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Let us welcome this month a new addition to our Rtp Satellites family. Established in 1906, the glorious Celtic Harriers running club from South Africa joined the growing list of loyal websites from around the world that are teamed up with Run The Planet in a determined effort to build the most complete database of free running course suggestions for everyone to use.
The aspirations of Run The Planet are indeed beyond just mapping the whole running planet. We want to offer a one-stop shop for all runners, providing the widest range of information.
On the nutrition side, we added this month to our "Dr. Planet" library a very interesting article, titled "Eat right for your blood type". Have you ever noticed, in fact, that some people can eat a variety of foods with no problems, while others suffer from gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn? The reason for this is that people with different blood types cannot eat or digest the same foods equally. There has been extensive scientific research over the past 30 years that shows evidence that your individual blood type determines what type of biochemistry our digestive systems are made of, and this article shows the results of these studies.
On the technology side, we are proud to present you "A futuristic footwear", the Prana shoe, that bonds its bioelectric delivery system to a phytovascular sock. In plain English, light and heat energy are collected by the sock and then distributed to key pressure points around the foot's vital meridian points, restoring a balance of mind, body and spirit. In plain plain plain English, if you keep your shoes under the sun, your feet will be hot.
But Run The Planet is also a great resource for adventurous runners, and our travel section this month features the article "Traveling to a distant marathon" offering few simple tips to better face the temporary separation: it is never easy, in fact, when your partner is far away for significant lengths of time, and with races organized nowadays in every country, the possibility of spending time apart from your loved one dramatically increases.
In the same section, you can also find some "Anti-terrorism safety tips" that may help you avoid becoming a target of random and unpredictable attacks when traveling.
On the community side, David Weingard inspires us with his "Tell the Planet" contribution, titled "Every time I triathlon, I win" telling us how he kept running after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Finally, our unusual "World Crossroads" collection of pedestrian, hiking and running related street signs from around the world highlights this month new photos from the United States of America and Japan.
Once again we are happy to have Road Runner Sports sponsor this issue. Did you know that they have six top brands of running shoes in their Clearance Store? You are bound to find a deal too good to pass up. Make sure to click on their ad above.
Have fun and keep running the planet!
Spring has sprung. I ran along the lakefront in Chicago in SHORTS yesterday for the first time this season.
I made it back from the Paris and London marathons. As beautiful as Paris is, I still prefer the London marathon. Nothing can beat the crowd support in London. I managed to finish in a little over 6 hours and the crowds were still there cheering all along the course.
We may try to put together a group to go to London 2004 through Marathon Tours. If you're interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon" in Nashville was fantastic. The event has grown every year and now has over 13,000 participants. It's a challenging course, and certainly one to consider for next year.
The new book, "Marathoning for Mortals" hits the shelves this month. Co-authored by Coach Jenny Hadfield, M4M not only tells you why you should become a long-distance athlete, but how to do it. There are eight different training programs, four for each distance.
The "Penguin Brigade Training Log", second edition is also available, also co-authored by Coach Jenny Hadfield. It's all new, with lots of new information, a fuel log, new inspirational quotes, and more.
You can find them both in your local bookstore or order an autographed copy at www.JohnBingham.com
Next month... "Suzuki Rock and Roll marathon"!
See you on the road. Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Geneva (Switzerland)
By Carmen Dominguez: A nice long run that allows you to see a number of sites in Geneva begins at Pont Mont Blanc, run alongside the lake until you reach the WTO Building, cross over to the Botanical Gardens and out through its back entrance to the Chemin Imperatrice, up a nasty little hill, left on Pregny, go by the American Embassy, the Red Cross and reach the United Nations at Palais des Nations, then onto Avenue de France and you are back at the WTO and on the lake. Take advantage of all the parks in this area and run on the paths. Stop at the Pregny and look down upon the lake. On a clear day you can see Mont Blanc. Enjoy Geneva!
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Auckland (New Zealand), Brisbane (Australia), Charlotte (Usa/North Carolina), Davos (Switzerland), Duluth (Usa/Minnesota), Essen (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong), Kingston (Norfolk Island), Kyoto (Japan), Llanelli (United Kingdom), Londrina (Brazil), Miami (Usa/Florida), Pergusa (Italy), Port Angeles (Usa/Washington), Recife (Brazil), São Paulo (Brazil), Sequim (Usa/Washington), Wellington (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 events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
Calgary (Canada) Powderface42 trail marathon and half marathon; Chicago (Usa/Illinois) Chicago Quarter Marathon; Chicago (Usa/Illinois) Chicago Half Marathon; Piovene Rocchette (Italy) Maratona Alpina; Vientiane (Laos) Vientiane marathon; Reading (Usa/Pennsylvania) Gring's Mill Run; Friday Harbor (Usa/Washington) San Juan Island Marathon and Half Marathon; Chattanooga (Usa/Tennessee) Lula Lake Brow Beater Trail Run; Austin (Usa/Texas) Daisy 5K Mother's Day Run; Bethesda (Usa/Maryland) Annual Spring Valley Sumner 5K; San Diego (Usa/California) America's Finest City Half Marathon; Whitehorse (Canada) Yukon Arctic Ultra.
The Global Telegraph
• FINLAND / Finnish Half Marathon Champs
During the April 26th Finnish Half Marathon Champs in Pyhäselkä, Francis Kirwa — now eligible to compete — Jussi Utriainen and Jari Matinlauri began quickly... read more online
• AUSTRALIA / Three world-famous landmarks in one event
Entrants in the 2003 "Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run" will have a famous icon in their sights with the Sydney Opera House announced as the new finishing point. New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation Sandra Nori said... read more online
• MOROCCO / A race for women in Casablanca
The Moroccan Association of Sport and Development will organize, under the Patronage of her Highness the Princess Lalla Meryem, the 5th annual Women's Running Race "Run for Fun"... read more online
• BRAZIL / Corpore Running Festival attracted more than 8000 runners
Corpore Running Club presented the runners with races of distances for all tastes: 6 kilometers, half-marathon and marathon. This running festival was a success bringing together more than 8000 runners on the streets of São Paulo... read more online
• ARGENTINA / Maratón Internacional Bariloche
On May 4, 2003 the "Maratón Internacional Barloche" will be held in Patagonia. The start will be given at 10 am from the Punto Panorámico. Rich prizes are available... read more online
• CANADA / Joseph Nderitu wins the Montreal Half Marathon
On April 13th on the Ile Notre-Dame in Montreal, the "Adidas Montreal Half Marathon" was won by Joseph Nderitu (Kenia) in 64.00, with Mustapha Bennacer less than 2/100ths of a second behind... read more online
• BRAZIL / Inaugural edition of the Maratona das Águas
The inaugural edition of the "Maratona das Águas" (The Waters Marathon) was held on March 23, passing through the "waters circuit" composed of four cities... read more online
Run The Planet library
It is not often that a major motion picture company sets out with two directors to make a documentary about a 10,000 meter runner. With this selection that is exactly what happened. Disney contracted with the top eight 10k runners during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with director Bud Greenspan capturing the Olympic footage knowing that documentary filmmaker Leslie Woodhead would return to their home country to film the story of the winner. Haile Gebrselassie was the winner and the crews packed their bags for Ethiopia. "Endurance: In the Heart of an Olympic Champion is the Courage to Endure" is featured this month because of two outstanding running scenes: the first is a three minute cut at the beginning of the film of Gebrselassie running effortlessly along the countryside. With only the sounds of footstrikes and breathing mixed with the original soundtrack you will be captivated to learn more about this man's life that will soon be told. The second memorable scene is at the finale of the film where we are in the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta in 1996 watching the conclusion of the men's 10,000 meters. The runners kept in a pack with a slow first 5,000 meters. The pace quickened for the second 5,000 which was covered in 13.11,6 (a time good enough to win 18 of the previous 19 Olympic 5,000 meter races). Gebrselassie's last lap took 58,49 seconds and his winning time of 27.07,34 took nearly 14 seconds off Brahim Boutayeb's 1988 Olympic record. About nine minutes of running footage is woven into the story in reaching this final climax. This film is rated G, with a running time of 83 minutes. Production was completed in 1998 and it was released in theaters in the United States on May 14, 1999. This movie then became available on video March 21, 2000 and was distributed by Walt Disney Home Video / Buena Vista Home Entertainment. John Powell composed the musical score that consist of a diverse assortment of Ethiopian traditionals and original songs in Amharic. Although Gebrselassie speaks a bit of English at the very beginning of the film, the rest is spoken in Amharic and it is subtitled. The story is broken into sections every five to ten minutes with captions: Six miles to school; Three hours each day to fetch water; Every year a new brother or sister; Escaping the farm for an afternoon; To the hospital; First marathon: 99th place; Two years of hard training; A thousand others with the same dream; and Chosen to run for Ethiopia. We learn during the course of this film that Gebrselassie's role models were former Ethiopian champions Abibe Bikila (winning two consecutive Olympic marathon golds) and Miruts Yifter (winning the 10,000 meter gold medal during the 1980 Moscow games). Both of these athletes are shown during their Olympic competitions. Rounding out the glory on the awards stand in Atlanta in 1996 was Paul Target from Kenya bringing home to silver and Salah Hissou from Morocco capturing the bronze. At the conclusion, on the screen it is stated: "Runner's World", America's foremost track magazine, recently declared Haile "the greatest distance runner of all time". Based upon the Haile Gebrselassie's 17 world records, not to mention the two Olympic Gold medals and World Championship medals, it would be difficult to disagree.
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Run The Planet Statistics
0023 New running course descriptions this month 2096 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2795 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0216 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0012 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1196 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0000 New links on "Running links" this month 1713 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.
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