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• JAMAICA / First "Reggae marathon" in Jamaica
Do you love reggae? Do you love running? Do you love both? Lucky you! The "Reggae Marathon" (26.2 miles) is having its inaugural race on December 8, 2001, featuring a course along one of the finest beaches in the world through sleepy villages in Negril, meandering through Jamaica's extreme North/West coast. This is a nice opportunity for runners looking for a vacation with a bit of racing... or a race where the vacation starts at the finish line. Along the course, organizers are promising music from famous Jamaican reggae artists, local bands and sound systems.
• TURKEY / From Bosphorous to New York City
Osman Atakan Tekin, Aims public relations manager for Turkey who ran marathon in 19 countries on 6 continents, will be running in the "New York City Marathon" with his visually impaired runner, Ersoy Kalkan (23). Osman Atakan Tekin has ran 5 times in the "New York City Marathon" so far. He and his friend will also run in the "Friendship Run" on Saturday, November 3rd, starting in front of the United Nations building and finishing in the Central Park. During the run they will carry a banner, with a message for the victims of World Trade Center, displaying Turkish and American flags. Mr. Turgut Atay, Turkish Airlines Usa and Canada Director, sponsor them with free flight tickets for his meaningful behaviour. On the other side Osman Atakan Tekin will take sea water from Bosphorous, a strait between Europe and Asia in Istanbul, to sprinkle on the graves (wreckage) of the World Trade Center victims. According to Islam tradition water must be sprinkled on the graves when visited. Source: http://maratonturk.cjb.net
• INDIA / The Everest marathon
The "Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon" was called "the world's most beautiful marathon" by the editor of the Uk edition of "Runner's World". The race will be held on November 6 from Sandakphu (11,815 feet) along a ridge line footpath with spectacular mountain views. At about 18 miles, the course turns down through lush jungle and remote villages to reach Rimbik (6600 feet). There is an organized eight-days trip for participants, setting a comfortable pace and allowing acclimatization days to relax at Mirik Lake Resort, visit monasteries, tea estates, Himalayan mountaineering museum, Darjeeling markets, and enjoy spectacular views of Everest and Kanchenjunga at Sandakphu National Park.
• BRAZIL / Thousands of runners at "Volta da Usp"
The traditional "Volta da Usp" had, on its 38th edition on October 21, three thousands runners taking part at the 10k race in the university. This year the course has changed, making it harder with more hills, but the structure remained as good as always with plenty of Gatorade distribution. The winners were Gilson Rodrigues de Miranda (31.00) and Maria Lúcia Alves Vieira (35.53). Source: http://www.copacabanarunners.net
• ITALY / Peace Marathon in Naples
Sunday October 21 the eight edition of the "Maratona per la Pace" (Peace marathon) was held in Italy, from Napoli (Naples) to Pompei. The winner was the Kenyan athlete Joseph Cheromei in 2:17.47, who defeated the Moroccan athlete Abdelkebir Marchane (2:25.44) and athlete from Uganda Yohana Umbe (2:26.40). Giustina Menna won the female race in 2:39.44, new course record and her personal best. Eva Kepa from Poland arrived second in 2:47.31.
• BRAZIL / "Volta da Pampulha" over the limit
On October 28, another huge race was held in Brazil: "Volta da Pampulha" in the city of Belo Horizonte. The 17,850 meters course around the famous Pampulha Lagoon achieved, in its third edition, once again the limit number of 4,000 runners. Brazilian Maria Zeferina Baldaia won the women's race in 1:02.11 and Kenyan David Cheruyiot won by the second time the men's race in 53.07. Source: http://www.copacabanarunners.net
• ITALY / New course record in Palermo
The Kenyan athlete Philip Rugut won the "Mediterranean Half Marathon" in the Sicilian city of Palermo, held on October 28 on the traditional 21,097 kilometers distance. He defeated Nizigama from Burundi and Kipkering from Kenya, and also estabilished a new course record. Francesco Ingargiola was the first of the Italians. This are the results: (men) 1. Philip Rugut 1:01.28, 2. Aloys Nizigama 1:02.57, 3. Philimon Kipkering 1:03.48, 4. Francesco Ingargiola 1:04.09, 5. Patrick Ndayisenga 1:04.16, 6. Sergio Chiesa 1:04.24, 7. Reda Benzine 1:04.38, 8. ..., 9. Rachid Berradi 1:05.55, 10. Rosario Daidone 1:06.50; (women) 1. Carol Galea 1:18.31.
• SWITZERLAND / Running a marathon in Ticino
The "Maratona Ticino", featuring a full and a half marathon distance in sunny Ticino, has been a classical appointment in the national and international calendar of sport disciplines for a decade. Recognized and appreciated in the runner environment for the excellent organization and for the beautiful routes that come loose through the low country of the Piano di Magadino (between the towns of Bellinzona and Locarno), close to the shores of Lake Maggiore, from Locarno to Cugnasco, for several years the "Maratona Ticino" assigns the titles of local marathon and half marathon champion. The marathon will be held this year on November 11. More details at http://www.ticino.com/visnova/maratona/index.htm.
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