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• BRAZIL / Sports Conferences
The third "Iberian-American Sports Nutrition Conference" and first "Iberian-American Sports Physiology Conference" will take place in Curitiba (Atos Room in Birigui Park) from November 1st to November 4th, 2001. This most important nutrition and physiology event in Curitiba will count with renowned professionals presence. For more information visit www.abranufi.com.br.
• NORTH POLE / First running race on the ice pack
Do you want to be among the first runners to run in an organized race on the North Pole? Well, here is the chance of a lifetime, and the price is not bad either. For less than 8,000 dollars in fact you can be among those first Guinness Book of Records' braves participating in a 5k on the top of the world ice pack. That's right, no land under your feet, just ice and water. But that's not all: you'll have a chance to run in Moscow and in Siberia, visit the Mir Space Training Center or travel on the TransSiberian train to St. Petersburg, but most of all be part of the elite group of less than 2000 people that have ever visited the North Pole. On April 2002, the U.S. company Global Expeditions will give all runners and walkers the possibility of marking with their own foot soles the North Pole ice pack. Following the tested itinerary of the previous five successful journeys, Global Expeditions will in fact organize the sixth North Pole expedition dedicated to Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, intrepid explorers who first discovered the North Pole on April 6, 1909, and also to the "extreme" travelers. The U.S. company will provide visas, transportation, and all that is needed while at the North Pole Base Camp, including helicopter flights around the North Pole region and to the exact Geographic North Pole. The approach to the pole will be through Russia and Siberia. All the details of this truly awesome run of your lifetime can be found on-line at the Internet address www.north-pole-expeditions.com/north_pole_run.htm.
• NETHERLANDS / Run a marathon for freedom on November 4
Anton Smeets, the Dutch ultrarunner who wants to make the "New York City Marathon" a symbolic statement against terrorism, has launched a campaign to declare November 4 a worldwide run for freedom. Since entries to the New York race are now closed, and many athletes have responded positively to his earlier suggestion, Smeets is now asking runners worldwide to run the marathon distance on any course of their choosing at the same time that "New York City Marathon" is being run this November 4, starting at 10:30 am local time. "November 4th 2001 will be worldwide run for freedom!" - Smeets writes - "Following the spirit of New York, other runners will be able to express there feelings as well. Go on Sunday, November 4th, to your nearest city, where a yearly marathon takes place, and run any course measuring 42.2 kilometres/26.2 miles. It is not important how you cover the distance, run, walk or wheel. It is not important where you cover the distance, New York, Athens, or your own village. It is important why you cover the distance: for freedom". Source: Ultramarathon World (http://fox.nstn.ca/~dblaikie/n16se01f.html)
• TURKEY / Have you made plans for autumn holidays in Mediterranean?
The first "Western Mediterranean Fethiye Run", organised by the Municipality of Fethiye, will be held on Sunday, October 14th, 2001 at 4 pm between Esenkoy and Republic Square in Fethiye (Southwestern sea, sand, sun and resort city in Turkey). The distance of the run for men & women is 10km. There is 5km run for disabled runners as well. Total cash prize is 3500 U.S. dollars. For more information and registration: Municipality of Fethiye, phone +90-252-6141020, fax +90-252-6144512. Source: http://maratonturk.cjb.net
• SPAIN / Tanzanian wins in Barcelona
Ramadhani (Tanzania) gets it on the "Half marathon of Barcelona". His time (1:05) was enough to beat Kenyan Chelule Wesley. This race used to be the massive "Cursa de la Mercé", which holds one of the records of runners' attendance with several years over 40,000 runners. Now it has dropped to a average 5,000 for both the 5k and the half marathon.
• NETHERLANDS / Marathon running in Amsterdam
Run The Planet's Planeteers are participating in the "Amsterdam Marathon" next October 21st. Freezing day expected, wind, a 3000-people crowd, and medium-to-fast times at the top. A new course which is thought to solve difficulties of traffic. On the other hand, spectators will have to move to the outskirts in order to see a big chunk of the event. But there are nice underground connections. The start and finish, as usual, in the Olympic Stadium.
• CZECH REPUBLIC / Gebreselassie shatters track record in Prague
The favourite, Haile Gebreselassie, won in grand style in the men's 10k "Mattoni Grand Prix" in Prague, the event that marked the end of the season of racing events organised by Prague International Marathon. The star runner, with a winning time of 28.07, broke the course record of 28.16, set by Antonio Pinto in 1999, by 9 seconds. Gebreselassie finished 24 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, the Kenyan Ronald Munyao with 28.31. Aloys Nizigama from Burundi came in third with 28.34. The winner of last year's Grand Prix, the Slovak Miroslav Vanko, finished fourth, and Algeria's Reda Benzine fifth. Beata Rakonczai from Hungary finished first in the women's 5k race with a time of 15.58. Kenya's Margaret Okayo was second with 15.59 and Milka Mikhailova of Bulgaria third with 16.12. A large crowd turned out to cheer on the runners on a beautiful, sunny autumn day. Prague's Old Town Square, the start and finish area of the race, was also alive with music and entertainment for all participants and spectators. In addition to the 10k and 5k races, the day's events included the 3k "Women's Race and Metro Media Run" and the 3k and 4k "Emil Zatopek Cup".
• BRAZIL / Great events in São Paulo city
There were two great events in São Paulo city in September: the "Golden Mile Corpore" and the "Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay". "Golden Mile Corpore" gave the unique opportunity for many road runners to race on the track. There were many mile races rounds divided by age and gender categories. Elite Category winners were Edgar Martins with 4.02,47 and Fabiana Cristine da Silva with 4.43,86. The "Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay" is the fastest growing race in Brazil. This event, with 8, 4 and 2 runners teams, had 7,000 participants in 1999, 11,000 in 2000 and 15,000 this year. The Cruzeiro 8 runners male team was the first one to cover the marathon distance in 2:04.31. Among the female teams the first one was Pão de Açúcar / Funilense in 2:29.54. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• NETHERLANDS / Mistakes at the "Dam tot Dam Loop"
Time ago we recommended a massive race for your fall season. From Amsterdam to Zaandstad, 16k and good sponsorship, the "Dam tot Dam Loop". Well, it seems (as derived from local runners' experience) that the race fails into organisational mistakes. Should this be checked and confirmed, we'll post a black dot into our Dutch calendar. Anyhow, fast winning times for the 2001 edition: 46.03 Charles Kamathi (Kenya) for men and 51.20 Susan Chepkemei (Kenya) for women.
• SAN MARINO / A truly international event
Sunday September 9th, the Italian athlete Salvatore Bettiol won the "Rimini/San Marino". The 25k race started in Rimini, on the Italian Adriatic coast, and ended "abroad", in the smallest European Republic of San Marino. Bettiol won in 1:32.04; second was the Kenyan Erick Kimayo (1:33.32). Galina Zhul'yeva from Ukraina dominated the women's race in 1:45.40, defeating the Italian athlete Gigliola Borghini (1:49.43).
• NETHERLANDS / Winter season is about to come
Winter season is about to come. And cross races get on their way on behalf of your spring marathons' scheme. So, if London, Madrid, Paris or Rotterdam are at your calendar for 2002, you can join several races to get that winter strength. Among others, a good couple of ones: "Terschelling Marathon and Half marathon", one of the Dutch northern islands (http://home.wanadoo.nl/terschelling/index.htm). I personally run last year the "Mescher Bergloop" (Mesch) mountain race in Limburg, mid December. A very handy one if you live in Belgium, Germany or The Netherlands.
• SPAIN / The "Millenium Marathon Madrid" goes on fast
The "Millenium Marathon Madrid" goes on fast. Entrants and organisers race up for the event. There have been runners already training this new course. They complain about that it is not flat. The first half is a hell of hard running, although second half has more downhill. If you go for a personal best, forget it: 700 meters of altitude don't make it easy. Weather is expected to be really nice, though.
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