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Oct 29, 2017
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3 Tips for Spring Runs

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Mar 14

Spring has sprung, people are getting outside again! Here are a few tips for runners of any level, whether you only plan to run the 5K or tackle the full marathon. 1. Start slow. Many of us get over-excited when the snow starts to melt and the sun begins to peek it’s head out from behind the clouds. Don’t let the warm weather trick you into thinking you can pick up where you left off.

NYRR: A Tribute to Shay Hirsch

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Jan 18

“With sadness, tremendous respect, and incredible awe, NYRR mourns the death of Shay Hirsch, beloved wife of our Chairman of the Board, George Hirsch. Shay passed away on February 3, after a long battle with cancer.” Read the full article.

KTVB: Despite Rain, OSBM Draws Big Crowd

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Oct 31

“Rainy, chilly weather didn’t deter more than a thousand runners from participating in the inaugural Onward Shay! Boise Marathon and Half Marathon Sunday afternoon. The race, which stretched along the Boise Greenbelt, through downtown and into the city’s historic North End, was certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier.” Read the full story and watch the video on KTVB.

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Idaho Statesman: 2016 Race Day Photos

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Oct 30

“The Wizard of Oz lion (Alex Anderson)- not lacking courage today – led the start in the inaugural Onward Shay! Boise Marathon, featuring both a half and full marathon course through Boise neighborhoods and along the Greenbelt. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.” See the full article on the Idaho Statesman.

KTVB: Onward Shay Remembers Boise Native

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Oct 10

“Thousands will join some of the biggest names in marathon running for the first Onward Shay! Marathon on October 30th. It’s a marathon that is just as much about love for a lost partner as it is about running. Shay Hirsch spent her entire life in the Treasure Valley. She loved the city of Boise and spent most of her time running or training for marathons. When people thought of Shay two things came to mind:

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Runner’s World: A Race to Remember

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Jun 22

“To honor a late friend, two runners are putting on a unique marathon—and gaining a new appreciation for race directors everywhere. But training for a marathon is child’s play compared to organizing one. Just ask Betsy Luce and Jan Bastian. Neither one had ever organized a race before, but after their friend Shay Hirsch died in 2014 after an 11-year battle with cancer, they decided, along with Shay’s husband, George, to create a lasting tribute

Idaho Statesman: The Heart of the Treasure Valley

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May 20

“Twenty-eight years ago, a strikingly beautiful woman with long dark hair and piercing blue eyes exchanged glances with a man. She didn’t know this, but he had been single for so long that his friends thought he would be that way forever. He loves telling this story. “She said (the look) was very powerful, and all of a sudden (she) felt very uncomfortable and just kept walking. And so, being me, which probably means persistent


Payette Brewing Releases Special Onward Shay Ruby Red IPA

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Jan 15

“Onward Shay Ruby Red IPA is the Official Beer of Onward Shay! Boise Marathon. In memory of Shay Hirsch, Onward Shay! Boise Marathon comes to life to bring together runners from all over the world. The Boise-based half and full marathon has draw not only because of the beautiful landscape and weather, flat and fast course through Boise Historic District, downtown and the beautiful greenbelt, but also because it is a Boston qualifier.” Read the

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Runner’s World: A Running Love Story

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May 05

“Running brings people together. You hear that from time to time, at big races or after six-figure charity fund-raisers. But running can bring people together in small ways, too. It just may take a little more effort. In 1988, George Hirsch was the worldwide publisher of Runner’s World and an Olympic commentator. He had run 15 marathons, including a 2:38 PR he set at age 44 in Boston, running most of the way with Joan