Some of this year's talented and fleet Bar Flys.

Some of this year’s talented and fleet Bar Flys.

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted just thinking about all the running done by the State Bar of Arizona Bar Flys in the PF Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Whew. I may have to sit down.

Well, those of us who did not run sure appreciate those who did. The team was comprised of 76 lawyers, law students and other committed law professionals (or those who love them).

Rehydrating at Mile 14

Rehydrating at Mile 14

Team captain (and Senior Bar Counsel) David Sandweiss shared the news of the team’s success in the corporate categories of the marathon. That 76-person team led the category of “Corporate Medium Division.” (Yes, David concedes, the Bar was the only entity in the category this year. But he adds, “Be it known, however, that last year’s runner up in our division had only 46 runners so with history as precedent we’d have smoked them this year, too!” That’s the spirit!)

Bar staffer Katherine Jendrisak and her family

Bar staffer Katherine Jendrisak and her family

No news yet on the team’s pledging for the Sandra Day O’Connor law school, on behalf of the memory of Professor Joseph Feller and the scholarship in his name. I will follow up once I hear the tally.

Click here to see the list of all the corporate winners.

Randall Hutson

Randal Hutson

Congratulations again and thank you, Bar Flys, for all your hard work and for keeping those feet moving.

PF Chang's Marathon logo 2014

Joe Feller in 2010 (photo by Joseph Holmes)

Joe Feller in 2010 (photo by Joseph Holmes)

I told you before about the chance to sign on and run with the Bar Flys. That’s the State Bar team that’s been fielded to run in this weekend’s PF Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.

Of course, it’s likely too late to get onto that esteemed team. But I wanted to remind you again that the team is running on behalf of a great professor’s memory. ASU Law School Professor Joe Feller died last April, and the team has picked up his health-conscious gauntlet.

More detail is on the law school’s website. And whether or not you’re on the team, you can find a gift form there.

Good luck to a great team. I’m looking forward to receiving (and sharing) news and photos from the marathon.

Have a great weekend.

PF Chang's Marathon logo 2014Happy Monday morning! If you meet your work-week head-on, ready to take on the world, today’s post is probably aimed right at you!

I yield the floor to State Bar Counsel David Sandweiss, who also happens to be the team captain of the Bar’s marathon-running team. Interested? Want to get involved? Here’s David:

As in years past, the State Bar has entered a team in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon “Get Fit Challenge,” this year to be held January 19, 2014. All State Bar of Arizona members and their employees, and Arizona law students and faculty members, are eligible to join Team “Bar Flys” for this event. The Get Fit Challenge is a friendly competition not for which team has the fastest time but, rather, the highest participation. As an incentive to join our team, the State Bar is subsidizing half of the registration fee to the first 65 people to sign-up for either the full or half marathon.

For information about the event and to register, click here.

Follow the links through “Register” and “Join a Team,” then select “Bar Flys” when prompted. When it comes time to pay, enter RCBARFLYS14 in the promotional code box. Please do not share this code with anyone other than those whom you know to meet Bar Fly eligibility criteria.

This year, we are adding a charitable endeavor initiated by the 2013 Bar Flys. We are inviting all Arizona lawyers to choose a Bar Fly runner and pledge some amount of money per mile completed of his or her chosen event. This means that if you join the Bar Flys, you agree that your name can be included on a publicly released team roster so lawyers can choose in whose name to pledge donations. Last year, proceeds went to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Judge John Roll Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year, we are raising money for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Professor Joseph Feller Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is for law students seeking a career in natural resource law/policy or environmental law/policy issues. It is both merit and financial need-based, and is given once a year to one student.

Whether you’re an avid competitive runner, a weekend warrior, or just looking for a sociable way to get some exercise, this event is fun for all. For those who have never before attempted anything like a full or half marathon, daunting though it sounds, it is do-able with proper training, commitment and setting reasonable goals. We encourage everyone to consider becoming a Bar Fly!

A few of the Bar Flys smile after completing the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, January 2013.

A few of the Bar Flys smile after completing the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, January 2013.

News from the State Bar of Arizona:

“State Bar members, employees, Arizona law school students, and Arizona law school faculty members—83 in all—successfully participated in P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon ‘Get Fit Challenge.’ This year’s ‘Bar Flys’ team was the largest group participating in the Corporate Medium category.”

Thank you, as always, to Bar Counsel David Sandweiss, who leads the Bar Flys Team. He told me that this year, they had more law student participants than ever. Well done.

For more detail and a list of all the hardy runners, keep reading here.

Here is some heart-pumping news about joining a team of great people to run the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Through the writing efforts of the team’s leader, David Sandweiss, you were able to read about the redoubtable “Bar Flys” team last year after the marathon. Read about their exploits here.

The article below comes again from the always buoyant Team Captain, David Sandweiss, a Bar Counsel at the State Bar of Arizona:

As in years past, in conjunction with the State Bar of Arizona’s Wellness Program, the State Bar has entered a team in the January 20, 2013, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon “Get Fit Challenge.” All State Bar of Arizona members, their employees, law students, and law school faculty members are eligible to join Team “Bar Flys” for this event. The “Get Fit Challenge” is a friendly competition. The goal isn’t the fastest time, but the highest team participation. As an incentive to join our team, the State Bar is subsidizing half of the registration fee to the first 60 people to sign up for either the full or half marathon.

For information about the event, and to register, click here.

Follow the links through “Register” and “Join a Team,” then select “Bar Flys” when prompted. When it comes time to pay, enter GFCBARFLYS13 in the promotional code box. Please do not share this code with anyone other than those whom you know to meet Bar Fly eligibility criteria. Rates increase on September 15, so sign up early for the best discount.

This year, we are adding a charitable component to the Bar Flys. We will invite all Arizona lawyers to choose a Bar Fly runner to sponsor. You can pledge money for every mile they finish. Proceeds will go to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Judge John Roll Memorial Scholarship Fund. This means that if you join the Bar Flys, you agree that your name can be included on a publicly released team roster so lawyers can choose on whom to place their bets. Dean Lawrence Ponoroff says the Fund recently awarded its first scholarship. This is a great opportunity to raise more money for more awards.

Questions? Contact team captain David Sandweiss at David.Sandweiss@staff.azbar.org.

Whether you’re an avid competitive runner, a weekend warrior, or just looking for a sociable way to get some exercise, this event is fun for all. For those who have never before attempted anything like a full or half marathon, daunting though it sounds, it is do-able with proper training, commitment and setting reasonable goals. We encourage everyone to consider becoming a Bar Fly!

To read this story online at the State Bar page, click here.

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