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Big Sur Marathon Announces Near Sell Out and Training Clinics

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Franca Gargiulo
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Big Sur Marathon Announces Near Sell Out and Training Clinics



(Carmel, December 22, 2003) - In a move to handle the high demand for race entries, the Big Sur International Marathon increased its registration numbers for this year's 26.6 mile road race from 3500 to 4000 and later to 4500 entries. Entry to the marathon is nearly sold out at 85% capacity. Other events such as the Power Walk and the 10 Mile Walk were sold out last month, only 8 weeks after the opening of registration. There are still entries available for the Relay and the KION 5k.

"We are very pleased with such an early response to our events in April and are particularly pleased that both walk events have sold out," stated Wally Kastner, Race Director.

In an effort to properly prepare runners, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) has once again partnered with the marathon to present training clinics.

"The purpose of the clinic is to inspire those first time runners (as well as veterans) and provide practical, no nonsense training tips," said Mike Dove, world class runner and head of the training clinics. "And there is nothing like the group support to cheer on those athletes who may have doubts about tackling such a difficult endeavor."

The schedule for the January and February clinic sessions, held on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in conference Rooms A, B, C at CHOMP are as follows:

* January 6 - Nutrition and Staying Motivated
* January 20 - Injury Prevention - Massage and Strength Training
* February 3 - Developing Speed
* February 17 - Medical Aspects of Running

The clinics are free and open to the public and continue until Marathon day - April 25th.