Sports Society for American Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which hosts professionally sanctioned sports and events to improve education and health, especially for children.
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Exygon and Baptist Hospitals GUSHER MARATHON, Exxpress Mart Half Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K and Time Warner Cable HEADS or TAILS Cycling Time Trial
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News! News! News!
We look forward to welcoming Debbi to Beaumont!
Debbi Sullivan (US Olympian in 1992, 1996 & 2000 and holder of World and American records in Mile, 3K, 5K, 10K & 20K Walks) will be sharing tips, tricks, and experiences with you at this year's Gusher!
Debbi is from Wisconsin and has been a speaker at many marathons across the country. In presentations, she includes “Mind-Training Secrets" that helped her get onto three Olympic Teams.
She also talks about training ideas for a 1/2 marathon, because it is so similar to her Olympic race distance of 20km. She says there are some definite "short-cuts" to training for success.
Debbi had three awesome coaches in her 30+ years as an elite athlete -- including Dick Brown ~ the coach of Mary Decker (Slaney) in her prime. Debbi set a World Record under Coach Brown's guidance.
She also includes "Walk Like an Olympian" into her seminars ~ where anyone interested can learn the walking technique and get quick one-on-one technique "approval." Runners REALLY benefit from walking.
According to Debbi, Olympic Walking technique utilizes different muscles than running. When a runner adds walking to his or her program, strength & stretch are the noticeable benefits and they become more powerful runners.
Debbi knows this because she was a National Champion runner…..qualified for Outdoor NAIA Nationals 3,000m RUN.....got injured….learned walking…..3 months later....raced 3,000m Run (on walking training ONLY) ....took 3rd ....was astonished!
The exciting news continues! Thank you Time Warner Cable for being the title sponsor for the Heads or Tails Cycling Time Trial!
We are honored to announce Ronald McDonald House Charities of Beaumont, Texas as the title sponsor for the Kid’s Marathon Club! For more information on the club, visit our PROGRAMS page.
We are thrilled to announce the 2015 title sponsor for the Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Half Marathon distance:
Look for Marty at the Event!
Join us for the March 7th, 2015 Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Exxpress Mart Half Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K!
Sports Society for American Health Cycling Kits
Many have asked how they can purchase one of our cycling outfits. The following link will take you to the purchase site. This is our cost for the kits. There is no markup as you will be buying them directly from the manufacturer.
Brain Cancer Patient pushing his daughter in a stroller wins Exygon & Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon
A man racing against time crossed the finish line. His daughter, snugly sitting in a stroller he had been pushing for just over 26 miles, gained a memory that may live longer than her father.
"This is supposed to eat away at my memory in the end," Iram Leon said of the cancer in his left temporal lobe. "But I hope this memory is one of the last things to go and one she never loses."
Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/sports/article/Brain-cancer-patient-wins-Gusher-Marathon-4342280.php#ixzz2NGR8IQHW
Iram J Leon ran the Exygon & Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon and Kinsel Ford 5K pushing his daughter Kiana in a stroller. Iram has terminal brain cancer. Despite high winds, a stroller, medications to prevent seizures and a flat stroller tire Iram won the overall full marathon distance with a time of 3 hours and 7 minutes.
Iram borrowed a stroller, lost his iPhone speaker on the course and frankly could use a new computer. Iram has not asked for a dime but we would like to give him a few things to make running a little easier.
Click Here to help: Iram J. Leon-Rush the Gush!
Veteran carries U.S. flag as he runs 50th marathon
Felix Lugo finished his 50th full marathon at the Exygon & Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon and Kinsel Ford 5K today. Felix has run over 27 of them carrying this flag. See the full story on the ABC news affiliate KBMT12 at the link below:
2013 photos for the Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K can be found at:
Thank you everyone for another incredible Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K.
We are overwhelmed by the support of our sponsors. Without them, these events and programs would not be possible.
Moore for Kids has come onboard in a huge way! More news to come! We are so blessed!
Finish Line Youth Foundation has provided us a grant that is allowing us to provide scholarships to select students to participate in the Kids Marathon Club and Kinsel Ford 5K!
A special thank you to Exygon and Baptist Hospitals for being the title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year! And, a special thank you to Kinsel Ford for being a sponsor for four consecutive years and the 5K title sponsor for three years.
Thank you for participating in the inaugural Sabine Causeway 5K! It was a fun-filled event in an awesome setting with so many inspirational stories.
Thank you to the Causeway Bait and Tackle store for donating the food, ice, and their facility, Giglio's Distributing for the beverages, On the Run for so many things, the amazing Radio Operators, the Port Arthur Police, Cameron Sheriff's Department, Acadian Ambulance, Cajun Timing, Alphabet Soup, Uncle Bob's Storage, Baptist Hospitals, Kinsel Ford, Moore for Kids, and all our volunteers: Buddy Howlett, Becky Howlett, Kristy Kramer, Sylvia R Gilmore, Kristen Brown Hoffpauir, Aimeé Lieby Weatherford, Lane Weatherford, Patsy Mahfouz, Greg L Ingram, Sarah Shigley Zarate, Chase Schwarznau, Dimitri Schwarznau, Brady Gentry, and Ken Miller to name a few!
Stay up-to-date with the Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon and interact with us on our Facebook Fan Page!
Visit us at our official marathon website: www.theGusherMarathon.com and on FaceBook!
Kids’ Marathon Club
Supporting Girls in Motion
Letters to Others
History of Events
Sports Society for American Health (SSAH) has hosted numerous events in the past and on March 8, 2014 will host the fifth annual Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, SETMA Half Marathon, & Kinsel Ford 5K.
September 16, 2000 Southeast Texas Cycle Challenge 2000 - benefits Boys’ Haven
November 4, 2000 Boomtown Challenge Triathlon 2000 – benefits Education Drive
May 4, 2001 Moonlight Madness Bike & Skate (Aided City of Beaumont) May 12, 2001 Boomtown Challenge Triathlon 2001 – benefits Education Drive August 11-12, 2001 Southeast Texas Cycle Challenge 2001 - benefits Boys’ Haven April 27, 2002 Boomtown Challenge 2002 – benefits NAMI
October 19-20, 2002 Southeast Texas Cycle Challenge 2002 - benefits Boys’ Haven
May 18, 2003 Boomtown Challenge Triathlon 2003 – benefits NAMI
April 17, 2004 Boomtown Challenge Triathlon 2004 – benefits NAMI
May 1, 2004 Boy Scout Show – benefits Boy Scouts of America
April 23, 2005 Boy Scout Show – benefits Boy Scouts of America
July 1 -16, 2008 Bicycle Ride for Livestrong Cancer Research from San Diego to
May 1, 2010 Exygon & Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon, &
March 12, 2011 Exygon & Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon, &
April 23, 2011 Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids
March 10, 2012 Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, SETMA Half
Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K
October 7, 2012 Sabine Causeway 5K
November 4, 2012 Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon, Moore for Kids 10K &
Kinsel Ford 2 Miler
March 9, 2013 Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, SETMA Half
Marathon & Kinsel Ford 5K
May 25, 2013 Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids
August 23, 2013 Sabine Causeway 5K
November 9, 2013 SETMA Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon, Moore for Kids
10K & Kinsel Ford 2 Miler
March 8, 2014 Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, SETMA Half Marathon, & Kinsel Ford 5K