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Monday, December 30, 2013

The 10 Best Moments for U.S. Distance Running in 2013

 Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
 December 22, 2013

World & U.S. records, medals, world champions and so much more

Over the past decade, our sport has had much to celebrate and recognize thanks to the medal winning, record setting, high achieving U.S. athletes, and 2013 was another outstanding year of success and accomplishment for U.S. distance runners and the sport. The 9th version of 10 Best Moments for U.S. Distance Running, like past editions, has no shortage of moments to remember and rank. Some moments are mainly objective such as a record or a world championship medal, while others are more subjective and highlight an especially amazing or memorable performance.

Atlanta Track Club Claims Two Titles, Leads Winners at USATF Club Cross Country Champs

The Atlanta Track Club swept the men’s and women’s 40+ titles, with Chad Newton and Sonja Friend-Uhl leading its men’s and women’s teams

Source: Atlanta Track ClubDate: December 15, 2013

BEND, Ore. -- On a chilly, snow-filled day in Bend, Ore., nine teams and multiple individuals took home titles at the 16th USATF National Club Cross Country Championships held at River’s Edge Golf Course.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Bridging the Gap" Pacific Avenue Crossing

Construction of the final leg between Pacific Ave and I-5 to begin soon!

Some great news for runners and cyclists that use the Chehalis Western Trail near Olympia and Lacey.

Thurston County has awarded the construction contract. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm. More information  here.

Chehalis-Western Trail – Pacific Avenue Crossing
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm
3811 Pacific Avenue SE — Lacey, WA

Third and final segment of the
“Bridging the Gap” project!

Please join local dignitaries and community members in
celebrating the start of the third and final “Bridging the
Gap” project — the Pacific Avenue crossing. This final
phase will complete the Chehalis-Western Trail and link
together the I-5 Bike Trail and Woodland Trail.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm
3811 Pacific Avenue SE — Lacey, WA
(across from Carl’s Jr. burger shop)

This is the third and final segment of the "Bridging the Gap" project.  It will complete the connections between the I-5 Bridge / northern part of the Chehalis Western Trail and the southern part of the trail that currently terminates at 12th Avenue.  It will include the permanent alignment behind South Sound Center.  At Pacific Avenue it will provide an at-grade crossing opportunity as well as an elevated bridge structure, similar to the Martin Way crossing.

What will the new section of trail look like? Look here!  and here

More info here:

For more information on "Bridging the Gap" projects or to be put on a project notification list, please contact Thera Black at (360) 956-7575 or info@trpc.org.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mutai, Jeptoo Win 2013 ING New York City Marathon

Meb Keflezighi stops running midrace with quad injury, but continues to finish after 3-minute break
 New York Road Runners
 November 3, 2013

NEW YORK (November 3, 2013)- With exceptionally high expectaitons for race performance and participant experience, the ING New York City Marathon returned to the streets of this storied city on Sunday, November 3, and it was a triumphant Sunday or two Kenyan marathoners - Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kapalua Trail Runs Draw More Than 1,000 Runners

International field enjoys racing from the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, event precedes today's off-road triathlon world championship

 October 27, 2013

KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii – (October 26, 2013)  Familiarity was the key to success at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs on Saturday morning.

Three of the four overall winners were repeat champions from last year: Willie Schefer (men’s 10K), Benjamin Auerbach (men’s 5K) and Dakota Grossman (women’s 5K). All three are Maui residents. The only new overall champ was Emilie Menuet from France, who was the top female in the 10K.

J. Penny, Malia Mullen Win Atlanta Marathon

Georgians took the top spots for the both the Atlanta Marathon 10-Miler and 5K presented by American Family Insurance
 October 27, 2013

ATLANTA – (October 27, 2013) – Close to 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the Atlanta Marathon and 10-Miler, as well as the Atlanta Marathon 5K and Kids’ Fun Run Presented by American Family Insurance on Sunday, October 27. This year marked the 51st running of the Atlanta Marathon, and the inaugural running of the 10-Miler, 5K and Fun Run.

Beiseman Repeats, Kurian Claims Redemption at Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis

Quinn Family Foundation Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis welcomes 13,000 runners; Former wide receiver Isaac Bruce completes first marathon with TASK, charity raised $300,000; Fischer, Aitken win half-marathon
 Competitor Group
 October 27, 2013
ST. LOUIS – (October 27, 2013) – As sunrise broke over the iconic Arch, 13,000 runners readied themselves for a chilly early morning journey through St. Louis. The Quinn Family Foundation Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit TASK returned for a third year with thousands decked out in red in celebration of their hometown Cardinals’ World Series bid.

Hall, Nicks Win Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

Santa Rosa native Sara Bei Hall breaks course record in half-marathon debut Destination Races
 October 27, 2013

HEALDSBURG, Calif. - (October 26, 2013) – Michael Nicks of Portland, Ore. and Sara Bei Hall (right) of Redding, Calif. won the 6th  Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, October 26. Produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, (www.destinationraces.com/runhb), the sold-out wine harvest and Halloween themed race hosted 2,500 runners from 47 states and 8 foreign countries. The 13.1-mile race ran through the beautiful Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys on a picture perfect day.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bedada, Calway Win 38th Marine Corps Marathon

Women's winner, soon to deploy, represents U.S. Army Running Team; Ethiopian athlete tops men's results

 Angela Casey for Running USA
 October 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (October 27, 2013) - An 11-member skydiving team carried a  7,800 square foot American flag high above the Start Line of the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. Shortly afterwards, a 105mm Howitzer M2A1 fired the celebratory salute to signify the beginning of the race and over 31,000 runners began their run.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Celebrity Runners Add Meaning to Their Miles for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon

Many marathon veterans include Global Maternal Health Advocate Christy Turlington Burns, actor Patrick Wilson, and culinary masterminds Joe Bastianich and Richard Blais
 New York Road Runners
 September 24, 2013

NEW YORK CITY - Celebrities will sparkle at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, and many of these participants will be running on behalf of meaningful causes. Several of the celebrity runners for this year’s race are marathon veterans, including Every Mother Counts founder Christy Turlington Burns, actor Patrick Wilson, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and author Richard Blais. Those new to this year’s field and previously announced include actressPamela Anderson, Olympic swimming gold medalist Summer Sanders, and entrepreneur Bill Rancic, who is running on behalf of TIMEX, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“We always look forward to having our celebrity runners be a part of the ING New York City Marathon,” said Wittenberg. “Like thousands of our runners, they are adding meaning to their miles by raising awareness and funds for special causes close to their hearts. Star power helps spread the story of the power of the Marathon, and the benefits of running. Each of these notable participants are admirable advocates of healthy living, and exhibit a refreshing sense of determination to take on the ultimate challenge of 26.2 miles.”

These familiar faces will be mixed in with some 48,000 participants expected for this year’s race. Some of these runners are familiar with fierce competition, like Summer Sanders, who says, “I am thrilled to be back at the ING New York City Marathon, as the energy throughout the 26.2 miles is like nothing else. I lived in New York City for eight years and still love this city—this is such a great reason to come back and to soak it up.”

Celebrity Participants/Notable Runners and Charity Affiliations:

•    Stephanie Abrams, on-camera meteorologist, The Weather Channel
•    Pamela Anderson, animal rights/environmental activist and actor (J/P HRO)
•    Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, judge on Master Chef
•    Michelle Beadle, host of NBCSN's Crossover and correspondent on NBC’s Access Hollywood (ASPCA)
•    Richard Blais, chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)
•    Brett Claywell, Actor, One Tree Hill, Days of our Lives (Grassroot Soccer)
•    Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner who ran 50 marathons in 50 states on 50 consecutive days, finishing with the ING New York City Marathon in 3:00:30 (Action for Healthy Kids)
•    Nick Kypreos, former New York Rangers player and 1994 Stanley Cup Champion, hockey analyst on Canada’s Sportsnet
•    Carol Mead, First lady of Wyoming (Remember the 8)
•    Fredrik Normark, Ninja, The Hives (Team for Kids)
•    Sarah Reinertsen, American challenged athlete, first female leg-amputee to complete Ironman® World Championship, CBS Amazing Race star (Challenged Athletes Foundation)
•    Bill Rancic, entrepreneur, author, TV personality, and first-ever winner of NBC’s The Apprentice (Fab-U-Wish, running on behalf of TIMEX)
·      Summer Sanders, Olympic swimming gold medalist, recreational runner
•    Brian Sears, actor in Broadway’s Book of Mormon (Broadway Impact)
•    Nick Spangler, winner of Amazing Race Season 2, actor in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Impact)
•    Greg T, radio personality, Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show
•    Christy Turlington Burns, Global Maternal Health Advocate/Founder of Every Mother Counts (Every Mother Counts)
•    Patrick Wilson, actor, The Conjuring, Insidious 2, Young Adult (Michael J. Fox Foundation)

Nationally, the ING New York City Marathon will be presented live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+ from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST. The race will also be available via WatchESPN for those who have video subscriptions from affiliated providers. Locally, New Yorkers can watch the race on ABC7 or 7online.com from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or via WatchABC on mobile devices. Pre-race features from the start at Fort Wadsworth will begin at 7:00 a.m. Additionally, a national highlights show will air from 4:00–6:00 p.m. on local ABC affiliates. International viewers can watch the broadcast via a live digital stream from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST on 7online.com.

Check out On the Run at ontherun.nyrr.org for behind-the-scenes access to the ING New York City Marathon. On the Run is a must-see for runners of all ages and abilities. The program airs at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday of race week, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. Monday, and on demand at ontherun.nyrr.org. 

For the latest Marathon news, updates, features, and media information, please visit the NYRR online media room at media.nyrr.orgor follow NYRR on Twitter @nyrrnews

this article Courtesy of Running USA wire

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Launches New TourPass 3-Pack

Runners can choose multiple Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races for one low price; 2014 TourPass Unlimited also available at RunRocknRoll/TourPass

 September 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO  – Your ticket to run is back and better than ever. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series announced the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series TourPass will include a new option for runners who want to rock in multiple cities for one price.
TourPass Unlimited was introduced in 2013 and will once again invite runners to register for any Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events within a single calendar year. New in 2014, runners can also choose the TourPass 3-Pack which offers any three races for $249. Both TourPass options can be used for North American races only.
“We recognize and appreciate the dedication our runners continue to show by joining us in city after city, exploring the country through our races,” said Bruce Revman, SVP of Marketing. “As runners are planning their 2014 race schedule, TourPass offers an incentive and value for those who plan on participating in multiple events throughout the year.”
In 2012, more than 23,000 participants completed more than one Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, with over 5,000 of those runners completing three or more races. Currently, more than 2,000 participants run with TourPass.
Customers may choose to register for multiple events at the time of the TourPass purchase, or may register for individual events at least 30 days prior to each event. TourPass customers are not guaranteed entries into sold-out events. More information is available online at RunRocknRoll.com/TourPass.
About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
Organized by Competitor Group, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is the ‘World’s Largest Running Series’ with more than 500,000 runners taking part in events around the world every year. Started in 1998, the simple idea of making running fun has transformed the U.S. running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Today, the series of marathons and half-marathons has spread to more than 30 destination cities, drawing visitors from around the world.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo with more than 100 exhibitors offering samples and showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with headliners like Pitbull, FloRida, Cheap Trick and Bret Michaels. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
this article Courtesy of Running USA wire

Friday, September 13, 2013

Over the Narrows 10 miler - 2013 Video

Sights and Sounds from the Over the Narrows 10 miler held on Aug. 31, 2013 in Gig Harbor WA.

View all race day photos here:


Sunday, August 18, 2013


Bob and Lenore Dolphin...the Dolphin Marathon Team!!

As always, I enjoyed participating in the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (YRCM) on April 6, 2013.  This year was the 13th annual event, and there were 20 of us runners/walkers who have finished all of them.

On race morning I joined a busload of early starters at the Selah Civic Center Race Headquarters for the 35-mile drive to Ellensburg and the start of the marathon.  At 6:00 a.m. I started the race, and we all crossed the timing mat in pre-dawn darkness. 

Dr. Mitch Hungate, my dentist and friend, was nursing a minor back injury, so he walked with me for most of the way.  We visited a lot, and the early miles quickly passed by.  I learned much about his experiences as an iron-man triathlete and mountain climber and will treasure these special hours with him.  Tragically, this was his last race.  He was killed in an avalanche the next Saturday while snow-shoeing near I-90’s Exit 47 on Snoqualmie Pass.

When the 8:00 a.m. “regular starters” began passing us, Chuck Engel, 42, of Coos Bay, Oregon, was in the lead.  He finished as the third, consecutive winner of the YRCM with a time of 2:45:03.  Steve Geertgens, 44, of Seattle finished in second place with a 2:53:49, and Rick Becker, 58, of Selah came in third with a 2:56:03.  Richard Le, 44, of Bellevue set a new wheelchair course record with a time of 1:23:23.

The winner for the women was Julie Gilchrist, 45, of Missoula, MT with a time of 3:12:55.  In second place was Aleah Mickelson, 35, of Yakima who ran a close race to finish in 3:15:45 and beat Gretchen Bodeen, 32, also of Yakima who ran a 3:15:48.

As the runners in the main field passed me, I appreciated those who greeted me and wished me well.  Rich Menzel, 70, of Everett, WA finished with a time of 5:55:36, and Don “The Rev:” Kienz, 57, of Exton, PA had a time of 7:33:50.  Both of them came back onto the course to accompany me in my last miles.  The headwind that slowed everyone affected my progress as well.  I crossed the finish line with a time of 9:33:42, 391st of 392 finishers and 2nd in the 80+ Male Division.

We were privileged this year to have Bart Yasso from Runners World Magazine as the guest speaker at the Friday night pasta feed.  For years his assignments have included participation in unusual races all over the world.  He writes about his adventures and uses his photographs in his slide-show presentations.  As always, the audience was entertained by his humor and exotic subject matter.

In spite of the headwind on the course, it was a weekend of fun that included another reunion for the 100 Marathon Club North America and a race on an awesome course for over 400 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants.

Written by Bob Dolphin

Edited, Typed and Distributed by Lenore Dolphin

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Yilma, Olaru Win 5th Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon

Rizzo, Leith take half-marathon titles; Hot Chelle Rae headlines post-race concert at Seattle’s summertime kickoff

Competitor Group

June 22, 2013

SEATTLE - (June 22, 2013)  - From the stunning views of Mt. Rainier to the peaceful Lake Washington waterfront, it was a picturesque Saturday summer day in Seattle as the city celebrated five years of Rock ‘n’ Roll running. The annual kickoff to the Seafair summer festival, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon brought miles of music and a moving memorial to our country’s military.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Heroes Half Marathon - 2013 Video

Sights and Sounds from the Heroes Half Marathon held in Everett WA on April 28, 2013
Look for all the race day photos here:
You can also view some photos on facebook!

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Balance Makes $1 Million Donation to The One Fund Boston

New Balance
April 24, 2013

Company foundation to also match New Balance associates' contributions
BOSTON - New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. has announced a $1 million donation to The One Fund Boston to aid those most affected by the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. With this donation New Balance's contribution is in support of the innocent victims of this tragedy, first responders and to its hometown.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

2013 London Marathon gives tribute to Boston

Before the start of the men's race, the runners in London observed 30 seconds of silence in honor of their marathon brothers and sisters in Boston.

Tsegaye Kebede claims a second London Marathon title

Tsegaye Kebede claimed a second London Marathon title on Sunday, cheered through the streets by thousands of spectators reassured by enhanced security at the first major race since the twin bombings at the Boston event. The victory in the British capital came after Kebede was denied a shot at glory in the Olympics last year after being overlooked by Ethiopian selectors...read more here

U.S. Olympic Team Trials to Return to TrackTown in 2016


April 17, 2013

The largest national championship track meet in the world, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials hosts more than 1,000 athletes competing for a chance to advance to the Olympic Games as a member of Team USA
SALEM, Ore. – The greatest track meet on U.S. soil will return to TrackTown USA when the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field are contested July 1-10, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. On behalf of USA Track & Field and the

World Marathon Majors Introduces Tougher Anti-Doping Penalties for Elite Athletes

April 20, 2013

Elite athlete contracts revised to Include suspension of payment and repayment of prize money for athletes found in violation of anti-doping code
TOKYO – World Marathon Majors (WMM) members Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York have collectively revised their elite athlete contracts to include stricter anti-doping penalties. New provisions will include the right for the events to suspend payment and to demand repayment of prize money, appearances fees, and performance bonuses for any athlete found in violation of a criminal offense involving drugs, anti-doping rules, or if for any other reason the athlete’s result has been nullified by a relevant governing body.

Adidas Launches "Boston Stands as One" T-Shirt to Support Boston Effort

The t-shirt is available at adidas.com with 100% of the proceeds going to The One Fund Boston, Inc.


April 20, 2013

BOSTON - Adidas, Official Sponsor of the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon®, announced the launch of

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kogo Repeats, Kimaiyo Wins Women's Race at Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K

David Hofe claims AT&T Dash for the Cash to lead field of over 38,600


April 15, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. – The 14th Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K presented by MARTIN’S featured picture perfect conditions for more than 38,600 participants on Saturday, April 13. Kenya’s Julius Kogo, 27, took first place with a time of 28:18 after a neck and neck battle with Pius Nyantika of Kenya (28:19). Kogo, also the 2011 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K champion and the 2012 runner up, is the first two-time male winner of the race. Ayele Megersa of Ethiopia (28:41) captured third place.

Desisa, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon

  Flanagan, Hartmann lead American finishers; Samuelson records impressive time 30 years after her big win
Running USA staff and wire service reports

April 15, 2013

BOSTON - Prior to a horrific act of violence that rocked the world and the running community, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya ran to championships on a chilly April morning in the 117th running of the Boston Athletic Association's Boston Marathon. Desisa, of Ethiopia, took the men's title in two hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds. Jeptoo, of Kenya, was a repeat winner in the women's race. Her previous Boston win was in 2006. She finished in 2:26:25.

Statement from Boston Athletic Association

Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon

Boston Athletic Association

April 15, 2013

BOSTON - (Monday, April 15, 2013) - The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by today’s events.
Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.  What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Google+ Chat with Olympic Marathoner Shalane Flanagan Hosted by Runner's World 4/9/13

An exclusive Google+ Hangout with Olympic marathoner & Nissan Innovator Shalane Flanagan, hosted by Runner's World editor-in-chief David Willey & joined by Shira Springer of The Boston Globe on 4/9/13

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kastor to Compete in 10th Anniversary of More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon

Kastor placed third in recent ASICS LA Marathon, only her second marathon since the birth of her daughter two years ago

New York Road Runners

March 30, 2013
NEW YORK - American record-holder Deena Kastor, coming off a strong third-place finish recently at the ASICS LA Marathon, will compete in the 10th-anniversary running of the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 14, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Brooks Running Company to Sponsor Mt. SAC Relays and Cross Country Meet

Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Cross Country Invitational is the nation's largest cross country meet

 Brooks Sports
  March 27, 2013
BOTHELL, Wash. -  Brooks Running Company announced it will sponsor the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays and Cross Country Invitational beginning in 2014. With this partnership, over 40,000 athletes and 20,000 attendees will celebrate not just the spirit of competition, but also the “run happy” joy of the sport.

Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason Charity Program Raises $2.2 million

Since breaking the $1 million fundraising mark in 2008, the number of fundraisers and charity donations has more than tripled and generated $10.7 million

 Chevron Houston Marathon
  March 27, 2013 
HOUSTON - The Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason charity program raised $2.2 million to benefit 60 charities, the Houston Marathon Committee announced. With more than 17,000 donations, the 2012-2013 season marks the third year in a row that fundraising has surpassed the $2 million mark.

Kelfezighi is Keynote Speaker for 55th RRCA National Convention

Keflezighi joins previously announced inspiring speakers Bob Julyan and Brian “Iron Heart” Boyle
March 27, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Since 1958, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has gathered in different cities around the country for the RRCA National Convention. Each year, hundreds of runners, club leaders, event directors, and corporate supporters attend the RRCA Convention.  The 55th  RRCA Convention will be hosted in Albuquerque, NM from Thursday through Sunday, May 2-5, 2013.

Joan Samuelson, Greg Meyer, and Amby Burfoot to Run 2013 Boston Marathon

Jacqueline Hansen to serve as honorary, official starter of elite women’s race, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb and Sara Mae Berman to greet on-course spectators and honored as Grand Marshals

 Boston Athletic Association
 March 27, 2013
BOSTON – With less than one month until the 117th Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that several former champions of the Boston Marathon will return to Boston to participate in events surrounding this year’s running of the historic race. The 117th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Saturday, March 23, 2013