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• THE NETHERLANDS / Mergelland marathon
More running news from the tulip country. On September 9th is the toughest marathon in the Netherlands. Mergelland marathon in Meersen (very close to Maastricht) offers to everyone a hilly course to get the best out of your legs. I can tell you I have run other mountain races in Limburg and they are no joke. More at http://run.to/mergel. In case you are seriously bored at the end of August and the north of Friesland is not far away (whether you are German, Dutch or have long holidays) a jewel for maniacs: 33, 42 or 60 km at Ter Apel. By the way, they receive you at www.rog.myweb.nl. It is a pity they have no English version available, but every dutchman speaks reasonable English, and German or French.
• TURKEY / Amos Tanui wants to run in Eurasia
Twenty-four years old Amon Kipruto Tanui of Kenya, who won the 5000m in a time of 13.55,51 (meeting record) in the EAA Permit 56th International "Cezmi Or" Memorial Track & Field Competition held in Istanbul on June 16th, wants to run in the 23rd Istanbul Eurasia Marathon to be held on Sunday, October 28th, 2001 in Istanbul. Amon Kipruto Tanui again wants to come to Istanbul from Denmark to run on the Bosphorous Bridge with 30.000 Turkish and international runners. Intercontinental Eurasia Marathon starts in the Asian side of Istanbul, cross the Bosphorous Bridge (1,5 km long hanging bridge) and finish in front of the Dolmabahce Palace in the European side of Istanbul. The unique marathon on the world runs between two continents. Source: MaratonTurk - http://maratonturk.cjb.net
• GREECE / Boston Marathon organizers work with Greeks
Three officials from the Boston Marathon's organizing committee are visiting Greece at the invitation of the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association. In partnership with their Greek hosts, they are examining ways to improve the administration of the annual Athens Marathon, which attracts more and more runners every year from around the world. "In 1897 a group of Boston runners, who had participated in the first modern Olympic Games the year before, decided to establish the first marathon based in the United States. Since then the race has taken place every year except during the World Wars, and the victors are crowned with wreaths made from laurel picked in Olympia. I'm delighted that the current organizers of the Boston Marathon can start to return the favor, by sharing the organizational expertise they have gleaned from planning a huge annual sporting event" said U.S. Ambassador to Greece R. Nicholas Burns. The Ambassador spoke at a dinner held in visitors' honor. The American delegation's visit follows up a visit Athens Marathon officials paid to Boston last spring, when race organizers gave them a behind-the-scenes look at the planning that goes into the event.
• ITALY / The oldest Italian race
Kenyan athlete Benson Barus won July 26 the 76° edition of the "Giro di Castelbuono", the oldest Italian road race held in Castelbuono, in the Sicilian province of Palermo. He also won the 2000 edition. The race was on a loop (10 loops for men and 5 loops for the women). In the female race, at the very last minute, the Kenyan Tegla Loroupe did not show up. The victory went then to the Romanian, now with a French passport, Daniela Rodica Nagel. Results: (men km 11,026) Benson Barus 33.01, Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba 33.04, Hendrick Ramaala 33.38; (women km 5,513) Daniela Rodica Nagel 18.11, Margaret Okayo 18.26, Silvia Sommaggio 18.31.
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