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Posted: May 7, 2013  

Athletics: World's Largest Running Series Releases Official Training Guide for Marathons and Half-Marathons

The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training Makes Training as Rewarding as Race Day

Boulder, CO, USA - May 7, 2013 - Aspiring marathoners and half-marathoners can rock their run with a new training guide from the world's most popular running series! The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training is a practical, encouraging guide that makes preparing for marathon and half-marathon as rewarding as race day. With coaching advice, running workouts, and training programs from Coach Mario Fraioli, runners will enjoy training and cross the finish line feeling great. The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide is now available in bookstores, running shops, and online. Preview the book at VeloPress.com.

Coach Mario guides beginners and experienced marathoners from sign-up to finish line. With his expert advice, runners will choose a race, set realistic goals, select the right gear, and move swiftly through a beginner or experienced marathon or half-marathon training program.

Fraioli covers all of running's most important topics: dynamic warm-up exercises, smart and realistic workouts, healthy sports nutrition and hydration guidelines, tips for quick and complete recovery, strength training and crosstraining, advice to treat common running injuries, and strategies for race week and race day. He offers useful tools like running pace charts, a sweat loss calculator, and a preview of each Rock 'n' Roll race course.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon series is the world's most popular running series because each race is a fun and feel-good challenge. Now with the Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide, any runner can be ready to rock a marathon or half-marathon. The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide includes:
* Beginner and Experienced plans for marathon and half-marathon
* Smart advice for first-time marathoners and half-marathoners
* Half and full-course plans for experienced runners
* Rock 'n' Roll course profiles, tips, picks, and tricks

"I discovered half-marathoning and marathoning around the same time that I discovered the Rock 'n' Roll series, whose fun-filled races have become a permanent part of my racing schedule. Whether you are training for your first half or are well on your way to completing all the Rock 'n' Rolls in the series, these races give you the ultimate runner's high." - from the foreword by Kara Goucher, two-time Olympian and 2007 World Championship 10K bronze medalist

"The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training is a great resource to help you tackle the challenge of a half or full marathon." - Ryan Hall, two-time Olympian and the U.S. half-marathon record holder

"From my first marathon in San Diego to my American records in Arizona, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series has been home to many of my fondest running memories." - Josh Cox, 50K American Record holder

"The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon and Half-Marathon Training is an invaluable book that helps prepare any runner to get ready to race the world's favorite distance races, the half and full marathon." - Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce, 2013 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon champion, 2:29:35 marathon PR.

The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Tips, Tools, and Training to Get You from Sign-Up to Finish Line

Mario Fraioli with foreword by Kara Goucher

Paperback with full-color interior. Illustrations and tables throughout.

7" x 9", 208 pp., $18.95, 9781937715038

Mario Fraioli is an Olympic-level running coach and senior editor at Competitor magazine. Prior to joining the staff at Competitor in 2010, Mario managed a specialty running store in Westboro, Massachusetts, and was a regular contributor to Running Times, Triathlete, and Competitor, and also wrote a monthly running column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

VeloPress is the leading publisher in endurance sports. VeloPress publishes books on cycling, triathlon, running, swimming, nutrition and diet, yoga, and the history and personalities of endurance sports. VeloPress is a division of Competitor Group, which produces the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon series. For more information, please visit www.velopress.com.

Interviews, media copies, marketing, and sales contact: Dave Trendler, VeloPress, dtrendler@competitorgroup.com

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