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Featured in Runner’s World Magazine, May 2011 – B.Q. or Die by George Mannes

Source:X Runner’s World Magazine Nick Schollmeier was one runner who didn’t need much prompting. He just needed some caffeine. On the eve of registration day, the 28-year-old schoolteacher from Elim, Alaska (population: 300; distance from Arctic Circle: 135 miles), never went to bed. Too excited to sleep and too worried that he might not get into the race, Schollmeier stayed awake through the darkness playing MLB: The Show on his PlayStation until 5 a.m. (9 a.m. Boston time) when online signup was set to begin. Read More..
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Run Kona, Run The Land of Aloha!

The Kona Marathon and Family fun run is coming up in just over a month, June 23rd to be exact. This is one of my top marathon picks and it so much more than a marathon. For openers, they follow the IRONMAN course down Alii drive which is Epic. They also offer a 5K Friday night- The Aloha Friday Run filled with entertainment, food and celebrating Aloha Friday Kona Marathon style. It is a fun run and only $15 if you sign up before June 15th. www.alohafridayrun.com.  Well Kona is calling me back again. I ran the Kona marathon in 2012 as a part of my campaign in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The Kona Marathon was number 11 of 52 and I can honestly say that number 11 was like running in Heaven. Not only is the island beautiful, it was the Aloha Spirit and it is that spirit that is calling me back again. The Sheraton Kona Resort their Headquarter hotel is a jewel, with truly beautiful breathtaking views of the ocean. See for yourself πŸ˜€   Sheraton This marathon is extremely well run and was so very supportive and receptive to my fundraising and philanthropic efforts. The race directors are super friendly, the course is fairly fast and flat. The water stations were filled with supportive volunteers, keeping you cool and hydrated with smiles for miles πŸ™‚ As if this weren’t enough, check this out: The world famous UCC Coffee is a proud sponsor of the Kona Marathon and Family fun run. There is nothing like Kona Coffee. coffee   Ok, now for the icing on the cake, or the umbrella in the mai tai I should say πŸ™‚ Would you look at this beautiful medal? This is the first redesign they have done in 19 years and it is special to the 20th Anniversary. Kona Medal So what are you waiting for? Check out Alaska Airlines www.alaskaair.com. When the islands are calling, it’s always good to listen. Life is short, NOW is the time. Come and let your Aloha Spirit shine and I’ll see you at the finish line. Register today at www.konamarathon.com   Konafinish1   WE GOT THIS!!! Aloha for now, Julie          
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Marathon Goddess- Top 10 Marathon Songs

Running 1,362.4 miles you can imagine I listened to everything from Disney to Frank Sinatra to Rage Against the Machine. Here are my top 10 picks: Number 10: Led-Zeppelin-When the Levee Breaks. You can’t go wrong with any Led Zeppelin song, but this one was great for the first mile or 2 to get me to go out slow and get warmed up.
Number 9: Neon Trees: Everybody Talks- This song is great. Once you’re warmed up, it helps you to get your groove on. It’s got a great rhythm, and if you’re in a relationship it kinda get’s you thinking and then pretty soon you’re flying πŸ™‚
Number 8: New Radicals – You Get What You Give. The title says it all
Number 7: Pit Bull-Don’t stop the party. If you are getting bored on your run and then this song comes on, it’s like a wake up call. All of the sudden you pick up your pace, you smile and your run turns super fun. Like a party
Number 6: Madonna- Ray of Light . Great song, it helps you fly through your race and provides some cool inspiration. You can tell by the video.
Number 5: The All-American Rejects- Move Along. Great for mid race and you know you still have a long way to go but it helps you to stay strong , keep going and you will get there
Number 4: Will.I.Am/Britney SpearsI can’t have a play list with out Britney and when this song came out, it was on! It always fired me up.
Number 3: FUN: Some Nights. This song always put a smile on my face. Even in those tough moments:
Number 2: Flo Rida-Wild Ones. This song always put me in the zone, it made me feel wild and gave me that extra kick.
Number 1: Calvin Harris-Feels so close This song always came on when I was within a mile from the finish line. Feels so close. Love it!
NOW LET’S GO RUN A MARATHON AND DONATE TO THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK :)))) WE GOT THIS. ROCK ON!!!
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The LA Marathon #52- 26.2 Miles of Hope β™₯

Thank you all for supporting me in this amazing journey of hope, inspiration and love. It has truly been an honor to run for your loved ones. Thank you for the donations, every dollar helps to make a difference. I would like to honor those that sponsored a mile for the final 26.2 miles. I apologize if I have missed anyone, if so please let me know and I can edit after the race. Below is a picture of the beautiful grace bands that I will be wearing tomorrow. With so much love on my arms and in my heart we definitely got this!
made by Races2Remember

made by Races2Remember

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. However I am not done, not even close, I am not stopping until we have a cure for pancreatic cancer. We got this. xo See you at the finish line. xo My sponsors:
Mile 26.2: In memory of Melissa Miller and her heroic five year battle with pancreatic cancer (from L. Cohen)
Mile 25: Ron Bowker Mile 24: Francis P. Urban Mile 23: Team Molli- Srtongest woman I know! Mile 23: Paul Perkovic, Half Moon Bay, he will be in my heart forever Mile 22: Yitzchak ben Chaim Zelig Mile 21: Lora Gudbranson
Mile 20: Please dedicate mile 20 to my father, Rodney Buffington, who also lost his battle to pancreatic cancer after just 20 short weeks! (from A. Winkle)
Mile 20: John H, Harris, Jr. May 30, 2013 20th anniversary of his death πŸ™
Mile 19: Noel Irvine Mile 18: Herman C. Atienza Mile 17: Amo Cappelli Mile 16: Adam Zauder
Mile 15: For my sweet fiance’ Edward J. Demyan who would have turned 50 this week; March 15, 2013. Missing you every day EJD – this week is especially hard. (from M. Mackulin)
Mile 14: Nancy Kramer and Mort Shorris Mile 13: Buck Mile 12: John Price Mile 11: Grandma Gerry Mile 10: Patrick Powers Mile 9: Ron Smith
Mile 8: Robert Holloway Mile 7: K. Bradbury & Curt Sandoval
Mile 6: Spyros Sipsas Mile 5: Doug Brand & Jeff Brand Mile 4: Edmund C. Bechtold Mile 3: David G. Hollander Mile 2: John Sam Chee Mile 1: Judith Maiman More that sponsored w/o a specific mile.: (taken from my website)
  • Bless you Julie, and may they find a cure for this horrible disease. I know that I am doing everything I can to spread awareness. Take care and know that we are rooting you on, (Melissa Silva and Family)
  • Bette Grey – Passed away from PanCan in 1966 (Sent from G. Twist)
  • Thanks for spreading awareness Julie! In memory of my dad Doug Brand and his brother Jeff Brand that were taken by this horrible disease less than a year apart. (H. Swanson)
  • Thank you for creating national awareness for PC and PanCan! Good luck running #52 this weekend! AMAZING! In memory of my wonderful mom, Gigi Shanes-Hernandez, who died almost four years ago on April 9th from pancreatic cancer. KNOW IT! FIGHT IT! END IT! (T. Shanes-Hernandez)
  • You are such an inspiration. My father passed away when I was young from cancer and I now too fun marathons to raise funds for research… nothing like you. GO GIRL! I am also buying a calendar:). Thank you for what you do! (M. Rouse)
  • In honor of Diane Fyock @ It’s a Fyock Fight (T. Fyock)
  • Impressed and thankful for your dedication towards providing awareness of Pancreatic cancer. Lost my grandmother in 2008 – you are an inspiration! (D. Singer)
  • Julie – you inspired us. My mom passed of pancreatic cancer – our family is very thankful for your efforts! (Velocity Sports Performance)
  • In memory of Florence Sugimoto. (A. Otani)
  • For Paul who was the light of my life and my one true love. What you are doing is truly inspirational. This is a horrible cancer that we must find a cure for. Thank you for what you are doing to try to find a cure. xxoo (Anon.)
  • In honor of Eleanor. (B. Anderson)
  • In honor of John Sam Chee who is battling this awful disease. We love him so much<3 (C. Lee)
  • For my own dad, who died of colon cancer in 1988…he never saw me cross the finish line but I did it for him! (M. Miller)
There are so many beautiful dedications, I am sorry if I missed any, if I did please email me and let me know and I will add yours in. I will also continue to do weekly dedications.
With deep gratitude….
Love,
Julie
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In memory of Lydia Jack, she passed at only 52, so Lydia 52 is also for YOU!

I met my beautiful new friend Belinda at the LA Marathon’s Big 5 training night in El Segundo. We started talking and she told me about her sister Lydia and that she passed from pancreatic cancer at the very young age of 52. We started crying and I instantly knew I had to dedicate #52 to Lydia. Lydia was a great woman. She and her sister raised their children together. She gave all she could to help people that she loved the most. She was funny and strong willed. She loved Jimmy Buffet, Elvis, Tom Cruise and See’s candy. A girl after my own heart. They were best friends and Lydia is missed every day. She loved Belinda’s children like they were her own and Belinda loved Lydia’s son like he was hers. Lydia worked at the DWP for many years until her passing. Cheeseburger in Paradise was her favorite song. They would sing it with the kids in tow on their way to the beach every summer. I hope Lydia is having a wonderful time in paradise. I will imagine Lydia’s beautiful spirit with me while I run tomorrow, knowing what a strong willed woman she was will help me with every step I take. Lydia, #52 is for YOU. We got this!!! This one’s for you : Cheeseburgers in Paradise xoxoxo Lydia Band  
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Robert Hollawell Sr: LA Marathon is #52 and since you are 52, it is also for YOU!!

I met my dear friend Robert on Facebook last year and I am so grateful that I did. Robert is an 8 year pancreatic cancer SURVIVOR. He is a loving husband, father and grandfather of the cutest little granddaughter ever.
So Cute!!!

So Cute!!!

He first felt pain back in 2004 with pain in his left side, he thought he had just pulled a muscle that just wouldn’t heal. It turned out he had neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. He had surgery and still has several issues from the cancer. PC hit him hard but he has his family and friends by his side the whole time and is truly blessed. Robert is 52 years old, I know he doesn’t look 52 but he is. He has so much hope because of his beautiful family, friends, volunteers, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and so much love. That is what it takes, Robert is all about hope. Even though he still has pain, he is always smiling. Robert’s smile is infectious and he goes on to say the real heroes are his family and friends. Robert has been my hero, he is always posting supportive comments, pictures and making sure that I am ok. I ran the Long Beach marathon on his 52nd birthday, and it was also my 52 life time marathon at the time. It was meant to be. I consider myself lucky to have Robert for a friend, and hoping I can make it out to Philly to run a marathon in his town. Robert Hollawell Sr. #52 is for YOU. Pancreatic Cancer- Know it. Fight it. End it!!! We got this!!! Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 5.36.02 PM   Robert 2
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Marathon #52 LA Marathon: Lupe Delacruz-Romero, She’s Got This!!

Lupe Lupe ran her first LA marathon in 1999 while her young son was in the Marines. He encouraged her to run so she thought she would try it just once. Her parents, her niece and her sister were at the finish line, so proud of Lupe when she finished. That same year on November 4th her father died. She continued to run. She ran the LA Marathon every year after that for the next 10 years. Life happens so running was therapy for her, a stress release. She hadn’t run a marathon in 4 years but since she turned 50 on 1-11-12 she felt she had to run it that year. On 2-11-12 Lupe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer so she was not able to run in the LA Marathon but she did run the hardest race ever. She ran the race of fighting for her life and she completed her race on 1-29-13 when her cancer was removed by the Whipple procedure. Every year she ran she dedicated the marathon to our military and to other people who were in need of prayer. Lupe never imagined one day someone would be dedicating the LA Marathon to her. I am deeply touched and truly honored to run for Lupe. She will be at the finish line when we cross it and we are hoping to cross it together. Lupe you are my hero. #52 is for YOU. xoxo
Beautiful,Healthy Strong, Survivor Lupe :D

Beautiful,Healthy Strong, Survivor Lupe πŸ˜€

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An “OORAH” for Master Sergeant Richard J. Cox @ Catalina Marathon #51 3/9/13

This is Rick and Lupe's wedding :D

This is Rick and Lupe’s wedding πŸ˜€

My dear friend Lupe a Pancreatic Cancer SURVIVOR who I am running for this weekend just told me about her friends brother who was not as fortunate. They just lost their brother Master Sergeant Richard J. Cox (USMC Ret) to pancreatic cancer this past Sunday. He was diagnosed January 30th. He was 64years old. Master Sergeant Cox was laid to rest with full military honors on March 14th. He took pride and honor in serving his country. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Rick’s father was a Marine who was given several awards including 2 purple hearts & a silver star, and Rick’s son Bill is also a marine. Master Sergeant Rick- I shouted out an “OORAH” for you when I got to the top of that mountain last Saturday. Imagining your strong spirit there with me, helping me to beat pancreatic cancer once and for all. Now we will run #52 and I will imagine your spirit with me as I finish this epic year long journey. Thank you for your service. We got this xo OORAH!!!! With love and deep admiration, Julie. xo  
RIP Sergeant Richard J. Cox

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