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• BRAZIL / The beaches and trails 80km challenge
In the month of October Brazil had the first edition of the race "Desafio de praias e trilhas" ("Beaches & trails challenge") in the beautiful Florianópolis island. The concept of this race is unique in Brazil and consists of 80 kilometers in two days over trails, forests, mountains, rocks and twenty beaches. The runners did 35 kilomters on the first day and 45 kilometers on the following day. Although it is a very hard race, no less than 74 of the 82 participants completed the 80 kilometers course. The winners were the French Pierre Lemeunier in 9:08.14 and Rosary Schauffert, from Florianópolis, in 13:02.15. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• SOUTH AFRICA / Western Province 15k Championships
On October 19th in Cape Town, the "Western Province 15k Championships" had Neo Molema first in 45.08, Zolani Bhitane second in 45.11, Makhosonke Fika third in 45.20, and Bonisile Ngculana fourth in 45.49. Bulelwa Mtshagi topped the women's list in 52.37, with Theresa du Toit second in 55.07 and Thuliswa Nonkonyana third in 55.53. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• FLORIDA (USA) / Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon moves to February
The "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon", after three years of successfully attracting marathoners to Clearwater in January, has moved to February 16, 2003 for its fourth annual running. The move was prompted by the announcement by promoters of the "Hops Marathon" in Tampa, which held its first two events in December, would consolidate with their popular "Gasparilla 15k Distance Classic" (held for twenty-five years in February), and move to one weekend, January 4-5, 2003. With the tenth annual "Disney Marathon" scheduled for January 12, 2003, the "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon" executive director Chris Lauber decided January would be too crowded to support so many distance races in central Florida in such a short period of time, so he moved the "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon" to February. "When we scheduled our inaugural marathon in January three years ago, we were mindful of both the Disney Marathon and the Gasparilla Distance Classic, both extremely popular events here in central Florida" - said Lauber. "When Gasparilla moved to January and the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at the chance to move to February, which is even a more desirable timeframe for a winter break. We anticipate a significant increase in participation". Of course, it is never as easy as just selecting a new date. Verbal permission was granted from all nine cities, multiple departments in the county government, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard. The final decision was not made until Lauber consulted with the "Boston Marathon". Not only is the "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon" a qualifier, but it will be one of the last Boston qualifiers for 2003. It will also be a qualifier for 2004, so runners can double qualify. With its flat, fast and scenic course the "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon" is an attractive option for runners unable to qualify at other marathons, as 12% of the field posted times fast enough to qualify each of the last three years. In addition, the "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon" is sandwiched between Valentine's Day on Friday and President's Day on Monday, allowing recovering runners to avoid burning a vacation day while they relax Clearwater's award-winning beach. For more information visit www.FloridaMarathon.com.
• SWITZERLAND / Tesfaye Eticha wins the Lausanne-Marathon
On October 20th Tesfaye Eticha (Ethiopia) added to titles in 2000 and 2001 with a 2002 "Lausanne-Marathon" victory. Although with Samson Loywapet (Kenia) at the half (1:05.32), Eticha drew almost 30 seconds clear during this year's 2:11.23 to 2:11.52 title effort. Peter Kipsaem (Kenia) placed third in 2:15.01, Wilson Pakanaka (Kenia) fourth in 2:18.40, and Chaham El Maati (Morocco) fifth in 2:19.01. In the women's race the incomparable former world record holder Tegla Loroupe (Kenia) had a nine-second advantage on dual citizen of France and Switzerland Chantal Dallenbach at the half (1:14.14). Loroupe ran the second half only 34 seconds slower to win in 2:29.04 to Dallenbach's 2:30.34, with Tsiga Worku (Ethiopia) third in 2:40.16, Addis Gezahgne (Ethiopia) fourth in 2:47.30 and Bernadette Meier fifth in 2:47.42. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• CYPRUS / Enjoy the spirit of the Kolossi Half Marathon
Run the "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10km" 2002 and enjoy the spirit of the occasion! The event takes place on Sunday 1st December 2002 and with two different distances it will have something for runners of all standards and ages. Preparations are coming to an end of what promises to be once again one of the greatest road races ever run in Cyprus. Both start and finish areas are located at the historic Kolossi castle. A fast time is expected as the course is classified as fast and flat. The distance has been measured according to Aims standards. On race day the entertainment activity programme will include a dancing group who will perform both Greek and Cypriot folk dance while inviting participants and spectators to join. At the moment a lot of entries have been received from overseas including runners from Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Italy. The race has also attracted a strong participation from runners of Uk running clubs who will combine racing with a short holiday on the island. The number of participants from the British Forces Cyprus is expected to exceed last year participation. Everyone who finishes the "Kolossi Half Marathon and 10km" will receive a beautiful, unique medal plus a special commemorative Half Marathon T-shirt as a memento. Half Marathon event finishers will also receive an exclusive race certificate. Trophies will be awarded to the first three runners in each of the 32 categories. Race results will be sent by mail to all participants. • Two free endurance sports electronic newsletters available
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