San Francisco Running, Here I Come! Plus, a ClassPass Giveaway!

I have a super exciting announcement to share with you guys today: this fall, I’ll be combining my love for ClassPass with my love for running – ClassPass is sponsoring me to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 18!! I feel extremely lucky and am so excited to have this cool opportunity to be an official #ClassPassRunner. :) I’ll be joined by 5 fellow bloggers on this journey – read all about them in the ClassPass Runner announcement blog post!

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As you guys know, I ran the DC Nike Women’s Half Marathon back in 2013 and LOVED it. It’s probably best known as “that race that gives out Tiffany & Co. necklaces at the finish line.” ;)

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It’s actually still my half marathon PR (personal record/best), too, although you guys know I’ve tried to change that this spring without success… yet. :)


Anyway, I was all set to sign up for the DC race again this spring (I had to miss last year’s due to travel/scheduling), and was really sad to hear that DC would no longer be a location for the race series. Boo!!

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I’ve had the San Francisco location of the race on my bucket list for years now – not only because I loved the DC version of the race (also, Tiffany necklaces, duh), but also because I love San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to do a race there because I think it would be such a fun city to run around, even with all the hills. ;)


So: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with ClassPass to travel to San Francisco in October and tackle all those hills! A HUGE thank you to them in advance for covering my travel/race expenses and for providing me with free ClassPass access from now until the race to help with training.

If you’re not familiar with ClassPass yet, it’s basically an all-access pass to the best gyms/fitness studios in cities around the U.S. (and London, Vancouver, and Toronto!). You pay one fee (in DC it’s $99/month), and then get access to attend classes at any of the studios in the ClassPass system. You can even attend classes in cities outside your own at no additional fee (called “Flex”, and a full list of all 31 participating cities is on their website), which is nice if you are traveling often for work or fun! In DC, there are a TON of studios in the system (193 and counting!), and more are added every day.

I originally tried ClassPass last fall when their team offered me a free month trial, and I loved it so much I have continued on since on my own. It’s awesome. Not only is it really nice to be able to mix it up without paying a thousand different gym fees (and making a thousand different online accounts), but the online scheduler that shows you the options near you is amazing. A few clicks to find all the yoga classes nearby at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night, or the CrossFit classes at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday? Amazing. To narrow the results, you can search by location, type of class (“activities”), studio, and even amenities (showers, etc.). So user friendly! Then you just click one button and you are booked in the class of your choice. There’s even an option to add the class to your Google calendar once you’re booked – so perfect! In the photo below, you can see the little “Washington D.C.” location in the upper right corner – you can click on that to change cities if you’re traveling for the Flex option. So easy!


One more thing that’s really cool and brand new – you can now sign up for races through ClassPass just like you book a class! Cool, right? This is currently only offered in Boston and NYC, but you can always use your Flex option to sign up for a destination race! Spartan, Color Run, and many more are on there already. Just an FYI that there is an additional fee for these separate events, though.

ClassPass also makes it really convenient to meet up with friends for workouts (which you guys know is my favorite thing) because everyone has access to all the same gyms! Most of my friends are now on ClassPass, too, which is awesome. :) Chelsea and I hit up one of our faves, Urban Athletic Club, via ClassPass yesterday morning!


A few of my other DC/NoVA favorite studios that are on ClassPass are: Edge Yoga, EPIC Yoga, CorePower Yoga, CrossFit Key Bridge, etc. I’m looking forward to trying some fun new ones as I train for San Francisco!

My game plan for training for this half marathon is what I’ve been doing/has worked for me over the past year. All about the variety:

  • 3 days per week of running (1 day of speed/track, 1 day hills/tempo, 1 long run)
  • 2 to 3 days per week of cross-training (I’ll do a mix of yoga, boot camps, CrossFit, etc. via ClassPass!)
  • 1 to 2 days of rest, depending how I’m feeling. Usually I do 1 full rest day and 1 active recovery day, with a swim, light walk, or easier yoga class.


ClassPass sent us a big bag full of goodies from some of their partners to kick off our training, including some fun stuff from Nike Women (aren’t the pink tights I’m wearing above awesome?! you’ll be seeing a lot of those!), LUNA bar, and Vega. A big thank you to all of them for the package! I was especially excited to see the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in there – I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I have been using this since January before super early morning workouts – especially track workouts. Love that it doesn’t contain stevia (I hate the taste) like most of their other products. I have it with my standard sprouted grain bread and nut butter, and it’s a nice little jolt of caffeine since having coffee before a morning workout doesn’t make my stomach super happy. I have been bringing it with me when I travel for races, too!

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Another big thank you to ClassPass, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon team, and our program running coach Blue Benadum – can’t wait for race day!


  1. 1

    I would love a free month of ClassPass for yoga – I’m a runner and I know it would really benefit me but I’ve never taken the plunge.

  2. 2

    I’m tired of the same old workout routine and would love to kick it up a notch in preparation for my November wedding!

  3. 3

    What a great opportunity! I’d use class pass to try doing more yoga!

  4. 4

    I would love to try an aerial yoga class!

  5. 5

    I’ve wanted to try classpass, but haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  6. 6

    I’ve heard such good things about that race!!! I want to do it at some point. Good luck and happy training!

  7. 7

    I would love to try Class Pass.

  8. 8

    I’m doing that race this year as well, since it’s my last chance to get in through the college program! I did it 2 years ago and it was a fun race, although it was super foggy so the views were masked a bit.

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    Stephanie K. says

    I am dealing with a running injury so I would love to be able to try out some barre classes that my current gym does not offer! It would be great to test things out before committing to a (usually expensive) fee at a place I don’t know much about!

  10. 11

    This is such a cool opportunity – congrats Anne! I just reactivated my Classpass so I can check out the studios in Seattle – love that it’s so flexible between cities!

  11. 12

    would love to go to different crossfit locations in dc/va!

  12. 13

    Yoga and barre!

  13. 14

    How cool! I was just in San Francisco back in March, and MAN – I couldnt imagine running those hills! (I was too afraid to DRIVE up them!). Sounds like such a cool race; you’s a beast!

    As for ClassPass – I love trying out different classes, especially different Yoga studios. And I’ve been dying to get in at a Crossfit gym, or a few ;)

  14. 15
    Kelly Dooley says

    I’d love to try one of the Cross Fit classes!

  15. 16
    Charlsie N says

    I keep looking at ClassPass. Would love to give it a try!

  16. 17

    I would love to be able to try out more dc studios!

  17. 18

    I would love to try ClassPass. I live in NYC and they do not have my favorite Core Power Sculpt class from Colorado, so I am on the hunt for a great new yoga sculpting class.

  18. 19
    Whitney H says

    Barre in Atlanta!

    • 20

      I do ClassPass in Atlanta and have been for months (this blog is how I found out about it!) and LOVE it! Atlanta has some really awesome studios on their list and it’s growing a ton! Definitely try it! Atlanta’s is $79/month!

  19. 22
    Taylor Garies says

    I love trying new classes, so this would be perfect! I would definitely want to try some yoga classes with Class Pass because I know it would be good for me as a runner.

  20. 23
    Erin Espy says

    I would love to try ClassPass in Kansas City for barre and spinning classes!

  21. 24

    Ooooo yup! I’ve been wanting to check it out. That’s great! I’m in Los Angeles, so I know they have it here :)

  22. 25

    I’ve been wanting to try ClassPass!

  23. 26

    I love that Classpass offers the variety of workouts to supplement training for a race. I’m currently training for my second full marathon and making time to incorporate more strength training into my schedule so that I don’t burn out from exclusively running. I would use Classpass to try more of those types of classes, like Bodypump.

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    Holly Watson says

    I love Barre classes, so probably try some of those, and Ive never done crossfit but have been dying to try it so I would definitely do that!!

  25. 28

    I would love to try out all different types of classes, as I haven’t gotten back into a consistent workout routine since having a baby over a year ago.

  26. 29
    Meghan W. says

    I would love to use Classpass for some great yoga and light strength training classes. I’m coming back from an injury so am excited to start mixing it up and gaining my strength and stability back.

  27. 30

    I would love to try a variety of dance classes to mix it up in addition to my normal routine of running and yoga!

  28. 31

    Sounds awesome to have all that variety!

  29. 32
    Stephanie S. says

    I would love to try ClassPass free for a month! They have it in my city, but I haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  30. 33

    I would definitely use ClassPass to try out some of the PowerCore and other yoga classes around Seattle!

  31. 34
    Rebecca W. says

    There are so many classes on the NYC ClassPass that it’s hard to choose! I really like Zumba, so it’d be cool to try a few new studios. Maybe I’ll even go for my first cycling class?

  32. 35

    I’d love to try out some new-to-me barre classes in the area with ClassPass! Now I just typically stick to one studio–it’d be nice to have some variety!

  33. 36

    I didn’t know this existed in Toronto, COOL! I’d love to try different boot camp style classes.

  34. 37

    I would love to try ClassPass. I would probably try some new to me workouts (spin, Pilates on the reformer).

  35. 38
    Rachel (Raak) says

    I would love to try ClassPass after hearing so many amazing things about this program. Having grown up and lived in the DC area my entire life, I know there are so many awesome classes to try- which I look forward to trying to get out of my gym rut.

  36. 39

    race looks fun!

  37. 40

    I’ve been dying to try Class Pass!!

  38. 41

    I’m heading out to San Francisco to run the Nike Half too! It’s been on my list for years! Can’t wait to have some fun on the West Coast!

  39. 43

    Hope you get your PR (even with the hills!)

  40. 45
    Amy Gwynn says

    flywheel, yoga at different studios as I’ve moved to a new area and am still trying to figure out which studios I like, HEAT, I love the idea of ClassPass as I struggle with wanting to participate in more “boutique” fitness studios, but as a student can’t really afford the cost of multiple memberships! thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  41. 46
    Jessica Dv says

    I would love to try some yoga classes or bootcamps!

  42. 47

    Ahhh noooooo way! I am going to be in DC on October 18th! :( My brother is having his wedding reception that weekend boooo!!!! Do you know how long you will be in town? I am going to be super bummed if I miss you!!!

    • 48

      Aww man!! I’ll be there from the 16th to the morning of the 20th… will you be back??

      • 49

        hmmm I’m not sure. I was planning on going Oct 15-20 :( But I have not booked my tickets yet…figuring it out with my family this week. I will keep you posted! I hope we can make it work!

  43. 50
    Kate McHugh says

    I have had my eye on Class Pass for awhile now and this would be an awesome way to try it out. I would use it to try out a lot of different yoga and boot camp classes in my area. And even maybe do cross fit for the first time! I think the ability to use different studios would be a great way to change things up and not get bored of your workouts.

  44. 51

    I would love ClassPass for yoga classes, since that is something I have been wanting to make a weekly routine but always have trouble figuring out where to go.

  45. 52

    I would love to check out some other Yoga studios and crossfit gyms in my area! There are so many that I haven’t tried yet so Class Pass would be awesome. I’ve been debating purchasing it since they came to Austin so it would be great to check it out for one month!

  46. 53

    Awesome race opportunity and great giveaway! I love the classes at my gym (the Bowen YMCA) but this is a great chance to branch out.

  47. 54

    congrats anne! that’s awesome. also, didn’t know class pass is now doing race entries. major plus! maybe i should sign up!!

  48. 55
    jessica z says

    I would like to try some yoga and Pilates classes

  49. 56
    Colleen Inman says

    I really want to try Barre Fusion, Hot Yoga, Zumba, etc. I love to mix it up and try new things. I recently did a Drum Alive class and it was so AWESOME!

  50. 57
    Kaitlin G says

    I’d love to try out a Barre-type workout. I’ve never done something like that but I keep hearing how it’s an awesome workout!

  51. 58

    Yoga and spin classes! I’m marathon-training and need a flexible way to cross train and do active recovery workouts.

  52. 59
    Carrie S. says

    I would lvoe to try barre and a treadmill based class!

  53. 60
    Kelley Ferguson says

    I have been wanting to try Class Pass and just haven’t gotten around to it. I would love the chance to try out some yoga classes in the area.

  54. 61

    Oh man now I REALLY wish we were matching yesterday with our ClassPass tanks. It definitely would have kicked this post up a notch!! (Even if Andrew would have thought we were total weirdos haha – which, come to think of it, he probably does anyway!)

  55. 63

    I have a long commute every day and would love the opportunity to be able to hit up different gyms along my way home and try new classes!

  56. 64
    Kate Stephens says

    I’d love to try some classes in San Diego when I visit with family!

  57. 65

    Aerial yoga would be awesome! I don’t do yoga as much as I should, partially because I like to try out different studios/times and the fees can add up -Classpass would make it a lot easier!

  58. 66

    I would love to try some crossfit classes. I have been interested to try this for a while and switch up my usual work out.

  59. 67

    I’d love to try some strength focused classes with Classpass. Classpass would allow me to try all types of classes at a reasonable price (vs committing to 1 studio to secure the best rate/class).

  60. 68

    Classpass sounds like a great way to mix up workouts! I buy classes at the gym I primarily go to for crossfit/bootcamp workouts but if I want to do yoga or spin they don’t have those options so I end up with a bunch of accounts at various studios. This seems like a great option to avoid that and add variety!

  61. 69
    Jessica K says

    I would love to use class pass to do more yoga to supplement my running!

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    Holly M. says

    OMG that is so cool! I want to try ClassPass but last time I looked (for Baltimore) it was mostly yoga :(

  63. 72

    ClassPass sounds great – I’ve been out of the fitness class loop for a while, and would love to get back into the swing of things!

  64. 73

    I’ve been getting back into pilates and would love to take an actual class. And yoga, and spinning, and all out cardio, and…… That’s why I’d love a free month to see what I really enjoy in a class environment!

    So excited for you to run! Good luck on training!

  65. 74

    Sounds great! I would love to give ClassPass a try!

  66. 75

    I’m nursing a pretty severe elbow injury and haven’t been able to do any upper body workouts (or barbell squats because I can’t get my arm in the proper position), so I’ve been feeling really bummy about my workouts lately, just sticking to treadmill runs (hate this DC humidity) and leg machines. I’d use Class Pass to find some new workouts that I can do while I’m still recovering!

  67. 77

    I would love to try ClassPass! Some of my friends use it now, and they love it. I have been debating trying it out, but I still like my gym membership, so this would be a great way to try!

  68. 78
    Caroline M says

    I would love to try some BodyPump or yoga classes. ClassPass seems like such a good idea to me because, as a college student, I’m only at home for 3-4 months throughout the year. ClassPass would let me continue with some of the classes I’ve been doing while at school, without paying for an expensive gym membership that I wouldn’t get to use for long! Living in the D.C. area, there are so many classes I’d like to try and this would be a great opportunity to do so. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. 79
    Roadrunner says

    Congrats, Anne!

  70. 80

    Definitely barre and yoga to supplement my running! Gotta get that stretching in!

  71. 81

    So awesome! Though it’s a bit far for you, I 100% recommend Elevate Fitness on 14th St. It’s a tough workout and half of it is strength-focused and half is some combination of treadmill intervals (super helpful for race training!) I’ve never ben to Orange Theory, but I believe it’s similar. Worth a try!

  72. 85

    I would love to try any of the boutique spinning classes!

  73. 86

    I really want to try the Dailey Method!

  74. 87
    BRITTANY says

    I would LOVE to try it out here in San Diego … :)

  75. 88

    I would love to try out Class Pass!! I’ve been dying to try some barre classes

  76. 89

    I’m new to DC and would love to have access to Class Pass and try out the variety of classes in the area!! :)

  77. 90

    id love to try barre or spin!

  78. 91
    Courtney C says

    I would love to try kickboxing!

  79. 92

    I’d love to try various yoga classes- aerial, hot yoga, classes focusing on invertions, etc!

  80. 93

    I’m really excited to try pure barre and some more crossfit. I’ve tried it once or twice, but I’d like to get more of a regular schedule going :) Also, some bootcamps!!

  81. 94

    I would use it for yoga classes because all the studios are so expensive!

  82. 95
    Sarah Evans says

    Now that my little one is starting preschool I’ll have more flexibility to try out different classes! I would love to get back into the yoga studio now to aid in more flexibility and core strength for my running.

  83. 96

    I love switching it up with yoga studios, so this would be a great chance to check out other classes!

  84. 97
    Danielle says

    I just ran a marathon (in San Francisco!) and would love to try out some new classes as my running mileage is a little lower now!

  85. 98
    Ashley V says

    I’d want to do barre or crossfit!

  86. 99

    I want to attend more spin classes in my area and mayyybe finally try Crossfit! :)

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    Kristin P. says

    I would use class pass to try more Barre classes. I would also enjoy trying other classes that are out of the box.

  88. 101

    I would love to try class pass for different yoga studios and a barre class! I follow your blog regularly and LOVE seeing your DC adventures. As a fellow Northern VA resident, you’re inspiring!

  89. 103

    It’s be so much fun to try lots of new places/classes via class pass

  90. 104

    I’d love to try yoga and spin classes! I do yoga on my own but have never been to a formal class before.

  91. 105

    I wish classpass was in Ann Arbor, MI! But I’m originally from CA and when I go home it’d be sweet to use!

  92. 106

    I would love to try all the different classes that ClassPass has to offer!

  93. 107

    Yoga and Pilates- I definitely need to try something new and change up my routine!

  94. 108
    Ashley F says

    Would love to try new studios and classes to get out of my rut!

  95. 109

    There’s a yoga studio right down the street from me, Modo Yoga, that I keep wanting to try! I need more yoga in my cross-training life because I ALWAYS run so much smoother when I add in yoga, but I just need to find the time for it! Or make the time :)

  96. 110

    I struggle with working out, I get bored fast. Being able to switch it up and do whatever I’m in the mood for would be awesome! I’ve always wanted to take a Barre class.

  97. 111
    Morgan S says

    I have been debating trying classpass and would love to be able to get a free month! I love barre classes and corepower yoga as crosstraining from running! Plus it would let me try new classes without a huge commitment!

  98. 112

    I’d love to use ClassPass to check out some Barre and yoga classes and vary my workouts instead of only doing Crossfit!

  99. 113

    I think the idea of ClassPass is phenomenal. I would love to try it!

  100. 114

    I’ve had my eye on ClassPass! It looks awesome. I’d love to try out some Barre classes. They sound amazing, but I haven’t had the chance to try one yet.

  101. 115

    I can’t wait to begin using ClassPass when I move to NYC in a month!

  102. 116

    Boot camp

  103. 117

    I’ve been wanting to try a barre class and more spinning classes.

  104. 118

    I’d love to use ClassPass to try out some new yoga classes.

  105. 119

    I would love to try some full body, bootcamp style classes! :)

  106. 120

    I swim, run and do yoga pretty regularly so I would love to try some new to me classes like barre, spinning, and bootcamps!

  107. 121
    MichelleG says

    I just moved to SF and I would love to try out Class Pass to check out all the new studios in the city!

  108. 122

    I would love to learn my city with this motivation.

  109. 123

    Having ClassPass would be wonderful! I’m training for my first marathon but really need to add in more yoga to the mix. Plus there are so many amazing studioes in the Boston area.

  110. 124
    Kristin S. says

    I live in DC so I’d love to check out Urban Athletic Club and CorePower — I’ve heard great things about both of them! My running legs could also use some yoga. Must check ClassPass out!

  111. 125

    I would love to run the Nike SF half marathon next year. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Good luck!

  112. 126

    I would use ClassPass for yoga! I LOVE hot yoga and have recently started running and want to make sure I don’t get injured. I also would use it to find new studios!

  113. 127
    Lauren Sullivan says

    I would love to try class pass to get back in shape after having my second baby who is due any day!

  114. 128

    I would use Class Pass to get in a mix of yoga, barre, and spinning classes!

  115. 129
    Alexandra says

    I would use ClassPass to try different yoga, spinning, and crossfit style workouts. I think it would be great way to cross-train along with running.

  116. 130
    Meredith says

    I really want to try Barre! Several of my friends have raved about it. I’m a little intimidated but need a push out of the comfort zone anyway!

  117. 131

    I’d use ClassPass to try a bit of everything, from CrossFit to Yoga to Water Zumba! I’ve been taking lots of fitness classes lately, and the fees add up quickly-I think ClassPass would be a much more affordable route.

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  119. 133

    I’ve been wanting to try class pass out for a while, I’d love to check out new yoga classes

  120. 134

    i wanna try some bootcamp type classes!

  121. 135

    i am moving to SF so would love to see what’s out there – have been dying to try orange theory or barry’s but would also love to take a megaformer class again, i miss it.

  122. 136

    I would love to try a barre class.

  123. 137

    I’ve been dying to try classpass!

  124. 138

    I would love to try all the different classes/studios in DC with the class pass!

  125. 139

    I’ve been wanting to try ClassPass since it is in Nashville now! I get bored so easily with workouts, so this would be an awesome way to switch things up! :)

  126. 140

    I would love to try some new-to-me classes!

  127. 141

    I would love to take a Barre class and some bootcamp classes!

  128. 142

    There are a few new yoga studios near me I would love to try out!

  129. 143
    Stephanie says

    I just moved to DC and would love to use Class Pass to try out all the workout options in the area. Urban Athletic Club sounds like my kind of workout studio!

  130. 144

    I use Class Pass-Charlotte right now and love it! I am visiting family in DC right now and am excited to try some new studios that Charlotte doesn’t have like Barre3 and CorePower yoga!

  131. 145

    I would love to use Class Pass to try out a barre class or a new yoga class! There are some new studios that opened up in Jersey City (where I live) that I want to try out, but don’t want to commit to a full membership.

  132. 146

    Excited to try new barre, yoga, and Pilates classes!

  133. 147
    Heather F says

    The express yoga near be uses class pass, so I would try that place out!

  134. 148

    It would give me a great excuse to push myself to try new types of workouts!

  135. 149

    I belong to a gym that is very no-frills and doesn’t have any classes, so I would love to try any and all classes available!

  136. 150

    I would love to try out the many studios and classes you discuss here on the blog as a fellow DC girl! I am interested in Classpass because of the variety and relative affordability.

  137. 151

    I am recovering from a knee injury and can’t do any high-impact exercise, so I’d love to try some pilates and spin classes through Classpass!

  138. 152
    Rachel Gold says

    I would love to ClassPass!

  139. 153

    I’d love to try a spinning class at a cycling studio like SoulCycle!

  140. 155

    I love to mix it up, so I would use ClassPass to get me into other things besides running and crossfit, like barre, yoga, spin, anything really!

  141. 156

    I’d really like to get some more yoga classes in the mix, so that’s what I’d be most excited to try first

  142. 157

    I would like to try some spin classes

  143. 158

    What good timing! I just moved to Philly and have been wanting to try out ClassPass. I’d love to mix up my usual running plus barre routine, so would use it to try out some new classes!

  144. 159

    I’d love to use ClassPass to check out some of the new studios that have opened recently and try more TRX classes!

  145. 160

    I’ve been back and forth about Class Pass since I already have a YMCA membership but there are several studios that I would love to try! Mainly bootcamp and boxing!

  146. 161

    I’d love to try ClassPass! There are several neat yoga/barre/cycling studios in the Seattle/Bellevue area that would be fun to check out.

  147. 162
    Amber Schumann says

    HOW EXCITING!!!! The Bay Area is my hometown, and I finally got to experience that race for the first time last year. I made it in this year as well, and I’m just as excited. By far my favorite race ever!!!!

    The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival falls on the same weekend, and is worth a visit on that Saturday or even Sunday afternoon after the race!!!

  148. 164

    I’d love to try a few barre classes in DC with ClassPass.


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