JANUARY 2003 - VOL. 8, ISSUE N. 1 (N. 82)
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Happy new year to all the Planeteers!
Run The Planet is entering its seventh year of presence on the web and we are extremely thankful to all of you that made this possible and helped this website becoming the largest worldwide running community on the Internet.
We wish all of you a great 2003 full of running achievements and, of course, trips to races in exotic places. When our wishes will come true, if you are traveling by sea, check out the new "Running on water" webpage with suggestions on how to stay fit on a cruise ship.
If instead you will be flying, then find out a list of simple exercises for "Training on a plane". And to entertain you as you reach your destination, do not miss our latest running movie suggestion from "Rtp Movie" in collaboration with RunningMovies.com.
Speaking about exotic places, we added Chile and Belarus to the collection featured in "World Crossroads", an unusual yet intriguing webpage we are proud to feature on Run The Planet.
The year 2003 looks bright! Our services, articles, webpages are growing in number, our link directory is expanding, our running calendar is listing more and more running and walking events worldwide, the number of the featured courses descriptions is increasing day by day and very few are the nations still missing to be able to offer a complete running map of the planet. This month we are happy to welcome Angola as the latest addition to the list of nations activated on Run The Planet. (If anyone has visited any of the less-than-a-dozen nations still missing and has a suggestion to share on where to run in such exotic locations, please send them in).
Our community is also growing, and our group of "Run The Planet Satellites" grew larger with a new addition to the "family": please welcome the website RunnersWeb.com from Canada.
Other new webpages we are introducing this month are the one on "Excellent jogging companions" with a list of the dog's breeds considered excellent for running; "Running on Snowshoes" with history, tecniques and tips on snowshoeing; and a winter related webpage in our safety section - "Running into a polar bear" - for those of you running in really, really exotic places.
Run The Planet salutes the 2002 and is ready to start another exciting "race" in 2003. We will run together, as always.Run The Planet is a running website built with passion by runners for runners.
Spread the word and... keep running the planet!
Wow... 2003... I had to type that twice before in sunk in. Remember how we were all worried about the Millennium bug? Seems like a long time ago now.
The holidays are behind us and it's time to start making plans for the New Year, and the new you! This is a great time to look back and see what you accomplished last year and set goals for this year. For some, it might be walking a 5K. Others may want to run a marathon. It doesn't matter. What's important is to set a goal and work towards it.
My year starts off busy, and gets busier. In January I'll be at the "Walt Disney World marathon" with the "Team" and then out in Tucson with my old buddy John Corbett for a heart rate monitor clinic.
Come February, look for me in Austin at the "Motorola Marathon" and in Fort Worth for the "Cowtown marathon". Then... don't look for me for a while. I'll be on my way back to Antarctica. It's such an amazing place, I can't wait to see it again.
For more information on where I'll be, be sure to check www.johnbingham.com
Good luck everyone. I hope this is your best year ever.
I'll see you on the streets. Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Ikaluktutiak (Canada)
By Doug "Takkak" Stern - A nice possibility to to run in Ikaluktutiak is a 2 kilometers (one way) run is from the edge of town towards the airport, in a south west direction. You will find a DEW (distant early warning) line site on your right. A DEW line is a radar and weather station set up during the cold war to monitor a possible incoming aircraft from Russia, still active today. As you get to the airport, local runners use to go inside and greet the full-size musk ox, and then head back to the town. The course is a little uphill to the airport and obviously downhill on the way back. On the north side as you leave town, there is a pond where you can see geese and tundra swans in the late summer (July and August).
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Beijing (China), Boston (Usa/Massachusetts), Brasília (Brazil), Bristol (United Kingdom), Cincinnati (Usa/Ohio), Eagan (Usa/Minnesota), Glendale (Usa/California), Green Bay (Usa/Wisconsin), Ikaluktutiak (Canada), London (United Kingdom), Morgan (Usa/Utah), Ogden (Usa/Utah), Orlando (Usa/Florida), Peoria (Usa/Illinois), Punta Arenas (Chile), San Francisco (Usa/California), San Luis Obispo (Usa/California), Taupo (New Zealand).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Iraq, Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
Running related links added this month to Run The Planet
Springfield Road Runners Club - Information on running activities, races, forums in the Springfield area.
RunningRats Running Club - Welcome to the official website of the RunningRats, probably the greatest collection of spirited runners in the history of the sport. Our goal is to maintain friendships, support future aspirations and to continue exploring the effects of alcohol on running performance. When you join the RunningRats, you may run by yourself, but you will never run alone. Run with the Spirit of the Rats.
Austin Runners Club - The Austin Runners Club website is dedicated to running events in Austin and surrounding Texas towns. Check out all runnning and other Austin Runners Club activities such as races, club meetings, club charitable events, club running & training groups. Chat on the running forum or join the monthly newsletter.
Park Cities Morning Running Group - The website is devoted to the Park Cities Morning running group, a group of 20-40 runners that meet every Monday thru Friday morning at 6:00 am to run a different 6 mile course. The group is located in the University Park / Highland Park area of Dallas, Texas near city center. All visitors are welcome.
Maratona di Verona - The "Maratona di Verona" is held in May in the beautiful city of Romeo and Juliet. The race runs through the Roman monuments and the open country. In this website you can find information on the event, the city, turist accomodation and more.
Lexington's Race Against Hunger - The purpose of "Lexington's Race Against Hunger" is to increase awareness of world hunger, as well as raise funds to go directly to World Vision, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and Lexington Interfaith Community Services to feed the hungry both locally and worldwide. The first "Lexington's Race Against Hunger" was held January 27, 2001 and had 400 participants in the 10k run and the 5k fitness-walk. The second event was held on January 26, 2002 and participation grew to 600 participants and raised over $10,000 for the charities. In addition to the dollars raised and great participation, the community really pulled together as approximately 140 people volunteered for the event. Over half of these were law enforcement whom, headed up by Lexington Police, kept our streets safe for runners and walkers. The race continues to run through the heart of downtown Lexington, and our goal is to reach 1,000 participants and net over $15,000 for our charities. Hope to see you in January!
Colorado Outward Bound Relay - The "Colorado Outward Bound Relay" website provides all the information from how to register, rules and requirements, a look into past races to a brief history about Outward Bound and how to contact us with questions and comments.
Atletica for you - Running, athletic, marathon and half-marathon. Quoted as the best athletic site in Italy!
Mellew Productions - Home site for ten of the largest running events in Dallas, Texas.
Trail Running Tours - Trail Running Tours being introduced for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. Serving the growing markets for trail running and adventure travel, the Pacific Northwest based company, Trail Running Tours, leads running tours through the San Juan Islands and North Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The six day tours combine the enjoyment and physical exercise of trail running in a variety of spectacular environments with luxurious accommodations and ample time for relaxing, sightseeing and other activities. Trail Running Tours caters to adventurous runners of all levels, with four unique tours. Tours are scheduled June through mid-October.
College Athletic Scholarships - A recruiting and resume service for high school athletes who want to compete at college level in the United States of America. Initial help and advice is free.
Sponsor of the month
NO NEED FOR SPEED - John Bingham's new book "No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running" (paperback, 224 pages, Rodale Press, 2002, ISBN: 1579544290) explores both the why and the how of running for the rest of us. With information both practical (how to find the right running shoes for you, when to enter a race, what to eat before a run) and inspirational (focus on where you are instead of where you want to be, accepting the body you have, the beauty of being realistic about goals), John extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike. Click here to order this book at a special price.
Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
The Global Telegraph
• GERMANY / The Berlin marathon back to the Brandenburg Gate
Berlin is changing - and its marathon is developing further, as well. Since 1981, the final stretch for the marathon runners has been the avenue Kurferstendamm. From 2003 on, the Brandenburg Gate will adorn the finish for the last 300 metres... read more online
• FRANCE / Cross de l'Acier in Dunkerque
At the Dunkerque's "Cross de l'Acier" - held on December 1, 2002 - both the men's and women's distances were shortened this year from 13 to 10.5 and 7 to 5.3 kilometers... read more online
• MISSISSIPPI (USA) / A new course for the Mississippi 50 Trail
The "Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50" is held the first Saturday in March each year on the Long Leaf Horse Trail in the De Soto National Forest just south of Laurel. The race was started in 1996 by Carl Touchstone, a local dentist and popular ultrarunner... read more online
• CANADA / The ultimate winter ultrarace
The "Yukon Arctic Ultra" will be the ultimate challenge for all of you who really like the cold. Due to the extreme temperatures and conditions of the surroundings this 100 and 300 mile human-powered winter ultrarace will be the toughest of its kind... read more online
• BRAZIL / On the streets of São Paulo since 1924
The last day of the year was a celebration for the runners with the 78th edition of "São Silvestre International Road Race". This race, held on the streets of São Paulo since 1924... read more online
Run The Planet library
This motion picture has a short running scene that allows Atanarjuat to escape a certain death as he runs naked across the ice. During the credits at the end of the film continue watching and be amazed at how this footage was captured by the film crew. Filmed in Canada and presented in the Inuktitut language this film, with a run time of 2 hours 52 minutes, premiered across Canada on April 12, 2001 then in Europe on May 13, 2001. The release date was limited to Los Angeles and New York City in the United States when it opened June 7, 2002. This production is Canada's Official Selection for Foreign Language Oscar and won 6 Genie Awards. Here is the story line: Evil in the form of a mysterious, unknown shaman enters a small community of nomadic Inuit and upsets its balance and spirit of cooperation. The stranger leaves behind a lingering curse of bitterness and discord: after the camp leader Kumaglak is murdered, the new leader Sauri drives his old rival Tulimaq down through mistreatment and ridicule. Years pass. Power begins to change when the resentful Tulimaq has two sons - Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. As the camp's best hunters they provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki, the leader's ill-tempered son. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's promised wife-to-be, the beautiful Atuat, in a head punching competition, Oki vows to get even. Egged on by his intimidating father, Oki and his friends plot to murder both brothers while they sleep. Amaqjuaq is speared through their tent and killed, but Atanarjuat miraculously escapes, running naked for his life across the spring sea ice. Eluding his pursuers with supernatural help, Atanarjuat is hidden and nursed back to health by an old couple who themselves fled the evil camp years before. After an inner struggle to reclaim his spiritual path, and with the guidance of his elder advisor, Atanarjuat learns to face both natural and supernatural enemies, and heads home to rescue his family. Will he continue the bloody cycle of revenge, or restore harmony to the community?
Run The Planet Satellites
• North America - Canada: RunnersWeb.com, November 2002. Usa/California: East Bay Striders, July 2001. Usa/Illinois: Chicago Distance Classic, February 2002. Usa/Illinois: Second Wind Running Club, March 2002. Usa/Georgia: Race Pace, June 2001. Usa/Nevada: Las Vegas Marathon, July 2001. Usa/Tennessee: Chattanooga Track Club, July 2001. Usa/Texas: Cross Country Club of Dallas, June 2001. Usa/Texas: Fort Worth Runners Club, July 2001. Usa/Virginia: Williamsburg Area Running, May 2002.
• Europe - Belgium: Arthur's Marathon Page, July 2001. France: Run The Planet France, October 2002. Ireland: Crusaders Athletic Club, August 2001. Italy: Run The Planet Italia, May 2001. Italy: Correre nel deserto, May 2001. Italy: Dead Runners Society Italia, May 2001. Italy: Penguin Brigade Italia, May 2001. Italy: Podismo, May 2001. Malta: Sovereign Running Order of Malta, May 2001. San Marino: Drs San Marino, May 2001. Spain: Run The Planet España, September 2002. Switzerland: Drs Svizzera, May 2001. Vatican City: Drs Vaticano, May 2001.
Should you want your website to become part of the Run The Planet satellites, simply apply by sending us an e-mail message (email@example.com) requesting more information.
Run The Planet Statistics
0019 New running course descriptions this month 2029 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2620 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0001 New nations or territories activated this month 0213 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0000 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1136 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0011 New links on "Running links" this month 1670 Links on "Running links"
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