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      Creator on February 4, 2013


      Thank YOU! We couldn't have done this without participants, and you guys all blew us away with the creativity you put into it.

      I wish I could've eavesdropped on the conversation where you tried to explain it to your daughter. I imagine it was hilarious! Luckily my son is only 3, so he didn't ask too many questions. He was happy to just run up and down the street while we took pictures. Haha!


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      Creator Mark Wheadon on February 4, 2013 I just want to say thanks guys -- this was a fun project to be part of. The hardest part? Trying to explain to my 8-year-old daughter what it was all (not) about ;-)

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      Creator on February 2, 2013

      I've just emailed you again. I'm sorry you were disappointed with your race time. We'd be happy to process a refund for you right away. Thanks a lot. Have a great day!

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      Creator TJC on February 2, 2013

      Can I get a refund for this

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      Creator on January 29, 2013

      Mike & Tamara,

      So sorry to hear that! It seems as though bracelets have been disappearing from packets left and right. We'll get some shipped out to you right away.

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      Creator Mike and Tamara Primeaux on January 28, 2013

      Were the racelets shipped? None in my pack. T shirts and bibs are awesome!!!

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      Creator on January 24, 2013

      Awesome! Thanks Athrun! We worked really hard to make the stuff cool, so it's awesome to hear that you like it!

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      Creator Athrun Nailo on January 24, 2013

      Got my team packets last night, and I'll be passing them out to the team tonight. Really liked the quality of the bibs and t-shirts.

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      Creator on January 8, 2013


      From what I can tell, you may have just uncovered a secret Austrian plot to overthrow the United States government! As a citizen of America (and close friend of a former President, Honest Abe) I thank you, although I am sure this will have consequences for you in your own country. I have reported this to the Office of Pending Invasions and Coups, and hope to hear back from them shortly.

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      Creator wO!ta on January 8, 2013

      Ha, found my Austria on your map:

      It is in Southern Arizona, between Tuscon and the Mexican border. Where else?
      Although Emperor Maximilian I. ruled Mexico for a while, I am sure there is no (more)
      Austrian territory in Northern America. It is a pity, but my team has still to train somewhere
      in the Old World.

      Perhaps that ist wrong. But, as Sam Cooke once sang, I "don't know much about history
      .... don't know much about geography".

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      Creator on January 6, 2013


      We're only allowed to send the survey once. However, since you haven't responded, your survey is still able to be filled out. If you go to the main project page and scroll down to the reward you selected, there should be a link to fill out the survey.

      Also, if you want to make sure we get your name on the bib, you can send an email to with your name (as you'd like it on the bib) and t-shirt size. We can get the rest of the info in the next few days.

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      Creator Martha Deegan on January 6, 2013

      Also, is it acceptable to do my training beside a pool while sipping a drink with a little umbrella?

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      Creator Martha Deegan on January 6, 2013

      I didn't get a survey! Please send me one.

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      Creator on December 26, 2012


      Send me an email ( and we'll get it taken care of. Thanks!

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      Creator Brian O'Leary on December 20, 2012

      I bought the 6 person package and am giving it as a gift. What is the best way to get the recipient started since they are not receiving the backer updates?

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      Creator on December 17, 2012


      Unfortunately there have been some pretty serious allegations leveled against the Austrians, including ACTUALLY RUNNING. Unacceptable. Until we are able to investigate the matter, we're pulling your country off of the map.

      In all seriousness (well, let's be honest... in more seriousness than USUAL), we'll get you guys added to the map pronto. Not sure what happened there!


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      Creator wO!ta on December 16, 2012

      Oh my god, my country is missing on the map. Are we already banned due to doping violations

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      Creator on December 10, 2012

      It's never too late to start not training. Or something like that...

      See you at the finish line!

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      Creator Kevin Schantz on December 8, 2012

      I just began my training regime this week for Run Free 2013. Probably a bit late, so I hope I will be prepared to go the distance! Ok, back to training. Later! - Kevin

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      Creator on December 7, 2012


      I think I understand your question, but I'm not 100% sure. Could you send me an email ( I'm sure we can help you out.

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      Creator Justin Cartwright on December 7, 2012

      For Larger groups of runners, are we able to mix and match with names and team names?
      (It's getting a bit hard to get a hold of everyone to ask their preference - probably because they're training so much?)

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      Creator Steven M. Wann on December 1, 2012

      As a Fursuit-er the pics are endless along with the great photo-ideas from local area friends. Just depends on what type of Buffalo weather we'll be having. Haha

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      Creator on November 27, 2012


      That is hilarious. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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      Creator Altimus Hastings on November 27, 2012

      I'm not going to be very popular among the marathoners in my family. I just posted the race on my runkeeper account. Ive already gotten several comments of support and encouragement from friends and family on my linked Facebook page. This is just too funny not to do. Lots of photo ideas. Let the training begin! HA HA HA

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      Creator on November 23, 2012

      That's awesome! We love our Aussie runners! Good call on the sombreros, too. You can never be too safe when it comes to the heat. Or too stylish.

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      Creator Justin Cartwright on November 22, 2012

      We're in and around Melbourne, Australia!

      It's going to be pretty hot down here, so we'll have to start organising some sombreros and other sensible hot-weather running gear!

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      Creator on November 21, 2012


      Maybe RunFree could be Gumby's last hurrah! Gumby in costume could be even better.

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      Creator on November 21, 2012


      What an awesome idea. Nothing sums up communications and culture better than a fake marathon on the internet, right?

      Can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Sounds like you've got the right idea with your prep work!

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      Creator Chris on November 21, 2012

      Gumby's had a lot of miles on him, but whats a few more nonmiles? Maybe I'll dress as Gumby dressed as something just to make it a little different than my norm.

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      Creator Robert Hind on November 21, 2012

      Going to do Run Free with my Communications and Culture class in Gosport, England. Got some practice in already by not taking part in the Gosport Half Marathon last weekend. Can't wait!

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      Creator on November 21, 2012


      It's actually a little bit cheaper than that. I just sent you a message explaining. Can't wait to see your group though. Where are you guys located?

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      Creator Justin Cartwright on November 21, 2012

      I hope i'm doing this right.. But...

      If I pledge $320, at the Race Team Pack level, would that be enough for a team of 12 people with medals? (plus international shipping)

      Cheers, and looking forward to the marathon!

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      Creator on November 20, 2012


      Thanks! For what it's worth, we think breaks from Kickstarter are totally overrated. Fake marathons, on the other hand, are totally awesome. You've chosen wisely, Chris.


      P.S. We totally think you should run in your Gumby costume. That would be legendary.

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      Creator Chris on November 19, 2012

      As soon as I saw this, I had to pledge. So much for taking a break on Kickstarter. Now to get friends to back it! I also wrote a quick blog on Run Free. Check it out if you so desire.

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      Creator on November 19, 2012

      We totally agree, Waseem!

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      Creator Waseem Ghattas on November 19, 2012

      I think it will be the most epic race...ever!

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      Creator on November 19, 2012

      The race will be February 2, 2013. That should give you time to get everything in place!

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      Creator on November 19, 2012

      A story about a fake marathon in a fake newspaper? Would that cancel out and make it real? That's an existential question I'm not prepared to answer....

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      Creator Michelle Hermark on November 19, 2012

      Do you have a date planned for race day? I thought I heard a date in Feb., but now I can't find it. I have IDEAS but it's going to take some time to get all the pieces in place.

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      Creator meanwhileinfargo on November 18, 2012

      This race should get coverage from the onion..... or will it be too real?!

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      Creator on November 16, 2012

      Haha. Thanks Olie! We pride ourselves on being the most affordable fake race out there!

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      Creator Olie Marchal on November 16, 2012

      You guys are so funny! Why would I participate in a fake race? I am a "real runner"! But your race is so perfect organized, I decided to sign up anyway!!! Plus your cheaper than any race I participated in! Two thumbs up!!!

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      Creator on November 11, 2012


      I laughed out loud reading that. Hahaha! Thanks for making my day.

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      Creator Elizabeth Pekrul on November 11, 2012

      Well, since the marathon is less than 3 months away, I decided today that I better get my rear in gear! I did some speed walking through the grocery store, grabbing all the essentials for my race training. Pixi Sticks: CHECK. 24-pack of Coke: CHECK. Gummi Worms: CHECK. By the time I was done with all that walking, my heartrate was at a dangerously high level. So, I went home and took a 2 hour nap. It feels good to know that I am that much closer to being race ready!

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      Creator on November 8, 2012


      Awesome! We've been blown away by how many people have been putting together groups of runners. Great question about the back of the shirt. The short answer is, we're not sure! If we don't sell any sponsorships, we'll figure out SOMETHING cool to put on the back. We're certainly open to suggestions, too. We've still got 22 days though, so who knows what will happen?


      P.S. Can't wait to see what you and your team put together!

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      Creator on November 8, 2012


      Thanks! We're glad you like it! To answer your question, the race staff shirt is exactly the same as the regular race shirt, except it says RACE STAFF across the top of the back. The race official package comes with this shirt instead of the other one.

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      Creator Athrun Nailo on November 8, 2012

      Got a few people "running" on my team. One question though, if by some chance no one chooses any of the sponsor levels what will be on the back of the shirt?

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      Creator Alinda Rivera on November 8, 2012

      I love this idea. its sounds like fun! If you do the race official package do you also get the regular race T-shirt?

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      Creator on November 7, 2012

      Thanks kikipatamoo! We're going international with this!

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