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• VIRGINIA (USA) / Maymont Cross Country Festival in September
The Richmond Sports Backers and the University of Richmond Cross Country office would like to invite runners to attend the 2003 "Maymont Cross Country Festival" to be held September 26-27, 2003 in Richmond, Virginia (United States of America). This will be a quality event attracting thousands of athletes and will include high school, college, and open races. For additional information you can also visit the Richmond Sports Backers website (www.sportsbackers.org). The meeting will be held in Maymont and Byrd Parks. Maymont Park is one of the premier city parks in the Richmond metropolitan area.
• JAPAN / East Japan Women's Ekiden
On November 3rd between Saitama and Ageo, Japan, the six-stage "East Japan Women's Ekiden" was dominated by Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijyo in a very fast 2:13.52. Mitsui, which was followed by Dai-ichi Life in 2:15.45, Shiseido in 2:16.29, Asahi Bank in 2:16.50, and Sekisui Chemical in 2:18.29, accomplished the feat by its ladies powering to five of six fastest stages. Among them was World Champs marathon 4th-placer Yoko Shibui, who cranked a 31.25 fastest 10k third stage. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• THAILAND / Avon Running 10k global Championship in Bangkok
On November 10, 2002 Tegla Loroupe of Kenya and Detmold, Germany won the 4th "Avon Running Global Championship" in a time of 33:55 and took home a first prize check of $5,000. It was the fastest women's 10k time ever run in Thailand. Amy Yoder-Begley of Kendallville, Indiana (Usa) was second in 34:06 and America Mateos Guzman of Mexico was third in 34:16. A world class field and 2000 other women of all abilities ran and walked the Aims and Iaaf certified 10-kilometer course and 5-kilometer fun run through the downtown Bangkok streets, past the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and finishing at the famous Equestrian Statue of King Rama V. Temperature at the dawn start was a humid 75 degrees Farenheit but rose rapidly, slowing the times. The total prize purse for the event was 700,000 Thai Baht, or $17,760. The first Avon Representative athlete was Rosirene Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, in 38:44 and the first Thai athlete was Sunisa Sailomyen who set a new Thailand National Record of 37:05 (the old record was 39:25). Sponsored by Avon Cosmetics (Thailand) Co. Ltd, and held under royal patronage and in conjunction with the Amateur Athletics Association of Thailand, the event benefited the National Cancer Institute of Thailand. The "Avon Running Global Championship" features the winners from 13 Avon races in 11 countries who have won their way to the event. No other elite athletes are paid to race in Bangkok, although any woman is welcome to sign up and start. Despite that, running superstar Tegla Loroupe from Kenya financed her own travels to Thailand, delighting race organizers. Loroupe is the 1999 Avon Running Global Champion, two-time winner of the "New York City Marathon" and former world record holder in the marathon. The Avon countries sending winning athletes to the "Avon Running Global Championship" in Bangkok include United States of America, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Thailand. Previous Avon Running Global Championships were held in 1999 in New York City (Tegla Loroupe, winner); in 2000 in Milan, Italy (Sonia O'Sullivan, winner); and in 2001 in Budapest, Hungary (Catherine Ndereba, winner). In addition to this event in Thailand, Avon now supports breast cancer programs in nearly 50 countries that fund access to care and finding a cure, with a total of some $235 million raised as of July 2002. Results: 1° Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) 33.55; 2° Amy Yoder Begley (Usa) 34.06; 3° America Metos Gusman (Mexico) 34.16; 4° Beata Rakonzai (Hungary) 34.49; 5° Fabian Cristine da Silva (Brazil) 35.26; 6° Marily dos Santos (Brazil) 35.41; 7° Elsa Monterosso (Guatemala) 36.20; 8° Silvia Sommaggio (Italy) 36.22; 9° Sunisa Sailomven (Thailand) 37.05.
• SOUTH AFRICA / Three races in five days
On November 20th in Pinelands, South Africa, Thembelani Zola was to win the first of three races in five days with an "Old Mutual 10Km" title achieved in 29.15. Neo Molema placed second in 29.45, Zolani Ntongana third in 29.57, Zolile Bhintane fourth in 30.02 and Bonisile Ngculana fifth in 30.20. Bulelwa Mtshagi took the women's crown in 33.52, with Theresa du Toit runner-up in 34.50 and junior Zintle Xiniwe third in 35.36. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• CANADA / Free video-cd for all finisher
The Vancouver International Marathon Society and Marathon Video are pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year a race day video-cd will once again be provided free to all finishers in the upcoming 2003 "Adidas Vancouver International Marathon". Containing 20 minutes of race day highlights, including runners' interviews, course scenics, the marathon's start, and a "finishcam" providing every competitor with video of their own race finish, this interactive cd will be mailed to the entire 4000 plus finishing field one month after event. To our knowledge the "Adidas Vancouver Marathon" is the only marathon in the world currently providing such a spectacular post race souvenir free to its participants. Over the past two years the cd has been a huge success with the marathon runners who have received it. In 2001 the cd was recognized for its excellence by the Canadian design community when it was awarded "Best video-cd of the Year" by Toronto based Graphics Exchange Magazine (www.gxo.com). Marathon Video will also be providing a number of other products for the May 4th, 2003 Vancouver event including a half marathon cd (with footage and a finishcam specific to that 13 mile run), race day videos with finishcams for both the marathon and half marathon races, and the world's first (we believe) race day marathon DVD. All these items are available for purchase by runners when signing up for the "Adidas Vancouver Marathon" or by ordering online from www.MarathonVideo.com. Marathon Video also currently offers a 35 minute pre-race virtual tour & training video, narrated by Canadian Olympian Carey Nelson, which is specifically designed for the Vancouver course. This training and tour video is also available for online purchase.
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