Note the menu bar across the top of the screen.  As you place your cursor on each one, a drop-down menu will appear.  Click on the drop-down menu item to access the data.

We now have 3,435 members in all 50 states, DC, and 12 foreign countries!  Our members have run a combined total of more than 206,000 marathons! (demographics)

New Running Caps! $10 (including shipping). White running cap with red and blue vents. Order by mail or online.

2014 Renewal forms are going out in the Winter 2013 issue. Please fill out the Member Profile and return it with your $10 annual dues. If you have misplaced your renewal form, you can print out the form from the web site.
Renewal Form  Members in foreign countries, please use the online renewal option or pay in US cash. The bank charges $20 to convert funds from non-US banks..

You can check your membership renewal date on the membership page. Choose "Members" and look on the right hand column under "Paid thru".   
Click for Members List

Online membership renewal is now available.  Click here. This service is for club members only. Members in foreign countries, please use this option or pay in US cash.  The bank charges $20 to convert funds from non-US banks.      


The Winter 2013 50 States Marathon Club Newsletter has been mailed. Please email Paula Boone if you have not received the issue after the end of January and she will make sure you receive a copy. Please note that the format is a color newspaper that is bulk-mailed and presorted by zip code. Editor, Lois Berkowitz, is (gratefully) looking for contributions. You can find older issues of the newsletter by choosing "Newsletters" in the dropdown menu.

Finisher's Certificate:
All member finishers in good standing will receive a complimentary custom finisher's certificate.  This certificate will be sent to all members who have completed the states.  This includes everyone who has completed the states to date, and all members who complete the states in the future. To receive your certificate, you must be a member in good standing (current on your dues), and contact Dave Bell by email at   Please include: your name as you want it printed on the certificate, your hometown city and state (when you finished), the number of times you finished, the name of your finishing marathon, the location (city, state), the date of your finish, and your mailing address.  (form)   For those members who would like to purchase an additional copy, the price will be $6 each. 
Certified Finisher Certificate Sample
Finisher Certificate Sample

Scheduled reunion marathons:

Shamrock Marathon--Virginia Beach, VA 3/16/14
Club reunion meeting was lots of fun. Thanks to Jerry Frostick and his crew for the warm welcome. Photos from Steve & Paula Boone (album)

Hatfield-McCoy Marathon--Goody, KY/Williamson, WV 6/14/14

Kona Marathon--Kona, HI 6/22/14

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon--Indianapolis, IN 11/1/14

Future possiblities:

Do you have a suggestion for 2014 reunions?

Please offer your suggestions and help organize or volunteer at a reunion marathon in your home state. Please contact Dave Bell 

Booths at expos:

Stop by to visit, update states, meet members and encourage others to join the club!

Events directed by our members
Texas Marathon-Kingwood, TX   01/01/15

Steve&Paula Boone  

Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon--Northfield, MN  01/11/15
Dick Daymont

Kahtoola Wasatch Winter 50K/5K--Midway, UT  01/25/14 

John Bozung

Miracle Match--Waco, TX   01/25/15

Nancy Goodnight

Town of Celebration Marathon--Celebration, FL 01/25/15

Ken Zambito
Groundhog Day--Grand Rapids, MI  02/01/15
Don Kern

Tallahassee--Tallahassee, FL    02/08/15

Jack McDermott

Post Oak (50K)--Tulsa, OK    02/28/15
Johnny Spriggs

Post Oak (26.2)--Tulsa, OK    03/01/15
Johnny Spriggs

MCF (Fox Cities Marathon - backwards)--Neenah, WI  03/?/15 

Steve Engel
Seabrook Lucky Trail--Seabrook, TX  03/15/15
Robby Sabban

Dustbowl Series--Dalhart, TX/Guymon, OK/Ulysses, KS/Lamar, CO/Clayton, NM 03/22-26/14  

Clint Burleson   

Yakima River Canyon--Yakima, WA     04/05/14
Bob & Lenore Dolphin

Davy Crockett Bear Chase--Groveton, TX   04/12/14
Steve & Paula Boone

Glacier Ridge Trail Ultra--Butler, PA   04/12/14
Dan Adley

Carmel--Carmel, IN  04/12/14
Todd Oliver

BPAC 6 Hr Distance Classic--Buffalo, NY 04/13/14

Frisco Fifty 50M/50K/26.2/13.1/10M-Springfield, MO 04/26/14
Richard Johnson

Lake Waramaug Ultra Races 50K, 50M, 100K - New Preston, CT   04/27/14
Carl Hunt 860-355-8847

Runs with Scissors--Henderson, CO 05/03/14

Bill Morton

Shiprock--Shiprock, NM 05/03/14
Tom Riggenbach

Tacoma City--Tacoma, WA   05/04/14  

Tony Phillippi

Bob Potts--York, PA 05/25/14 
Clay Shaw

Walker Only (50K/26.2/13.1)--St. Cloud, MN  05/?/14 
Dave Daubert

Wyoming--Laramie, WY   05/25/14  

Brent Weigner

Squaw Peak 50M Trail- Provo, UT   06/07/14

John Bozung

Deadwood Mickelson Trail (26.2/13.1) -Deadwood, SD   06/01/14
Jerry Dunn

Whitefish Point Marathon--Paradise, MI 06/14/14
Rob Klein

Black Hills 100 (100M/50M/50K)--Sturgis, SD  06/27-29/14 
Jerry Dunn

Joseph Smith Memorial--Sharon, VT 07/?/14 
Susan Larsen

Moosalamoo Ultra--Goshen, VT 08/2/14
John Izzo

Kat'cina Mosa 100K--Provo, UT 08/2/14
John Bozung

Leading Ladies--Spearfish, SD   08/17/14
Elaine Doll-Dunn

Skagit Flats--Burlington, WA 09/07/14
Terry Sentinella

Boring--Boring, OR 09/14/14
Mike Strobel

Center of the Nations--ND, SD, WY, MT, NE 9/17-9/21/14
Clint Burleson  

Crazy Horse--Hill City, SD      10/05/14
Jerry Dunn

Grand Rapids--Grand Rapids, MI  10/19/14
Don Kern

Frankenthon Monster--Cedar Park, TX 10/18/14
Frank Livaudais

Stone Steps 50K--Cincinnati,OH 10/26/14
David Corfman

Day of the Dead 4 Days--Las Cruces, NM 10/27/14-11/02/14
Clint Burleson

Indianapolis Monumental--Indianapolis, IN 11/01/14
Carlton Ray

Two Cities (50K/26.2/13.1)--Fresno, CA 11/02/14
Nancy Talley & Mike Herman

Raleigh City of Oaks--Raleigh, NC   11/02/14
Ron Wahula

Veteran's--Black Lick, PA  11/?/14
Tom Fetterman

Texas Quad--Dallas, TX 11/27-11/30/14
Angela Tortorice

Baton Rouge Beach--Baton Rouge, LA 12/06/14

Craig Watson   

Bartram 100 Mile & 100K--Milledgeville, GA 12/14-15/13
Chris Lowery

Savage Seven--Ocala, FL 12/?/14-1/1/15 
Bettie Wailes

Houston 100 (100M/100K/50M/50K)--Houston, TX 12/27/14
Yen Nguyen


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50 States Marathon Club
P.O.Box 15638    Houston, TX  77220-5638

This web site provides information for the members of the 50 States Marathon Club.   The club operates under the direction of a board of directors selected by the membership.  The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of health and fitness and the members share the common goal of running a marathon in each of the fifty states.  

To join, a runner must have completed a marathon in at least ten states. 

To Join: Read the Rules, print an Application, complete the information and mail it in.

Feed back

Your input, ideas and voice are important to the formation of the club.  We need members and volunteers to share their successes, concerns, and general thoughts regarding the sport of marathon running.

This site was developed and is maintained by American Computer Systems, Houston, TX  please contact for any changes or corrections.

Board of Directors     
Lois Berkowitz
-President/newsletter    (picture)
Dave Bell-Vice President   (picture)
Beth Davenport-Secretary/verification   (picture)
Steve Boone-Treasurer       (picture)
Paula Boone
-membership      (picture)
Mike Swanson-board member   (picture)
Brad Schwartz-board member      (picture)

Incorporated 3/30/2001


"PHS grad nears 100th marathon" article features Jim Miller. (article) -posted 3/26/14

"Damascus runner
Michael Strobel finishes marathons in 50 states" article features club member.  (article) -posted 3/11/14

We send our love and sympathy to
John Connor on the loss of his mother on 2/20/14.  -posted 3/11/14

November Spotlight Runner on the Striders web site is
Michelle Duran  (web site)-posted 11/18/13

Eddie Vega was interviewed after his 100th marathon at the Athens Marathon.  (video)   (article in Greek) -posted 11/12/13

"TAMUCC Professor Runs 100th Marathon" (video) features Kamiar Kouzekanani-posted 11/4/13

"Marine Corps Marathon honors Bill the Barber" video features Vasilios Stayeas. (video)   "Meet Your Neighbor: Bill Stayeas". Also features Vasilios "Bill" Stayeas. (video) -posted 10/29/13

"50 Marathons in 50 States" video featured Randell Hansen on starting his quest. (video) -posted 10/24/13

"Marathon Man" article features Steve Hughes on his 300th marathon.  (article) -posted 10/16/13

------------  Notices   -------------
Walt Prescott
is the North American Coordinator for the World Mega Marathon Ranking.  He has created a web site to post the totals of marathoners who have completed 300+ marathons/ultras.
(link) If you are nearing your 300th marathon/ultra or have completed more than 300 marathons, please contact Walt to be included on the list.

We have added a new section to the web site called "All in the Family".   There you can find 50 States Marathon Club members who have family connections to other club members.  You can find it on the drop down menu under Membership and it's called Families.  

Want to know where you're ranked by marathon count, who's birthdays are coming up, ages our members finished the states, and all kinds of demographics? We have a feature to the club web site called Demographics. Click on Membership on the drop down menu. This is an ongoing project and we add functions to it occasionally. Play with it at your leisure.  Send us updates to your marathon count, states completed, location where you completed the states, etc. Updates to our database are done nearly daily. If you haven't done so, please send us a digital photo to add to the membership list.  It helps members recognize each other at the races.   .jpg works best. 
Membership list

Members!! The club has secured an arrangement with Hometown Threads to offer discounted embroidered merchandise to our members. You can choose from apparel, jackets, bags, totes, etc. with our 50 States Marathon Club logos.   You can also have your name embroidered on the apparel for a small additional fee. You can order directly from the web site.  If you prefer to add additional text or FINISHER, please specify in the "Additional Instructions" field in the order form online. Hometown Threads will contact you directly about any questions you have concerning your order.   They also have a large logo available for the back of jackets and heavier items.

Jerry Greenwald
has put together a Yahoo! group for our members.  This is a site where you can post questions, blogs, comments, pictures, polls, etc.  You will have to set up a free Yahoo! user and join the 50statesmarathonclub group.  Any questions email Jerry at

Beth Davenport is working to help folks find missing results for certification.  Please contact her if you cannot find old marathon results and she may be able to find the results.

Deals for our members-------

Discounts to races are offered exclusively for our members in good standing.  Membership is verified by the individual races.

Beth Davenport
has had a good response from her local running club about a "buddy system" to have a New Mexico "buddy" for our club members travelling to New Mexico for any of their marathons. 

Keepsake Theme Quilts is offering free return shipping for your finished quilt ($20 value). Coupon expires 4/30/14. (coupon)

4/6/14 Cape Cod Trail Runs--Cape Cod, MA is offering a discount to our members.  Use the "military" discount.  All proceeds go to charity.

4/12-16/14 Riverboat Series--
KY, TN, AR, MS, LA is offering a $10 discount per day to club members.  Use the code: rbdisc   

4/13/14 Whidbey Island Marathon
--Oak Harbor, WA is offering a discounted price of $39 for the marathon with the code: retrofull and a discounted price of $29 for the half with the code: retrohalf.

5/3/14 Brookings Marathon
--Brookings, SD is offering a $10 discount.   Check the "50 States" box on the online registration.

5/3/14 Shiprock Marathon
--Shiprock, NM is offering a $10 discount.  Use the code: SRMDISC.   They will check for membership and those using the code who are not members will need to reimburse the race $10 at packet pickup. Those who registered at full price will receive a free pasta dinner ticket. Contact Jim Crittendon to be added to the list..

5/4/14 Lansing Marathon
--Lansing, MI is offering a $10 discount.  Use the code: 50states10

5/8-11/14 New Mexico State Parks Series--CO/NM is offering a $10 discount per day to club members.  Use the code: parkdisc

5/10/14 10th Fargo Marathon--Fargo, ND is offering a $10 discount until 12/31/13.   Use the code:

5/17/14 Ogden Marathon
--Ogden, UT is offering a $10 discount for our members. Email for the discount code. They are looking for runners from ME, NH, VT, WV, ND, SD, NE, DE & KY so that all 50 states will be represented. If you are from one of the missing states, the race is offering a free entry for the first taker from each of the missing states.  Email and tell him where you are from and indicate your interest in running the Ogden Marathon.

6/4-8/14 Heartland Series--MI, IN, IL, IA, WI is offering a $10 discount per day to club members.  Use the code: heartdisc

6/8/14 Swan Lake Marathon--Viborg, SD is offering a $5 discount for our club members.   Use the code: 50DC

6/14/14 Utah Valley Marathon
--Provo, UT is offering a $10 discount for our members.   Use the code: 50states10off

6/14/14 Whitefish Point Marathon
--Paradise, MI is offering a $5 discount.  Use the code: MM50.

6/21/14 Charlevoix Marathon--Charlevoix, MI is offering a $10 discount for our members. Use the code: full50 for the marathon or half50 for the half.

6/22/14 Kona Marathon
--Kona, HI is offering a $10 discount for our members.  Use the code: KM14 for the online registration or write "Marathon Club - KM14" on the mail in application.

8/16/14 Old Farts Marathon--Fallsburg, MI is offering a $5 discount for our members.   Choose the 50 States Marathon Club discount option on the mail in form.

8/17/14 Big Wild Life Runs
--Anchorage, AK is offering a $5 discount for our members.   Use the code: BWLR50 for the online registration.

9/7/14 10th Annual Two Bear Marathon--Whitefish, MT is offering a discount price of $65 if you register by 2/28/14 and a discount price of $75 3/1/14-7/31/14. To receive the discount, email Michaelann Lee at for information.

9/13/14 Oregon Marathon--Mt. Angel OR (close to Portland) is offering a 50% off discount to our members if you register by 8/1/14. Use code: 50statesoregonmarathon Starts and finishes in the Oktoberfest Festival with value coupons worth $35 of food, drink, parking passes. Finisher medals and Event shirts for all participants.

9/14/14 Boring Marathon
--Boring, OR Discounts will be available for 50 States Marathon Club members. Registration opens soon.  Contact Mike Strobel at

9/27/14 Monument Marathon
--Gering/Scottsbluff, NE is offering a discount for our members.   Use the code: 50States2014.

9/28/14 Adirondack Marathon--Schroon Lake, NY is looking for pacers.  They need pacers for 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15 and 5:30.  Must have: previous experience on hilly courses, previous times 20-30 mins faster than the group you are pacing, and an ability to remain positive and encouraging.  You will receive: a free entry, free Pace Bear tee, free pasta dinner, lots of warm fuzzies, opportunity to be part of "the friendliest" marathon on the planet. Contact Laura Clark or 518-581-1278.

------Invitations to our members-----

If any 50 States Marathon Club members or their families are interested in the ultimate running tour of Chicago from City Running Tours-Chicago, Marlin Keesler will personally set them up with generous discounts no one else gets (only for contacts directly connected with the 50 States Marathon Club).

You can order an autographed copy of Dane Rauschenberg's book, See Dane Run (order from Paypal). Or you can order from his blog:   

I’d like your help in promoting my autobiography, Running through My Mind: Confessions of an Every Day Runner.   After 105,000+ miles and (literally) running every day for over 28 years, I think I’ve managed to compile the complete book of running.  From Peachtree to Boston to a ‘run across Georgia’ to 24-hour endurance runs to Badwater to Western States—I’ve managed to taste a little bit of everything running has to offer in my quest to cover the spectrum in my running career (which is still going strong, by the way).  I would appreciate it if you would forward this to the members of your running club as well as anyone else you believe might be interested or in need of a little motivation, a little inspiration, and a whole lot of entertainment.  Thanks in advance for your support.  -Scott Ludwig  Available now on  100% of author royalties will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association in memory of the author's parents.

Kevin Smith with Your Run is looking for marathon stories. If you have a running story you would like to share, or would like to read other runners' stories, check out their website.

Bethann Powers
is offering 20% off each item of her "Uniquely Colorful Activewear".

From Fairbanks to Boston - 50 Great U.S. Marathons
  This book provides a fun and informative "where to" resource about marathon experiences.  Available for $16.95 (+$4 shipping - US) from  or 425-226-1518 or 509-966-0188 -Bob&Lenore Dolphin

Our Life on the Run
This is Marlin Keesler's story of running all 50 states -a six and a half year race across America that he and his family would embark on - one in which the benefits of travel would do more for his two children afflicted with a rare learning disorder than any classroom could offer.


Heading Toward the Final Finish Line
Book about Rick Karampatsos' run through the 50 states and crossing the many finish lines throughout life. 

602 E. Alexander St. Plant City, FL 33563
$15.99 (free S/H) and copy will be autographed.

The Mad Man, The Marathoner - The Life of Marathoner Donald P. NcNelly book by Juanita Tischendorf is now available.  (book)

Finish Line Feeling is a book by Liz Ferro, founder of Girls with Sole.  (book) 

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