Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clif Bar Recall

If you are like me you most likely have a bunch of these bars laying around in case you get the munches or use them on long hikes/climbs. Here is the list from the website of what has been recalled.

Voluntary Recall

On January 19, 2009, we announced a voluntary recall of 14 U.S and 4 Canadian products including CLIF Bar, CLIF Builder’s, CLIF MOJO, CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR and LUNA Bar, in the U.S. and Canada because the peanut butter in those products was sourced, for a limited period of time, from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is a manufacturer and supplier of peanut butter for many food companies and manufacturers.

PCA is under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. In light of this investigation, and with an abundance of caution, Clif Bar & Company has enacted a voluntary recall. We take the health and safety of our consumers very seriously.

In the U.S, the following 14 products are included in the recall. Only bars with wrappers that have the following BEST BY or SELL BY codes1 on them, in all sizes and packages, are being recalled:

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch
21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and
03NOV09 to 28NOV09
CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter
21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and
03NOV09 to 28NOV09
CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz
CLIF Builder’s Peanut Butter
19JUL09 to 30SEP09 and
05NOV09 to 18NOV09
CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR Peanut Butter
07JUL09 to 05SEP09 and
LUNA Nutz Over Chocolate
29JUL09 to 03OCT09 and
11NOV09 to 14NOV09
LUNA Peanut Butter Cookie
02OCT09 to 03OCT09 and
11NOV09 to 14NOV09
MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Mixed Nuts
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Mountain Mix
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter and Jelly
30APR09 to 21JUN09
MOJO Dipped Fruit and Nut
30APR09 to 21JUN09

In Canada, the following 4 products are included in the recall. Only bars with wrappers that have the following EXPIRY DATE/DATE D’EXPIRATION codes1 on them, in all sizes and packages, are being recalled:

CLIF® BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch / Brisures de Chocolat aux Arachides Croquants
CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter / Beurre d’ Arachide Croquant
2009SE06 to 2009SE11 and
CLIF® BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz® / Toffee et Arachides
CLIF Builder’s Peanut Butter / Beurre d’Arachide
2009JL20 and

No other CLIF or LUNA products or flavors are included in this recall.

If you purchased the recalled bars, please destroy them but retain the BEST BY, SELL BY or EXPIRY DATE/DATE D’EXPIRATION code found on the back of the package. For questions or a refund, contact us online or call 1-800-CLIFBAR (1-800-254-3227).

Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to address this situation. Consumer safety is our number one priority.

Be safe,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our New Wheels

Well Ashley and I finally broke down and got some new wheels. After 10 years and 230,000 miles on the 1997 S-10 Blazer (aka Big Red) we bought a 2003 4Runner. I guess I am going to have to drive every once in a while when we all go to the mountains now huh? She seems to be a great mountain/road trip car, lots of room, V8 that gets over 20 miles per gallon, and all time 4 wheel drive. Now I just need to come up with a good name for her and figure out what to do with Big Red (the Blazer) who still runs pretty good. Any ideas?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reflections of 2008 and 2009 goals

I thought it was time to do my yearly review to see where I stand and what I did in 2008 and also lay out my 2009 goals for everyone to see.

I just calculated my all stats for 2008 and this is what I have:


Running: 366.5 hours
Biking: 12.75 hours
Swimming: 5.5 hours
Weights: 31 hours
Other (hiking, yoga, ect.): 105 hours

Total 2008 hours: 521

Total 2008 miles covered on foot (running/hiking): 2085

I need to spend more time swimming and in the weight room in 2009. Think my goal for 2009 will be over 2500 miles. I covered just under 1400 miles in 2007 so 2008 was a large increase of total volume.

Here is a list of all the races I did in 2008 also, not bad. This is the most I have done in a year and my 1st full year in doing ultras. The Moab race at the top of the list was only my 2nd ultra and 4th race of marathon distance or longer. I just did my 1st ultra (34 miler) in Sept of 2007. You can look through the Blog on the right hand side of the page if you want to read the race reports from any of the races below.

2008 RACES
• Moab Red Hot 50K (34 miles)2/16 (6:24:00)
• Greenland 50K (31 miles)4/19 (5:06:09)
• Collegiate Peaks 25 miler 5/3 (4:10:12)
• Wyoming Marathon (26.2 miles) 5/25 (4:09:42)
• Squaw Peak 50 miler 6/7 (12:06:40)
• Mount Evans Ascent (14.5 miles)6/21 (2:46:43)
• Leadville Marathon (26.2 miles) 7/5 (5:32:00)
• High Mountain 50K (32 miles) 7/12 (6:09:59)
• Wild West Relay (about 20 miles per runner) 8/1 (27:11:00)
• Leadville 100miler 8/16 (dropped @ mile 76 on the course due to knee problems)

I just thought all of that was interesting. I was also comparing the average miles per week for the 8 weeks leading up to the race in Moab in Feb. I thought I have been doing less this year over the same time last year but I am wrong. Last year 8 weeks leading up to this race I averaged about 33 miles per week. This year so far I am averaging 42 miles per week and that is going to increase as my long runs are increasing to 4 hours over the next few weekends. This should be an interesting year.

Here is what my 2009 race schedule looks like right now, of course it will change in the upcoming months. I will update it on the right hand side of the page as the year progresses.

Tentative 2009 Race Schedule:

1) Red Hot 50K (34 miles) 2/14
2) Desert RATS 25 miler 4/18
3) Collegiate Peaks 50 miler 5/2
4) Bolder Boulder 10K (6.2 miles) 5/26
5) Big Horn 100 miler 6/19
6) Leadville Marathon (26.2 miles) 7/11
7) Wild West Relay 6X6 (about 30 miles) 8/7
8) Leadville 10K (6.2 miles) 8/16
9) A fall marathon to try and qualify for Boston (26.2 miles)

Here are some of my goals for 2009.

Top GOALS for 2009:
1) Finish the Big Horn 100 mile trail run
2) Finish CP 50 mile trail run under 10 hours
3) Finish a marathon under 3 hours and 10 mins
4) Complete 5-10 new 14ers
5) Repeat 5-10 14ers
6) Run from Denver to Leadville on the Colorado Trail. (in sections if there is time)
7) Cover over 2500 miles on foot in 2009.
8) Do more than running 10 races of any distance.

I want to thank everyone from my girlfriend to friends and family for their support and encouragement in 2008. Hopefully even bigger things will come in 2009 for everyone.

Happy New Years!