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• MALAYSIA / The Saberkas International Run becomes a marathon
The "Saberkas International Run", which was popularly known, has now been upgraded from a half-marathon to a full marathon. Next year, on March 26, the "Saberkas RH Marathon" will be held in Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. Prize money totaling RM 200,000 will be awarded to winners from eight participating categories, a four-fold increase from price pool when compared with previous international runs. The Organising Committee wishes to invite international runners to this inaugural marathon, and hope that the runners, together with their families, will not only attend the run but also visit Sarawak, a unique state which has been described as "Asia's best kept secret". Runners can register online at http://www.saberkas.com.my/marathon2006.
• INDIA / Inaugural C. Charan Singh All India Marathon
Dense fog and chilling mercury could not stop 5,000 odd runners from joining in the first "C. Charan Singh All India Marathon" in Meerut on Saturday 24 December 2005. Visibility narrowed down to just 400 meters and local traffic made it quite difficult for runners to adjust the marathon pace even though these runners were cheered by hundreds of school kids with their band along the route. Amidst these challenging situations, Bining Lyngkhai of Army Sports Institute Pune captured his maiden marathon title in third fastest timing of the season 2:23:31. Bining had shifted from football to marathon only two years ago. Hoshiyar Singh Bisht, once again settled on the second place with 2:24:23. Bisht had won second place in the "Thane Varsha Marathon" in July this year. Shanti Kamal Singh finished third at 2:24:38. In the women's section, Reena Das of West Bengal won the half marathon title clocking 1:25:40, while H. Sangini Devi of U.P. finished on second place with 1:28:43. Dipika Biswas took the third spot in 1:35:02. Source: www.arrs.net
• KENYA / Athletics Kenya Cross Country Meeting Three
On November 26th in high-altitude Nyahururu, was held the "Athletics Kenya Cross Country Meeting Three". The senior women ran over three distances, with Nancy Wambui, Beth Muthoni and Ruth Waithera finishing 1-2-3, in 13:28, 13:38, and 13:50 over the 4K. World Youth 3000m titlist Veronica Nyaruai topped the women's 6K in 19:35, with Emily Chepkirui second in 19:45, Veronica Njeri third in 19:59, and Catherine Wanjiru fourth in 20:06. African junior steeple champion Mercy Wanjiru dominated the 8K in 27:21, in front of Monica Wangare's 27:42 and Sharon Cherop's 27:49. Samson Kiplagat claimed the men's 4K in 11:04, with Bernard Kiraug second in 11:09, Paul Langat third in 11:15, and Henry Kipchirchir fourth in 11:18. The big surprise came over 12K during which the former Richard Yatich and now Mubarak Shaami (Qatar) was beaten by last year's Athletics Kenya Final 4K third-placer James Kipketer, the pair timed in 35:33 and 35:37 in front of Edward Muge's 35:42. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• PUERTO RICO / Boricuas shine in Centralamerican & Caribbean Games
Puerto Rican triathletes took home ten medals and ended up in third place in team standings in the Central American and Caribbean games, held in Panama on September 10 and 11. "This time we won eight more medals that what we took home last year" said the president of the Puertorican triathlon federation, Fernando Delgado. The games were won by Panama, with eight gold medals, 12 silvers and 7 bronze. Followed by Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, which took home four gold, three silver and three bronze. The gold medalists were Fabian Roman and Ana Jimenez in the 12 and 13 year old category; Libia Pereles in the 35 to 39 year category, and Natividad Torres in the 40 to 44 year old category. The silver medals were won by Marielis Robles, Yolanda Colon, and David Velez. Bronze were won by Marica Rosario, Edgardo Velez, and Miguel Rivera. Juan Carlos Padró participated in the Elite category. He finished in the 29th position. Puerto Rico's junior team is being coached by the Argentinean Claudio Adams. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• BOLIVIA / Suarez wins the Corrida de Oriente
On November 27th in Santa Cruze de la Sierra, the "Corrida de Oriente" (13.9K) was taken by Juan Suarez (Argentina) in 43:04, with José Ferreira (Brazil) a close second in the same time, and Simon Sawe (Kenya) third in 44:03. Roxana Preussler (Argentina) ran away from the women's field to an easy 42:40 victory. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• NEW ORLEANS IS OPEN FOR RUNNING!
Usa/Louisiana - New Orleans is open for running! Please come visit. The riverfront, French Quarter, St Charles line, City Park and Audubon Park are all cleared and beautiful for running. This is the best city to jog in and around. There are at least a dozen out and back courses from downtown and French Quarter hotels. For more details or questions feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some route examples (courtesy of Run The Planet):
Audubon Park - This uptown park has a 1.8-mile asphalt track around the lagoons and golf course. If you feel like running a 5K, add the zoo and Mississippi River loop to complete your run. There are 17 exercise stations around the path and to extend your run or jog, leave the track and cross Magazine Street and loop the zoo on Riverview Drive.
St. Charles Avenue - For a historic run, jog down St. Charles Avenue from Lee Circle. The path is a grassy strip between the two sets of streetcar tracks. There-and-back choices include a 4.4 miles (turn back at Napoleon Avenue), 5.8 (Jefferson Avenue) and 6.9 (Audubon Park, where you can add the long park loop to complete a 10-mile run).
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