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• Jesper Olsen around the world - I didn't wake up one morning thinking "I am going to run around the world". I thought about it for a long time, carefully considering and planning every phase. Several runners had tried, but no one had completed the task before. But I was just the guy to do it. I was thrilled by the prospect of becoming the first human being to run around the globe. And here it is, October 21, 2005, 661 days later and I have "made it" and I am back in Greenwich, England. It's been a very, very long run.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Bangalore (India)
By Ed Dawson - Cubbon Park in Bangalore was a good place to run. It is relatively flat with what appears to be (at first run) a maze of streets. But after running in the park for two days it was easy to navigate and find my way back. I did notice that many of the men who were walking in the park carried a "nightstick" and I wondered why until one morning I was chased a short distance by a pack of dogs. They gave up pretty quickly and it only happened once over the two weeks I ran there. My hotel was about 4 blocks away and the sidewalks can be a real hazard so I frequently ran along the street. I ran between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. and there were quite a few men and women out walking at that time. I only saw a few runners and to be honest not many of the people were friendly even if I spoke first.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Ash Shumali (Iraq), Bangalore (India), Barcelona (Spain), Bonn (Germany), Brighton (Usa/Massachusetts), Burlington (Canada), Cherry Hills Village (Usa/Colorado), Cincinnati (Usa/Ohio), Colorado Springs (Usa/Colorado), Congers (Usa/New York), Delphi (Greece), Duluth (Usa/Minnesota), Florence (Usa/Montana), Gainesville (Usa/Florida), Garland (Usa/Texas), Gastonia (Usa/North Carolina), Greenwood Village (Usa/Colorado), Hilton Head Island (Usa/South Carolina), Kandy (Sri Lanka), Kings Mountain (Usa/North Carolina), Mechelen (Belgium), Miami Beach (Usa/Florida), N'Djamena (Chad), Napoli (Italy), Ostend (Belgium), Pasadena (Usa/California), Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), Richmond (Usa/Virginia), Savannah (Usa/Georgia), Sunnyvale (Usa/California), Tel Aviv (Israel), Toledo (Usa/Ohio), Washington (Usa/District of Columbia), Wellington (New Zealand).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
Amphibian King - Dublin's first technical running store, offering full gait analysis. Many runners meet up at the store to go for runs around Dublin.
RunnersHouse.com - Runner's House is a weblog devoted to explaining concepts and offering advice on a wide range of running related topics.
42.195km.net - A site that assists joggers and runners with convenient tools, such as the Jogging Calculator, the Marathon Simulator and the Treadmill Calculator.
"The Gift - A Runner's Story" - A fictional story that chronicles the trials and tribulations of Olympic caliber runner Brett Rodgers. The website includes both multiple reader reviews, a sample chapter and links that provide runners with vital ordering information. The book succeeds in capturing the very heart of distance running while entertaining the reader along the way.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Madison (Usa/Wisconsin), Canterbury Run/Walk for Literacy; Cesole (Italy), La nuova due ponti; Velletri (Italy), Corriamo sul Monte Artemisio; Bitti (Italy), Il miracolo... della corsa; Milano (Italy), Camminiamo con le marmotte; Siracusa (Italy), Siracusa City Marathon; Marlia (Italy), Camminando per chi ci segue col cuore; Salerno (Italy), Strasalerno half marathon; Salerno (Italy), SalernoMarathon, Maratona Paestum/Salerno; Capaci (Italy), Giro borghi marinari città di Capaci; Finale Emilia (Italy), Al gir dal Final; Arena Metato (Italy), Corrida de La Galla; Pontasserchio (Italy), Gambero di Serchio; Sherwood Park (Canada), Hustle for the Hood; Sannazzaro de' Burgondi (Italy), Il fiume Tre Torrenti e la Lomellina; Chirignago (Italy), Su e zo par Chirignago; Guadalajara (Mexico), Maratón Internacional Guadalajara; Tywyn (United Kingdom), Race the Train; Lansdale (Usa/Pennsylvania), Run for 9-1-1; Ghezzano (Italy), Quattro passi tra i prati di Ghezzano, Memorial Luciano Benvenuti; Kathmandu (Nepal), Tenzing - Hillary Everest Marathon; Brookings (Usa/South Dakota), Brookings Marathon and Half Marathon; Eindhoven (Netherlands), Marathon Eindhoven; Birmingham (Usa/Alabama), Vulcan Run 10K; San Francisco (Usa/California), Lake Merced Half Marathon / 4.5 miles; Gainesville (Usa/Florida), Five Points of Life Marathon and Half Marathon; Youngstown (Usa/Ohio), Scholarship Run; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Annual 5k Run/Walk for Education; Florianópolis (Brazil), Mountain Do; Pittsburgh (Usa/Pennsylvania), Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race; Grapevine (Usa/Texas), The Ultracentric 48/24/12/6 Hour Runs; Collesalvetti (Italy), Passeggiata tra le colline colligiane; Marano di Napoli (Italy), Trofeo Torre Caracciolo; Milano (Italy), Deejay Ten; Waco (Usa/Texas), Miracle Match Marathon; Controguerra (Italy), Corsa di San Martino Città di Controguerra; Quarrata (Italy), Passeggiata panoramica; Browntown (Usa/Virginia), Greasy-Gooney 10K; Sesto Fiorentino (Italy), Cross dei rioni; Tromsø (Norway), Midnight Sun Marathon; Cincinnati (Usa/Ohio), Cincinnati Walks for Kids; Cheyenne (Usa/Wyoming), Dog Jog; Bath (United Kingdom), Bath Half Marathon; Ash Shumali (Iraq), Turkey Trot 5/10K; Birmingham (Usa/Alabama), Annual Meadow Brook Runs; Stockholm (Sweden), Sörmland Ultra Marathon; Soverato (Italy), Maratonina del Basso Jonio; Roma (Italy), Maratonina di Ostia.
HOT SHOES / PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Originally a simple metal bracket, the "hot shoe" is also called "accessory shoe" and has nothing to do with running. It is indeed a simple and convenient way to attach the flash unit to the photographic camera: you only need to slide the mounting foot of the flash into the hot shoe. What a great name and what a lucky coincidence for us. When we decided to open this webpage dedicated to the best running images, we could not choose a more appropriate title for it.
The "Pikes Peak Marathon" begins at the base of Pikes Peak, in Colorado (Usa)
and climbs over 7,700 feet (2347 meters) to the top of the peak (14,110 feet / 4300 meters)
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• NORTH CAROLINA (USA) / Upcoming Asheville race training programs
The "Black Mountain Marathon" has become one of the most popular trail races in Western North Carolina. It is schedule to take place on... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• ARGENTINA / Saladillo 10K Road Race results
On July 30th a Saladillo 10K Road Race had the names Maraviglia and Rodriguez feature prominently. The women's division was taken by... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• USA / Have running shoes, will travel
When Beth Davenport laces up her running shoes and hits the pavement, it could be anywhere in the country. This forty-five year old runner and member of the 50 States Marathon Club, will soon be completing her goal of running a marathon... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• MASSACHUSETTS (USA) / Third Annual North Shore Triathlon/BAC Tri-Challenge
The third annual "North Shore Triathlon/BAC Tri-Challenge" will take place on September 10, 2006 at Lynch Park and begin at 10:00 am. This annual Olympic-distance event has become a favorite among local triathletes... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• COLORADO (USA) / Triathlon's Annual Congress offers something for everyone
Usa Triathlon's Annual Congress offers something for everyone involved in multi-sport. This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the various aspects of the 2007 event being held... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• COLOMBIA / Central American and Caribbean Games
Between July 25-29 in Cartagena de Indias were held the Central American and Caribbean Games. The men's 5000m was won by Juan Luis Barrios (Mexico) in 14:09.48, with Alejandro Suárez (Mexico) collecting silver in... read more online in the September 2006 issue
• NEW YORK (USA) / Runners worldwide to fight child hunger
"World Run Day" 2006, the global running event, occurs November 5th this fall and plans to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme's initiative to End Child Hunger. Runners everywhere can register at... read more online in the September 2006 issue
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.
Resetting the sails - No one's training program goes exactly as planned. There is no way to know this early on how your body or your life will respond to the training. Be ready at any point to rethink your goals for the day, the week, the month, and the race. The greatest discipline is the ability to respond and change to the inevitable ups and downs of a long distance training program.
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:
•What is it about the marathon that is so special? - Lately I have been thinking about training for and running a marathon. When I have mentioned it to my friends, I find that they are pretty impressed that I am even considering it. What is it about the marathon that is so special? Why are so many people awed by the thought that I might run such a road race? What is this mystique all about? - International Marathoner of Mystery
•When can I start running again? - I just ran my first marathon and I am completely exhausted. The race was five days ago, and my muscles still ache, and I find myself completely void of any energy. Is this normal? When can I start running again? - Feeling run-down
•Should I include the time to drink in my pace? - This might be a stupid question, but I will ask it anyway. When I am out on a 10 mile or more training run, and I am trying to keep a 9:40 to 10 minute per mile pace, should I include the time used during my water and gel stops in that pace? I have estimated that it takes me about 30 to 60 seconds to drink water and consume the gel. Since I will be doing the same thing during my marathon, should I include that I am drinking and eating during the race as part of my pace, or am I just over-analyzing? - Tolling my Time
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
"The Gift - A Runner's Story" is a novel that centers on runner Brett Rodgers and his quest for personal and athletic redemption. The storyline embraces the trials and tribulations of a world-class distance runner, while masterfully blending in the long and colorful history of competitive running. With a thoughtful and poignant conclusion, "The Gift" leads to the undeniable truth that regrets from an unfulfilled youth can shadow ones soul for a lifetime. As the character says in the book, "Running isn't a sport for pretty boys with visions of grandeur. It's about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It's about frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It's about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It's about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It's about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there's not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you're finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that's all that you can ask for". The author Paul Maurer lives in Wisconsin with his wife, three boys, and his running buddy, his dog Sam. This is Paul's first novel - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
There is none better to tell the Olympic tale of three time Olympian Hicham El Guerrouj than filmmaker Bud Greenspan. In "Bud Greenspan's Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory", a 2006 Showtime production nearly twenty minutes of its 96 minute run time is used to explore the six finals that started at 8:55 on the evening of August 24, 2004, in front of the 80,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium. The women’s pole vault competition would run the course of the evening and end with a new Olympic and world record. The men’s 3000 meter steeplechase would be the first running event and in conclusion the same pattern emerged, in every Olympic games since 1968 where Kenya competed they proved victorious. In the women’s 100 meter hurdles Joanna Hayes established a new Olympic record and in the women’s 400 meters Williams-Darline from Bahamas brought home their nation’s first individual gold medal. The decathletes completed their two day competition with the 1500 meter run where Roman Sebrele improved from his silver medal performance in Sydney four years earlier. The focus of this night would be on the last running event of the evening, the men’s 1500 meters. This was likely the most anticipated track event of the games. El Guellouj and eleven other athletes took the line including Bernard Lagat, Rui Silva, Timothy Kiptanui, Ivan Heshko, Michael East, Reyes Estevez, Gert-Jan Liefers, Adil El Kaouch, Mulugeta Wendimu, Kamal Boulahfane, and Isaac Kiprono Songok. Yet before this race would be seen, a review of the experience of El Guerrouj’s past two Olympic games are reviewed. Here is how Hicham El Guerrouj describes his quest for Olympic gold: "In Atlanta I was lacking experience. Before the final I had an incredible amount of stress and I was scared because it was my first time at the Olympics. There was so many spectators, the stadium was full and I was not prepared for this pressure so when the race started I was already in a different world. Falling at the bell lap was like a nighmare. A nightmare. In a fraction a a second I was on the ground" (Atlanta 1996); "Right before the race, three hours before, I started crying like a child. It had never happened to me before. I had thoughts that I might lose and once I entered the stadium I was scared. I did not have the confidence on the first lap, second lap, third lap. I did not have the energy and the sensation that I usually have and there he goes, Ngeny, goes by me. It’s the rough spot, always" (Sydney 2000); "I lost in two Olympics and I did not want to lose a third one, especially at the Athens Games which were more important to me. It is the birthplace of the Olympics and the history here; in my mind Athens is the supreme arena. I decided to accelerate and take the lead. It was the best time for me to do so. In the last 700 meters I started to talk to myself telling my body to perform well to stay passionate and to ultimately win the race because it was such an important race for me. A race for history. I did not want to leave it as a loser. Lagat and I were shoulder to shoulder. He then passed me, then I passed him. That was the magical part. Once we crossed the finish, big relief. I was back to reality and I started to realize that I was an Olympic champion in Athens. It was a fantastic moment. I waited eight years to be on the Olympic podium, which for an athlete is a dream come true" (Athens 2004). Portions of all three Olympic 1500 meter finals are shown from 1996 to 2004 as well as the Athen’s men’s 5000 meter final held four days later where 10,000 meter champion Kenenisa Bekele tries holding off El Guerrouj down the homestretch. Will Lyman provides the excellent narration and in this segment of athletics the use of split screen is employed eight times, giving the real sense of a night of track and field with multiple events being held at the same time. The other touching stories that are included in this Olympic profile are of Mariel Zagunis (fencing), Pyrros Dimas (weightlifting), Otylia Jedrezejczak (swimming), Lisa Fernandez (softball), and Anna & Kerrie Meares (track cycling). Although not formally distributed at this time, keep your eyes out for this to appear on Showtime, as well as watch for a promotional copy to appear on eBay for you to own. On May 22, 2006, the worlds greatest miler, "The King of the Mile", Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, announced his retirement from athletics. He still maintains the world record in the 1500 meters, 3:26.00 (July 14, 1998), and mile run, 3:43:13 (June 7, 1999) and in addition to four World Outdoor Championship gold medals he was ranked number 1 in the world seven straight years.
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0035 New running course descriptions this month 3259 Cities activated on Run The Planet 4331 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0244 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0048 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 2375 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0004 New links on "Running links" this month 2775 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 182 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan. Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso. Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic. Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic. East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia. Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guyana, French Polynesia. Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala. Heard and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary. Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast. Jamaica, Japan, Jordan. Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan. Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar. Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norfolk Island, Norway. Oman. Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico. Qatar. Romania, Russia, Rwanda. Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, 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, Turks and Caicos Islands, 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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