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Ryan Hall Documentary Update

In light of Ryan Hall dropping out of NYC, one big question came to mind: what will come of his as yet unfinished documentary ‘41st Day’? Funding for the project was raised through a Kickstarter campaign, but the project has stalled since Hall hasn’t completed a marathon in over two years now.

In 2012 Hall DNF’d in the Olympic marathon and then didn’t make it to the starting line in NYC (the race ended up being cancelled, but he pulled out before the storm interfered). The woes followed him into 2013, where he first withdrew from Boston and now NYC once again. This begs the question: Is Hall really hurt or does he just not want to finish this movie?

Word is that the frustrated filmmakers have sold the rights to the footage and edited material they have to Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures. With these rights, Bay will finish it as part of the plot of Transformers IV. How will this be done? It remains to be seen.

Details of the script are hard to find as of yet. Bay is being tight-lipped about it and for good reason. He’s taken a beating over leaked details on future projects like the TMNT reboot and even the adult entertainment industry was upset over the unnecessary explosions and subpar dialogue contained in his own “unauthorized” sex tape. If the porn industry thinks your dialogue is terrible then you should really consider a career change.

So far the plot revolves around one of two scenarios: in one, Mark Wahlberg is somehow in outerspace where the shape-shifting robots battle it out in a fast-paced and unclear fashion, for some reason that a baffling amount of people will pay to see. The other scenario is all of the Transformers team up and return to Earth to prevent Shia LeBouef from impregnating Megan Fox.

Wahlberg has been seen running quite a bit lately so it makes sense if Hall and his story are being worked in. A trending rumor is that Optimus Prime mistakes Hall for Megatron during a training run and liquefies him after a very brief battle. Marky Mark then vows to win NYC in honor of Hall, in what ends up being a very poorly written attempt at an emotional, motivational speech.

As news of this starts to leak out, Ryan Hall is considering shifting the focus of his Steps Foundation from helping people to get clean water in Mozambique to stopping Michael Bay. “The thought of Michael Bay ruining my own personal story, much like he’s ruined everything else that he’s touched, is horrifying. It’s more painful than watching my Olympic dreams vanish on the streets of London.”

As far as the poor souls who invested in the documentary, the studio hasn’t confirmed anything yet. When we reached out to Brian Goldner, the CEO of Hasbro, he stopped rolling around in a pile of money to say that “each investor will receive a ticket to an advanced screening of the new Transformers movie, along with an extra large popcorn. The Bumblebee-themed popcorn container doubles as a vomit bucket, which most test audiences ended up using.” Sounds classy.

Bay did go on the record to say that “we’re done with all the robot action and shooting is coming to a conclusion soon.” Off camera he went on to say that, much like with the first three, he’ll just stitch it together in some way that makes it watchable and that he didn’t have time for fluff like plot, dialogue and strong character development.


In all seriousness, we wish nothing but a speedy recovery for Ryan Hall. Injuries suck and we don’t want to pile onto the guy’s problems. If anything, this was just a good opportunity to rip on Michael Bay. That guy generates more hazardous material than the coal industry. I got tricked into seeing Pain & Gain and I’m still bitter about that. And although quotes were written in jest, I’m pretty certain that I’m not too far off on my guesses for the movie.

Registration Now Open: New Bedford Half Marathon

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Registration is OPEN at www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com for our 37th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon.

Save the Date

Sunday, March 16th, 2014!

New in 2014, we have partnered with Athlete’s for a Fit Planet to increase the sustainable practices of the NBHM and to help reduce our carbon footprint.

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If you would like to promote your event on our website, contact kevbalance[at]levelrenner[dot]com.

Terrence Mahon To Coach B.A.A. High Performance Group

New program will bring selected runners to Boston.

Press release from the BAA

BAA logo smallBOSTON – Terrence Mahon has joined the Boston Athletic Association to lead and coach a high performance distance running initiative for the organization. The club will continue to be sponsored and supported by adidas, which has been the club’s sponsor since 1992. adidas has been the athletic footwear and apparel sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A.’s premier event, since 1989.

Mahon is considered a top middle distance and distance running coach, and he is credited with having developed or coached eight Olympians since 2005.

He began his coaching career in 2003 with renowned endurance coach Joe Vigil serving as a mentor to Mahon. In 2003 and 2004, Mahon offered private coaching under his company Spiridon Running, LLC, prior to taking charge of Team Running USA, the elite group which would later become the Mammoth Track Club. Most recently, Mahon was employed by UK Athletics in England, where he served as Lead Endurance Coach.

At the B.A.A., Mahon will work with Michael Pieroni to create a high performance running program consisting of U.S. athletes. Mahon will recruit and coach the high performance athletes, and Pieroni will continue to be the director of the entire club. Mahon, along with the athletes who will comprise the high performance group, will be based in Boston. Club members will compete under the B.A.A. name and affiliation.

“The B.A.A. has a rich history of athletic excellence, both in terms of events and club membership, and I look forward to developing the next generation of top Americans who will compete wearing the Unicorn,” said Mahon. “The athletes who will run for the B.A.A. in this program will represent one of this country’s oldest and most prestigious running clubs, and our group will be the newest contributor to the already strong legacy of running in Boston.”

Mahon officially begins with the B.A.A. in October, and the program will launch shortly thereafter. It is anticipated that the first athletes will join the club by January 2014.

“The B.A.A. is committed to supporting running for both participation and performance, and we are pleased to introduce this program which will provide opportunities at the highest level of our sport,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Terrence, our new athletes and this program reaffirm our mission to promote the sport. This performance group will focus on elite competition; through the program, we will inspire up-and-coming runners both locally and nationally. We also hope that these athletes will serve to inspire an increased community focus on the benefits of fitness for everyone.”

Athletes who become part of the program will receive a range of benefits as the club seeks to develop Americans into top runners at several distances. Athletes will compete in track and field or in road races, and Mahon aspires to have club athletes compete in national championships, the U.S. Olympic Trials, the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.

“Terrence comes to the B.A.A. with a proven record of having successfully developed and coached high performance athletes,” said Pieroni, who will work with Mahon to design and implement the B.A.A. program. “Our objective is to create a well-supported group of top performing athletes who will live, train and be coached towards the goal of representing the United States at international competitions.”

About the Boston Athletic Association

Established in 1887, the B.A.A. marked its 125th anniversary year in 2012 and is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and programs for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the other major marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. More than 50,000 individuals participate in B.A.A. events annually.


Sept/Oct Issue: Sneak Peak

The next issue of Level Renner will be released sometime tomorrow.  To see some of the great stuff we have in the Sept/Oct Issue, check out the Table of Contents.

The table of contents for issue 16. Photo by Joe Viger.

The table of contents for issue 16. Photo by Joe Viger.

Subscribers will get an email notifying them of the release of the newest issue (we’re giving away a cool prize too). Not a subscriber yet? Get on that now by filling-in the info on the upper right sidebar. It’s easy. It’s free. It’s on The Level.

And The Winner Is…

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Daniel Nash is the big winner of our latest contest. Daniel won an ASICS prize pack, courtesy of  ASICS and Greater Boston Running Company – Newton.


For those that need a refresher, this was the gist of the contest:

This month the LEVEL has teamed up with The Greater Boston Running Company and ASICS for a head to toe ASICS prize package including shoes & clothing. All subscribers are entered to win, and more chances to enter will be coming so keep checking in on the Level website and all of our social media channels.

Daniel is new to the Level and just ran the first annual Level Renner 10k. We surprised Daniel with the announcement just after he finished the race. We had no idea what he looked like, only knew that he was number 287. Once he caught his breath, he was able to bask in the glow of victory.

As you can see to the left, Daniel also got himself his very own Scott Mason Photo race pic. That alone is worth celebrating.

This contest was featured in our last monthly subscriber email. If you didn’t win, don’t worry, your next chance is coming up soon. Thanks again to all who came out to support us yesterday at our first event. It was so great to see so many familiar faces and to get know some new faces. We’re already thinking about 2014 and are looking forward to making it a better race.

Here is a brief interview with our latest contest winner:

Sorry for that video quality. Youtube won’t seem to let us upload in HD at the moment. We’ll have to try to fix it later.

#LR10K Coming Your Way

The Level Renner 10k was today, in case you haven’t heard. Yep, we finally ventured into the event arena and the results were spectacular.

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Ridiculously well done photo courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Speaking of results, they are already up in the usual spot. LR 10k results There’s just something about seeing your own results up that gets you all choked up inside… Okay, let’s reign it in here before it gets too emotional. If you weren’t out there or following along on Twitter, then here’s a taste of what’s to come. We had a ‘lone Wolf’ out there helping us out. He had EJN’s phone and was tweeting out our Vine covering (or is it Vining out our tweets?) while EJN was getting the race footage. First up is…the start, obviously:

Next we have the leaders coming through just past the two mile mark:

Finally it’s more of the leaders in the final push to the finish (before The Hill):

Ruben Sança crossed the line in the first ever Level 10k with a blistering 29:54. Lindsay Willard was the women’s champ and impressively broke into the top ten in this competitive field. More to come. Keep it here. Also, be sure to check in (and support) Scott Mason Photo and Krissy Kozlosky, who were out there battling the conditions to get top notch race photos. There are way too many people to thank for this one. For now, we’ll just give one big thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, friends and family that made it all possible.

Bill Rodgers Teaser, Pt II

EJN sat down with current GBTC’er Victoria Barnaby and former GBTC’er Bill Rodgers on Tuesday evening for a chat with the Boston legend. The 40th anniversary bash for the Greater Boston Track Club is fast approaching (tomorrow afternoon), and unfortunately Bill won’t be able to attend. Bill was kind enough to set aside some time to record a video message for his old friends and teammates, and also share some stories about the good old days. Here’s another taste of the session:

Tickets are still available for the event (click here). Event details:

Saturday, August 17, 2013 2pm until 6pm
Corcoran Commons
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Run 4 Kerri Elite Field

The 12th Annual Run 4 Kerri is set to take place this Sunday, August 4, at 9:oo in Wakefield, RI.  In its first 11 years the road race has donated nearly $50,000 in scholarships making it not only an excellent racing experience but a philanthropic endeavor as well.  Your entry fee is going to a good cause.  And if you haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  Check the Run 4 Kerri website for all the details.

Much aligned with Level Renner philosophy, the race directors of Run 4 Kerri also strive to make the race a competitive and first class event.  Every year they bring in elite athletes to duke it out with one another.  This year is no exception.  Here is the 2013 elite field:

Laura Brustolon
Diana Davis
Paige Either
Claire Gadrow
Trish Hillery
Kara Malloy
Lindsay Willard

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Sam Alexander (defending champion)
Matt Pelletier
Eamon Dempsey
Jacob Edwards
Anthony Goncalves
Jeff Goupil
Eric Lonergan
Eric MacKnight
Ryan Murdoch
Dave Principe
DJ Principe
Nick Ross
Will Sanders
Jeff Wadecki
Chris Zablocki
Jason Bui
Liam Hillery
Kevin Grant

Think you can hang with these guys?  Then show up this Sunday in Wakefield, RI.  Don’t think you can hang with these guys?  Come out anyway and support a great cause.


If you would like to promote your event with us, contact kevbalance[at]levelrenner[dot]com.

Level Renner 10K Announces Prize Purse

Level Renner is excited to announce its prize structure for the 1st annual Level Renner 10K Road Race (#LRRR10K) to be held at 0900 on August 25 at DW Field Park in Brockton, MA. We scratched together as much money as we could in an effort to accentuate the competitive aspect of this event.  We’ve declared that a goal of this race is to showcase the regional elites as well as provide an opportunity for all runners to challenge themselves and be competitive whether it’s in the man v. man or man v. himself format.  As for those looking to supplement their income with a Sunday morning hard effort, this is what The Level is offering:

Overall Men & Women
1st – $240
2nd – $120
3rd – $60

Masters (40+) Men & Women
1st – $140
2nd – $70
3rd – $50 gift certificate to a run specialty shop

Team Prize Men & Women
1st – $200
winner takes all for each men and women’s team

The prize purse certainly isn’t the biggest we’ve seen, but it’s still not too shabby for a first time event put on by a completely free resource.  Plus, if you we get enough pre-registrations we might even be able to up the purse a teeny bit.

Teams are gender specific (not mixed).  The top 3 individuals from each team will score.  The team with the lowest combined time will win the prize.  No exceptions.  Individuals who are racing as part of a team must declare their team affiliation when registering (and certainly not after the race).  Teams need not be USATF members.

lrrr10k bill 5.18.13To ensure that the Level Renner 10K is a highly competitive event, we are offering an elite entry application form. We have a limited number of spots for males and females, masters and open runners. Elite Entries will receive low bib numbers, reserved spots at the starting line, a complimentary entry fee, and hopefully a few more perks.  The Elite Entry Application is open until August 6.  Selected elites will be notified during the second week of August.  Selections will be made based on fastest times posted.



In addition to the above awards, non-cash prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the following men’s and women’s divisions:

              • 0-29
              • 30-39
              • 40-49 (if winners don’t claim 40+ prize money)
              • 50-59
              • 60+

Don’t think you’re fast enough to win a prize?  No problem.  We have an extensive treasure chest of raffle prizes that is growing by the day. And if you’re in the business of philanthropy, it’s not too late to sponsor our race or donate a prize.  Contact us for details.


Thanks to these guys for already helping us out:


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Greater Boston Running Company

Charles River Running

HarborOne Credit Union

Register now for the Level Renner 10k…

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See a course map and get all the details here: LRRR10K.

Press Release: Introducing The Level 10k


The braintrust at Level Renner is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Level Renner Road Race.  It’s a 10k and it will be a competition first and foremost.  Many of you already know that The Level prides itself on providing a free digital magazine to one and all.  Unfortunately, we can’t conduct the race for free, but we are trying to keep it reasonable.  We’ll open registration up at $15 and that’ll include a shirt and an optimal racing experience.  We want all of Level Legion (and others too) to attend so read below, learn all about it, and sign up today.  Right now!

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Sunday, August 25
9:00 am
DW Field Park, Brockton, MA




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The Level Renner Road Race 10k was born out of the desire to provide an excellent racing experience for competitive and recreational runners alike. For competitive runners, this race is first and foremost a competition and the LRRR 10k is determined to give its regional and elite athletes the best experience possible and the recognition that they deserve. This event will not be a carnival with the race as an afterthought. The race and the competition is the focal point. For recreational runners, our goal is to inspire and motivate you to give your best effort. We want to provide you with an outstanding racing experience.

Follow the below link to register online for the LRRR 10k:

Registration is available via this online platform and through olde school mail. The earlier you register, the more you save.
May 1 to June 15: $15
June 16 to July 31: $20
Aug 1 to Aug 23: $25
Day of Race Registration: $30

The online host for our registration does charge a small fee. But, we’ve brokered a deal with them to keep that fee around $3. And check out our prices. They’re cheap, which is in accord with the LVL philosophy: provide an excellent service for a minimum cost.

Click here to download a mail-in registration form.

Day-of registration will occur at the finish line staging area at the top of the hill. See map for exact location (map coming soon). Payment can be made in the form of cash, money order, or check (no credit cards).

T-shirts will be guaranteed to all who sign-up by August 1. They will look sweet.

Number Pick-up
Number pick-up will take place the day of the event at the finish line staging area at the top of the hill. See day-of Registration map.

DW Field Park will be open to race participant traffic until 8:30. There are several small lots available for parking. As the course will be closed during the race, you are also welcome to park along the RIGHT SIDE of the road. If you arrive after 8:30, you will have to park outside of DW Field Park. See the map for parking suggestions (map coming soon).

Google Maps, Map Quest, GPS Destination is DW Field Parkway at Oak Street, Brockton, MA

Take Route 24 to Exit 18B. Merge onto Route 27 North toward Stoughton. Turn right onto Oak Street (traffic light with pharmacy & Dunkin Donuts). Continue on Oak Street for 1.1 miles. Turn Left into DW Field Park.

In addition to overall prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers and the 1st place male and female team, awards will run 3 deep in these male and female divisions: 1-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Elite Entry Application
The LRRR 10k is taking applications for elite entries. We have a limited number of spots for males and females, masters and open runners. Elite Entries will receive low bib numbers, reserved spots at the starting line, a complimentary entry fee, and hopefully a few more perks.  The Elite Entry Application is open until August 1.  Selected elites will be notified during the first week of August.  Click here to apply for elite entry status.

Prize Money
The LRRR 10k plans to award prize money to its top finishers, both individuals and teams. Presently, we are still working on sponsorship and this will determine the amount of money we can award. But, we will award something even if it means we have to dig into our own pockets. This is part of our mission to make the LRRR 10K a competitive road race.

Individuals: Top 3 overall in male and female divisions will win prize money.

Teams: Top 3 runners per team will score.  Teams will be gender based.  A USATF designation is NOT required.

The course will be a double loop. One small loop (The Kids Road Races Loop) followed by one bigger loop (The Hockomock Swamp Rat Wed Night Loop). There will be at least 3 water stops along the route and all miles will be marked. The start and finish line will be about a half mile from one another. A good distance to incorporate into a warm-up or cool-down.

We discourage the use of headphones, rollerblades, strollers.  We encourage the use of sneakers, legs, willpower.


If you would like to sponsor the LRRR 10k in any capacity, please contact Kevin at kevbalance[at]levelrenner[dot]com.  Help our charities!  Help our Prize Purse!  Sponsor today!

Volunteers are wanted! We need help manning water stations and marshaling corners and lots more. We will try to provide volunteers with some small token of gratitude for their service.  Email us if you want to volunteer!

A portion of race proceeds will go to youth running programs.

You can email the race directors…
Kevin: kevbalance[at]levelrenner[dot]com

Eric: ejn[at]levelrenner[dot]com

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