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Here we are, fellow Planeteers, with another issue of our newsletter.
This month we are introducing a new graphic version of our electronic magazine, as you can see, all in html format. That's because it makes it easy to read and faster when looking for articles and information. And also because, well... after playing around with "The Global Telegraph" we could not resist the captivating graphics and continue to send you the plain old e-mail newsletter, rich in content, but with no "look".
This is not the only news we have for you this month, though.
Let's jump right on our statistics, to take them all out of the way, mentioning that we were *so* close to score one million hits this month! Instead the counter for February stopped at 969,607, still making us very proud for the loyalty and the attachment you demonstrated to Run The Planet, your website and community. And the numbers keep rolling!
But enough with the self-celebrations. Another new Run The Planet webpage makes the news, and it is "Running with the bulls". Yes, it sounds a little akward, but it is nontheless a running related webpage. We are always looking forward to bringing you the best that the running world has to offer worldwide. I bet everyone has heard, sooner or later, about the San Fermin Fiesta in Spain, were they set some bulls free on the Pamplona city streets. Well... what else to say? It is a nice way to improve your speed. Read everything from tips for runners, to specific information on the course in this brand new webpage.
But if you think that running in front of a bull is your worst nightmare, wait and pay a visit to "A run in Hell", one of this month's new additions to Tell The Planet. It reports the story about a fellow German runner that saved the life of one of the participants of the gruesome "Marathon des Sables" in the Moroccan desert. Now that's overcoming the language barriers and celebrating the real Run The Planet community spirit! Give him a hand.
Speaking about community, our group of Run The Planet Satellites grew larger, and this month feature two new additions to the "family". Welcome the websites Adelaide Running from Australia and the official homepage of the oldest race in Chicago, the "Chicago Distance Classic" from Illinois.
That's all for March. We'll keep this one short.
Have fun running, and as usual keep running the planet.
Run The Planet Statistics
0015 New running course descriptions this month 1846 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2348 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0210 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0012 New links on "Running links" this month 1557 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.
Websites that received the Run The Planet Award this year
January Australian Ultra Runners' Association February Real Federación Española de Atletismo March Sport Careers April [under construction]Visit the Run The Planet Award webpage found on the www.runtheplanet.com main menu to see the recipients of the Run The Planet Award in the past years, and to find the links to these ones. Vote for your favorite running related website and it could be next month’s winner.
Alphabetical index of new and updated cities
New and updated cities this month
Adelaide (Australia), Atlanta (Usa/Georgia), Beaumont (Usa/Texas), Cercedilla (Spain), Durango (Usa/Colorado), Funchal (Portugal), Huaráz (Peru), Los Angeles (Usa/California), Lugo (Spain), Madrid (Spain), Marshfield (Usa/Wisconsin), Paracas (Peru), Taquara (Brazil).
New nations and territories this month
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Eritrea, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua and Barbuda; (Asia) Iraq, Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
Description of the month - Paracas (Peru)
By Indro Neri - A few kilometers from the town of Paracas there is the Reserva Nacional, a natural peninsula on the Pacific Ocean, that since September 1975 protects the local flora and fauna. There is a nominal fee to enter this national Peruvian park. The environment is mainly desertic and, if you like to run in the open spaces like me, there is one relatively short asphalted road (approximately 8 kilometers) that goes from the entrance to the northeast point of Puerto San Martin, at the end of which a non interesting fish plant is located. It is a nice simple course with really breathtaking views. The Reserva Nacional offers though also the possibility of running off-road. There is a dirt "road" that runs along the south coast of the peninsula. By following this path in the desert, emotions and feelings will rise to new levels (it is sooo beautiful!), and after approximately 5k you will reach the tiny village of Lagunillas. There is nothing there but sand, a couple of small places to eat fresh fish, fishermen, the occasional seal, and numerous pelicans. The panorama and the color of the water alone is worth a visit. If you feel like running 5 more kilometers, along the same path, you will reach Punta Arquillo where the splendid rock formation called "La Catedral" can be seen from lookout point at the top of the cliff. Ultramarathoners, or those like me dreaming to participate to the "Marathon des Sables" in Morocco, can keep running along the coast of the peninsula to Punta Lechuza, Punta Lagarto, Playa Culebras (right in front of the Isla San Gallán), Playa Los Viejos, Playa Talpo, Punta Ripiol and eventually find Puerto San Martin and the asphalted road. A compass is strongly advised if you want to cross the peninsula desert from left to right. In your journey you might be able to spot sealions, flamingoes, and the regal condor of the Andes. In any case make sure to bring plenty of water, because the course is completely out in the wild (and, again, it is in the desert!).
Run The Planet Satellites
Usa/California - East Bay Striders, July 2001
<NEW!> Usa/Illinois - Chicago Distance Classic, February 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
Brazil - Run The Planet Brasil, May 2001
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
Switzerland - Drs Svizzera, May 2001
Vatican City - Drs Vaticano, May 2001
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Running related links added to Run The Planet this month
Please visit the "Running links" webpage found on the www.runtheplanet.com main menu for a link to thousands of running related webpages: the largest collection of the best the running world has to offer!
Running courses in the Golden Triangle - This site is devoted to the running courses that exist or existed around Beaumont, Texas. It give descriptions of the courses with maps.
Sports Careers - Running and sports jobs, internships and careers database updated daily. The most advanced online sports resume service available to both sports career seekers and employers for free.
American Discovery Trail marathon - The website provides information and entry forms for the American Discovery Trail Marathon.
Invicta East Kent Athletic Club - Track & field, road running, cross country, sports hall athletics, fell running.
Jaguar Running - Currently showing basic information for the Whidbey Island Wings of Gold Marathon and Half Marathon. Work in progress for major look change which should be completed soon.
Marathon- und Ultramarathonläufe in der Schweiz - This webpage gives an overview of all marathons and ultramarathons organized in Switzerland. Information about distances, meters uphill/downhill, starting times and links to the organizers are provided.
Laufzeit Berechnung - Interactive calculation of your running times for distances from 1k up to marathon.
Runners Choice - A selection of Canada's best runs! From 5k's to full marathons, we offer safe, accurate courses for runners of all skill and competitive levels. Our feature event is the best marathon course in Canada, the "Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon" (see the website for more details).
Corredores de Argentina - Running calendar, links in Spanish, training plans.
Corsàro - Corsàro is a complete racing and training software written in Italian and designed for runners. This program runs under all Windows platforms (Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP and NT 4.0) and has the versatility to document your running, racing, training, biking, swimming, weight lifting, body weight, race and event schedule, equipment/shoe usage and much more. List, track, sort, filter, customize, chart, graph, and print all of your racing and training information. Multi-user independence, perfect for teams.
Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team - The Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team was founded in 1981 as a road racing club. Today it has evolved into a primarily road racing team with a number of athletes who also compete in triathlons and duathlons. The majority of club members are women and the prime focus of the Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team continues to be the provision of coaching, facilities and the group environment for the development of women runners and triathletes. The club also has a number of very competitive male sub-masters and masters runners.
Chicago Distance Classic - The Chicago Distance Classic is the oldest road race in the city of Chicago. Starting on the beautiful campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the race winds through the historic South Side of Chicago. Find out why this is the race to do this summer!
Sponsor of the month
RUNNING AT HIGH SPEED - Write down this address: http://highspeedrun.com. This is the High Speed Run website homepage. Are you willing to make an apartment swap with other runners and participate to international marathons? Are you tired of overpriced hotels? Are you looking forward to making new friends in the running community? If the answer is "Yes" go check out this website. Recently revamped, this international running reference point is designed for distance runners worldwide who "want to have more fun than anyone else". High Speed Run provides information on the possibilities of swapping apartments during the most important races, but also offers running news, links, a members' forum, race descriptions and more.
Running events added to our worldwide calendar this month
Please visit the "World race calendar" webpage found on the Run The Planet main menu for information on thousands of running events worldwide.
Allihies (Ireland) Raid Celtique (Celtic Stage Race), Békéscsaba (Hungary) Vitalade Supermarathon, Boise (Usa/Idaho) City of Trees Marathon, Cairo (Egypt) Egyptian International Marathon, Cairo (Egypt) Marathon del Nilo, Chicago (Usa/Illinois) Chicago Distance Classic, Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Annual St. Malachi's Run, Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Annual St. Rose of Lima Run for the Roses, Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Cleveland Marathon & 10k, Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Shaker Square Checkpoint Challenge, Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Westhaven Run for Shelter, Cleveland Heights (Usa/Ohio) Templum Race to end Domestic Violence, Colorado Springs (Usa/Colorado) The Colorado Running Company's American Discovery Trail Marathon, Columbus (Usa/Ohio) Annual Columbus Race for the Cure, Durango (Usa/Colorado) Durango Marathon, Everett (Usa/Washington) Run the World Series: Everett to Paris, Ferrara (Italy) 50km Track, Glasgow (United Kingdom) Britannic Asset Management Women's 10k, Herne Bay (United Kingdom) Les Golding Memorial 10k, La Paz (Mexico) La Paz International 21k, Lakewood (Usa/Ohio) Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Run, Lisbon (Portugal) TransEurope Race, Luxor (Egypt) Egyptian Marathon, Malaga (Spain) Half marathon Ciudad de Málaga, Marion (Usa/Indiana) Marion's Great Adventure Race, Marshfield (Usa/Wisconsin) Dairyfest Cheese Chase, Middleburg Heights (Usa/Ohio) Annual Southwest General Center Old Oak Run, Munich (Germany) Muenchner Stadtlauf, Orlando (Usa/Florida) Walt Disney World Marathon & Half Marathon, Panama City (Panama) Ultramaraton de Panama, Paro (Bhutan) Kingdom of Bhutan International Marathon, Port Coquitlam (Canada) Port Coquitlam Mayors May Day 10k and Toonie Run, San Jose (Costa Rica) Maraton international, Santa Cruz (Usa/California) Wharf to Wharf, Sarzana (Italy) Trofeo Avis Sarzana, Toronto (Canada) DuPont Spring Run-Off, Toronto (Canada) Grand Prix Finals, Toronto (Canada) PowerBar Rock'n Roll 5k at the Docks, Toronto (Canada) Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Toronto (Canada) Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, Toronto (Canada) Sporting Life 10k Downhill, Trecate (Italy) Notturna Città di Trecate.
The Global Telegraph
Visit the monthly edition of "The Global Telegraph" magazine, your on line monthly source of running & walking news from all over the world, to read the complete stories.
• BRAZIL / Supermaratona Cidade de Rio Grande
One of the few ultramarathons in Brazil, the "Supermaratona Cidade de Rio Grande" - a 50k (31 miles) race - had its 9th edition on February 17... read more online
• WISCONSIN (USA) / Marathon training program
When it comes to running marathons, having a structured training routine is critical. The "Cellcom Green Bay Marathon" and Prevea Sports Medicine have coordinated Saturday training runs beginning... read more online
• CYPRUS / Running and wine tasting in Tsada
The 7,5 kilometers "Tsada Village Run" is a unique opportunity for overseas runners to get a taste of the village life in Cyprus. The event will be organised on Tuesday March 5, 2002 in Tsada, a village situated 9 kilometers from Pafos... read more online
• ILLINOIS (USA) / Participants from over four hundred cities
The "Lakeshore Marathon" which will be held in Chicago on April 22, 2002 opened up its archive of registrants. Confirmed entries for the inaugural edition shows, as of today, 45% female and 55% male, from 418 cities across 35 states and 8 countries... read more online
• SOUTH POLE / Making running history on the ice
On January 22, a team of the world's most intrepid runners embarked on a run of epic proportions, the first ever marathon race to the Geographic South Pole. A group of six runners representing three countries arrived at Adventure Network International's Patriot Hills Base Camp on January 7, expecting to run within approximately four days... read more online
Run The Planet library
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The strides of future
By Edith & Christian Grollé
Paperback, 52 pages
Auto Edition (2001), ISBN: 2951722036
The universe, nature, oceans, animals, human beings and matter itself work on alternating rythms of contraction and espansion, ebb and flow, expiration and inspiration. Why not be inspired by there natural alternating movements to run forward and backward? This is the unusual subject of this publication, available in English, Italian and French. If you include backward running in your everyday training, you will add the beneficial physiological, psychological and sociological effects of backward running. The authors are the witnesses of "a great sport and therapeutic revolution which offers new and tremendous perspectives to future generations". Retromovements contribute to recovering, develop health and energy, and allow to live in a better harmony with nature. Could the alternation of forward and backward running be the key to our future evolution?
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