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We remember with fondness the first version of Run The Planet back in 1996. Notwithstanding its simplicity, it still managed to be chosen as one of the Lycos Top 5% Web destination (at the time a very prestigious award) for its great content.
Eleven years and a couple of cosmetic changes later, we call you to witness a dramatic enhancement of our great running resource. Lot of road has been covered in this past decade, both physically and on the Web, and we plan to continue to offer you a one-stop place for all (y)our running needs for many years to come.
We completely revamped our services, articles, and webpages to offer you a website that is not only easier to navigate, but also gives you all the things you need to help your running improve, and honors the work and time you've put into our beautiful sport.
We're dedicated to working with runners like you to offer you a website that provides real resources, so if you have suggestions for what you'd like to see on RunThePlanet.com share your ideas with our team!
Let us close this month newsletter by saying that 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.
The Evolution of Human Running - Humans evolved from ape-like ancestors because they needed to run long distances - perhaps to hunt animals or scavenge carcasses on Africa's vast savannah - and the ability to run shaped our anatomy, making us look like we do today. That is the conclusion of a study by University of Utah biologist Dennis Bramble and Harvard University anthropologist Daniel Lieberman. Bramble and Lieberman argue that our genus, Homo, evolved from more ape-like human ancestors, Australopithecus, two million or more years ago because natural selection favored the survival of australopithecines that could run and, over time, favored the perpetuation of human anatomical features that made long-distance running possible.
Beginners Running Tips - Perhaps you've never run before, or perhaps it has simply been so long that you feel like you are a beginner all over again. Don't let your fears or anxieties about running stop you, the only person you have to live up to is yourself. To help you out we have assembled a collection of tips & articles intended just for beginner runners, covering topic ranging from getting motivated to run, to running gear, to tips on running technique.
Running in the Internet Age - The Internet, contrary to ubernerds' hopeful forecasts, hasn't spelled the demise of books, newspapers, television, greeting cards or anchovies. But this powerful medium for exchanging information has impacted all aspects of contemporary life, even those beyond the reach of conventional mass media-like running. As we're always reminding each other, running is a simple pursuit, unburdened by superfluous gadgets, cumbersome equipment, or charisma. In theory. The truth is that runners have used their PC's to transform a hobby into a maelstrom of statistics, graphs, and analyses that bear scant relationship to the basic act of locomotion.