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December/January 2016-2017 issue

“. . . it is as simple as taking a neighbor to get groceries or running a 5K . . .”
Lonnie Ali said this as she celebrated what would be her husband, Muhammad Ali’s, 75th birthday and introduced her mission to encourage everyone to donate 75 hours of service each year. Every event promoted by RacePayMichiana has an underlying mission to help others—to serve our community. Be proud to donate—and thank you for participating!

Play On! Jan Spalding, publisher

Inside December-January


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    Gifts for the Fit

    Michiana has a great collection of locally owned retail shops that sell the top brands in your sports of choice. These local experts provide the support that make our races and events possible . . . and awesome! Page 3

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    Fat Tire Mania

    Expected to be one of the hottest gifts under the tree this season, the development of the fat tire bike is rich with innovation. Gary Andert at Outpost Sports gives us the history that lead to its mainstream popularity. Page 5

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    Taking Hip Pain to Heart

    Dr. Thomas G. Akre with Allied Bone & Joint helps RPM readers take a serious look at pinpointing hip pain and treatment options. “One goal of early intervention is hip preservation,” said Dr. Akre. Page 6

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    Race Directing 101

    If you are planning a race or event in 2017, South Bend attorney (and avid runner) Chet Zawalich has tips for making sure your release waiver has the “magic” wording to keep you protected. Page 7

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    The Pacers are Coming!

    Sunburst Races has teamed up with Marathon Pacing to provide professional pacers for the 2017 full and half marathon Sunburst events. The service is free and ideal for getting you to the finish line on target, or no more than two minutes faster. Page 7

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    OSMC Question & Answer

    Do my knees feel better because I run? Dr. Edith Cullen shares medical insights into how running affects your knees, good and bad. One good: “The compressive motion of running helps bring more nutrient-feeding synovial fluid to the knees.” Page 10

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    Coach Thom Figueroa

    Ironman and coach, Thom Figueroa doesn’t like to see athletes suffer alone. Thus, his Tri-ing for Life indoor cycling studio has become a bit of everything — from bike fit to open-water training; from group ride to triathlete store. Page 11

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    Huff & Puff Longboards Cruising to Success

    Andrew Huff has been building longboards from his Bremen, IN, workshop for five years, turning a love for board sports and an appreciation for wood into his own business. Page 12

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    Legacy of a Legend

    Upon her 13 hour-59-minute finish at the Louisville Ironman in October, Sarah (Smith) Cira knew her legendary dad triathlete was with her throughout the challenging event. Pages 16

Race Directors

The 2016 Race & Event Calendar is filling up!

Listings for fitness events within Michiana are free.

In return, RPM asks that when possible, a listed race will include issues in their race packets or have them out at their event.

The Race & Event calendar is not only a resource to participants, but also to race directors and those planning new events, with a goal to help avoid overlapping of events that would draw a similar participant group.


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