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Welcome to the July edition. We have a lot of new additions to talk about, so it will be a packed newsletter. Let's start with the two new webpages that have been added to the website. We are very proud to introduce them officially.
The first one is "Rtp Stats" featuring the chronology of the best marathon distance world time and how it evolved in the last century. With the Moroccan athlete Khalid Khannouchi beating his own personal best this April and lowering down the world record to a fast 2:05.42 (that is approximately the time it take us to find a parking spot at any of the popular marathons, let alone run the distance) we thought it could be interesting to trace back all the results achieved since 1908, when the Hayes' 2:55.19 winning time shook the running world. We also trace back the female record progression, to present a full historical research on the best marathon results.
The other useful webpage we added this month is more of a "service" webpage. It is called "Race Numbers" and it is particularly geared toward the travelers. When it's time to call the race organizers on the phone to plan your trip, make sure to check out this new webpage, for it features a practical phone table with international dialing information for those calls to a foreign country, and even a complete list of the time zones, so you won't place your phone call when the organizers are rightfully resting.
Also falling into the "new addition" category, we updated the "Rtp Stamps" collection with five more colorful postal stamps from the exotic emirate of Fujeira (United Arab Emirates). This world tribute to running on envelopes counts as of today 88 images on display, and our philatelic team is running after more theme-related stamps for the enjoyment of those of you with an all-round interest on running.
Being Summer time, we thought a little "reorganization of the closet" was necessary, so we placed all the shoes-related pages into a category on their own. You can now find them grouped in the "Rtp at a glance" (at the bottom of each Run The Planet's webpage) in a section called "Shoes Resources" listing the main "Rtp Shoes" page, the Running Shoes Glossary, the useful Worldwide shoe size conversion table, the list of the Shoes recycling programs, and the webpage on Running barefoot (not much of a shoe page, we know, but we still consider it related). This way you can count on a quicker, fresher access to this databank of specific information on shoes.
Finally, directly from "Running Times" magazine (that we thank sincerely for the precious collaboration), do not miss the highly entertaining article "A Celebration of History - Creating a Pasta Dish from Marathon" by Claire Hopley. Claire Hopley writes about food, travel and contemporary fiction (her most recent book is "New England Cooking: Seasons and Celebrations"). Her suggestion on how to prepare a celebrative "primo piatto" for marathoners can be found in "The Gourmet Runner" webpage of Run The Planet.
That's all for this month, folks. If in your part of the world is sunny and hot, enjoy a wonderful run outdoor, if the hemisphere you live in is instead experiencing the bitterness of winter, enjoy a wonderful run outdoor as well (we are runners, aren't we?).
Thank you as usual for being part of the Run The Planet community.
Run The Planet Statistics
0010 New running course descriptions this month 1920 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2452 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0210 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0007 New links on "Running links" this month 1599 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.
Alphabetical index of new and updated cities
New and updated cities this month
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Agana (Guam), Bend (Usa/Oregon), Charlotte (Usa/North Carolina), Columbus (Usa/Ohio), Ipswich (United Kingdom), Miami (Usa/Florida), Redmond (Usa/Washington), San Diego (Usa/California).
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 - Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
By Iftekharul Haque - I was born and raised here, and since my father has been a diabetic since before I was born, we have been quite a family of runners, although I sport a fashionable belly at this point in time, primarily due to the rigours of exams and other academic non-requisites! The entire city is a runner's playground over here. The pavements and footpaths alongside roads are not entirely consistent and the road-crossing systems (with the red hand and the green guy) leave much to be desired, but I have seen runners all over this small city. This city is barely 20 kilometres across anyway, so reasonable running distances will see you quite far from home, and when you drive to those parts you will be thinking to yourself "Wow, I ran all the way up to here!". Corniche is a runner's playground. From late afternoon to midnight, this part of the city is swamped with runners. That is where the main congregation of runners are. Smaller groups can be found all over the city, however. The city is primarily a residential area with commercial areas intertwined within the residential... it is like multi-storeyed buildings with top floors residential, and lower floors commercial, so you have got people looking for a good clean run everywhere.
Run The Planet Satellites
Usa/California - East Bay Striders, July 2001
Usa/Illinois - Chicago Distance Classic, February 2002
Usa/Illinois - Second Wind Running Club, March 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
Usa/Virginia - Williamsburg Area Running, May 2002
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
Should you want to apply to become a Run The Planet Satellite simply send us an e-mail message (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting more information. Running related links added to Run The Planet this month
Mount Desert Island Marathon - The website features online information including maps, instructions and other pertinent information for runners interested in competing in our marathon footrace.
Training to Run, Marathon and Ultra-run - Graduated training programs for walkers, joggers, runners, marathoners and ultra-runners. Questions answered online, never a charge. Kid safe.
LAC Salzburg - An introduction of the Salzburg-based running club LAC Kongress Gastronomie Salzburg. It offers club news, athletes portraits and online registration for its events.
Il Passatore paese per paese - A free touristic guide, in Italian, on the Via Faentina, the road connecting Firenze to Faenza where the ultramarathon "100km del Passatore" is held every year at the end of May. Illustrated with over 120 great photos.
Lions Gate Road Runners - A club for running enthusiasts of all abilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visitors are welcome to join us at our twice-weekly workouts.
Miami Tropical Marathon - The Miami Tropical Marathon will leave you in awe as you experience the sights and sounds along the most famous areas of Miami and its beaches. Make your plans to visit, experience, and run Miami!
In Motion Events, Inc. - In Motion Events, Inc. produces the San Diego Marathon as well as The Union-Tribune Race for Literacy, the Komen San Diego Race for the Cure, the Light the Night Against Crime 5k, and the Southern California MS Challenge Walk. The website has a link for each of these events.
Sponsor of the month
CHICAGO DISTANCE CLASSIC - The appointment with the next edition of the Chicago Distance Classic, the oldest road race in the city of Chicago, is for July 14, 2002. It is a 20k run, 5k run and 3 Mile Health walk, starting on the beautiful campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and winding through the historic West Loop area of Chicago. Find out why this is the race to do this summer! For more details visit the race's official website at www.chicagodistanceclassic.com.
Running events added to our worldwide calendar this month
Milano (Italy) Meditazione Dinamica, Bangkok (Thailand) Amari Watergate Midnight Run, New York City (Usa/New York) Continental Airlines Broadway on Broadway Run, New York City (Usa/New York) Tavern on the Green Breakfast Run, Philadelphia (Usa/Pennsylvania) Roman Run, San Diego (Usa/California) San Diego Marathon, San Diego (Usa/California) Light the Night Against Crime 5k, San Diego (Usa/California) Komen San Diego Race for the Cure, Miami (Usa/Florida) Miami Tropical Marathon.
The Global Telegraph
• BRAZIL / Blumenau Marathon
Once again the beautiful German settled town of Blumenau received runners from all over Brazil for the 18th edition of its marathon... read more online
• COLORADO (USA) / Win two trips to the Durango Marathon
Matt Kelly, event director at the "Durango Marathon", recently presented an online giveaway to help spread the word about the inaugural edition of the race... read more online
• BELGIUM / New backward running world records
On June 28, 2002 in Brussels, Stefaan Sonck, president of the Brusselse Atletiekvereniging, organized the second edition of a backward running meeting... read more online
• CANADA / Get ready for the Vancouver International Marathon
With a total of 10,551 participants in 2002 (3792 finishers in the marathon and 4835 finishers in the half), the "Adidas Vancouver International Marathon" is one of the most important event of British Columbia... read more online
• CZECH REPUBLIC / Kenyan number 8 wins 8th Prague Marathon
Wearing the number 8, the Kenyan runner Henry Tarus won the 8th annual "Prague International Marathon" with a time of 2:11.41. He won by a clear margin: the defending champion, Tanzania's Andrew Sambu, came in second... read more online
• MALAYSIA / Saberkas International Run postponed to July 21
The "Saberkas International Run" 2002, will be held in the bustling town of Sibu, the "Gateway City" to the central region of the state of Sarawak in Malaysia, and has been postponed to July 21, 2002... read more online
Run The Planet library
"People will tell you lots of good reasons to start running: lose weight, get fit, have a healthier heart, relieve stress, and lower your cholesterol, to name a few. In my experience, those happen to be just about the worst reasons to run. I've heard runners talking to non-runners. Runners almost always start by telling the would-be runner about all the legitimate-sounding reasons to run. For some reason, runners are afraid to tell people the real reason they run. We like it! We really like it". With such an introduction, John Bingham, "the patron saint of the back of the pack", shares the wisdom that took him from couch potato to columnist for "Runner's World" magazine. "No Need for Speed" explores both the why and the how of running for the rest of us. With information both practical (how to find the right running shoes for you, when to enter a race, what to eat before a run) and inspirational (focus on where you are instead of where you want to be, accepting the body you have, the beauty of being realistic about goals), Bingham extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike. As he commands "The Penguin Brigade" - those thousands of dedicated runners who have learned that the greatest joy in their sport comes not from how fast they go or how thin they become, but from simply having the courage to take the first step - his belief "You don't have to run fast to be a real runner!" is now truer than ever. John "The Penguin" Bingham writes "The Chronicles" for "Runner's World" magazine, is a regular speaker on the pre-race pasta dinner circuit, and teaches the basics of running to "adult-onset athletes" at his popular Penguin Flight Schools - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price Rtp Newsletter archive • The Global Telegraph • Run The Planet
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