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• CALIFORNIA (USA) / New scenic triathlon weekend set for Eagle Lake debut
Novice and expert athletes are planning their training for one 500 entries in the inaugural Eagle Lake triathlons' three events. The trio of events are scheduled August 27-28 at the picturesque and pristine Eagle Lake, located just outside of Susanville and 95 miles northeast of Reno. The field is limited to ensure a friendly and safe environment. The weekend begins with long course and sprint distance triathlons on Saturday, followed with an Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday. Relay options are available for all triathlons. Participants will race along the flat and gentle shores of California's second-largest natural lake. The swim will occur in open, inviting water and with an easy beach start with a gentle slope and a soft, sandy bottom. Bike and run segments will be held on a newly refurbished road for the event with spectacular lake views engulfed by ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar trees. Since there is less than 100 feet of elevation change in the sprint and Olympic events and less than 300 feet of elevation change in the long course, many athletes can expect to record their fastest times of the season. "I have competed in triathlons around the world and this course is the most beautiful I have ever seen in North America and one of the most beautiful I have seen in the world", commented Eric Gould, race director of the "Eagle Lake Triathlons". Eagle Lake, with more than 100 miles of shoreline, is known as "the lake of forgotten time" because of its serene, undeveloped environment. It is the only body of water in California that remains exclusively an only native species fishery. Wildlife is abundant and fishermen around the world travel to the area, which home to one of the highest nesting populations of bald eagles in the country as well as many nesting osprey often seen in search of Eagle Lake's rainbow trout. Participants are encouraged to camp along the lakeshore just like the Native Americans who have hunted and fished at the lake for thousands of years. Redwood Trails has arranged for free, self-contained camping for triathletes at two designated areas at the lake's north end on Rocky Point a few miles from the start/finish area. Many developed Forest Service campsites are also available for a fee in the statuesque trees at the lake's south end, close to the triathlons' start and finish. For additional information, contact Eric Gould, tel. +1 (650) 364-8256.
• NETHERLANDS / Fortis Running Festival results
These are the results of the "Fortis Loopfestijn" held on a 10k certified course (700 meters and five loops) in Voorthuizen on July 20: (men) 1. Sammy Kipruto (Kenia) 28:47, 2. Vincent Krop (Kenya) 28:50, 3. Jamal Baligha (Morocco) 29:01, 4. Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi (Libya) 29:02, 5. Rachid Ziar (Algeria) 29:41; (women) 1. Carolyne Kiptoo (Kenya) 32:50, 2. Malika Asahssah (Morocco) 33:12, 3. Petra Kaminkova (Czech Republic) 33:25, 4. Nadja Wijenberg (Netherlands) 33:52, 5. Kristijna Loonen (Netherlands) 34:04. Source: www.arrs.net
• RUSSIA / Russian Outdoor Championships
Between July 10th and 13th in Tula, the Russian Outdoor Championships were held. The women's 5000m was won by Yokohama International Ekiden 6K stage record setter Liliya Shobukhova in 15:16.73, with 2003 Championships 10,000m silver medalist Alla Zhilyayeva second in 15:17.92, Alena Samokhvalova third in 15:32.72, Olga Rosseyeva fourth in 15:43.31 and Viktoria Zueva fifth in 16:00.60. Pavel Shapovalov topped the men's list in 13:34.53, with Sergey Ivanov second in 13:44.52, Pavel Naumov third in 13:44.76, Yuri Abramov fourth in 13:46.97 and Aleksei Reunkov fifth in 13:53.52. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• TURKEY / Istanbul September run
The fourth edition of the "International Ghazi Run 9km" road run will be held in Istanbul on Sunday, September 18th. Organized by the National Olympic Committee, Bakirkoy Municipality and the War Veterans Association of Turkiye, the race will see the participation of elite athletes from Turkey, Ethiopia and Kenya as it is an Aims member road run. Start and finish will be in front of the Olympic House. Those who want to participate in this run, may contact MaratonTurk editor at www.maratonturk.com.
• FINLAND / Finnish championships
Between July 15th and 17th the Finnish Champs were held in Pori. On a windy and hot first day Annemari Sandell-Hyvärinen, returning after giving birth to a child, stayed with Maija Oravamäki for 5K (17:16), then soloed to a 34:26.26 win. Oravamäki finished second in 35:22.61, and Maria Söderström third in 36:01.42. Teammates Francis Kirwa and Jussi Utriainen set a fast pace in the men's 5000m to separate from the others. In the last lap Kirwa kicked to a 14:14.28 victory, while on the comeback from hamstring surgery, Utriainen was second in 14:14.75 and Juha Hellsten third in 14:25.72. Due to injury Kirsi Valasti was unable to defend her 5000m title on the last day. Sandell-Hyvärinen, now being coached in preparation for an autumn marathon by Olympic marathoner Kirsi Mattila, doubled back to win by more than 30 seconds in 16:25.71. With Finnish hopes high for their upcoming World Champs marathon efforts, Kirwa and Tuomo Lehtinen remained together through 6500m (14:46/5K) of the men's 10,000m. Kirwa then dropped Lehtinen. However, the move proved premature, as when the Kenyan-born athlete began to fade, Lehtinen overtook him at 9000m for a 29:29.06 to 29:55.43 win. Utrianen doubled to third in 30:10.24. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• NEW YORK (USA) / Shoemaker surprises Olympians
Jarrod Shoemaker, who won the 2004 "Ford New York City Triathlon" as an age grouper, came back as an elite and defeated two Olympians on Sunday July 10 to win the 2005 "Ford New York City Triathlon" presented by Accenture. Shoemaker used his cross-country background to outrun 2004 Olympians Victor Plata of the United States and Simon Thompson of Australia and get his first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Continental Cup victory in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 46 seconds. Plata finished second in 1:49:53 and Thompson was third in 1:50:02. Shoemaker, a member of Usa Triathlon's Under-23 National Team, ran with Plata and Thompson on the second and third laps of the run before pulling away. It was another story in the women's elite race where 2000 water polo Olympian Julie Swail held off challenges from two young challengers to win in 1:58:52. Sarah Haskins was second in 1:58:59 and Canada's Kathy Tremblay was third in 1:59:33. Swail was coming back from a case of pneumonia and was pleasantly surprised with the victory. Haskins ran with Swail and Tremblay for much of the run, but couldn't go with Swail when she made her move. Michelle Lindsay, who finished fifth overall, was the top U23 finisher in the women's race. The race was part of the Usa Triathlon's 2005 Elite Cup Challenge Series - The Haul to the Great Wall and also part of the Usa Triathlon Athlete Development Series for U23 athletes. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• USA / Upcoming nutrition and exercise workshops
"I was surprised to learn new information on a topic I thought I knew so well" said a registered dietitian/personal trainer in Seattle. Here is your chance to learn from two internationally known experts at this intensive workshop on nutrition and exercise. 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. Save the dates: New York City August 19-20; Newark September 9-10; Cleveland September 23-24; Toronto November 11-12; Columbus December 2-3, 2005; Baltimore January 20-21, 2006; Philadelphia February 3-4; and Pittsburgh March 3-4, 2006. This is the last time in the next four years these experts will be offering this workshop on these States. See www.sportsnutritionworkshop.com for more details.
• NEW YORK (USA) / Event attempts to break world record for a running event
On November 6, 2005, event directors worldwide can collectively win nearly $800,000 in cash prizes. The prizes will be offered for breaking the world record for most participants in a running event (200,000). Now in its seventh year, "World Run Day" has raised money for over 200 charities in the United States alone. In addition, with major group events in Beijing, London, Calcutta, Jakarta, and Malta, "World Run Day" has proven to be a continued success in spreading running and charity throughout the world. The 2005 edition will attempt to register over 200,000 runners from around the world, and reward the top 25 event directors with prize money earnings comparable to a professional golf tournament! The top cash prize of $250,000 U.S. dollars is earned for the top event director if the world record is achieved. Runner-up will receive $167,000, and third place will receive $100,000. "World Run Day" 2005 will tests the skills of event directors around the globe in promoting running for great causes. A T-shirt contest is also being held with a $500 cash prize award. Last year, group events worldwide were very successful. London's event featured over 2,300 people running for The Rainforest Foundation of the United Kingdom, while over 1,000 people participated in Calcutta, India and over 300 in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the United States, 360 runners from 265 cities in 41 states participated and raised money for over 200 charities. Every year "World Run Day" is expanding and raising more money for worthy charities all over the world. As far as celebrity support goes, the rock star Sting - a staunch supporter of The Rainforest Foundation - has supported "World Run Day" since 2003 as an excellent vehicle for supporting charitable causes worldwide. "World Run Day" has served as an International Day of Running and an International Day of Charity since 1999. Preparations are already underway for the 7th annual "World Run Day", which will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Event directors are encouraged to register to host the event in their home town for a nominal registration fee of $25 U.S. dollars. The fee entitles them to be the exclusive event direct for "World Run Day" in their home town, earn monies for distributing event materials, and partake in the event director competition. For more information visit www.RunDay.com.
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