Marathon for Peace — Report

“There’ve been times that I’ve thought I couldn’t last for long

But now I think I’m able to carry on

It’s been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come” – Sam Cooke

Dear family & friends,

With Sam Cooke’s lyrics on my mind, I ran my “Marathon for Peace” Sunday October 1.  I finished under my four-hour goal time (3:54:47), and raised over $1,000 (and counting) for War Times/Tiempo de Guerras special in-print issue.  Big thanks to all of you who gave this effort so much encouragement and support.

It was my 21st marathon, run in good weather on a scenic double-loop course in Sacramento.  I ran an even-paced race, covering the first half in 1:57:24 and the second half in 1:57:23, with the last mile my fastest of the day.  (Average pace for the 26.2 miles: 8 minutes, 57 seconds per mile.)  Ellen was there to greet me at the finish line, which always gives me extra motivation to hustle those last few miles.

The fall 2006 free issue of War Times/Tiempo de Guerras came off the press in mid-September.  Tens of thousands of copies have already been distributed in 45 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.  (The issue is available for viewing or download on the War Times website, go to and look in the “new downloads” section on the top of the homepage.)

It’s not too late to order a bundle to give to friends, family and co-workers: e-mail with your request (multiples of 25 copies please).

It’s also not too late to make a donation to help cover the costs of the issue (and support my Marathon for Peace): you can make a tax-deductible donation on-line at or send a check to War Times, c/o P.O. Box 99096, Emeryville, CA 94662.

And it is certainly not too late to raise your voice in the way you think best against military occupation, racism and war.  These are difficult times — and if a change is gonna come, it will take all our efforts to bring it about.

Thanks again, all my best, peace,


Max Elbaum Max Elbaum is the author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che (Verso 2002).  Elbaum is also a member of War Times/Tiempo de Guerras, a group represented on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice.  War Times/Tiempo de Guerras invites you to sign on to its announcement list (3-4 messages per month) to receive regular reports, interviews, flyers, and news recaps.  Go to the War Times website at  War Times/Tiempo de Guerras is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Third World Organizing.  Donations to War Times are tax-deductible; you can donate on-line at or send a check to War Times/Tiempo de Guerras, c/o P.O. Box 99096, Emeryville, CA 94662.

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