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Welcome Planeteers to the August edition of our newsletter.
Starting from this very issue of August,Run The Planet will be featuring a new monthly column on running and art around the world. This is an innovation we are all proud of, that spins from the brand new section of the website titled "Rtp Museum" inaugurated this month.
But this is not the only piece of news that we have in store for you, as usual. For example, this month test your skills on "How to drink on the run" by looking at this illustrated table on "Dr.Planet"; find out all you need to know on how "Triathlons in Japan" are ran by the locals; or even prepare your "Snowshoeing survival kit" for anytime you snowshoe out into the frozen wilderness.
More than this, find "Tips for blind and partially-sighted runners" to get you started if you need to run with a guide; refresh your memory on "How to blow your nose on the run"; and check out the new pedestrian street signs from Italy, United States of America, Canada and Germany in our "World Crossroads" section, that is now featuring over one hundred different photos from all over the world.
Among the other achievements this month, we are also proud to note that we have now a directory of over two thousands links.
Finally, Phil The Frog has returned from one of his longest trips and went right away to Kansas City (Usa), then in Mexico, and from there back to the United States, in Texas on the beaches of South Padre Island. He looks really cute wearing his brand new sombrero. Ay carramba!
Support for this issue of our "Run The Planet newsletter" comes from OrthoAthletic.com. According to recent studies the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to double, and - unlike past generations - many of these individuals will maintain high levels of athletic activity. In response to this trend, OrthoAthletic has initiated a number of enhancements to its web portal (www.orthoathletic.com) such as an expanded product line, live online assistance, and the OrthoAthletic Medical Center featuring a variety of free medical tools. OrthoAthletic with headquarters in Atlanta, is an online retailer of Sports Medicine products. Offering a full line of orthopedic items designed for the treatment of sports and general injuries. OrthoAthletic serves customers worldwide with a focus on the United States of America, Canadian and United Kingdom markets.
Keep running the planet and enjoy the rest of the Summer.
RUN THE PLANET IN THE NEWS!
Run The Planet has been mentioned in the article "Vacation offers plenty of choices" written by Bernice Torregrossa, and published on the July 29, 2004 edition of "The Galveston County Daily News", Texas' oldest newspaper dating back to 1842.
A NEW MONTHLY COLUMN ON ART FOR RUNNERS
In addition to the book and movie of the month, beginning with this issue, the "Run The Planet newsletter" is proud to feature Rtp Museum, another column dedicated to our favorite sport, with an eclectic assortment of running related artwork from around the world. Here you will find interesting pieces ranging from paintings to sculptures, all related to running, hiking, walking or the part of the body that makes it all happen, the feet. We will provide you monthly with information on a piece of art and the artist. To see more masterpieces and where to run while visiting the city hosting the art piece, visit our brand new section "Rtp Museum" with its Worldwide Gallery and World Art Tour.
"Le disciples Pierre et Jean courant au sépulcre le matin de la Résurrection" by Eugène Burnand; Musée d'Orsay, Paris (France). Burnand painted several historical and religious compositions, including "Le disciples Pierre et Jean courant au sépulcre le matin de la Résurrection" ("The disciples Peter and John running to the sepulcher the morning of the Resurrection"; oil on canvas; dimensions 0,82 x 1,34 meters). Burnand, the son of Eduard Burnand and Julia Girardet, was born on August 30, 1850 in Moudon (Switzerland). From 1868 to 1971 he studied architecture at the Ecole polytechnique de Zurich, then for the next six years he specialized in painting under the direction of Barthélemy Menn in Geneve, and under Jean Léon Gérôme in Paris. In 1889 and 1990, at the world exposition in Paris, he receives a gold medal for his works. Eugène Burnand died in Paris on February 4, 1921. Since 1950, in the Vieux-Bourg in Moudon there is a museum entirely dedicated to this great Swiss painter of the Vaud canton.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Budapest (Hungary)
By András Törõcsik - You can find a beautiful mountain trail with relatively less elevation, up on the Hármashatár hill in Budapest. The name "Panorama-circle" tells everything you need to know about it. Start your run at the Fenyõgyöngye restaurant (located in the crossing of the Szépvölgyi út and Hármashatárhegyi út, at the end-station of bus n. 65), and run uphill on the asphalted road for about 1 kilometer, where the beauty starts: turn right to the tourist path, and you will find a 4 kilometers long, flat, soft, forest trail, which brings you to the Virágos-nyereg. From there you can turn back or make it a circle on the yellow-marked tourist path until the Határ-nyereg and further on the blue-marked tourist path, back to the Fenyõgyöngye restaurant (altogether is approximately 10 kilometers). Once you discovered the circle, you can make plenty of variations trying out the dozens of tourist paths crossing the trail. For the first time it is definitely useful to bring a tourist map along, but believe me: it is worth to discover the Panorama-circle!
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Albuquerque (Usa/New Mexico), Brisbane (Australia), Budapest (Hungary), Dalkey (Ireland), Dallas (Usa/Texas), Hobart (Australia), Juneau (Usa/Alaska), Ketchikan (Usa/Alaska), Lagos (Nigeria), Little Rock (Usa/Arkansas), Madison (Usa/Wisconsin), Sitka (Usa/Alaska), Spring Lake (Usa/Michigan), Wicklow (Ireland), Zaragoza (Spain).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
The Hiatt House - Donna and Jerry Hiatt reside in Daytona Beach, Florida. They are avid runners with a desire to promote running in the community with emphasis on fun, friendliness, fellowship and camaraderie. They run daily with long runs on Wednesday and Sunday. This is their website.
Low Tide Mud Run - The official website of the Northwest\'s toughest foot race, that starts at low tide. Trudge yourself through 250 yards of Samish Bay mud. Shoes required, clean-up hoses provided, change of clothes recommended.
Five Ten - The official website of outdoor shoemaker Five Ten. They manufacture climbing, hiking, and most importantly trail running shoes.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Castro Valley (Usa/California) Eden Medical Center's Run to the Lake; San Francisco (Usa/California) Jamba Juice BananaMan Chase; San Francisco (Usa/California) Run To The Far Side; Philadelphia (Usa/Pennsylvania) Blue Cross Broad Street Run Ten Miler; Massa e Cozzile (Italy) Trofeo dell'Unità; Massa e Cozzile (Italy) Campionato italiano di corsa in salita Uisp; Houston (Usa/Texas) HP Houston Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K; Borgo San Lorenzo (Italy) Maratona del Mugello; Seregno (Italy) Camminata avisina, StraBrianza; Denver (Usa/Colorado) Red Rocks Run and Roll; Villa Gesell (Argentina) Eco Aventura Arenas Infinitas; Cuyahoga Falls (Usa/Ohio) Buckeye Half Marathon & 5K; Balcarce (Argentina) Eco Adventure Pampa Sports La Vigilancia; Saint Louis (Usa/Missouri) Kingdom House Eat-N-Run; Waupaca (Usa/Wisconsin) Waupaca Area Triathlon; Bangkok (Thailand) Vertical Marathon; San Piero a Sieve (Italy) Corri per la salute.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• NORWAY / A marathon in the Arctic
"I would like to combine marathon with something exotic and arctic" thought more the 2200 runners who took part of the fifteenth edition of the "Midnight Sun Marathon". At almost 70° North you can run in broad daylight in the middle of the night. The race is the northenmost Aims certified marathon in the world... read more online in the August 2004 issue
• MALTA / Red Bull Birzebbuga results
These are the results of the sixth edition of the "Red Bull Birzebbuga 10k" held on July 16: (men) 1. Jonathan Balzan (Malta) 33.11 course record; 2. Drew Lang (Great Britain)... read more online in the August 2004 issue
• FINLAND / Tampere Games results
At the July 7th Tampere Games in Finland, Silas Sang (Kenya) tried to pace several Scandinavians to a 13:45 over 5000m. Sang passed 3K (8:15) on pace but no one could... read more online in the August 2004 issue
• INDIANA (USA) / Nathan named Athlete of the Week
Le Shundra "DeDee" Nathan of the Indianapolis Invaders track club has been named the Usa Track & Field athlete of the week after turning in several spectacular performances at the UsaTF National Club Track & Field Championships held in Bloomington... read more online in the August 2004 issue
• CONGO / African Championships in Brazzaville
On July 14-17 in Brazzaville, the African Champs were held. A tactical women’s 5000m featured two women more than three minutes up on the field. In the final straight Etalemahu Kidane (Ethiopia) struck gold in 16:25.83, with Prisca Jepleting (Kenya) silver in... read more online in the August 2004 issue
• Upcoming nutrition and exercise workshops
If you are looking for an intensive workshop on Nutrition for Exercise, here is your chance to learn from two internationally known experts. Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS, RD and exercise physiologist William Evans PhD will be offering a one and a half day program that is designed to help... read more online in the August 2004 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:
•How can I get over my pride while racing? - I wish I could be less proud. Every time a woman or an old man runs by me, I feel the urge to speed up, catch them and pass them again. Of course, I am not trained enough to be able to afford sprinting. How can I get over it? - Running with Dignity
•What can I do to keep my running shoes from being smelly? - I sweat a lot when I run, especially during the hot and humid days of summer, and as a result my running shoes tend to smell terribly! I have tried powders and deodorizing sprays in an attempt to mask or eliminate smell, but they don't seem to work. What can I do to keep my running shoes from being smelly? - Stinky Feet
•How harmful is it to swallow a bug while running? - Every so often, especially during the Spring or late Summer, while running outside I will accidentally swallow a flying bug! This happens when the insect swarms around my head and I inhale it! Is there anything I can do to avoid this from happening and how harmful is it to swallow a bug? - Bug Biter
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
This anthology by and about women runners truly captures the essence of running, and the spirits and dreams of women. The runners in these stories, essays, and poems cover the whole range of women: young and old, single and married, gay and straight, fast and slow, casual runners and fierce. These are not profiles of elite runners or Olympic personalities. They are moving works of literature about ordinary people achieving something extraordinary in their lives. These women run to seek a sense of strength, self-confidence or self-esteem. They run because they are healing - from sexual violence, from grief, from loss, from depression, from breast cancer. They run as a form of meditation, for introspective time alone. They run because they love to run. They run to challenge themselves. They run because it draws them into an intimate relationship with nature, with the landscapes they run through. They run together with other women, forging lifelong friendships in the process. They run with a sense of adventure, with a passion for the world and their motion through it. The runners in these stories are high school girls. They are women in their seventies. They are rural, suburban and urban. They are women of all races and ethnicities. They are mayors, teachers, waitresses, artists, writers, and coaches. They run up volcanoes in Hawaii, traverse the Rocky Mountains, through Yosemite Park, along the Oregon coast, in the cities of Bangladesh, through the hills of southern California, the mountains of Virginia, down the coast of Maine, across northern Florida, and through the streets of New York City. This writing is beautiful and emotional; and thee women describe something awesome: how running will renew, recreate and empower you. Irene Reti is the editor of numerous anthologies: her memoir, "The Keeper of Memory", is about growing up as the daughter of Holocaust survivors who kept their Jewish identity a secret from her. Bettianne Shoney Sien has run fourteen marathons: her short stories have been widely published, and she is a teacher in Santa Cruz (Usa/California) - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
This 47 minute film was originally released in 1988 and then re-released in the popular 1996 eight tape collection of "The Olympiad Greatest Moments" by Dreamworks SKG Television in cooperation with the United States Olympic Committee. With narrator David Perry providing background and direction throughout this documentary, there is ample time for athletes and coaches alike to provide their own commentary to the events discussed. Twelve athletes from East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda) participated in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games where they did not win any medals. This tape chronicles the outstanding achievements that followed since these early runners created a solid foundation for other runners from Africa. The Olympic successes that began in Rome in 1960 are described in this video as "The most explosive forces on the international track and field scene". Here are the athletes who are highlighted in this video. Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila: he was the first gold medal winner from Africa when he won the Olympic marathon while running barefoot over the cobblestones in Rome. Bikila repeated four years later in Tokyo, despite recovering from an appendix surgery. His coach described how his technique reflected a minimum of exertion, "Your head should float - never should the head go up and down: while the other marathoners were running, Abebe Bikila was floating." The marathon attempt in the 1968 games on a broken foot are shown as well as the ending of his life at age 41 in 1973, following the car accident that left him paralyzed in 1969. About 12 minutes of this tape is dedicated to this national hero. Kenya's Kip Keino: from the Nandi tribe in the highlands comes this versatile distance runner who competed in three Olympic games. In 1964 he placed fifth in the 5,000 meters and was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1500 meters. Returning during the Mexico City games there was team strategy with Ben Jipcho sacrificing himself by taking the field out very fast for the first two laps. Top ranked American Jim Ryun moved from 10th place to finish second, far behind Keino. Jipcho finished 9th and states "It was very good for Kenya, but unfair for other guys." Keino's steeplechase and 1500 meter race in Munich from 1972 is also highlighted during the end of this fifteen minute segment. Uganda's John Akii-Bua: this 400 meter hurdler became the first gold medalist in the Olympics from Uganda when he beat defending champion Dave Hemery in the 1972 Munich final while racing in lane one. Akii-Bua was also the first African to earn a gold medal at a distance less than 1500 meters as he set a world record in this race by clocking 47.82. Ethiopia's Mamo Wolde: five minutes is used to track his tale from Melbourne in 1956 to the marathon race competed on October 20th, 1968 by 72 starters from 44 countries. Wolde asked to join the marathon a day prior to the event after winning a silver medal in the 10,000 meters having run on an infected toe. Finally, he became an Olympic Champion at age 36. "The African Runners" ends with the story of John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania who, despite being bloodied and bandaged from a bad fall, courageously finishes the 1968 Mexico City Olympic marathon and exhibits the true spirit of the Olympic Games. In watching this film you may find a sense that these athletes trained hard, were thoughtful in their approach, and persevered though difficult times both before and after their successes at the Olympics. Although you may find this tape sold individually on an auction site, it is more likely that you can find the entire 8-tape collection available at a reasonable price.
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.
Energizing your training - Energy management is the name of the game in any endurance sport. Far more important than talent or even preparation, learning how to manage your energy sources is critical to your success. Too often, inexperienced long distance athletes think only about their physical energy. You need to harness your emotional and mental energy too. And if you are so inclined, it does not hurt to try to touch the universe some and feel that energy too. The energy you have right now will increase with stress and recovery. It will also decrease with underuse and overuse. Starting today, search for that balance between enough and too much.
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
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