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George Yasso 5k memorial run

We have a 5k run in Bethlehem, PA on August 25th in memory of my brother George. If you can join us. ’12 Yasso 5k brochure_08 Yasso 5K brochure

The 2011 George Yasso Memorial 5K Had Many Firsts

Our 12-time streaker, Marisa Repasch. She’s only 19 but she’s run the 5K 12 times.

NEWS FLASH! The Last Runner Has Left The Pool!


It was a hot one at Saturday’s George Yasso Memorial 5K in my hometown of Fountain Hill. Not only did the runners take a dip in the community pool after the run but many took a dip before the run too.

Our 2011 event saw many firsts:
The first two finishers were women! Congrats to Kathleen Jobes and Rosie Mascoli.
A Fountain Hill first: Longboarders competed in their own division.
We had absolutely zero women in the 35-39 age division in the race.
Record heat (but not record humidity).
More raffle prizes than ever before; 36.

Congratulations to our 60 (!) age division winners and 36 (!) raffle prize winners. We are proud to have one of the largest pecentage of walkers in a Lehigh Valley 5K as well as an impressive number of kids taking part; almost 20% of our entrants were 19 or younger.

And congrats to our five scholarship winners: Our 2011 outstanding college-bound scholar athletes: Bryan Redding (Penn State), Matt Mayrosh (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg), Hawaou Doukoure (Bloomburg), Izel Dickerson (Moravian) and Alexander Akabogu (Penn State at Hazleton).

A big THANK YOU to St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network for generously supporting our event. Additionally, thank you to our charitable donors who help make this event – 12 years running – the continuing success that it is. Thanks to Richard Master of MCS Industries for his support and raffle contributions. Also, a big thank you to Mike Kipila Service Station for his generous support. Thank you to the Borough of Fountain Hill, the Police Department, Public Works Department, the Volunteer Fire Department and St. Luke’s Rescue and Transport Service. as well as the Fountain Hill Democratic Club and the Liberty Girls and Boys basketball teams for volunteering and all other family and friends who gave of their time, talent and energy to make our event a continuing success. Thank you to the runners, and walkers who make this event what it is, a fun and healthy rite of summer in the borough of Fountain Hill.

The Morning Call newspaper did a terrific piece on the event including a wonderful photo essay that is available on their website. The 47 photos captured the morning perfectly. Take a look at the photo gallery at: (The photos are also available for purchase too.)

Our Facebook page has numerous race day photos including pix at the awards ceremony of the 60 age division winers (3 in each 5-year age division):

If you took any photos at the event, please add them to the Facebook page, GEORGE YASSO Memorial 5K Run & Walk 2011:

A special thank you to my buddy Dave Bock, the longboarding paparazzi, who did this race video:

Race results are accessible on our Facebook page as well as at, and www. Here is a direct link:

If you have questions or notice errors in the race results, please contact us at The 2012 race date will be announced next spring. Stay tuned via our Facebook page and twitter hash tag #georgeyasso5K

Hood to Coast Movie

On the red carpet with Christoph Baaden and Marcie Hume, Producers/Director and Co-Director

On January 11 I had the honor of hosting the red carpet with Anna Campbell, one of the producers of “Hood to Coast”, at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon.   I had a blast interviewing the four teams showcased in the movie after they arrived by limo as well as other VIPs involved with the making of the movie. The theater was filled to near capacity of 3500 as excitement mounted for the showing of the movie about this legendary local race. The audience went crazy clapping, laughing and shouting out to their favorites or in some cases, teammates.  After the movie, I joined the producers, directors and runners from each team in a question and answer session with the audience.

Now Hood to Coast will have an encore showing this Thursday, Feb 10 due to popular demand.  To see if the movie is playing near you or to buy tickets, go to

And for those of you who commented on my green reading glasses during the red carpet portion, I’m letting you in on where I get my stash so you too can own a pair of these “eye catching” glasses.

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Warriors Tour Press Release





Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso Supports Troops in Baghdad

by Running in The Warrior Tours


7 Races, over 7 Days, at 7 Bases

New York, NY — June 30, 2009- Bart Yasso, Runner’s World Chief Running Officer, heads to the Middle East on July 6th as part of The Warrior Tours: “America’s Races Salutes the Troops” (   Over the course of seven days, “The America’s Races Salutes the Troops” will visit seven U.S. military bases in the Middle East supporting the troops in the semi-annual Armed Forces Physical Fitness Test. 

“When I got the go ahead for this project, Bart was the first person I called to come along,” said Rob Powers, America’s Voice of Running and founder of The Warrior Tours. “Bart is one of the best known names in running, has military ties, and is an amazing motivator. Who better to take along to support our troops?”

 “My dad served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Oklahoma City, and to have the opportunity to tie my love for running with my family’s history, and support our troops is very special,” said Yasso.

At each base, “The America’s Races Salutes the Troops” will produce world-class running events including evening entertainment, professional digital tag timing, announcing, and race T-shirts and awards donated by more than thirty of the top running events around the United States.  Competitors will be given a race T-shirt (from the race closest to their hometown), a finish medal, and have their results posted the day of the race on The Warrior Tours web site (

Along with Powers and Yasso, other special guests on the tour include NASA astronaut Sandar Magnus, Olympic gold medalist and Runner’s World contributor Frank Shorter, UnderArmour’s ( Senior Manager of RUN Anne Bonney, and 2009 Armed Forces Entertainers of the year Catchpenny.

Yasso, author of the best-selling book, “My Life on the Run,” is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon. The Warrior Tours will be the first time he will race in a live combat zone.

Yasso may be best known for the marathon-training workout he invented, Yasso 800s, used by thousands of runners across the globe.  He joined Runner’s World in 1987 to develop the Runner’s World Race Sponsorship Program, creating a vehicle for Runner’s World to work with over 7,000 races representing 4 million runners every year. In 2007, he was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.

During the tour images, videos, and updates will be posted on the WarriorTours web site and through its Facebook page ( and Twitter account (  Yasso will also be contributing with updates ( and through his Twitter account–


About The Warrior Tours

The Warrior Tours, a pending 501(C)(3) nonprofit, connects the men and women of the US Armed Forces with the American people through physical fitness by teaming up stateside events with The Warrior Tours events at US military bases worldwide.  While supporting the troops in their fitness programs The Warrior Tours connects US service men and women with their friends and families through video, text, and images that are posted on The Warrior Tours website and broadcast at domestic sporting events.  More information at

About Runner’s World:

Recognized as the worldwide authority on running information, the mission of Rodale’sRunner’s World is to inform, advise, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. Runner’s World aims to help runners achieve their personal health, fitness, and performance goals, and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling. Currently Runner’s World publishes 14 international editions. Runner’s World’s award-winning companion Web site,, is the largest running community on the Internet, featuring interactive, searchable, and targeted content for runners of all ages and abilities.                           




Book Report on youtube

It’s always fun to see what other shave to say about my book. One fan, Sean Hollick did a little informal book report you can findon youtube. 

From Sean: I hope you dont mind but i made a quick video about your book on YouTube you can watch the video here: 

I enjoyed your book sooo much the only thing that sucked about it was the last page! I wish it would have gone for a thousand more pages :)  
Hope you dont mind me making this video. 

Thanks Sean!


This is a piece by Mark Remy on Runner’s World Online,  


April 07, 2009

iPhone Apps: Have We Been Trying Too Hard?

Mark Remy Iphone_homeIn case you haven’t heard, apps are white hot. (No, not this kind of app. This kind.) Apple has sold approximately 900 jillion iPhone apps to date, and roughly 3 jillion new apps are being added every single day. Just in the time it takes you to read the phrase “iPhone apps,” according to our estimates, 320 million new apps were created. Feeling overwhelmed yet? So are we. In fact, we here at Runner’s World are feeling so overwhelmed that we don’t even have any apps for sale yet. We’re working on that. But I’m starting to wonder if we aren’t overthinking this iPhone app thing. All along, we’ve been working on the assumption that our apps should be, you know, useful. For instance: an app that creates a marathon training plan for you, then imports it into your calendar, then reminds you when it’s time to run and, oh yeah, that you also might be due for a new pair of shoes, and, hey, click here for a list of specialty running retailers in or near your zip code, and yadda yadda. What a bunch of chumps we are. Apparently, according to articles like this one in The New York Times, the hottest iPhone apps are the simple, goofy ones. Like iSteam. iSteam — and we’re not making this up — is an app that makes your iPhone’s screen appear to fog over. Wipe a finger across it, and you “clear” a path, complete with squeaky sound effects.Ibart Three guys created this app in seven days. According to The Times, “they made more than $100,000 in three months.” Which got me thinking that there has gotta be a Runner’s World equivalent. Say hello to iBart. iBart is a new iPhone app that, for the low, low price of $1.99, puts RW‘s own Bart Yasso on your iPhone. What does Bart do on your iPhone? Hey, you’re lookin’ at it. I mean, come on… It’s Bart! On your iPhone! For less than two bucks! While you fish your credit card out of your wallet, I’ll get back to work on our next iPhone app. I can’t give out details just yet, but let’s just say it’s called “iAmby.”