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• SOUTH DAKOTA (USA) / A monumental challenge from Mt. Rushmore to Crazy Horse
Recently taken over by new management, the all new "Mt. Rushmore Marathon" and "Crazy Horse Half Marathon" is making some monumental changes to this year's event. Surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills and two of America's most popular monuments, the course can be enjoyed by both participants and spectators. The event has undergone several changes including a new course, new expo, post event party, benefiting charity, and prize money for top performers. The 27th running of the "Mt. Rushmore Marathon" will be the first time that either Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse is incorporated into the course layout. The fact it will now include both of these spectacular attractions is truly monumental. The committee is very excited about this year's event. The fact that it starts at Mt. Rushmore and finishes at Crazy Horse is perfect because the effort to sculpt these two spectacular monuments can only be a source of inspiration for the runners who have been training diligently to complete their goals. The committee feels that with the support of the state and the Black Hills region, this has the potential to be one of the premier destination marathons and half marathons in the country. The committee is hoping to grow the race to 5000 participants over the next ten years. Viewing points have been established for friends, family, and fans along the course (Mt. Rushmore, Palmer Gluch, Hill City, Rafter J, and Crazy Horse Memorial). For event details, course maps, schedules, and registration information go to www.MtRushmoreMarathon.com.
• NETHERLANDS / World best Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) ran the fastest 10 miles ever in 44:24 on Sunday September 4th in Tilburg. These are his splits: 13:46, 27:35 and 41:22. The old record was 44:45 by Paul Koech (Kenia) in Zaandam on September 21st 1997 (point to point course) and 44:51 by Martin Irungu (Kenia) in Kosa on December 12th 2004 (loop course). The race temperature: warm, 26 degrees, nearly no wind, sunny. In addition to the men's 10 miles event there was also a women 10 kilometres race. These are the results: (men) 1. Haile Gebrselassie 44:24 (world best), 2. Luke Kibet 46:53, 3. Sammy Rongo 47:08, 4. Emanuel Mutai 47:37, 5. Jamal Baligha 47:43; (women) 1. Edith Masai 31:37, 2. Bizunesh Bekele 32:19, 3. Aniko Kalovics 32:34, 4. Rose Cheruiyot 32:50, 5. Mounia Aboulahcen 34:25. Source: www.arrs.net
• SOUTH KOREA / Two sisters from Ethiopia
On a cool (20-18 °C) and breezy September 24th in Korea's World Cup Stadium in Daegu, a Meeting's women's 5000m featured double world champion (5000/10,000m) Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) and double silver medalist sister Ejegayehu (Ethiopia) permitting Lee Eun-Jung to stay with them for 11-1/2 laps. The Ethiopian duo sprinted the last 400, with Tirunesh winning in 16:30.57, Ejegayehu second in 16:32.42 and Lee third in 16:37.97. An accompanying men's 5000m had Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam (Ethiopia) easily winning in 13:42.74 to Mark Bett's (Kenya) 13:53.79. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• COLORADO (USA) / Janus Charity Challenge tops $10 million
The Janus Charity Challenge program crossed a milestone at the 2005 "Ford Ironman Wisconsin". The program, which began in 2001, hit the $10 million mark at the Madison event. The Janus Charity Challenge accomplished this remarkable feat with the help of 732 individuals who have competed for non-profit organizations at Ironman events in the past five years, with 52 athletes competing at the 2005 "Ford Ironman Wisconsin" held on September 11. These 52 athletes raised $830,000 and put the Janus Charity Challenge over $10 million. As presenting sponsor of Ironman North America events in the United States, Janus, the Denver-based investment management firm, created the Janus Charity Challenge to encourage athletes to use Ironman events as a way to raise money for their favorite non-profit organizations. The top fundraiser at the 2005 "Ford Ironman Wisconsin" was Sue Canevello (Green Oaks, Illinois) who raised $280,345.51 for the Equestrian Connection, a therapeutic riding center for disabled kids. Canevello's non-profit will receive an additional $10,000 contribution from Janus, and she will also receive a complimentary entry in the Ironman North America race of her choice in the next 12 months. All athletes who compete in Ironman North America full-distance U.S. events in 2005 and 2006 are eligible to participate in the program. For the top five individual fundraisers at each race, Janus will make a donation to their designated charity in the following amounts: first place $10,000; second place $8,000; third place $6,000; fourth place $4,000; and fifth place $2,000. In addition, the top fundraiser at each race will have the entry fee waived for the Ironman North America race of his or her choice within the following 12 months. Janus will also contribute $750 to the beneficiaries of the next highest 25 fundraisers (athletes must raise a minimum of $750 to qualify). The amount of fundraisers receiving awards will increase in 2006. "The Janus Charity Challenge has been hugely successful in raising critical funds for nonprofit organizations throughout the country" said Casey Cortese, director of community relations at Janus. "We are now placing more emphasis than ever on helping athletes understand the simplicity of the program to inspire greater participation". To make a donation or sign up for the Janus Charity Challenge, or for more information, log onto www.januscharitychallenge.com. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• CALIFORNIA (USA) / Seeking employees who love to run
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• ILLINOIS (USA) / Quad City Marathon times went out the window
On a very humid and warm September 25th in Moline, "Quad City Marathon" times went out the window due to temperatures climbing into the 70s and humidity hovering at 90% following pre-race rains. At 18 miles Paul Rugut (Kenya) left behind compatriots Hillary Lelei, Gideon Mutisya, Joel Limo and Sammy Nyamongo, then continued on to an uncomfortable 2:20:27 victory. Lelei finished second, Alexey Rodionov third, Nyamongo fourth, Mutisya fifth and Jonathan Ndambuki sixth. Last year's women's runner-up Valentyna Poltavska (Ukraina) ran six minutes slower than the 2:39:34 she recorded in 2004 to win. Meanwhile, in celebrating her 29th birthday, Mary Akor suffered a hamstring problem before crossing second seven minutes after Poltavska. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• WALKERS / RUNNERS RESEARCH RESULTS POSTED
Does distance matter? The results were astounding: over 1800 individuals participated in a walker/runners research. The results are available on the Web: go to www.carson-consultants.com and select "Survey"; this will take you to the online version of the results.
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