CRUISESHIPCENTERS AND INSTRIDE PRODUCTIONS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE YASSO, BENTLEY, AND BEARDSLEY AS GUEST SPEAKERS FOR 2009 "CRUISE TO RUN"
December 27, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsWith the success of their first Cruise to Run under their belts and the second one selling out as well, Craig Newton, Franchise Owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Ancaster-Dundas, and Jerry Friesen, Owner of Instride Productions and the brain child behind Cruise to Run, knew they had something special. "The idea of combining the five star luxury of a Cruise Vacation with a Running Vacation was one that we both thought could work", stated Newton. "The one thing that people had a great time with was the marriage of the two products", said Friesen.
Friesen and Newton are both happy they will have the services of guest speaker Bart Yasso back for the trip in 2008 and 2009. Yasso, the Chief Running Officer for Runners World has been inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions and is one of the few people in the world to have completed races on all seven continents.
With Lisa Bentley on board, Cruise to Run had a legitimate world class athelete as their validation to the success of combining a cruise with fitness. Bentley, a 5-time winner of the Ironman Australia, and 3-time winner of Ironman Canada, added instant credibility to the project when she proclaimed she came off the ship in better shape than she was when she boarded in February, 2007. Bentley will be back for 2008 and 2009 as well.
Cruise to Run added yet another star to its roster when they announced that Dick Beardsley will be on board for the 2009 Cruise to Run. As a professional runner, Beardsley is best known for his incredible race in the 1982 Boston Marathon. The race, dubbed the "Duel in the Sun" put Beardsley on the map as he battled world record holder Alberto Salazar. Dick is a captivating motivational/inspirational speaker who visits schools, corporations, and races around the world. He, along with Yasso and Bentley will hold seminars and presentations all week on board the ship.
More information on this unique vacation can be found at www.cruisetorun.com