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Meet and Listen to Some of the World's Top Runners at The Garmin Marathon

19 February 2013 @ 4:55 PM  / Garmin Connect / Sponsored Athletes / Sports / Fitness Blog /

Jurek-photo1This year's Garmin Marathon will be filled with first time runners and those seasoned veterans checking an item off their 50 State marathon list. Either way, we have something to offer you at our headquarters in Olathe, KS.

During the expo and packet pick up on April 19th, come mingle with fellow runners, check out great products from industry vendors and sit in on our Speaker Series. You will hear from experts and Pro runners and ask questions about your training, nutrition, injury prevention and racing. We are still finalizing the speaker list and times, yet you can see a few names below to get you excited! We are also extremely thrilled to have Ultra-distance runner, Scott Jurek in town to be our keynote speaker during the Garmin Marathon pasta dinner.  

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force — and darling — in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile "jaunt" from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently, he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6.5 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with Jurek cover_hres the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more.

In Eat & Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career — as an elite athlete and a vegan — and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his incredible, world-spanning, record-breaking races — Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of our food as our fuel.

Chock full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, as well as fascinating science and accessible practical advice — including his own favorite plant based recipes, Eat & Run will motivate everyone to "go the distance" whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

"Anyone can be an ultrarunner," says Jurek. His remarkable story is a reminder that, no matter how far you go, every day’s run is a journey of discovery and the chance to explore what’s possible in sport — and in life.

Josh Cox

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Josh Cox, the American record holder in the 50k (31 miles), is a four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and
three-time U.S. National Team member. Highlights include being the top American marathon finisher at the World Track & Field Championships. Cox was named the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week in January 2009 for breaking the 50k record by four minutes at Arizona’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and again in January 2011 for winning the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, en route to breaking his own 50k American record by three and a half minutes, running the second fastest time in history, and missing the world record by a scant 7 seconds. In 2009 and 2011, Cox’s 50k was the fastest in the world.

031912_FIT_1567.1Desi Davila

Davila broke 5:00 for the mile as a high school freshman and has quietly and steadily worked her way up to being an Olympic marathoner. She was thrust into the spotlight after her thrilling finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Davila battled for the win with eventual winner Caroline Kilel through the final stretch of the course and came in second by only a two-second margin. Davila’s performance was one for the record books as she clocked the fastest time ever by an American woman at the Boston Marathon in 2:22:38. Davila qualified for the 2012 Olympics, though injury prevented her from completing the marathon event. She ran track and cross country in high school in addition to playing soccer.

  TonyTony Phillips (common running injuries, stride analysis)

Dr. Anthony Phillips, mostly known as Dr. Tony, has been in private practice since 1996. He performed his undergraduate studies at Emporia State University while on a football scholarship. He then attended and graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City. In 1997, he completed extensive sports care training from Logan College. Since then, Dr. Tony has entrenched himself in the active adult and athlete scene in Kansas City. He has served on medical staffs at UMKC, T-Bones Baseball Club and Shawnee Mission South High School football, and he now directs the athlete injury management for St. James Academy. He has been a presenting speaker at the Kansas Athletic Trainers Association Conference as well as numerous U.S. Tennis Association events. In 2008, Dr. Phillips took everything he had learned in the previous 13 years about patient care, customer service, and what makes up a true Chiropractic Sports Care Practice and developed Inside Sports Clinic.




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