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BNB - Bad News Bears Runners

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Type: Running Club
Members: 12
Fresno, CA
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Get all our latest running tips and race info! We think of ourselves as Athletes. We are proud of our accomplishments. We run as best as we can and we try to make it fun! Train 20 miles with us and become an official Bad News Bear.

A small group of co-workers began exercising together as a way to support and encourage each other to become more healthy. We had all worked out individually in various activities, but our friendship at work soon became a platform to launch a crusade to get fit.

We started with just afew co-workers and have grown to six core members: Michelle Alexander (Instructor), Katie Heaton (Instructor), Alexis Holladay (Student Services Advisor), Hector Rodriguez (IT Technician), Luis Ibarra (former Instructor/IT Technician) and MarthaEspinosa-Kroll (LLRC Manager). We also had a few other co-workers join us such as Glenda Finley (Instructor) and Veronica Warner (LLRC Coordinator). In addition many co-workers have attended the events to show their support.

A few of us started our journey by attending Zumba classes at a local gym. We even helped coordinate a Zumbathon in which Heald College-Fresno was a sponsor. Then, we signed up to participate in the four-mile July 4th Freedom Run at Woodward Park.

We started out running at the gym and hitting the streets to prepare for the race. We would meet at 5 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday to run short distances and at 6 a.m. on Saturdays for longer, more challenging runs. After our first race together we were hooked! We set a goal to run a half marathon in November.

We challenged each other to participate in other races to stay motivated. In October, we were sponsored by Heald College-Fresno to run the Me N Ed’s Cross City Race. Our team adopted the name “Bad News Bears” because of our less than professional running image and attitudes. We didn’t look like your typical athletes; we were a hodge-podge group with different levels of experience and different medical issues. Some members of our team have joint pain, Asthma, or Diabetes.

As our endurance grew, so did our competitiveness. Our team came in 3rd place at the Me N Ed's Cross City Race. And the women of the team also undertook the challenge to run in the mud at the NorCal Warrior Dash in October. It was a 5k race involving outrageous obstacles, amud crawl, and jumping over fire!…exhilarating! In November, we ran the Vision Eye Q Two Cities Half Marathon. It was a grueling 13.1 miles, but we were all able to complete it with personal best times.

Our next goal…more races and eventually afull marathon!! We greatly appreciate the support of our co-workers and the sponsorship of our Campus President, Carolyn Pierce. Their support made us feel like phenomenal athletes! ~Martha Espinosa-Kroll

Founded August 2, 2011
 
 


 
Upcoming Events
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Date  Event Name Location Event / Distances
7/4/18 Chester Classic 4th of July Run/Walk California
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Running
3.25 Miles
7/4/18 Parade Run California
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Running
5 K
7/7/18 K9 Gladiators Obstacle Run ALS Fundraiser California
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Running
3 Miles
7/12/18 Summer 5 Mile Trail Run Series #2 California
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Running
5 Miles
7/20/18 Ragnar Trail Tahoe-CA, Presented by Salomon California
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Running
120 Miles
7/29/18 Solana Beach Triathlon and Duathlon` California
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Triathlon
Sprint
8/2/18 Summer 5 Mile Trail Run Series #3 California
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Running
5 Miles
8/12/18 Chula Vista Challenge Triathlon California
Chula Vista
Triathlon
Other
8/25/18 Santa Barbara Triathlon Festival California
santa barbara
Triathlon
Long Course
Sprint
8/25/18 Bulldog 50K Ultra Run and 25K Trail Run California
Calabasas
Running
25 K
50 K
8/25/18 Caring for Kids Run California
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Running
5 K
9/3/18 Mt Baldy Run-to-the-Top California
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7 Miles
9/8/18 Lagoon Valley Trail Run California
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Running
.5 Miles
5 K
10 K
Half Marathon
30 K
9/8/18 Ride4Diabetes California
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10/13/18 Gualala River Run - 10K And 5K Races, 5K Fun Walk and Kids Dash California
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5 K
10 K
10/20/18 Rocky Peak 50K/30K Ultra Trail Race California
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Running
30 K
50 K
10/28/18 OktobeRun Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk California
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Running
5 K
Half Marathon
11/17/18 Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race California
Temecu;a
Running
5 K
11/17/18 The North Face Endurance Challenge - California California
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Running
5 K
10 K
Half Marathon
Marathon
26.2 Miles
50 K
50 Miles
11/18/18 Bakersfield Marathon and Half Marathon California
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Running
5 K
Half Marathon
Marathon
11/22/18 Oakland Turkey Trot California
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Triathlon
5 K
12/1/18 HITS Championship - Palm Springs, CA California
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Triathlon
Sprint
Open
12/1/18 HITS Championship - Palm Springs, CA California
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Triathlon
Sprint
Open
2/10/19 Coronado Valentines Day 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run California
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Running
1 Mile
5 K
10 K
3/3/19 Livermore Valley Half Marathon | March 3, 2019 | Awarded Best of NorCal California
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Running
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