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WE GIVE YOU SOMETHING GOOD TO READ
Tikulandirani! Mwalandiridwa! Taone!
No, these are not the names of new running shoe models, nor the winners of the last big international marathon. Those of you from Malawi will definitely recognize three ways of saying "Welcome!" in Chichewa. For the first time, in fact,Run The Planet has been accessed by runners from Malawi, in Africa! First-time visitors this month also came from the Christmas Island, in the Indian ocean, a real paradise for runners as almost two-thirds of the island is a national park. We are happy to add Malawi and Christmas Island to the list of countries from which runners visit Run The Planet. Our family is now larger and our website is proud to reach a community of runners from 168 different places on the planet.
New additions to the web site this month include, among other, an article on Treadmill vs. road workouts explaining how the indoor workout does the same for your health. On the same subject we also published The treadmill dictionary featuring all the common terms you need to know on the tapis roulant.
Run The Planet is constantly promoting safe running. This is why we feature a whole section on Safety on the run to provide you, whether a seasoned or novice runner, with some technical and common-sense information to help you run without risks. This month we highlight an article on First aid kit for runners with tips on creating a customized kit that fits your family's sports first aid needs.
Finally, try your luck in the Win a Stroller contest that Run The Planet is currently running until the end of May. It is extremely easy and the prizes are special. Just submit a running course description and your name will be entered to win a Ditto stroller by our sponsor of the month, Dreamer Design. Enter your favorite course suggestion for a chance to win one today.
Go spread the joy, and keep running the planet.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Glendale (Usa/California)
By Stan Bass - Verdugo Mountains, Beaudry Trail, North Slope. This is an absolutely beautiful, if difficult, trail to run. The Verdugo Mountains loom above Glendale and Burbank. They are low mountains, unless you decide to run up the many fire roads they have, when they suddenly become very high. You can run a six-miler up the really wonderful, well-maintained dirt road to the summit, round trip. If you are into running farther, well, the mountain roads go all around the Verdugos. I think you could run a 12 mile training run, if you were crazy enough to want to. I once ran into a beautiful woman up there who was running a 24-mile training run, up-and-down, I guess all day. I would love to do that, too. But I do not know if she would still be there.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Auburn (Usa/Alabama), Augusta (Usa/Georgia), Badajoz (Spain), Boston (Usa/Massachusetts), Cape Town (South Africa), Cedar City (Usa/Utah), Ezeiza (Argentina), Fabens (Texas), Garza García (Mexico), Glendale (Usa/California), Grayslake (Usa/Illinois), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Newcastle (Australia), Nijmegen (Netherlands), Palo Alto (Usa/California), Papillion (Usa/Nebraska), Ponti sul Mincio (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Rotorua (New Zealand), Shanghai (China), State College (Usa/Pennsylvania), Strasbourg (France), Tver' (Russia), Vigo (Spain).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
T-Bone Run - Informational running health and fitness site for families. The site features T-Bone, a health and fitness educational character that can be seen at 150 health related fitness events annually.
Team Diabetes Canada - How would you like to take an expense-paid trip to a fabulous destination and raise money for a worthy cause? If so, participate in a Team Diabetes Canada adventure fundraising program. This international program allows you to walk or run in a world-class marathon event in fascinating cities around the world, including Rome, Reykjavik, Dublin, Amsterdam and Honolulu. You will be trained to satisfy your personal marathon goals, and you will save countless lives.
Race for Hope - The official website of a race and walk to benefit cancer research. The proceeds are split among these non-profit organizations: Road of Life - Cancer Prevention for Kids, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.
Balance Fitness - Balance Fitness is a personal training service and website for women. Offering in-home and online personal training for women, outdoor bootcamps and hiking club in Connecticut. The website offers customized exercise programs for weight loss, strength training, increasing stamina and function fitness and more. Workouts for all fitness levels. Free newsletter.
HDO Sport - Elite running products from runners for runners - heart rate monitors, speed and distance monitors, sunglasses, apparel. Also check out our online personal trainer.
European hiking and running site - Ton de Maagt's European hiking and running site features links in the Netherlands and Europe in general, as well as information on travel and lodging.
Olimpo Producciones - Marathons, road races, triathlons, duathlons, and other events in Chile (even in Easter Island).
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Columbus (Usa/Ohio) Race for Hope; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Cleveland Marathon; Columbus (Usa/Ohio) Fisher 5K; Borgo Hermada (Italy) Notturna di Borgo Hermada; Livigno (Italy) StraLivigno; Prato (Italy) Giro delle mura sotto i ponti di Prato; Dicomano (Italy) Coppa Fiera di maggio; San Piero in Bagno (Italy) Circuito notturno Madonna di Corzano; Montella (Italy) Pedibus Calcantibus; San Luis Obispo (Usa/California) Cal Poly Women's Center Run 2 Remember; Leiden (Netherlands) Oranje Boven Boot Marathon; Genova (Italy) Caruggincursa, vicolincorsa; Firenze (Italy) Festa biancoverde; Montelupo Fiorentino (Italy) StraMontelupo; Prairie du Sac (Usa/Wisconsin) Cow Chip Classic; Roma (Italy) Corri alla Bufalotta; Trebisacce (Italy) Trofeo Deliart; Deep River (Usa/Connecticut) Annual Deep River 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run; Soresina (Italy) Caminada suresinesa; Montelupo Fiorentino (Italy) Trofeo città della ceramica; Ponte a Egola (Italy) Ponteaegola corre; Mende (France) Le Marvejols-Mende Demi-marathon; Squamish (Canada) Squamish Test of Running Metal Yeah! - Stormy; Chieti (Italy) Strateate; Cremona (Italy) Giro delle cinque porte; Colombo (Sri Lanka) International Run for Peace of Sri Lanka; Castellina Marittima (Italy) Correre a Castellina Marittima; San Diego (Usa/California) Rock'n'Roll Marathon; Austin (Usa/Texas) Austin State Hospital Dash for Mental Health 5K/Walk; Castiglione di Garfagnana (Italy) Scalata Castiglione/San Pellegrino in Alpe; Ozzano dell'Emilia (Italy) Camminata degli Alpini; Volterra (Italy) Sgambata fra i colli degli Etruschi; Venezia (Italy) Memorial Attilio Spanio; Porto Ercole (Italy) Scarpinata dei quattro forti spagnoli; Fredericton (Canada) Conquer The Canuck; Alexandria (Egypt) Alexandria International Marathon; Prato (Italy) Corri a San Giusto; Roma (Italy) Trofeo Colapietro a staffetta; Poviglio (Italy) Il gambero d'oro; Torri (Italy) Torri-Lentula-Torri; Aviano (Italy) Giro podistico città di Aviano; Milano (Italy) Tapasciada... in periferia; Roccacasale (Italy) Eco Taril della Majella; Rapallo (Italy) Marcia Portofino-Rapallo.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• FRANCE / A Marathon Grand Slam with a prize to match
The organisers of the world's biggest marathons want to offer the richest prize in athletics. Meetings have been held in France between the race directors of the... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• GERMANY / Julius Rop debuts at the Leipzig marathon
On a windy April 17th in Germany, at the "Leipzig Marathon", Julius Rop (Kenya) made his marathon debut auspicious with a 2:16:22 win. Artur Blasinki... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• VIRGINIA (USA) / The return of the Southern Track Classic
The King's Fork High School Athletic Department and the University of Richmond Track & Field Program are pleased to announce that after a one year absence "The Southern Track Classic" will be held this year at the Fred Hardy Track on the grounds of the University of Richmond... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• ITALY / Second Golden Shoe for Lebid
On Saturday, April 9th in Vigevano, five-time European Cross Country champion Sergey Lebid (Ukraine) earned his second "Golden Shoe 8K" title. Lebid used the final 300 meters of a seven-lap course to kick away... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• CANADA / Yukon Arctic Ultra 2006 now open for registrations
The "Yukon Arctic Ultra" 2006 is now open for registrations. Next year's edition of the world's toughest and coldest ultramarathon will see a spectacular addition. The organizers will now offer a distance that goes all the way from Whitehorse, the Yukon capital, to Dawson City! That is 470 miles of... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• NORWAY / Welcome to the land of the attacking Vikings
The "Adventure Provider Viking Raids" are multisports non stop adventure races without assistance. One of the two events (June 16-22) is open to professional teams and well trained sport teams of any kind; the other... read more online in the May 2005 issue
• PHILIPPINES / Rafols and Pilapil dominate Cagayan-North Aquathlon
National triathlon swimming coach Loi Rafols and Josephine Pilapil dominated the field to claim top honors in the "Cagayan-North Aquathlon" on... read more online in the May 2005 issue
RUN THE PLANET MAIL
While you were running did you ever have a question? Did you ever have an opinion about something and ask yourself "Is it just me?"? Did you ever come up with a great idea and wonder if you could just tell everyone the world would be a better place? Did you ever have a revelation and want to share it with others? Well now is your chance to address any one of these question, and basically anything else you come up with while you are running. To hear an opinion, or run an idea past someone. Visit the "Rtp Mail" webpage to receive an answer to your running related questions or to read an opinion about your running thoughts. Here are the last three question asked:
•Is there a rubbing cream designed to relieve foot pain? - This has been bugging me for awhile since I am a long-time runner as well as a waitress. What nice pain-relieving rubbing cream is specifically designed to relieve foot pain? I just want to rub it in the night before and wake up, get out of bed, step on my feet, and not feel any pain. Any suggestions? - Victoria Drake
•Can you recommend music to listen while training? - I received one of those new-fangled digital audio players as a gift, over the holidays, and have been listening to some of my favorite songs while running each day. I have noticed that some songs seem to empower me to run faster. Can you recommend a short list of inspirational running music that would be good to listen to while I am training for my marathon? - Musically Endeared
•What should I look for in a "racing watch"? - What should I look for in a "racing watch"? I see so many runners, at road races, with high-tech, slick looking wrist watches, and am interested in purchasing one. What are the benefits of running with a time-piece? - Timely Questioner
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
"Running Colorado's Front Range", written by Brian Metzler, offers runners of all abilities insights on the best places to run in and around Denver, Aurora, Westminster, Littleton, Louisville, Lafayette, Cherry Hills Village, Boulder, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area near Nederland, Golden, Lakewood, Evergreen, Morrison, Littleton, Loveland, Lyons, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Keota, Manitou Springs, Franktown, Colorado Springs, Monument and Woodland Park. It is indeed the ultimate guide to running in Colorado. Routes for 75 places to run are described in this book, from urban paths such as the popular paved loop in Denver's City Park to dozens of pastoral escapes to restore your soul, with detailed maps and photos. Whether you want to go for a short run during your lunch break, a hill workout, a speed training, or a long slow run on a Sunday afternoon, each trail description includes a difficulty rating and details about elevation change, dog regulations, and running stroller accessibility. Also covered in "Running Colorado's Front Range" are regional races, running groups, and stores. Veteran runner Brian Metzler also shares his knowledge and advice on running at altitude, race training, running shoes, safety, and staying hydrated in dry climates on these magnificent Colorado trails. Founding editor of "Trail Runner Magazine" and "and Adventure Sports Magazine", Brian Metzler has written about running for "The (Boulder) Daily Camera", "The Denver Post", "The Chicago Tribune", and "Outside" magazine. He has competed in dozens of Colorado races since 1992, ranging from the "Bolder Boulder 10k" to the "Leadville Trail 100" ultramarathon and has served advisory roles with the All American Trail Running Association and Usa Track & Field's Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Council - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
"Run. Because it’s the only thing left to do". The story, remember the story. But first, the numbers... 0 (the amount paid to the actors, but you wouldn’t know it), 2 (the number of different public schools and track facilities), 3 (this is Kelley Baker’s third feature film in the last six years), 18 (how many days it took to shoot all the footage "guerilla style"), 23 (the number of cuts on the soundtrack from four different artists), 49 (how many people gave $100 each to finance this film), 70 (thirty credited cast members and forty more extras to fill out the scenes), 100 (the running time of this truly independent feature film). "Run. To seek the truth. To escape the beating". Now for the story. This original screenplay is based on really believable characters as they confront a series of emotional challenges. The raw emotion, mixed with the hope through running, is well paced, and has an original soundtrack that rocks this story as often as the characters can be seen running. Although set at a high school level, this is not a feel-good-make-lots-of-money-for-the-fancy-studio kind of film. This movie is not just simply "entertainment" either. It is about life’s struggles exposed and you will be thinking, reflecting, hoping, and plotting as the story of Martin Johnson (Ian Anderson-Priddy) is revealed. It is not too often that feature films use running as a method of story line (run from problems, run to avoid pain, run for hope of the future, run to find yourself, run to save your life), and that is what stands this movie apart. "Run. For the purity of it". Oh yeah, the running. The first image is the word "Run" on the screen and the first scene is of Martin "Bird" Johnson running out of the school and down the street. He continues to run from the cross country team that want to beat him up and after he is in a fight, he joins the team to get out of detention. The coach has a speech about how running could be his "out" from being a "loser" and how he can make it into college with his talent. Yet first he must train, and compete in some races to really show his true potential. Although Martin discovers where he stands, the motives of those around him are much more questionable. If you are a running purist and want to sit back and nit-pick the clothing, shoes, surfaces, training methods, and race logistics then skip this title and move onto the documentary films instead. If you want a fictional, thought provoking tale with twists and revelations along the way, then take notice of "Kicking Bird". In the end you will be glad it is over, yet you will want more. Although not rated, it would get an "R" listing for language, violence, and adult situations. The screen may not be filled with the richness and depth of a multi-million dollar blockbuster that you are used to seeing, but that is the price for a great story on a shoestring budget. You may order this DVD in widescreen format directly from the filmmaker, Kelley Baker at his website AngryFilmmaker.com.
Visit the "Rtp Museum" webpage with its Worldwide Gallery and World Art Tour to see more running, hiking, walking, or feet related masterpieces and where to run while visiting the city hosting the art piece
Between February 10 and February 11, 1890, van Gogh painted in Saint-Rémy "Prisoners' Exercising" (also known as "Prisoners' Round"; oil on canvas; dimensions 80 x 64 centimeters), a painting based on "Newgate: The Exercise Yard" by Gustave Doré. Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot Zundert, in the district of North Brabant (Netherlands). His father Theodorus van Gogh, a Protestant minister, wanted him to be a clergyman but he did not follow his father's footsteps. Instead, in 1869 he started working in a company of art dealers, first in The Hague and then in London and Paris. After leaving that job, teaching at schools in Rasmgate and Isleworth (England), working in a bookshop in Dordrecht (Netherlands) and becoming a missionary in Wasmes (Belgium), he ended up living in the small village of Cuesmes where one day, compelled to go and visit the French painter Jules Breton whom he greatly admired, he walked seventy kilometers to the French city of Courrières. Vincent ended up returning home with out meeting the artist. In 1880 he finally decided to dedicate his life to art and went to Brussels to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Art. In 1886 he moved back to Paris, incorporating in his own unique style with some of the techniques of the Impressionists. On February 20, 1888 he moved south to Arles, in Provence and later on he invited artist Paul Gauguin to join him. Gauguin arrived in Arles in October but by December the relationship between the two artists had already deteriorated, as did Vincent's mental health (on December 23 van Gogh mutilated his left ear). Later on Vincent van Gogh voluntarily choose to be confined in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he realized his best-known work "Starry Night". On May 16, 1890 his brother Theo transferred him to Paris and then to the more-quiet destination of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh, in an attack of depression, killed himself on July 27, 1890.
PENGUIN INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Visit JohnBingham.com for more running pearls of wisdom from John "the Penguin" Bingham. Through his popular monthly column in Runner's World magazine, his breakthrough first book "The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life" and his best selling "No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running" the Penguin has inspired hundreds of thousands of men and women to run for fun, fitness, and self-affirmation.
Starting from the beginning - Starting a training program is easy. Almost anyone can do it. You don't need any special skills or talent. All you need is a pair of shoes and a place to run. This simplicity is one of this sport's major attractions. The physical benefits are well documented. Even neglected bodies like mine was can renew themselves. The litany of emotional benefits is also well known. Many of us like to philosophize about the inner peace produced by running. But these benefits are only half the truth. The other half is that sometimes running is difficult. Sometimes a run isn't fun. Sometimes it's a matter of dragging yourself out the door and getting in the miles. Over the next few months there will be time of joy and times of frustration. There may even be times of discouragement. But the sum total of all those times makes the training worthwhile.
RUN THE PLANET SATELLITES
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• North America - Canada: RunnersWeb.com since November 2002. Usa/California: East Bay Striders since July 2001. Usa/Illinois: Chicago Distance Classic since February 2002. Usa/Illinois: Second Wind Running Club since March 2002. Usa/Georgia: Race Pace since June 2001. Usa/Nevada: Las Vegas Marathon since July 2001. Usa/Tennessee: Chattanooga Track Club since July 2001. Usa/Texas: Cross Country Club of Dallas since June 2001. Usa/Texas: Fort Worth Runners Club since July 2001. Usa/Virginia: Williamsburg Area Running since May 2002.
• South America - Argentina: Run The Planet Argentina since March 2004. Brazil: Run The Planet Brasil since May 2001. Brazil: Copacabana Runners since March 2002. Colombia: Run The Planet Colombia since March 2005.
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
0028 New running course descriptions this month 2894 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3702 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0235 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0044 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1860 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0007 New links on "Running links" this month 2205 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 168 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, 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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