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March madness! So much new content has been added this month on Run The Planet. Ready to hold your breath as we enumerate the endless list of new additions? Here we go.
After months and months of planning, we finally inaugurated the "Planet Library", featuring a collection of complete versions of running books previously published on paper, available free of charge in electronic format. While you try to figure out what's unusual in the webpage logo, indulge in reading one of these books, "Marathoning Start to Finish" by Patti and Warren Finke, a 28-pages comprehensive publication with chapters on training principles, marathon physiology, plans, paces, progressions, psychological preparation, race tactics, examples of training logs, pace tables, fartlek programs and much more.
As we continue to dedicate time and effort to improve our "Safety on the run" section, we are proud to announce the posting of two more articles, which will help you decide how to react when "Running into a wolf" or "Running into a coyote" (and running fast, believe us, may be not enough!).
Coyotes and wolves may run quick, but noone could beat you if you take proper care of your shoes. We then suggest you to read the article "Footwear care for trail running shoes". Whether you are wearing a full-grain leather backpacking boot or a nylon mesh trail runner, outdoor footwear lasts longer and provides greater water resistance if it is treated properly.
New content also for the specialized sections of Run The Planet. For the training aficionados we opened "Training for distance running". "Run Your Planet" features this month an interesting essay on "The biomechanics of amputee running". "Run Her Planet" offers this month "Tips for women with amenorrhea". For those runners that regard nutrition as the winning factor, we then added a simple but useful article on "Understanding food labels".
On a lighter side Steve Walker is answering a curious piece of "Rtp Mail", a letter by a runner asking for suggestion on what to do while waiting for the porta-potty (looks like pre-race lines could be really long sometimes...).
Finally our unusual "World Crossroads" collection of pedestrian, hiking and running related street signs from around the world highlights this month new additions from Australia, Morocco, New Zealand, and California (Usa).
That's all for this month. As usual have fun and keep running the planet!
When you're reading this, I'll be somewhere off the Antarctic Peninsula helping to set the course for the 2003 version of "The Last Marathon". I won't be running this one, I'll be working with the crew to mark the course and help with the race day logistics. Still, it's an amazing voyage and an extraordinary journey.
In March I'm off to London for the "Bath Half Marathon" as the UK Penguins make their final training runs leading up to the "Flora London Marathon" in April. This will be my 6th running of London, the most times I've run any course. The Brits make this race special, and it's always a treat to be over there.
Later in April I'll be down in Nashville and the "Country Music Marathon". I'll be running the half marathon, but I'm really going just to hear the headliner concert with Diamond Rio.
Then it's on to Indy and the "500 Festival Indy Mini". "Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half or Full Marathon"; co-authored by Coach Jenny Hadfield will be released that weekend. The race is sold out, but we'll be there at the Expo and the Pasta Party, so please stop by.
And my Spring wouldn't be complete without my favorite race, "The Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon". 26.2 miles of good vibrations! 40 live bands on 26 entertainment stages with everything from classic rock, modern rock, blues, alternative, zydeco, ska, and African drumming. Why would you wait?? Don't let this marathon pass you by, go to www.rnrmarathon.com to register.
So, I'll see you when I'm back from the frozen continent.
Until that time waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Melaka (Malaysia)
By Robert Leo - The historical city of Malacca (Melaka) is located in the state of Malacca (Melaka) which is the second smallest state after Perlis in Malaysia. Bukit China, the hill dominating Malacca, covers 42 hectares and is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China. Located on the northeast fringe of Malacca, the hill rises abruptly from the coastal plain, one kilometre inland from the Straits. Early morning or late afternoon, the only time to jog in the tropics, energetic Malaccans climb the stairs at the base of the hill on Jalan Puteri Hang Li Po, formerly Jalan Bukit China, which leads to the jogging trail. To reach the start of the trail, take the busy Jalan Munshi Abdullah past the Emperor Hotel to the intersection of Jalan Puteri Hang Li Po. On the right hand corner is the Chinese temple of Poh San Teng. Continue past this temple on Jalan Puteri Hang Li Po and take the first turn right, which is a driveway into a Chinese school (SJKC Pay Fong 3). The steps leading to the summit and the jogging trail are directly ahead. This well marked path winds up and down for about three kilometres, passing ancient graves dating back to the Ming Dynasty, marked Imperial Ming (1368-1644), and some huge horseshoe-shaped tombs of the Kapitan Chinas, heads of the Chinese community in colonial times. Two 15th century Malay Chieftains are buried on Bukit Tempurong Plain, and several old keramat, sacred Muslim graves are found on the northeast foot of the hill. From the top the view is magnificent, a full circle panorama of Malacca, from lime green padi fields to Pulau Besar and its neighbouring islands out to sea. St. John's Fort glows white on a nearby hill and the patchwork of red tiled roofs of the old city merges with the high rise buildings of a new Malacca. On the easterly side of the summit look for some unmarked flat stones which form part of the foundations of the Madre de Dios, a Franciscan monastery built in 1581 by the Portuguese. Before the Dutch siege, Commissary Justus Schonten, described Madre de Dios as the most healthy and beautiful spot in Malacca. Bukit China was the centre of a controversy in early 1984 when the State Government wanted to develop it, raze the hill and dump the earth into the sea for a reclamation project. The Chinese community, however, succeeded in winning the battle to keep Bukit China as their ancestral grounds. The battle renewed interest in the hill, which used to be deserted and overgrown with lalang grass. Volunteers have planted trees, built the jogging trail and have embarked on an ambitious beautification programme that now draws many Malaccans to enjoy the only large green belt in the city area.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Alessandria (Italy), Amberg (Germany), Asbury Park (Usa/New Jersey), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Bombay (India), Buffalo (Usa/New York), Cape Town (South Africa), Chesterton (Usa/Indiana), Curitiba (Brazil), Fort Lee (Usa/New Jersey), Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), Granada (Spain), Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong), Hyères (France), Indianapolis (Usa/Indiana), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lewiston (Usa/Idaho), Melaka (Malaysia), Miami (Usa/Florida), Milford (Usa/Michigan), Murfreesboro (Usa/Tennessee), Niterói (Brazil), Ottawa (Canada), Palm Springs (Usa/California), Philadelphia (Usa/Pennsylvania), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Sagres (Portugal), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), São José dos Campos (Brazil), São Paulo (Brazil), South Boston (Usa/Massachusetts), Stockholm (Sweden), Toluca de Lerdo (Mexico), Tracy (Usa/California), Waterloo (Canada).
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
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Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
Roma (Italy) Un'Americana a Roma; Cusco (Peru) Peruvian Andes Running Adventure; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Annual West End Tavern Chili Bowl Classic; New York City (Usa/New York) NYYR Snowflake 4-Miler; Asbury Park (Usa/New Jersey) Jersey Shore Relay; Denver (Usa/Colorado) Presidents Day 5k; Georgetown (Usa/Colorado) Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half-Marathon; Yakima (Usa/Washington) Gap-to-Gap Relay; Laramie (Usa/Wyoming) Wyoming Marathon Races; Langley (Usa/Washington) Whidbey Island Triathlon; Bad Ischl (Austria) Katrin Mountain Run; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky) Rodes City Run; La Carlota (Spain) Carrera popular; New York City (Usa/New York) Coogan's Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K/Kids Races; Cuyahoga Falls (Usa/Ohio) Annual Ohio Run For Rett; Lima (Usa/Ohio) Lima's Spar Spangled Spectacular 5K Run and Walk; Miami (Usa/Florida) Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon & Half-Marathon; Couvet (Switzerland) Défi international Val-de-Travers; Akron (Usa/Ohio) Road Runner Akron Marathon; Cincinnati (Usa/Ohio) Clean Air A-thon; New York City (Usa/New York) NYRR Brooklyn Half-Marathon; Cusco (Peru) Chasqui Challenge 100 Mile Adventure Run; New York City (Usa/New York) NYRR St. Patrick's Day Race and Brunch; Anzing (Germany) Forstlauf der LG Sempt; Issaquah (Usa/Washington) Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer; Sarasota (Usa/Florida) Annual 5K Classic to Benefit Special Olympics; Punta Arenas (Chile) Patagonia Running Adventure (II); Fidenza (Italy) Triathlon città di Fidenza; Sunriver (Usa/Oregon) Pacfic Crest Marathon & Half-Marathon; Cusco (Peru) Inca Trail Marathon 27.5 miles; Punta Arenas (Chile) Patagonia Running Adventure.
The Global Telegraph
• BRAZIL / Supermaratona Cidade do Rio Grande
The featured race of February in Brazil was the "Supermaratona Cidade de Rio Grande", the only 50 km race in Brazil... read more online
• CYPRUS / Countdown for the SpiderNet Pafos Marathon
The "SpiderNet Pafos Marathon" will be run in Pafos on Sunday 2nd March 2003. This year event incorporates three different distances the marathon, half marathon and the 10 km road race... read more online
• KYRGYZSTAN / Hiking in Kyrgyzstan
One of the CIS republics that got its independence in 1991 is situated just in the heart of the Central Asia. The Great Silk Road lies through its territory. The republic borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China: 94% of the country is mountains... read more online
• CZECH REPUBLIC / 48 hours indoor race
The Ceská Asociace Ultramaratoncu announces the 8th edition of the "Bvv Spring Brno 48 hour indoor" race. The appointment is for March 21, 2003 at 10 am in the Brno Exhibition Centre... read more online
• KENYA / Nairobi Provincial Cross Country Champs
On February 15th at the "Nairobi Provincial Cross Country Champs", the senior women's 8k was taken by Leah Malot in 25.45, with Jane Omoro second in 25.46... read more online
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This 58 minute documentary film preceded two other motion pictures depicting the story of Steve Prefontaine, "Prefontaine" and "Without Limits", and was originally broadcast on CBS on June 4, 1995. Here there are no actors. The script is provided by the research and rare images and footage of this great American runner as the story unfolds as recalled by those who knew him best. You will see Prefontaine run indoors, outdoors on the track, in cross country, in the 1972 Olympic games, as well as his last race at Hayward Field. There is also interview footage where Pre reviews his performance and forecasts into the future. Told in chronological order, this film begins in Coos Bay, Oregon and Marshfield High School where Pre's National 2 mile mark of 8.41,5 set in 1969, still stands. He joined the University of Oregon under the guidance of Bill Bowerman and for four years never missed a workout or race. During his collegiate years he set nine collegiate track records and never lost a race more than a mile in length. The Olympic 5000 meter race is covered from many perspectives as well as his activism and ongoing record setting performances following the games. His life was ended abruptly in an automobile accident on May 30, 1975 and many people review the events and express the impact that Steve Prefontaine had on their life and running in America. "Fire on the Track" was the winner of the 1996 New York Festival World Silver Medal. A perfect balance and tempo is maintained throughout the film with the use of narration, provided by Ken Kesey, the original soundtrack by Project One Audio, and blended still and moving images. Erick Lyttle is the director of this video and he is joined by Ken Kesey and Kenny Moore for the writing credits. Research was conducted by Bill Goetz and Tom Jordan (the author of the book "Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine"). This film is made extraordinary by the use of the story tellers that include Pre's family, coaches, team members, rivals, girlfriends, sports writers, and more. The 55 people who bring this story to life are credited at the end of this film and include: Ray Prefontaine, Elfriede Prefontaine, Neta Prefontaine, Linda Prefontaine, Bill Bowerman, Bill Dellinger, John Gillespie, Kenny Moore, Roscoe Divine, Phil Knight, Frank Shorter, Jon Anderson, Steve Savage, Arne Kvalheim, Knut Kvalheim, Pat Tyson, Nancy Alleman, Walt McClure, Phil Pershian, Jaakko Tuominen, Lasse Viren, Dave Bedford, Ian Stewart, Brendan Foster, Mac Wilkins, Jeff Johnson, Dave Wottle, Tom Jordan, Wendy Ray, Georgia Pope, Alberto Salazar, Russ Francis, Mark Feig, Steve Stageberg, Dave Taylor, Emiel Puttemans, Mary Slaney, Erich Segal, Dana Carvey, Garry Hill, Jon Hendershott, Blaine Newnham, Jos Hermans, Larry Standifer, Dick Buerkle, Tom Feuer, Jeff Galloway, Matt Davis, Jack Ralston, Steve Miller, Nelson Farris, Keith Richard, Brian Kanker, Rich Clarson, Don Dickover. If you love the sport of running, and want to understand how Prefontaine made such an impact, then this is a must see movie for you. Put it at the top of your list for movies to own as you will watch it over and over and your friends will stand in line to borrow this one. Quotes from Steve Prefontaine from this documentary: "If you are a runner your never completely satisfied unless you get a World's Record", "All I can say is I hope I can stay fit and if I run like this in Munich I'll be pretty hard to stop", "Running doesn't pay your bills so you get to make a lot of sacrifices to be in amateur sports in this country", "There's a lot of factors that make me run. Probably the biggest one is that I enjoy it, or I acquired an enjoyment for it after so many years of running; it's part of my life now. Another reason would have to be the Olympic Games and trying for a gold medal, and the third thing would have to be competition. I love to compete against people and not just track and field but almost anything".
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