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February starts at full speed by breaking the monthly record of descriptions added to our Run The Planet knowledge database. This month we received, in fact, a whopping total of 52 suggestions - almost two each day - on the best courses to enjoy in every corner of the world. From Mexico to Germany, from the Cayman Islands to Brazil, Bermuda, Morocco, South Korea, the list is constantly growing and we are now aiming to featuring soon three thousands descriptions.
To help you go beyond the linguistic frontiers, check out the new English/Esperanto dictionary in the webpage "Running Dictionary". Esperanto was launched by L. L. Zamenhof in 1887 to provide every person on Earth with a second easily learned language. It has a streamlined, totally regular grammar, and takes most of its basic vocabulary from the Latinate, Germanic and Slavic languages. It can be learned thoroughly in a fraction of the time needed to master a national language. After more than a century Esperanto has developed into an autonomous language with tens of thousands of users in all continents, and has a literature bigger than that of many small nations.
On a less serious note, we invite you to pay a visit to the recently inaugurated "Rtp Cartoons", a webpage maintained by Scott Metzger; and to "Rtp Coins", a webpage dedicated to those who share their passion between running and numismatics.
Our worldwide running community section this month features a virtual chat with Daniel Schneider from Luxembourg. Find out how they run in this small European nation by reading the interview posted in the "Planeteer Spotlight" webpage. But this is not all: if you are in the process of enlarging the community by bringing to life a new future runner, we suggest you to read the great "Running while pregnant" article by Annemarie Jutel, Registered Nurse with a PhD in physical education, and competitive runner with a best time of 1:18 for the half marathon who has written a number of books on women's running.
(By the way, Indro Neri, the director of Run The Planet Italia, recently became father of two beautiful girls, Menta & Iris. They are not running yet, but they sure make their parents run day and night. Click here to send the two babies a welcoming note).
Enough for this month. Be merry, be happy and... keep running the planet!
It doesn't seem like the cold will let up here in Chicago. And now we've got about 4 inches of new snow on the ground. But, it's winter here so I shouldn't be surprise.
The cold and snow is great for me because in just a few weeks I'll be on my way to Antarctica for the "Last Marathon". It's summer down there and believe it or not it will be warmer in Antarctica than it is here in Chicago!!
Looking ahead, I'll be heading over to Paris and then London this April. In Paris I'll just be a cheerleader, but in London I'll be running the "Flora-London marathon" for the 6th time.
I'm really looking forward to the "Country Music marathon and half marathon". If you haven't heard, the headliner concert is Diamond Rio. YES!! It looks like they'll be a whopping 12-15,000 participants in 2003. It's great that folks are coming to Nashville to support MY race! I'll be running the half, so look for me out there on the course.
And don't forget, you can load up with all of your essential gear at Foot Locker and save! Spend $50 or more, include your receipt with your completed entry and receive $15 off your entry fee! Visit www.cmmarathon.com for registration and more information.
I'll also be at the "Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon" (www.500festival.com) the first weekend in May and at the "Suzuki Rock and Roll marathon" (www.rnrmarathon.com) is June. More on those events next month.
So, don't let the winter get you down. The great races are coming!!!
Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Tongduchon (South Korea)
By Jim Story - There are as many hiking trails as there are hills in Korea. The Koreans make hiking trails everywhere. I am giving a general description of places to run because there are so many. First I would like to note that running along the river in Tongduchon is clear of traffic but, they call it "doo doo creek" for a reason. The smell is not always pleasant. Being north of Seoul we are generally considered as to being in the country. I like this due to the fact that the air is generally more clear than in Seoul. As I stated earlier that pretty much all of the hills around here are used for hiking, these make great running trails if you do not mind hills. North of Tongduchon (also spelled Dongduchon) there is a national park by the name of Soyu Mountain. It is a great hiking trail with a large beautiful buddhist temple about 500 meters up the first trail. From the base of the mountain to the temple there are stairs. After the temple you go dirt path for the next five peaks. Hiking this trail takes about 4-6 hours. I have never run this trail yet but hope to someday. South, West, and East of Tongduchon there are many hills with trails I have not, and probably will not ever, get to run or hike them all. Most have a small buddhist temple established. Take water with you and have toilet paper with you also. There are port-a-potties here and there, but don’t count on paper being provided. If you ever visit, there are many hotels to stay at with a large variety of restaurants to eat at. If you like sashimi (raw fish) then they have very fresh sashimi places here in Tongduchon. We also have a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway sandwich shop, and Domino's. I am not advertising for these establishments but they are available if you wish to eat there. Then you have a never-ending supply of Korean restaurants.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Batopilas (Mexico), Birmingham (Usa/Alabama), Boulder (Usa/Colorado), Bourne (Usa/Massachusetts), Chattanooga (Usa/Tennessee), Cincinnati (Usa/Ohio), Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), Clio (Usa/Michigan), Conover (Usa/North Carolina), Corona (Usa/California), Erfurt (Germany), Fort Smith (Usa/Arkansas), Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), George Town (Cayman Islands), Guarujá (Brazil), Hamilton (Bermuda), Harbor Springs (Usa/Michigan), Las Vegas (Usa/Nevada), Little Rock (Usa/Arkansas), Livingston (Usa/Tennessee), Lorton (Usa/Virginia), Marrakech (Morocco), Miami Beach (Usa/Florida), Monticello (Usa/Utah), Morgan (Usa/Utah), New York City (Usa/New York), Newcastle (Australia), Ocean City (Usa/New Jersey), Rabat (Morocco), Saint John (Canada), São Vicente (Brazil), Somerset Village (Bermuda), Southern Pines (Usa/North Carolina), Surabaya (Indonesia), Sydney (Australia), Syracuse (Usa/New York), Thornton (Usa/New Hampshire), Tokyo (Japan), Tongduchon (South Korea), Toronto (Canada), Urique (Mexico), Wayne (Usa/New Jersey), Westfield (Usa/New Jersey), Westlake (Usa/Ohio), Yorktown (Usa/New York).
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 on water - Keeping fit on a cruise ship? If that sounds like an oxymoron, then you aren't aware of the exciting, state-of-the-art fitness centers which are part of the many amenities on today's cruise ships. Most of today's cruise ship fitness centers have been built with floor-to-ceiling windows offering wonderful vistas and a workout for the psyche as well as the body. Another plus: each cruise ship offers some form of jogging track, and for walkers, each ship also provides information regarding the number of laps around the promenade deck that equal one mile.
Atletismo en Mexico - Everything about running and races in Mexico.
Running in space - Between March 1995 and May 1998, NASA and Russian scientists conducted experiments in the Russian Space Station Mir, a science laboratory in space. Shuttle-Mir scientists sought to answer vital questions about how humans, animals and plants function in space, how our solar system originated and developed, how we can build better technology in space, and how we can build future space stations. This article is about a running test performed in space.
Distance Demons - An informative site promoting youth fitness through distance running. Provides tips on nutrition, training, and gear, info about running opportunities, helpful links, and a "Fun Stuff" page.
Creative Sports Jewelry - Fine 14K gold and sterling silver jewelry for runners, including marathon, half marathon, cross country, track & field, ultra running, 5k, 8k, 10k. Also jewelry for triathlon, cycling, swimming and other athletics.
Human Race - Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world arrive in Pamplona to join in the annual spectacle of the "Running of the Bulls". But tourists are appalled to see the terrified animals racing through streets crawling with drinking, brawling people. The bulls' hooves slip on the pavement as they race frantically, trying to escape the chaos. Sometimes, in their confusion, they bash into doors or the sides of buildings, breaking horns or legs. Human runners and spectators gouge them with sticks or pull their tails, and they, too, are sometimes injured, gored, or trampled by bulls desperate to escape. The "Human Race," scheduled for July, a few days before the first of the bull runs, will bring compassionate and fun-loving people from around the world to the streets of Pamplona. Whether you want to run fully dressed or "au naturel", the "Human Race" is a fun way to speak out for animals. The Human Race is about a mile in length and not a competitive race.
RunnerGirl.com - RunnerGirl's Mission: To improve the health, fitness, and well-being of girls and women by providing expert advice, merchandise, and online services to female athletes of all ages. Looking for Runner Girl merchandise? This is the place to get it!
My Asics trainingprograms - Free trainings programs by My Asics (site in Dutch).
Fort Worth Zoo Run Run - Visit the official website of the Fort Worth Zoo and check out the details for the Annual Fort Worth Zoo Run Run!
April Fool's Run Half Marathon - Run 13.1 miles from Gibsons to Sechelt on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. A race that has it all - scenic rural course with forest and ocean views, post-race brunch and awards, quaint towns and villages, unique awards, low entry fees, souvenir technical garment, relay division, 24-year history, accurately measured course. Perfect training for a spring marathon, too. Online registration available.
Sponsor of the month
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Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
San Diego (Usa/California) Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon; Chicago (Usa/Illinois) Chicago Lakeshore Marathon; Macon (Usa/Georgia) Cherry Blossom Marathon; Alessandria (Italy) StrAlessandria; Pamplona (Spain) The Human Race; San Jose (Usa/California) San Jose Mercury News Run/Walk; Boulder (Usa/Colorado) Canine Classic Run/Walk; Vancouver (Canada) BC Cancer Foundation Sports Challenge; Hannibal (Usa/Missouri) Hannibal Cannibal; Oslo (Norway) Nordmarka Forest Marathon; Fort Worth (Usa/Texas) Annual Fort Worth Zoo Run Run; Firenze (Italy) Firenze Marathon; San Francisco (Usa/California) San Francisco Chronicle Marathon; Harlow (United Kingdom) Harlow 10; Agoura Hills (Usa/California) The Great Race of Agoura; Shelton (Usa/Connecticut) Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race; Gibsons (Canada) April Fool's Run Half Marathon and Relay; Nelsonville (Usa/Ohio) Hocking Half Marathon & 5K; New Delhi (India) Nike Integration Marathon.
The Global Telegraph
• ANTARCTICA / Team reaches South Pole to cure diabetes
Tired but exhilarated by their accomplishment, the Novolog Ultimate Walk to Cure Diabetes team of Will Cross, Jerry Petersen, Mike Cross and Bret Goodpaster reached the South Pole on January 17, 2003... read more online
• CANADA / Pioneer 8k in British Columbia
On a cloudy and cold (5° C) January 12th in British Columbia, the undulating "Pioneer 8k" was taken by Jon Brown... read more online
• CYPRUS / New record for the Kolossi Half Marathon
A bright sunny morning assisted in producing a festive atmosphere as 300 runners (new record of participants) assembled for the "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10 km" on December 1, 2002... read more online
• COLORADO (USA) / Jewelry and ornaments for athletes
Creative Sports Jewelry was founded over ten years ago by Lois Calhoun. She was waiting at an award ceremony, saw a stick runner pendant on a fellow runner. After not having been able to find one for herself, she set out to design her first piece, the Female Runner Pendant... read more online
• MARYLAND (USA) / Run or walk to support the critically ill children
The "Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation/Home Depot Port-to-Fort 2003" is a patriotic 4-mile run/walk that begins Sunday, April 13, 2003 (9 am) at the Baltimore Museum of Industry... read more online
• URUGUAY / Nestor García wins the San Felipe and Santiago race
On December 27th in Montevideo, the "San Felipe and Santiago Race", 10.2 kilometers, was won by Nestor García... read more online
Run The Planet library
The "Badwater 135", the equivalency of five back-to-back marathons, eschews the trappings of traditional races. There are no cheering crowds. There is no monetary reward. There is little media attention or applause. Often, there is no end in sight. Instead, the runners rely on themselves for motivation, comfort and determination. The only tangible prize, awarded for completing the race in under 48 hours, is a belt buckle, a coveted symbol of achievement among ultrarunners. The body weathers extreme environmental conditions throughout the race. Runners are constantly challenged with temperatures ranging from 38 ºF to 125 ºF, 50 mph heated head winds, two 5,000-foot climbs, and a finish line located 8,400 feet up Mt. Whitney in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Most competitors will run, walk and crawl for two continuous days and nights to reach the finish line. With every passing mile, runners face increasingly greater risks of dehydration, muscle strain, vomiting, sun stroke and kidney failure. One of the most insidious ailments, though, are the hallucinations. Racers have been plagued by visions of UFO's crashing into the road, giant chasms opening up in the highway, and phantom detour signs. One third of the competitors will fail. But for the most persevering runners, a great personal victory awaits them at the finish line. After 135 miles, the runners have completed a mythic journey, overcoming the obstacles of nature, fellow competitors and, most of all, themselves. The 13 runners featured in this movie include: Chris Moon (a 37 year old former British soldier who lost his lower leg while clearing landmines in Mozambique), Kirk Johnson (a "New York Times" journalist who runs in tribute to his brother who committed suicide), Maria DeJesus (she took out a bank loan to compete and lived in a tent in Britain's Jersey Islands while she trained), Eric Clifton (he wants the course record and has been training 100 miles a week and has not missed a day of running in 5 years), Lisa Smith (with three previous finishes and a course record in the past will she complete yet another "Badwater 135" in record time?), Daniel Jensen (now age 50, he lost his lower leg to a landmine in 1971 in Vietnam), Adam Bookspan (this 33 year old race walker is a trumpet player for the Miami Philharmonic and is raising money for breast cancer), Jack Denness (now 64, he has seven prior finishes under his belt; how long can he go?), Nick Palazzo (this 52 year old trained 100 miles a week to prepare for the race), Gabriel Flores (the 1998 winner with a record time of 28 hours and 9 minutes; can he beat his own previous mark?), major Curt Maples (this United States Marine Corps officers third attempt to complete this race; will this be his year at last?), Angelika Castaneda (can this 56 year old expert scuba diver do just as well on land?), Ephraim Romesburg (at 68 this retired nuclear engineer is the oldest entrant this year). If you have ever wondered what it would be like to push yourself to the limits, this film is a must for you to see. There are many pointers you can gain, that will aid any runner who wants to run an ultramarathon, from training, support services from your crew, as well as foot care and mental strategies. The "Badwater 135" is not just a race, and this film is no ordinary motion picture.
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.
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Run The Planet Statistics
0052 New running course descriptions this month 2051 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2665 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0213 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0019 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1149 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0010 New links on "Running links" this month 1684 Links on "Running links"From where are runners visiting Run The Planet? The following 151 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Polynesia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, former U.S.S.R., Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City state, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Rtp Newsletter archive • The Global Telegraph • Run The Planet
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