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This month we feature running news from: Greece, Iraq, Japan, New York (Usa), Spain.
• JAPAN / Hokuriku Ekiden for women
On November 9th in Fukui, the "Hokuriku Ekiden" for women featured six stages of 6, 3, 4, 4.5 and 8 kilometers totaling 30 kilometers. Team Wacoal won in 1:36.13, followed by Kyudenko in 1:38.05, Asahi Kasei in 1:38.45, Oki Electric in 1:39.09. Suzuki in 1:39:30 and Noritz in 1:40:02. Highlights included Mari Ozaki's second-fastest (18:40) 6k opening stage, and Kayoko Fukushi anchoring Wacoal with a 24:44 fastest last 8k stage just one second quicker than Kenyan Lucy Wangui's. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• IRAQ / Iraqi runner to compete in California
Iraqi runner Ali Hamdan Hashim Al-Bahadly will compete in this year's "California International Marathon" in Sacramento, on December 7, 2003. Al-Bahadly will be the first Iraqi runner to compete internationally on behalf of his country's new government since Iraq's liberation. A 17-year-old runner and student from Umara Misan, Al-Bahadly was selected by the Iraqi Interim Olympic Committee from among 1000 Iraqi long distance runners to compete in the marathon, as well as to become a member of Iraq's 2004 Summer Olympic Team. "I applaud the California International Marathon for this bold initiative" - stated Craig Masback, Chief Executive Officer of Usa Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking - "Inviting Ali Hamdan is emblematic of the worldwide impact for good that running and prestige races like the California International Marathon can have". Source: www.splittimes.com
• NEW YORK (USA) / Race Results Weekly
On Monday November 7 1994 the first issue of "Race Results Weekly" was transmitted via fax from Editor David Monti's bedroom in Manhattan to five subscribers. It covered just three events and was only one page. Ten years later, "Race Results Weekly" (raceresultsweekly.com) reaches nearly 300 subscribers worldwide via e-mail and usually covers 50 or more events each week. It is the most comprehensive source for middle and long distance running results in the world. Three of the five subscribers since 1994 still receive "Race Results Weekly": the New York Road Runners, Katherine Williams and Joe McDaniel. Most recently, Bob Ramsak joined "Race Results Weekly" as Assistant Editor, lessening the weekly burden for the editor. He has done a tremendous job, and provided the readers with exclusive coverage from many of the top meetings in Europe this summer. Congratulations "Race Results Weekly" and many more!
• SPAIN / Basque runner wins the Carrera Behobia-San Sebastian
On a sunny (18 °C) Spanish day between Behobia on the French border and the San Sebastian city center 150,000 lined the course to watch 11,200 in the "Carrera Behobia-San Sebastian". For the first three kilometers of the 20k race, Alberto Juzdado and Oscar Martin stayed together. But from Gaintxurizketa Pass around 7k, Juzdado ran alone to a 1:02.13 fourth title (also 1995, 1996 and 1998). Martin finished second in 1:02.47, Fernando Rey third in 1:03.45 and Abdeslam Serrokh (Morocco) ...eigth in 1:06:23. Basque runner Aratxe Aranburu took the women's title in 1:13.42. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• GREECE / Run to the famous ancient stadium of Olympia
The year 2004 is a special year for Greece, as the Olympic Games return to their land of birth. On May 28th 2004, the second edition of a footrace called "Olympian Race" will be organized. The route of the "Olympian Race" links two of the most famous stadiums of ancient times, Nemea and Olympia in the southern part of Greece. The Nemea-Olympia race runs a distance of 186 kilometers along country roads and dirt tracks, with total positive elevation difference (ascent) of 3,340 meters, and limit time of 28 hours. Twenty towns and villages across the route will be the assistance points for the runners. The finish line of the race is situated at the famous stadium of Olympia, where the Olympic Games were conducted in ancient Greece. Winner of the first edition in 2002 and record holder was local athlete George Psailas in 19:36.24. More details about this ultramarathon can be found online on Adventure Zone, the Greek site for adventure (www.a-z.gr).
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