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• FLORIDA (USA) / Two Great Races: Zeph Joseph Strikes Twice
Zepherinus Joseph proved why he deserved being named Florida's outstanding open LDR runner by UsaTF with back to back victories in Jacksonville. Zeph bested the field of nearly 1000 runners at the October 25 "Race for the Cure" with a 15.59 5 kilometers time. He admitted slowing to pace second place finisher Chris Heijn deVries to a 16.01. Corey Walker finished third in 16.42. Former UNF All-American Jenn Ford led the women in 18.31, followed by Michelle Krueger (18.41) and Donna Deegan (20.11). More than two thousands runners and walkers participated in the companion 2 kilometers event with both races raising funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Zeph came back the next morning and ran away from the other 375+ runners with a 50.57 at the "Pumpkin Run 10 miler" in Evergreen Cemetery. Robert Villacres (55.34) and John Metzgar (55.57) rounded out the top three. Ramilia Burangulova's 55.42 clinched her women's victory and led Kim Pawelek (58.45) and Tatiana Titova (59.25). Tim Surface (16.29) and Denise Metzgar (21.36) led nearly two hundred other competitors in the companion 5 kilometers. Full results of both events can be found at www.1stplacesports.com. Source: www.splittimes.com
• EGYPT / From pyramids to pyramids
The third edition of the "Pharaonic Race" will be held on November 28 in Egypt. The event is a 100 kilometers race that will start from Faiyum (Hauwara pyramids) and finish in Giza (Sakkara pyramids). The entry fee is 50 Euro. Price includes start number, papyrus certificate, medal, service on the road, car with driver and Marathon Gala Dinner Party. For more details contact race director Gasser Riad (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the race's website at www.egyptianmarathon.net.
• BRAZIL / 10k Nike brought together more than 8,500 runners
The "10k Nike road race" attracted more than 8,500 on the streets of São Paulo and, by the organizers, it was the biggest 10km ever held in Brazil. More than 6000 runners completed the course and the champions were Maria de Fátima da Silva (37.14) and Clodoaldo Gomes da Silva (30.20). Besides the race, there was a 5 kilometers walking event. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• KENYA / Cross country meetings
On October 25 in Nairobi, the Kenyan Athletics Association sponsored the first of six cross country meetings in its AK Cross Country Series. After only a 45th at nationals this year, self-coached Kiplagat Birgen outkicked a field of nearly 200 to take the senor men's 12k in 33.34, with Simon Mutai second in 33.36, David Kilel - who finished 8th over the world's short course in Lausanne - third in 33.43. Former world junior steeple champion Raymond Yator captured the 4k in 10.20, with Sammy Kiplagat second in 10.31 and Christopher Kipyego third in 10.42. Inveterate international Jane Omoro was third in the senior women's 8k, with Elizabeth Rumokal winning in 25.12 to Monica Wangare's 25.20 and Omoro's 26.10. Nancy Wamboi, Milka Kiptoo, and Mary Wachuka finished 1-2-3 over the senior women's 4k, in 12.25, 12.28 and 12.47. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• BOLIVIA / Running across South America
Raidsnature.com organizes the third edition of the adventure race "Boliviana", the highest event of this kind. Adventure race teams will discover an authentic country of South America with its traditions and folklore. Each team has to accomplish a humanitary mission and sport (cross over the Andes Cordillera, go along the amazonian forest, Inca kayak on the Titicaca lake...). The philosophy of the "Boliviana" is team spirit, friendship, solidarity, sharing, culture, nature and of course conviviality and party! The idea is simple but new: 5-member teams will compete between 3800 and 5300 metres of altitude.
• NIGERIA / All Africa Games in Abuja
The first two days, October 11 and 12, of the All Africa Games in Abuja, showed some impressive tropical results. On day one, the women's 5000 meters had 19-year-old Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) well off her 14.40,34 personal best but still winning gold in 16.42,00. Dorcus Inzikuru (Uganda) took silver in 16.43+, while 18-year-old world 5000 meters champion Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) earned bronze in 16.43,40 in front of early leader and fourth-place Isabellah Ochichi (Kenya). The next day's men's 10,000 meters witnessed an Ethiopian sweep, with World Champs 10,000 meters bronze medalist Sileshi Sihine taking gold in 27.42,13 in front of Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam's silver in 27.43,12 and Dejene Birhanu's bronze in 27.47,19. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• MEXICO / Open to 30 non-indian runners
The "Copper Canyon to Canyon Trail Marathon+" is a 27-29 miles, point to point race that will be held on Sunday November 23, 2003. The event is for Tarahumara indians but it is also open to 30 non-indian runners. Entry fee is U.S. $ 100 or a donation of bulk food to be presented directly to the Tarahumara at the low-key awards ceremony. There will be a mandatory pre-race trail briefing on the Thursday before the race, followed by an overnight two-days trail hike in reverse from the finish in Urique to the start in Batopilas. This hike is for participants to become familiar with the trail and to see first hand what they will be dealing with on race day as the course will not be marked. The run will begin at 7 am on Sunday and will roll 7 miles along the river to the village of Cerro Colorado, before climbing almost 4,000 feet out of Batopilas canyon, then crossing 6 miles of oak and pine covered mountains before making the gnarly, steep and rocky almost 3,000 foot in two mile descent into the Urique canyon to the lovely arroyo Los Alisos and a much needed rest/fuel stop. From Los Alisos runners will roll more gradually on a beautiful single track and rollercoaster-like trail about 1,100 feet in three miles down to the Urique river where we will cross the river and run the last 5 miles on a dirt road into the town plaza and finish of the race in the old pueblo of Urique. All one day finishers win automatic entry into the exclusive "Club Mas Loco". • START A YOUTH RUNNING CLUB WITH DISTANCE DEMONS
This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a new worldwide trend. The Distance Demons are kids who love to run, a running club for youth in school grades 3-8 (ages approximately 8-14), with a fun logo and a website (distancedemons.org) which has won several awards, including the Run the Planet Award in May 2003. "We want to build a network of Distance Demons clubs across the United States of America and around the world" says Jay Harris, Distance Demons founder. "Part of our goal is to develop communication among young runners, an interactive online forum. Fitness and self-esteem is another major goal, especially since more children are becoming overweight from lack of physical activity. Join us at the starting line of this unique new endeavor!". For more information, contact the Distance Demons founder at email@example.com.
• WELCOMETRAVELLER.ORG / An hospitaly club for runners
WelcomeTraveller.org is a hospitality club with a branch exclusively for runners. For those of you who may not know what a hospitality club is, here is a brief explanation: in a hospitality club, members agree to host travellers in their homes; in return, they can take advantage of others' hospitality on their travels. Welcome Traveller members pay only U.S. $10 per person/per night in North America, and comparable amounts elsewhere. This money is given directly to the host to cover out-of-pocket expenses. When you are planning your next trip, using Welcome Traveller's services will not only save you a lot of money, it will also ensure that you meet local runners. The advantages of meeting the locals are obvious. You will be able to get the inside scoop on the best routes in the area you are staying in; your host, with his or her knowledge of the area, can tell you where the safe and interesting places to run are. Chances are, you will also have a running buddy, and maybe even somebody to introduce you to the local running club. The best part is that Welcome Traveller is free to join. There is currently an offer for a free 5-year membership, so there is absolutely no reason not to go and check this site out. In addition to the runners branch, there are other branches at Welcome Traveller which may also be of interest to you, such as the educator's branch, for teachers, and the women's branch, for women who are travelling alone. You can join as many branches as you like. The basic concept is the same: getting to know local people during your travels is a more rewarding travel experience. "We've found there is a real need for a less expensive and more satisfying way to travel" says Harold Conquest, President of WelcomeTraveller.org. "Our members can get more out of their vacations and/or business travel by staying with the locals. In the case of the running branch, runners can get insider advice on where to run. This can make running in a new place not only more enjoyable, but also safer". Conquest adds "We fully expect to launch many very genuine friendships with our web service".
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