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• BRAZIL / Three marathons in Brazil
November can be considered the marathon month in Brazil since it had no less than three: Santa Catarina, Curitiba and Brasília. The inaugural "Santa Catarina Marathon", held November 4th in the beautiful city of Florianópolis, was a good choice for those that gave up the trek to the "New York City Marathon". Kenyan Jospeh Cheromey was the first to complete the hilly course in 2:18.30. In the women race, the winner was Marizete Rezende with a time of 2:45.00. Two weeks later in Curitiba, other hilly course, Gustavo de Assumpção won the men's race with new course record of 2:17.59. In addition, there were new course records in the women's race when Marizete Rezende crossed the finish line at 2:42.21 and in the wheelchair division with a time of 2:07.32 by Carlos de Oliveira. One week later there was a third race in Brasília, a rebirth of sorts. This race, that didn't happen since 1998, was won by Lindembergue Nunes in 2:22.05 and Ilda dos Santos in 2:50:21. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• NEW YORK (USA) / United we run
To continue to show support for the victims and rescue workers of the September 11th attacks and the beautiful city of New York, on Sunday December 2, 2001 more than 3000 runners - dressed in red, white and blue - will come together to celebrate the energy, spirit and strength of New York City in a special New York Road Runners event. The "United We Run 4-Miler" is a New York Road Runners event with start and finish in Central Park. The New York Road Runners will make a $250,000 check presentation to the city of New York, for the September 11th Fund and the Twin Towers Fund prior to the start of the race.
• CYPRUS / Countdown for the Kolossi Half Marathon & 10km
The "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10km" road race will be run in Limassol on Sunday December 2, 2001. Among the elite runners participating in the "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10km" is the British marathoner Des Murney who finished in seventh overall in the "Manchester Marathon" 2001 with a time of 2:36. Runners from England, Germany, Holland, Austria and Switzerland are participating in this year edition. Runners from the British bases in Cyprus will be competing for their half marathon championships within the "Kolossi Half Marathon" 2001. Among the participating runners there are also Cypriots and U.N. runners. The Kolossi castle provides a unique historic location for the start and finish of both races. The dancing group of Agios Athanasios Municipality will perform for all runners and spectators alike after the completion of the running events.
• NETHERLANDS / The seven hills of the Zevenheuvelenloop
"Zevenheuvelenloop" is a pretty tough race (for Dutch standards) held every year at Nijmegen in mid November. This year's event was ideal because of the atmosphere. About 17.000 runners made it one of the Top 3 in the country. Check it for 2002 calendar, useful as post-Summer relaxation and fun. If you live in Germany, it is just 8 km from the border, so no excuse. Online inscriptions are frequently available at www.zevenheuvelenloop.nl. This 2001 edition has seen Felix Limo (Kenya) defeating Haile Gebreselassie (Ethiopia) in 41.29, world best for 15k. It was really impressive to see the final sprint and Gebreselassie slowing down last 10 metres in one of his few defeats. Behind them, an absolute party of thousands. Highly recommendable.
• SPAIN / Vilanova i la Geltrú Half marathon
The region of Catalunya continues giving bright and entertainment to the Spanish calendar. The December 16, 2001 classic "Vilanova i la Geltrú Half marathon" allows you, if travelling or on holiday in Spain, to enter a big crowd (1250 runners for 2000) and not far from Barcelona. Last year, local winners run in 1:07 in a pretty close finish. Try it or you'll be jogging the capital city on a Sunday morning!
• CZECH REPUBLIC / A new website for the Prague Marathon
Prague International Marathon is pleased to announce the launch of its new web site, www.pim.cz. The new site retains the best of the old and introduces new features: news and press releases, information about racing events, with results and online registration, latest innovation, the Photogallery. A section of the website is also dedicated to the city of Prague and the Czech Republic, with links and information for visitors regarding accommodation, travel and tourist tips and attractions, entertainment and cuisine. A virtual tour will soon offer more evidence of the magical beauty of the city. A third section of the website offers information and contacts with the worldwide sport of running. Extensive links are provided, including those to running publications and organisations and other major marathons, as well as to international and national racing calendars.
• VERMONT (USA) / No more Covered Bridges Half Marathon
It is with deep regret that we announce the termination of the "Covered Bridges Half Marathon" (http://www.cbhm.com). Race organizers were unable to obtain approval from the property owner to use the parking areas used in the past, and there is insufficient parking at alternative locations to accommodate an event of this size. The Quechee Lakes Landowners Association (http://www.quecheeclub.com), owner of the Quechee Polo Field, has refused to allow further use of the land for parking. "They informed us in 2000 that 2001 would be the last year we could park there and we were to find alternative facilities after that. Despite our willingness to repair any and all damage, they felt that the damage caused by the vehicles is unacceptable". When the race applied to the Hartford Board of Selectmen (http://www.hartford-vt.org) to use the Quechee Green, where race parking was in 1995, the Selectmen rejected the request stating, in part, there would be a "deleterious impact on the turf". Race officials considered several parking alternatives in order to hold the race on the same course with the same number of runners. Each alternative proved unsatisfactory, requiring that we either reduce the number of runners by 50% and/or bus participants and spectators from the race Finish to the parking area. Race officials considered changing the course to find another parking area that could accommodate the number of runners that are attracted to the race. Again, no route was able to match the beauty, relative ease or number of runners of the existing course. Rather than dramatically reduce the size of the event, and/or bus participants and spectators between the finish and the parking, and/or change the route so that the event itself would not be the same, it was decided to cancel the race. "We wish to thank all the runners, volunteers, sponsors, municipalities and supporters who have contributed to the success of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon since 1992" the organizers say.
• SPAIN / Gran fondo Siete Aguas
The toughest and nicest in Valencia, "Gran fondo Siete Aguas", to be scheduled for next year. Report from a true classic around August. I bet you are not very far away on your holiday next year. Ok, spend a day out in Siete Aguas. 15.1k of a tough course, a mass of runners and crowds and crowds cheering at the roads. The field is impressive: (2001, top 3) Hicham Chat (Morocco), Julio Rey (Spain) and Eduardo Henriques (Portugal) are sub 1:02 half marathon runners and some of the top 10 were 2:08 runners. Well organised and warm welcome to test your summer training. Their website give telephone and fax to contact for next year's fixtures (www.carreraspopulares.com/sieteaguas).
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