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It's celebration time again. On September 7, 1996 Run The Planet, your favorite running website, was launched. It was 8 years ago, and the content of the site has been growing ever since, thanks to your precious and continuous feedback. The newsletter this month comes out after the festivities for this always-awaited annual event, as we were all celebrating the Run The Planet anniversary running on the lovely hills of Firenze, in Italy.
It was indeed a great celebration, with our glasses full of vintage Chianti water from a local run's refreshment table, rather than the usual bubbly champagne we drink every day. Oh, what a time we had rediscovering the joy of running one more time!
But, of course, we could not have forgotten about you, the loyal fellow runners from all over the world that made all this possible. So we toasted to your health wishing all of your many kilometers, miles and runs to come, anywhere in the world.
Between an airport and another, we managed to continue to keep Run The Planet fresh in content and up to date. The most important news was the celebrative launch of Drs Central at www.deadrunnerssociety.com, a brand new website realized and managed by the Italian branch of the Dead Runners Society in collaboration with Run The Planet. The new site, an advertising-free hub for every runner out there, is meant to be a tribute to one of the most important and established running communities, which played an important role at the time in providing Run The Planet with the initial group of running course descriptions. Strong of over 3,400 suggestions, today Run The Planet is still actively promoted by the members of Drs Italia, and it felt natural to join them in helping boost their activity and the activity of every other Dead Runners Society worldwide.
But, as usual, there is more. New cartoons have been added for your visual pleasure in our Rtp Cartoon section; a great funny reportage, Running with Forrest Gunk describing the misadventures of a first-time participant to an unusual race in the mud, is now available from the Tell The Planet page. If you decide to read it, you will agree with us that the author would have had better luck wearing the innovative Helium footwear for runners, an inflatable shoe with a patented mechanism, described in the new article posted on the Rtp Shoes section.
Finally, as we are talking about off-road running, our Safety on the run section features this month a new informative addition on the dangers of Running into poison ivy. A challenging trail run is a great way to train and get closer to nature, but there can be drawbacks for the unprepared runner. And this could seriously ruin any form of running celebration you were having in mind.
Let us close with another toast. To Run The Planet and to all you Planeteers: have a great run, have fun doing it. We will be here keeping you informed, wherever you are.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Wanganui (New Zealand)
By Marty Hewson - Wanganui the beautiful River City in New Zealands North Island has three 'run around the bridges' options all from the same starting point. Starting on the city side of the town bridge at the river end of Victoria Avenue there is the 'two bridges' - up the river on Somme Parade across the Dublin Street bridge down the river on Anzac Parade and back across the town bridge to your starting point - a 4.6 kilometers loop. The 'three bridges' is a 7.2 kilometers loop. Stay on Somme Parade and run past the Dublin Street bridge until you reach the Railway bridge (the most northerly of the four bridges that cross the Whanganui River). Once across your return journey is down stream to Somme Parade across the Town bridge to your starting point. The final option is the 11.0 kilometers loop around the 'four bridges'. The beginning of your run is the same as the 'three bridges'. Instead of returning over the Town bridge to your starting point, carry on until you reach the Cobham bridge (the most southern bridge). Once across take the first exit and double back under the bridge and run along the river bank up steam until you reach your starting point at the Town bridge. Oh, and if your up for a coffee there are six great cafes - Vega, Jolt, The Cracked Pepper, The Big Orange, Ceramic, and Amadeus - all with in three minutes walk.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Barbacena (Brazil), Brussels (Belgium), Falls Creek (Australia), Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), Fuengirola (Spain), Hønefoss (Norway), Lafayette (Usa/Louisiana), Lisbon (Portugal), Oban (United Kingdom), Oslo (Norway), Pasadena (Usa/California), Pune (India), São Vicente (Brazil), Wanganui (New Zealand), Williamsburg (Usa/Virginia).
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
Townsville Road Runners - The official website of Townsville Road Runners Incorporated. The website displays up to date information of all club activities including a race calendar for all events during the year. There is information about the Townsville Running Festival and other fun runs, how to join the club, and more.
Run Against Bush - Run Against Bush is a national grassroots organization of more than 7,000 politically active runners who are displeased with the policies of the American administration. Regularly scheduled JABs (jogs against Bush) are hold in more than 40 cities.
Central Florida Dead Runners Society - The homepage for the Central Florida Dead Runners Society, better known as the CenFLdeds ("Sinful Deads"), a subgroup of the Dead Runners Society mailing list devoted to runners of all levels, abilities, and interests.
Cool Running AriZona dEaDs - The Cool Running AriZona dEaDs (Crazed) are the Arizona subset of the Dead Runners Society.
Chicago Area Dead Runners - The Chicago Area (ChiA) Dead Runners website, a sub-group of the Dead Runners Society estabilished in 1999.
Disney-Deads - We welcome runners, walkers, wanna-be runners, spouses, supporters - anybody interested in the Walt Disney World marathon or half marathon! We offer support and encouragement, share knowledge, and enjoy the companionship of others with common interests! Our members include elite runners, coaches, first-timers, Penguins, racewalkers mid-pack runners, and marathon-walking friends of all abilities. Disney-Deads began as a sub-list of Dead Runners Society in 1995, and has grown steadily over the years.
Northeast Dead Runners - A regional sublist of the Dead Runners Society. Our biggest responsibility to the Dead Runners Society community is compiling information and planning encounters around the time of the Boston Marathon each spring.
DeadRooz - The DeadRooz is a regional list mainly composed of Australian runners, discussing various aspects of running in Australia, but not necessarily. One of the main reasons for its existence is so that day to day discussions relating to Australia are not drowned out by the high volume on the main Dead Runners Society list.
Drs Netherlands - The Dutch sub-list of the Dead Runners Society.
Mid-Atlantic Dead Runners Society - We are a varied group of runners from the Mid-Atlantic region, mostly located near Washington Dc, but all are welcome. If you live in the region (Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia), or simply travel in the area on occasion, we have an excellent website that will keep you up-to-date regarding local Drs events. In addition, you will find information on everything you ever wanted to know about running in the District of Columbia area. It is a great resource, so bookmark this website.
Minnesota Dead Runners Society - A society of Minnesotans who are actually alive, but run anyway.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Fairfax (Usa/Virginia) Kit Callahan's Miracle Mile and Brain Injury Awareness Fair; Moiano (Italy) Stramoiano & dintorni; Decatur (Usa/Alabama) Bare As You Dare - Cross-Country 5K Run/Walk; Yakima (Usa/Washington) Sun City 1/2 Marathon & 5K; San Francisco (Usa/California) ANA Cable Car Chase; San Francisco (Usa/California) Turkey Beach Trot; Cambridge (Usa/Massachusetts) Run For Change; Knoxville (Usa/Tennessee) Inaugural Knoxville Marathon; Bologna (Italy) Run Tune Up; Volterra (Italy) Volterra / San Gimignano; Vigasio (Italy) 'Na corsetta in Campagnamagra; Roccastrada (Italy) Marcia verde; New Orleans (Usa/Louisiana) Nokia Sugarbowl Mardi Gras Marathon; Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon; Saint John (Canada) The Run Through History; Noosa Heads (Australia) Noosa Half Marathon, 10km & 5km; Ann Arbor (Usa/Michigan) Michigan Big Ten Run.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• EGYPT / Run for them
The International Alexandria Marathon will be held on October 8, 2004 with the support of the Egyptian Minister for the Sports, and the Alexandria city. It is the only world sport event of this scale in this city... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• JAPAN / Masako Chiba and Laban Kagika win Hokkaido Marathon
"I felt that fans cheering me on from the sidewalk turned the strong head wind into the tail wind," said Masako Chiba, who won the 2004 Hokkaido Marathon in Sapporo on Sunday August 28. Chiba, the marathon bronze medalist at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, completed the course in... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• BELGIUM / Meeting d’Athlétisme de Cabw
On August 14th in Nivelles, the Meeting d’Athlétisme de Cabw women’s 3000m was dominated by Veerle Dejaeghere in 8:55.43, with Sigrid Vanden Bempt second in 9:17.06 and Nathalie De Vos... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• CANADA / Marathon ambassadors needed
The 5th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (plus Half Marathon and 5k) runs September 26th, 2004. In 2003 two world records were set there: 72-year-old Ed Whitlock ran 2:59:10 and 92-year-old Fauja Singh ran 5:40:04! They return again... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• NEW YORK (USA) / Keflezighi to run the New York City Marathon
Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic Games men's marathon silver medalist, has announced his intention to run the New York City Marathon 2004 on Sunday, November 7. Keflezighi finished just 34 seconds behind... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• SWEDEN / Swedish Championships in Karstad
Between August 6th and 8th in Karstad were held the Swedish Championships. On the 6th during the women’s 10,000m Lisa Blomme stepped off the track at 7000m. Meanwhile five were still... read more online in the September 2004 issue
• New Penguin apparel
John Bingham has partnered with John Stanton and The Running Room to help you find everything you may need or want to enjoy the "Penguin lifestyle". His new apparel line combines fit and function. These products have been designed by... read more online in the September 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
Tom Longboat was a hero. He raced against poverty, rumors and prejudice, and won. Part sports history, part biography, and part social history, "The man who ran faster than everyone" is an engrossing story about one of Canada's running stars. Tom Longboat, a member of the Onondaga Nation, was born on June 4, 1887, in a log house on the Six Nations reserve in Oshwegen, near Brantford in Ontario. Despite his status and poor training, Longboat went on to become one of the world's best runners. In 1907 he won the "Boston Marathon" and ran in the 1908 Olympic marathon. Longboat was one of the best-known people of his day, and certainly the most prominent member of the Six Nations. Throughout his career he had to race against opponents, as well as rumors of illegal running activities. Nevertheless, he maintained his dignity, and his achievements still inspire people who understand the great pleasure of running, and running fast. In 1907 Tom Longboat was at the top of his game, and today his story is still poignant. His career coincided with a period when marathon running was, remarkably, a hugely popular spectator sport. Crowds of thousands paid to sit for three hours in Madison Square Garden or the Toronto Island Stadium to watch two runners go round and round the 1/4 mile track 104 times in a 26-mile race. Mistery and intrigue went with Longboat's career: there were rumors of performance enhancing drugs even then, a century ago; there were "agents" who tried to swindle Longboat out of his earnings; and there was the fact that Longboat was a native American, a fact that the press had some difficulty with. Tom Longboat's story touches many bases: it is a sports story with a share of heroism, a dash of tragedy, and a good dose of social history. The tale of how Tom Longboat became one of the world's fastest runners is deflty handled by well-known author, journalist, reviewer and radio personality Jack Batten. Batten has written thirty books on subjects that include biography, crime fiction, law and court cases, and sports. For "The man who ran faster than everyone" Batten has won the Fleck Award for non-fiction, the biggest prize in Canadian Children's literature - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
This 24 minute film covers four athletes as they prepare for and compete in the 1978 "Johnstown marathon". (This marathon has remained much the same now as it was then, a small local event with about 100 participants who run through a very scenic route each October in western Pennsylvania). In this film, director, producer, and editor Steve Alpert, with his crew of six cameras, captures a host of filmmaking techniques to pull together a production that earned him numerous film festival honors, both domestically and internationally. The use of light, close-ups, panning shots, long shots, slow motion, overhead and low angles, gives any viewer a cinematography experience. George Grande is the narrator and the storytelling is woven to tell four distinct stories that transition well between one another. The first half of this movie introduces each of the athletes and during the marathon each runner plays out their own race experience. Here are the "hometown stars" in order of appearance: Sam DiFrancesco is a 45 year old attorney, and family man, who has been running for ten years. He says that he is trying to kick the tranquilizers that he has taken for 26 years and with his self doubts and low self-esteem you wonder if this may catch up to him during the course of the race. He also does not believe in "the wall" that many runners describe at around the 20 mile mark when energy reserves run low. "I've always viewed myself as being a failure. I'm 45 and really what have I done?"; "I think I can go the whole distance. I think I can finish it and I think I can finish it in a respectable time.". Jennifer Amyx, at age 8, is an experienced runner with 55 world records ranging from the mile to the marathon. She runs with her older brother, David (a record holder in his own right), and her father, doctor Herb Amyx, who points out "I guess in a sense they are guinea pigs. Medically, scientifically, you have to say there is not enough data to know what the long term effects in small children are." They are running over 100 miles weeks, as much as two months prior to race day, in preparation for this marathon. "I'd like to beat my best time in the marathon this year and I'd also like to run the 50 miler."; "Because they have been able to achieve at an early age they have a feeling of self worth and they feel good about themselves". Christine "Teeny" Thompson is a nurse and grandmother and at age 53 has decided to run her first marathon. Following a stress test she began increasing her daily 3 mile run by a half mile each week until she reached 50 mile weeks. Her husband, Joe, states "Physically she is a very strong person, mentally an exceptionally strong person, probably stronger physically and mentally than I am."; "Men around my age say I've gone far enough, now don't go any further, you'll hurt yourself, you'll have a heart attack. But I just wave and go on and say ‘well, I haven't filled the quota for today so it'll be a few more miles’."; "I'm determined to finish it. The only way to get me off the course is to drag me off. Once I've started I'm determined to run the whole way.". Kerry Green, at age 24, is an Olympic hopeful and the local paper is predicting him to win the "Johnstown Marathon". He describes his strategy of going out hard and using the hill at 17 miles as a place to make his move if other runners are still in contention. "I think that is the whole thing with life, if you enjoy what you are doing than you can get the maximum at it. And even if it takes a lot of work, and a lot of hard effort, it's still what you enjoy doing, so you can put more effort into it."; "In the background you're thinking: I'm going to put myself through that effort again that will just feel so awful. Am I ready to do that? Are the people around here ready to do that? And you're not sure; you don't know.". To see how these athletes take on their challenges (and the results may not be what you think) you will want to view the rest of this movie yourself. Thankfully, Steve Alpert (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taken this film off the shelf and has made it available in VHS format for those who send a payment of $19.95 (includes shipping and handling) to: Steve Alpert, 760 West End Avenue, Usa - New York City, New York 10025 (United States of America).
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
"Torture - morte" ("Still torture"); painted plaster and synthetic flies, paper, wood, glass; dimensions 29,5 x 13,4 x 10,3 centimeters) was realized in 1959. Born on July 28, 1887 in Blainville (France), Duchamp began to paint in 1908, and in 1912 he realized his famous "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2" in a style that could resemble a dynamic version of Cubism. That masterpiece is now part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection. He had a strong influence on the 20th-century avant-garde art - Surrealism, Dada, Pop Art - and his creations include the so-called "ready-made art" consisting of everyday objects like his famous signed and titled urinal and the "kinetic art". In 1915 he moved to New York City, and in 1955 he became an American citizen. Marcel Duchamp died in Paris on October 1, 1968.
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.
The balancing act - Getting started on a training program is no problem. Those first few days and weeks you are fired up and ready to go. It is the staying with the schedule that gets difficult. Identifying the physical, mental, and emotional obstacles to success is the first step to overcoming them. If you do too much too soon, your body quits. If you expect too much or too little, your head quits. The secret is in experimenting with distance and pace, with time training and time recovering until you find that balance point. Then, and only then, you will be right in between fearing that you can't and knowing that you can. And it is in that point of balance between fear and confidence that the real joy begins to emerge.
RUN THE PLANET SATELLITES
• Africa - South Africa: Celtic Harriers since April 2003.
• 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.
• Europe - Belgium: Arthur's Marathon Page since July 2001. France: Run The Planet France since October 2002. Ireland: Crusaders Athletic Club since August 2001. Italy: Run The Planet Italia since May 2001. Italy: Correre nel deserto since May 2001. Italy: Dead Runners Society Italia since May 2001. Italy: Penguin Brigade Italia since May 2001. Italy: Podismo since May 2001. Italy: DRS Central since September 2004. Malta: Sovereign Running Order of Malta since May 2001. San Marino: Drs San Marino since May 2001. Spain: Run The Planet España since September 2002. Switzerland: Drs Svizzera since May 2001. Vatican City: Drs Vaticano since May 2001.
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
0020 New running course descriptions this month 2555 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3412 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0223 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0017 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1656 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0011 New links on "Running links" this month 2048 Links on "Running links"Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 162 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, 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, 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, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, 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, 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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