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This looks like a really great opportunity assuming the coaches won't be tied into an off the shelf schedule, a more realistic marathon day goal setting process is used and a more thorough vetting of the candidates is put in place (which looks like happening).Someone is going to be very fortunate to be coached by Bud Baldaro. If this is done properly this has the potential to be excellent, it really does.
This looks like a really great opportunity assuming the coaches won't be tied into an off the shelf schedule, a more realistic marathon day goal setting process is used and a more thorough vetting of the candidates is put in place (which looks like happening).
Someone is going to be very fortunate to be coached by Bud Baldaro.
If this is done properly this has the potential to be excellent, it really does.
Interesting! I like the idea of the boot camp to assess fitness, discuss injury history and your target time.
I'd consider entering but I'm sure it would end up being an injury curse (I'm a bit fragile at the moment as it is), especially if my only choice of lightweight support shoe for the race was the DS Trainer.
Best of luck to all. Last year was awesome, an experience I still treasure, and I expect this year will be even better.
With the benefit of hindsight the best advice I can give to all the newer runners (ie like me last year) thinking of applying is you need to build the mile base now. Don't think of a mara as 16 weeks training only if you want to avoid injury and fulfil your potential.
I've entered already. what a fantastic opportunity to learn from such experienced people. I've not been a member on here for long, and i have not made that many posts, but i follow the site avidly, i'd love to win this. I've never done a marathon before, but it's been a goal for a long while now.
As much as i'm sure the London is "The" marathon so many people want to run, i'm sure that the Paris marathon will be every bit as good.
As Super Gibo say's!
I am planing to do my first Marathon in 2011 anyway so this has really come at the right time for me!
My form was sent in on Friday so fingers crossed I at least get to see some of you in Birmingham or Manchester on the 4th.
i think this sounds like a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced runners, nutritionists, etc
time to download the application form....
As usual at this time of the year, when an application comes to me via email I fill it in and hope for the best. Actually I do that with any competition and the number I have won are very low, or close to zero in reality. But perhaps this time...
However the opportunity to work with a professional sports team is not to be missed
Me and my friend are going to do the New York in 2011, so this comes at a very good time to get professional help.
Apologies - just to clarify, the selection day will take place in Birmingham (not Manchester). Looking forward to reading all your applications (it may take a while..!)
This is an amazing opportunity! I hadn't heard about it last year, but will definitely be applying.
Can anyone advise on how comprehensive my application should be, especially with regard to the strenghts and weaknesses boxes?
I think this sounds like a well thought out competition prize this year. It will be interesting to see what the improved schedules bring, and, maybe the schedules will be tailor made for the individuals.
Also, the selection days seem like a good idea. A good chance for the lucky participants to learn exactly what is involved and what is expected of them in return for the coaching, as well as the coaches getting to see the hopefuls at work.
This is a very valuable prize: personalised dietary, physio and sports psychology support from the ASICS PRO Team throughout the training, schedules, training days, all the gear. Its every marathon runners dream!
Well I have entered.
I don't mind that its not London, in fact it will give me a chance to use my CSE French !! LOL
I never win any competitions so would be well surprised if I get the call !! good luck to everyone who enters.
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