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Boston Marathon gear testers/bloggers needed

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  February 18, 2013 08:27 AM

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Once again, we're teaming up with Polar USA for a special feature leading up to this year's Boston Marathon.

Runners entered in this year's Boston Marathon are invited to throw their names in the hat to be chosen to test-run some cool gear from Polar, which makes personal fitness monitors and devices like GPS and heart-rate watches. Those chosen will be asked to blog about their training experiences as the marathon approaches.

Test team members will receive a selection of gear from Polar. A Polar expert will help match the right setup to the candidates based on their entry responses, but the gear we're talking about includes the RCX5, RCX3, and RC3 GPS training monitors.

The testers will be asked to blog once a week on Boston.com's Boston Marathon blog about their training experiences, their hopes and fears about the marathon, and other personal insights and observations as the race approaches.

Writing experience is certainly a plus, and you need to be tech-savvy enough to set up an account on Polar's web site and upload your data.

The test team participants will get to keep the Polar gear.

To register to be considered, submit your entry here. You must be entered in this year's Boston Marathon. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22), and we'll reveal the test team on Feb. 25.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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