If you are looking for a unique gift for the runner in your life (or simply to treat yourself, there is nothing wrong with that either) then this marathon package may be the answer for you. I know of no other set that includes a video, T-shirt, booklet, bars, gels, drinks, lotions, sunscreen, and more in one convenient location. Whether you are considering running your first marathon or are wanting to improve your previous best, this marathon survival kit will have something to offer you. The centerpiece of this package is the video that was written and hosted by Don Kardong. You may know of his work from a variety of places: 1976 Olympic marathon, senior writer for "Runner's World", coach, author, speaker, race director, past president of the Road Runners Club of America, the list goes on and on as he has been involved in the sport of running for over three decades. Looking inside this video you will be taken from considering the marathon distance to creating a plan to make this dream come true. Many workouts are explained as well as the benefit from each. Of course other essentials are not overlooked like mental preparation, nutrition, shoes, and coping with injury. Race day is examined to allow you the benefits of an experienced runner's rituals, even if this is your first time at this distance. (Remember: the most common mistake is running faster during the first few miles when you are feeling great). The 21 page booklet that comes with this video is loaded with supporting information including a sample training schedule, race weekend packing list, marathon evening checklist, and other resources both in print and on the web. To order this complete package that is sure to please visit www.vbvideo.com. This 2003 release has a cast of thirteen with Britt Brewer and Judy Van Raalte bringing their past running video experience in the roles of executive producers. Mark Archer completes the production as producer, director, and editor of this well rounded program. "Think about the marathon for a minute. It's a long ways. It requires you to keep moving your legs at a fairly quick rate. It drains your radiator, and empties your fuel tank. It's mentally challenging. The key to survival then is to teach your body and mind to handle these stresses. Prepare and you will survive".