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• BRAZIL / Blumenau Marathon
The 19th edition of the "Blumenau Marathon" received more than one thousand runners from all over Brazil and other countries. This year the course was changed in order to be all in the city of Blumenau. But, with this change, Blumenau lost its main characteristic that was the flat fast course. The winner was Edemilson Rodrigues dos Santos, by the second consecutive year, in 2:16.00. He finished almost one kilometer ahead of second place Edemilson Rodrigues dos Santos that did the time of 2:19.16. The female race was won by Ilda Alves dos Santos in 2:40.56. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• POLAND / July Half Marathon in Okonek
On July 20 in Okonek, the "July Half Marathon" was held. These are the results: (men) 1° Kapinski Slawomir 1:05.29, 2° Pelo Artur 1:07.00, 3° Plemenik Roman (Ukraine) 1:07.52, 4° Gichun Juriy (Ukraine) 1:09.30, 5° Murawski Zbigniew 1:09.58, 6° Borowiak Arkadiusz 1:10.12; (women) 1° Meloch Arleta 1:19.28, 2° Lisicka Magdalena 1:28.48, 3° Krawczyk Barbara 1:34.49.
• USA / Intensive workshop on nutrition for exercise
If you are looking for an intensive workshop on nutrition for exercise, here is your chance to learn from two internationally known experts. Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS, RD and exercise physiologist William Evans PhD will be offering a 1.5 day program that is designed to help coaches, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, sports nutritionists, sports medicine professionals as well as athletes themselves find answers to their questions about eating for health, enhanced performance and longevity; balancing carbs, protein and sports supplements; managing weight and eating disorders. These are the dates and locations: San Francisco (August 22-23, 2003), Seattle (September 12-13), Los Angeles (September 19-20), San Diego (October 10-11), Las Vegas (January 16-17, 2004), Salt Lake City (February 6-7), Phoenix (February 27-18). This is the last time in the next four years these experts will be offering this workshop on the west coast of the United States of America. Dedicated athletes as well as professionals looking for continueing education credits are welcome to attend. See www.sportsnutritionworkshop.com for more details.
• VIRGINIA (USA) / Odyssey's big bad adventure race
It is hard to imagine a more perfect prescription for eager athletes itching for a good adventure race. On July 11-13 "New Balance Mega Dose" offered a challenging and creative course, a swanky venue, generous sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers and killer weather. Pre-race activities were held at the impressive Natural Bridge Inn, and the race started at midnight under the historic Natural Bridge - a national landmark and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Modern World. The Bridge was owned by Thomas Jefferson and originally surveyed by George Washington, whose carved initials could be seen as racers walked through. With this magnificent monument as a starting archway, 35 teams lined up while listening to atmospheric music piped in - as if coming from the monolith itself. It was a surreal start to a spectacular race. The "Dose" was the first Odyssey race and the 35th Odyssey-produced adventure race. The "New Balance Mega Dose" marked the return of what was previously known as Odyssey's "big, bad" adventure race. "It is a kinder, gentler Mega Dose", assured course designer Doc Wortley. He had shortened the old Mega Dose course from 4-days and 250 miles to 2-days and 150 miles. Regardless, when 2-man team Cowboy Up were congratulated on their first place finish, Joe Moerschbaecher declared, "It was so hard I was just happy to survive it!". Teammate Ronny Angell just smiled as he reflected on their 27-hour, 11-minute ordeal. For more details visit www.OARevents.com.
• TURKEY / Sap and Tekin Sport and Peace ambassadors
An article about Yavuz Sap and O. Atakan Tekin - Sport and Peace ambassadors who run marathon in six continents - has been published in the May-August 2003 issue of the Association of International Marathon and Road Races' "Distance Running" magazine. "One thousand miles on six continents - on crutches" titled the news published on the international magazine. Yavuz Sap, who previously suffered from polio and now walks on crutches, and his coach Osman Atakan Tekin of Turkiye, have completed 91 races in 19 countries and on six continents since 1986. In doing so they have covered 1604 kilometers and attracted enermous interest. They send a message to both able-bodied and disabled people all over the world. They define their goal as "showing that a physical handicap is not the end of everything". Sap and Tekin take their role as international ambassadors for sport and peace very seriously. Despite apparent difficulties they spread self-confidence wherever they go, offering smiling faces and goodwill in marathons around the world. Source: http://maratonturk.cjb.net
• GERMANY / Night of Borgholzhausen 5 Miles
On June 14th in Germany, the "Night of Borgholzhausen 5 Miles" was taken by Joseph Kipkemboi (Kenya) in 22.45, with Joel Kemboi (Kenya) second in 22.48 and Douglas Momanyi (Kenya) third in 22.56. Suffering from a foot injury, favorite Rodgers Rop placed 12th. Beata Rakonczai (Hungary) outsprinted "Boston Marathon" runner-up Lyubov Denisova for the 26.30 women's win. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• USA / New episode of Marathons+
The July 2003 one-hour episode of the sports series "Marathons+" was released for distribution by Salmini Films and TWI. The "Marathons+" program is the official broadcast series of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races. This episode of "Marathons+" is packed with highlights and news items from the top marathons and road races around the world. For more information, visit sportfilm.com, or contact Antoinette Sconamilio or Rick Penque at +1 (201) 944-5572.
• ITALY / Record breaking at the Sky Marathon
Fantastic crowds and a great success for the event "Footpath 4 Luglio Skyrace, Trofeo Davide", trial for the World Skyrunning Championship FSA 2003. Mario Poletti, the athlete from Clusone from the Valli Bergamasche Club, after four second places in a row, won in a great way in 4:08.24 (new record) beating Bruno Brunod by 7.02, and the local athlete Adriano Salvadori by 11.00 who outclassed himself, honouring in the best way the tenth anniversary memory of Davide, the friend killed at 22 years old in a tragic road accident. For the chronicle, the first to arrive at Cima Sèllero (altitude 2744 meters), the highest point of the course, was Jean Pellissier, who, however, later tired due to a long competition season in skialpinism, arrived 18th. Dennis Brunod, who was winner of the 2002 edition, retired. Good performances for the spaniard Quico Soler (4:25.32, 5th place), the american Dave Mackey from Colorado (4:29.31, 7th), and the nepalese Sherpa Dachhiri (4:29.40, 8th). In the women's marathon there was no opposition to the Frenchwoman Corinne Favre who absolutely dominated, 26.53 ahead of the second placed Cristina Paluselli, and the third placed Spaniard Teresa Forn, by 39.41. After only two trials out of seven on the world circuit, Favre is ahead with 200 points, leaving at 50 points three Spaniards: Marta Sanchez, Anna Serra and Teresa Forn. Records were broken in another three races: the men's half marathon, with Michele Semperboni under two hours, ahead of Marco Agostini and the Slovakian Milan Madaj; the women's half marathon with Gisella Bendotti and Emanuela Brizio, who arrived at the finish joined hand in hand, third the English Ruth Pickvance; in the under 18, Marco Menegardi won 3.22 ahead of Francesco Marini and 9.17 ahead of Matteo Gianola. Happy with the excellent outcome of the event, the president of the organizing committee, Giacomo Salvadori, thanked with emotion athletes, sponsors, volunteers and the three thousand spectators. The world circuit is followed by a Japanese television network which is filming a programme of the various stages which finishes in Malaysia in October.
• COLOMBIA / The Andes Race sport adventure
It is about an original sport adventure, unique in the world, that crosses the history and the places of the pre-Columbians civilizations, almost 200 kilometers in daily stages between 10 to 25 kilometers. An unforgettable travel, through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. With our participation we'll live a trace of union between the visited places. Each participant will vote for one of the ethnics we visited. In the winning ethnic a work during the year will be made and inaugurated for the next "Transandina" race. To begin this adventure you will enjoy a wonderful surprise: you will participate in the "Semi-International Marathon of Bogotá", one of the best organized races in Latin America. A yearly race with more than 33,000 participants, with beautiful landscapes through the Colombian capital, where you can test your physical condition with world known athletes. So it means that you will have two races in one adventure. For more information contact Cristina Arango (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THE FORMATION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ROAD RACING STATISTICIANS
The sport of road running has too often been treated as a second-class activity, in comparison with Track & Field athletics. It has lacked a voice that will stand up for the best interests of the sport, helping to ensure its rational and systematic development. For this reason a number of individuals from across the globe, with extensive backgrounds in road racing, have formed an international Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) with the goals of establishing valid criteria for road record-keeping; maintaining a list of world road records based on these valid criteria; promoting communication and the exchange of information with regards to road racing. The aim of the road record-keeping criteria is to encourage and recognize marks made in women-only races which will in turn, enhance the status of women's road racing. It will also recognize a maximum separation of 30% between the start and finish to ensure that records represent valid achievements. Such an association offers a tremendous opportunity for the development and promotion of the sport and will be of great benefit to Road Racing.
The founder members are road running statisticians, journalists and experts from around the world. Most of these individuals are active, very experienced runners with numerous marathons, and in many cases ultramarathons to their names. They are:
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