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Boston is the Next Stop for the National Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® and Legends Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter Will Run
It will be Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter head to head for the One Fund Boston. For many runners Boston is their destination city with thousands of dedicated participants and fans. The 13.1 Marathon® Series includes eight events in some of America’s greatest cities, and this is number 5 on the list and it includes a 5K; both courses start and end at Suffolk Downs and run along Revere Beach on September 15, 2013.

Boston is the Next Stop for the National Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® and Legends Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter Will Run

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 29 August, 2013

This race is five months to the day since the marathon bombings, and appropriately proceeds will benefit the One Fund Boston, along with the original charity beneficiary, Autism Speaks. Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter have found a race and a venue to help raise funds for Boston bombing victims, doing what they do best—running long distance.

Both begin at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, a great venue for accessibility—three Interstate highways and public transportation—the MBTA Blue Line. Races begin at 7:30 a.m., leaving lots of time for the after race party, awards and the rest of your Sunday in late summer in Boston, one of America’s great cities. Both courses, mostly along the shore, are USATF certified and presented by US Road Sports and Entertainment Group.

There will be inspiring coastal views along the course along with live bands and DJs. Some innovative amenities include personalized bibs (for those registering early), and spinning custom commemorative finishers' medals. As with all the Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® events, there will be a rockin’ after party with free beer and live music. Come and run 13.1 Boston Marathon, “Where the Party Meets the Pavement”.

Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter
Mr. Shorter and Mr. Rodgers, two of the best marathon runners in the history of the sport, have run shorter races together in recent years, but no races of this length. It will be enjoyable and interesting for all to run in the same race at the same time as these greats. Both are as genial and down to earth as your closest friends; both love to talk about running, and they will. They were rivals at times, but with few races against each other. They were born less than two months apart in 1947, Shorter on October 31 and Rodgers on December 23.

Rodgers is most famous for winning the Boston and New York Marathons four times each. Of 60 marathons, he sped to 2:15 or better in 28 of them, winning 22. He also won a medal in the World Cross-Country Championships. He set two world records: 10K in 1978 (28:36) and 25K. He set the American record in the marathon twice. He ran the 1976 Olympic Marathon, although with an injured foot. He was the clear favorite to win the 1980 Olympic Marathon in Moscow, but the US boycotted the Games. Bill can teach you a thing or two about distance running and hold a Masters in Special Education.

Frank Shorter is credited with creating the running boom after his win in the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich, ironically where he was born when his father was a physician and U.S. Army officer. Shorter is the only person to win a Gold and Silver in the Olympic Marathon—and would have won Gold in both Munich and Montreal in 1976 but for Waldemar Cierpinsky of East Germany who “won” but used performance enhancing drugs. Shorter also ran the 10K at Munich and was a five-time national 10K champion, plus the NCAA champion. He was a four-time national X-C Champion. He holds a BA from Yale and a J.D. from the Florida College of Law.

13.1 Boston Marathon
Whether you live in the Boston area or want to experience one of the eight iconic cities of the series as a destination, this is a must. With terrific organization, many amenities, live music, great course support, this is an outstanding opportunity to run and experience Boston as never before, and in a part of the city where there are few road races.

The start and finish for both the 13.1 Marathon and the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K will be located at Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Highway (Route 1A), or 111 Waldemar Avenue, East Boston 02128. Suffolk Downs, a terrific venue, has been operating since 1935 with excellent facilities and plenty of parking. It is on the MBTA Blue Line (Suffolk Downs Station) less than a half mile away from the race start-finish, making it convenient from anywhere in the region, including Logan International Airport, also on the Blue Line. If driving, you can reach it easily from any direction in the region via I-93, I-90 or I-95.

Much of the course traverses Revere Beach Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Revere Beach was the first public beach in the nation (1896), and one of the few accessible by public transportation (Blue Line, Wonderland). Mile 3 is located in Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a state park that encompasses the last true salt marsh within the city of Boston. The marsh itself and the wildlife therein are extremely rare in a metro area. It includes walking/running paths and an observation tower.

Check out the course maps and wealth of information on the Race Website, including an excellent course map, registration, packet pick up, awards, accommodations and travel, news, results, photos, contacts, Group affiliations and charities, sponsors, volunteer opportunities, course support, closures, tracking and more.

Please register before July 25—there will be an increase in registration fees for both the 13.1 Marathon and the 5K.

Registration will be available on race day, as will packet pick up at Suffolk Downs. However, avoid the lines and pick up either on Friday, September 13 at City Sports Boston, 480 Boylston Street 02116 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), or on Saturday, September 14 at City Sports Chestnut Hill, 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill 02467 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.); you can take advantage of discounts at either store.

Boston is not only the capital of Massachusetts; it is the educational, industrial, commercial and financial center of New England and the largest city in the six-state region. Historic architecture and skyscrapers mix together nicely and you can see so much in a short time—Boston is a very walk-run friendly city with a myriad of historical sites, including the famous Freedom Trail and the Harbor Walk, and miles to run along the famous Charles River.

It is a runners’ magnet and has a strong history of running and racing; not only the Boston Marathon and its legacy since 1897, but also hundreds of quality races. It is a great place to explore with remarkable institutions and sites to see, things to do. Boston has great restaurants.

The 13.1 Marathon Boston is the fifth of eight races in the national 13.1 Marathon series. It began in Los Angeles in January, followed by Miami in early March and New York in late March. Then came 13.1 Chicago Marathon in June, followed by 13.1 Boston (September 15), Atlanta (October 6), with 13.1 Dallas (October 26) and finishing with 13.1 Fort Lauderdale (November 10). These eight terrific events have drawn outstanding reviews from the running community. Each includes a 5K in addition to the 13.1 Marathon.

Wait, Wait There is More
It’s a very rewarding race, with short sleeve Tech T’s for 13.1 participants and custom finisher’s medals runners can be proud of. There are age groups awards in five-year sets through 75 plus. That’s 84 awards for the 13.1 Marathon and another 84 for the 5K. There are also cash prizes for elite runners.

For the Charity Affiliate Program and charity opportunities, please contact David Scott at .

Far any other questions please go to
And of course just about all questions are addressed on the race Website at

The courses are USATF-certified, and the 13.1 has 11 aid stations with digital clocks every mile. There will be live entertainment along the course and a fantastic finish line festival. The series is known for their very special post race parties; World Class.

US Road Sports and Entertainment Group
US Road Sports and Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to producing world class endurance events. Their mission is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience showcasing host communities, a valued local asset highlighting the city’s culture, identity and brand. US Road Sports offers events that encourage participants of all skill and experience levels. Check it out at

Don’t Delay, Let’s Go
In Boston every detail is covered so you can relax and enjoy the experience. The music and entertainment along the course will keep you pumping, and the staff and volunteers are terrific.

Mark down September 15, 2013, and don’t miss this exciting gem, an experience you will totally enjoy for the course, the locale, the amenities, and for just plain rockin’ fun! US Road Sports is proud to present an event that contributes to the community in so many ways. It’s a race and a party, and for a good cause. Race with the legends of the sport, and enjoy running and this unique experience.



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