The Half Moon Bay International Marathon (HMBIM) announced Friday that Bart Yasso — Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World, author of My Life on the Run and creator of the famed “Yasso 800s” workout — has been selected as the special guest athlete for the 3rd annual event to be held Sept. 29, 2013.
Yasso, a Running USA Hall of Champions inductee who has completed races on all seven continents from Boston and New York to Antarctica and Mount Kilimanjaro, will join in the festivities in Half Moon Bay during the Sept. 29 event.
He will speak at the packet pickup on Saturday, Sept. 28, as well as host an informal pre-race run on the course. On Sunday, Yasso will be at the finish line to greet the runners and will present medals and awards at the Awards Ceremony.
“I’m honored and excited to be part of the third annual Half Moon Bay International Marathon. The course showcases the breathtaking beauty of the rugged California Coast,” said Yasso. “This world-class event is truly 26.2 miles of Running Heaven."
The Half Moon Bay International Marathon was founded in 2011 to showcase the unique beauty of the California coast, featuring athletes from 25 states and four countries and selling out in two months despite very little promotion. The event doubled in size last year with athletes from 37 states and six countries.
“We are thrilled that Bart Yasso will be part of our third annual marathon”, said Eric Vaughan, HMBIM’s Executive Director. “Yasso, known to many as the mayor of running, is truly a legendary figure in the running world. It is an honor having him be part of this event."
In 1987, Yasso won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and in 1998 he won the Smokey Mountain Marathon and he has been to virtually every race course in the country and has competed in hundreds of marathons over the last 30 years.
Yasso has completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater (through Death Valley), a 146-mile running race considered the toughest run in the U.S., and cycled solo and unsupported across the country twice, both times in just 20 days, averaging 155 miles a day. Yasso has also coached thousands of marathon runners through the Runner’s World Challenge, including celebrities, presidential candidates and Fortune 500 CEO’s.