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Big Sur International Marathon Announces Big Sur Distance Project

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 Big Sur International Marathon Announces Big Sur Distance Project

 

CARMEL, CA - (February 10, 2005) The Big Sur International Marathon is pleased to announce the formation of the Big Sur Distance Project located in  Marina, California.   The Big Sur Distance Project is an elite training center dedicated to developing, supporting, and preparing U.S. distance runners for national and international level competitions while serving the community by actively promoting physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.  This project is a collaborative effort between the Big Sur International Marathon, Reebok, California State University at Monterey Bay and the former coach and athletes of Team USA Monterey Bay.

 

The Big Sur Distance Project will be under the direction of long time post-collegiate coach Bob Sevene.  Big Sur Distance Project athletes include Blake Russell, James Carney, Ryan Bak, Fasil Bizuneh, Scott Nagelkerke, and Carl Mease.  Plans are in place for the training center to expand to a total of 12 athletes by August 2005.

 

 "I'm thrilled that the Big Sur Marathon has decided to invest so much into the future of American distance running," commented Coach Bob Sevene.  "This partnership will allow us to continue the dream of building one of the best training centers in the United States right here on the Monterey Peninsula."

 

Hugo Ferlito, Big Sur's Chairman of the Board stated: "The Big Sur International Marathon views our collaboration with Coach Sevene and the athletes of the Big Sur Distance Project as the leading edge of our efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone on the Central Coast.  It also fosters the Olympic dreams of these rising stars."

 

"The Monterey Peninsula and CSUMB campus area is a perfect location, both in terms of geography, climate, and community support to host a premier distance training center. The university is proud to be associated with this effort," stated Dr. Peter Smith, President of California State University Monterey Bay.

 

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About the Big Sur Distance Project

 

The Big Sur Distance Project is an elite training center based at California State University Monterey Bay dedicated to developing, supporting, and preparing U.S. distance runners for National and International level competitions while serving the community by actively promoting physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.

 

About the Big Sur International Marathon

 

The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing a world-class marathon and related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness.

 

About California State University, Monterey Bay

 

The CSUMB campus covers 1,365 acres between the Monterey Bay and the agriculturally rich Salinas Valley on what was previously the Fort Ord Army base. With more than 3,900 students and 300 faculty members, the university's curriculum is designed to prepare students for the job demands of the 21st century. CSU Monterey Bay offers 12 broad undergraduate degree programs that incorporate nearly 100 traditional majors. The university provides a unique learning experience where students learn through service to the community, seek global perspective, employ the latest technologies, honor diversity, interconnect several fields of study and demonstrate learning in hands-on ways. More information about the university is available at www.csumb.edu.