s victory at the 1975 Boston Marathon, 20,000 people had completed a marathon in the United States. By 2009, participants reached nearly half a million.

Thirty-seven years later Bill Rodgers still possesses the same warm, endearing, and whimsical spirit that turned him into one of America’s most beloved athletes. In Marathon Man he details for the first time this historic race and the events that led him there.

book_marathon-man-147“Written as if Bill Rodgers is speaking to you. The Rodgers autobiography, assisted by Mathew Shepatin, is written in a straight forward casual format as if he is speaking to you, making this a pleasure to read. The book starts with Bill’s huge breakout 1975 Boston Marathon with step by step descriptions interwoven with flash backs of his early life …”  By Daniel Hurley, April 14, 2013

Read more about his book at amazon.com.

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On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.

In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon–a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs. “Running saved my life,” Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others.

Long_Run_300“I am telling my story so others may see what the body is capable of when you have the will to live…” said Matt Long, a New York City Firefighter.

In his book, The Long Run, he tells the story of his Purchase triumphant comeback after a serious crash and his journey to becoming an Elite Athlete.

Read more about his book at runnersworld.com.
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2013 // Hector Picard – No Hands. No Problem. No Excuses.

Hector Picard is a motivational speaker and triathlete who lost both arms in an electrical accident 20 years ago. He is a husband, father of four and grandfather. A veteran of 67 triathlons since 2009. Instead of giving up or feeling sorry for himself he decided to Don’t Stop Living.

As the founder of DontStopLiving.org, a website setup to inspire others to live life to the fullest, Hector shows us all that life is a gift meant to be enjoyed. On May 25, 2012, he undertook a bike journey from Fort Lauderdale to New York City that composed of 1500 miles in 17 days.

A full feature documentary film of this accomplishment will be released in the Spring of 2013. Hector Picard became the worlds first double arm amputee Ironman on August 11, 2012 in NYC.

hector.picard@yahoo.com // 954-695-4210 // dontstopliving.org

2013 // Beth Ann Telford – Ironman, Cancer Fighter, 3x Boston Marathoner

Beth Ann Telford was born in Harrisburg, PA. While running the Marine Corp Marathon, she felt a “pop” in her head and was diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2005. After her first brain surgery and learning to run again, Beth Ann ran and finished the 2005 Marine Corp Marathon. Since then she has qualified for and ran three Boston Marathons, finished the Lake Placid Ironman twice, and had the great privilege to compete and finish in the Kona World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in 2012. She has also dedicated herself to promoting awareness about brain cancer and raising funds for research through the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure Race for Hope 5K Run/Walk.

teambt@verizon.net // teambt.org

2012 // Jeff Galloway – Run Until You’re 100

Jeff’s quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978, and to author Runner’s World articles which have been used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™, low mileage, three-day, suggestions to an over 98% success rate.

Jeff has worked with over 300,000 average people in training for specific goals and is the inventor of the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™ method. Jeff is an inspirational speaker to over 200 running and fitness sessions each year.

His innovative ideas have opened up the possibility of running and completing a marathon to almost everyone. Philosophically, Jeff believes that we were all designed to run and walk, and he keeps finding ways to bring more people into the positive world of exercise…

facebook.com/jeffgallowayfan // jeffgalloway.com



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