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October 2002 welcomes new exciting webpages and services that Run The Planet is proud to host, free as usual for everyone to use.
First of all, "bonjour" to Run The Planet France. The new French version of our website has been officially introduced. Whether you want to brush up on this romantic language, to get ready for the Paris marathon in April, or simply explore this new window on running in "langue originelle", we invite you to stop by and visit (and if you know French feel free to contribute!). For those of you counting our non-English versions,Run The Planet is also available in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The second most important note is regarding our restructured and refurbished "Safety on the run" section. As Run The Planet is here to provide you with the most pleasant running experience everywhere in the world, we added tips and advice on how to be on the safe side when "Running into a rattlesnake" or when "Running into a mountain lion" (and believe us, it could happen somewhere!). This month we also feature a great new article on "Running and self-defense" expressly written for Run The Planet by Angus McIntosh, a personal trainer, Penguin runner, martial artist, aikido black belt, and founder and president of Realworld Personal Defense, a non-profit educational corporation.
One more fresh new article has been also added to our "Run Her Planet" webpage dedicated to women. It is about "Choosing the right jogging stroller" so that you can make a smart investment that should last you years and hopefully a few kids.
Courtesy of Goose Tracks Quilts (www.goosetracks.com) another curious yet interesting addition to Run The Planet are the "Basic running T-Shirt quilt instructions" which will guide you through a simple step-to-step process to transform your memorable running T-Shirts into a sentimental quilt.
Our "Planeteer Spotlight" section we highlighted this month more runners from around the world, and we welcome interviews from Venezuela, Guam, and Malaysia. These are insights on what it is like to be a runner in a specific country, and are definitely helpful for the foreign visitors.
Finally, do not miss "A little traveling music", a funny article about an obscure radio station that plays music expressly for runners traveling to and from races.
Have all a great October, and keep running the planet.
The Internet guide to becoming an athlete
Fall is in the air here in Chicago. The temperature is going down and the marathon action is heating up. In just a few weeks over 37,000 runners will take on the challenge of 26.2 miles in the Windy City. I won't be running this year, but I'll be there to cheer them on.
Before that I was on the west coast for the "Portland Marathon". Les Smith and his team always do a great job of putting on a fun event.
After Chicago I'll head down to Columbus, Ohio for the marathon there. Columbus holds a special place in my heart because it's where I ran my first marathon. I've been back and run some of the course as a member of a relay team nearly every year since 1993. This year I'll be walking it with Larry Eder of The Running Network (runningnetwork.com). He's done a fantastic job of getting himself back into shape and I'm glad to have the change to help him celebrate.
Then it's off to Washington, DC and the "Marine Corps Marathon" at the end of the month. I'm not scheduled to run but I'm tempted to at least put in the miles around the Pentagon to see the amazing job they've done of repairing the damage.
At the beginning of November I'll be off to Boise, Idaho and in December I'll be in Honolulu and Huntsville. The fun starts all over again after the first of the year when I head down to Orlando for the 10th running of the "Walt Disney Marathon".
And then... it's back to Antarctica. There are still a few spots available for "The Last Marathon". If you're interested, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll see you on the road. Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Beijing (China)
By Alan Triggs - A view from a visitor: I stayed at the China World Hotel in the heart of Beijing. The surrounding streets are more runnable than I had imagined in China. Since they are generally in a grid, it is easy to find your way back to the hotel. I ran in the middle of the day, and found the bike paths to be accepted and useful. However, even the footpaths were not too bad. I was running about a 7-8 minutes/mile pace comfortably (not at all what I expected). I ran down to Tiananmen Square one day, but it was a little crowded. Looks like a reasonable place to run though in the early morning (as suggested elsewhere on this site). The highlight of my trip however was a run on the Great Wall - a must for all runners. I took a taxi to the "Badaling Section" of the Wall, a little over an hour outside of town. On a Sunday afternoon, there was virtually nobody there, and there is plenty of room to run. Be warned however, it is a very tough run! A few locals sell bottled water along the route, which might prove useful.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Beijing (China), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Bertioga (Brazil), Bogota (Colombia), Calgary (Canada), Cork (Ireland), Deadwood (Usa/South Dakota), Desenzano del Garda (Italy), El Paso (Usa/Texas), Girard (Usa/Ohio), Guangzhou (China), Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong), Livorno (Italy), Macomer (Italy), Mali Lošinj (Croatia), Massa (Italy), Ogden (Usa/Utah), Panama City (Panama), Saint Paul (Usa/Minnesota), San Angelo (Usa/Texas), San Jose (Costa Rica), Secunderabad (India), Tooele (Usa/Utah), Townshend (Usa/Vermont), Zama City (Japan).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
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.
Running related links added this month to Run The Planet
The Run Club - Website for runners of all types from fun to marathoners offering tips on techniques, training schedules, nutrition, diet, lifestyle, well-being, women's running and more.
Corse dell'altro mondo - A book in Italian on where to run in 24 cities in the world, from New York to Sydney.
Mauritanienne race 200 - The "Mauritanienne Race 200" is a non-stop foot race of 200 kilometers at your own pace with control points at 20 kilometers' intervals. The time limit for completion is 100 hours. The runners are provided with water at each control point, but are responsible for their own food, which the organization carries to the specified control points. The departure and arrival of the race are from the Ilij Oued, which is situated in the little village of Azougi, 6 kilometers from Atar. Course total distance: 200 kilometers.
Tilburg Road Runners - The Tilburg Road Runners is a road athletic club in Tilburg in The Netherlands. We have some well known runners who were on the Olympic Games in Sydney (marathon). This site has information about our club and their members. We have also a triathlon group and some atletes on the duathlon.
Podiatry Encyclopedia - The Curtin Podiatry Department presents a series of webpages that are regularly updated into a developing encyclopedia of conditions and treatment of the foot and ankle. These webpages have been prepared from undergraduate projects in Podology, Podiatric Orthopaedic (Surgery of the foot and ankle) and Podiatric Medicine.
Grand Raid International sur les traces du Cro-Magnon - The website of this French ultramarathon usually held on the month of June. The race distance is 106 kilometers with a course on mountains.
Salt Lake Marathon & 10k - Join Utah's largest and oldest road race, The Deseret News Salt Lake Marathon & 10k.
Trails of Anchorage - Usa/Alaska. Trails of Anchorage presents virtual tours of Anchorage trails, useful and interesting links about Anchorage, and a "free" photo gallery with scenic views of Anchorage.
Let Freedom Run - The website provides a description of the event, a list of sponsors and a link to the registration page. Let Freedom Run is a four-mile run to remember and honor all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Runners will run along the Hudson River, past Ground Zero, and finish in Battery Park, where they will have a tremendous view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
TrainingBuddy - TrainingBuddy is a 100% web-based health and workout tracking application. You can now track your workouts, diet, personal records, and set goals for the future, all in one easy to use application.
Road & Track sports - Running speciality store and road races info site.
The Midday Milers - The Midday Milers offer city workers an informal but structured lunch time training program. The group meets each weekday at the Tan Track "Pillars of Wisdom" at 12:40 pm. All levels of runners are welcome to join in for a variety of casual easy runs or more intense speed/fartlek sessions.
Fayetteville Area Running Association - The official website of the Fayetteville Area Running Association, a running organization founded to stimulate an interest in exercise and healthful living in the Fayetteville area; organize competitive road races and other events; meet together and communicate ideas about training and the latest performance techniques; provide a progressive program whereby anyone with the will to succeed can reach his or her potential as an athlete and a person; allow all interested parties to have a voice in the development of our sport.
Carpet Capital Running Club - "To be more today than yesterday, through running". The Dalton Track Club was formed in 1982 by a group of Dalton runners who wanted a name to go on their shirts at local races. The name was soon changed to the Carpet Capital Running Club and the club grew to include recreational as well as competitive runners.
JoggingStroller.com - Find the best in running and jogging strollers at JoggingStroller.com, with models from Baby Jogger, Kelty, Yakima, Bob, Gozo and Dreamer Design. Free shipping and a free safety light with every order. Shop now.
RunHawaii.com - The website contains information these March events: marathon, 10.8 mile run and a 3.1 mile run/walk. Entry forms are in English and Japanese. A course map is available. Race results and pictures of the area and runners. People can register on line or download entry form and mail in.
Goose Tracks Quilts - T-shirt quilts are a wonderful way to display a collection of running T-shirts. Turn your special T-shirts into a beautiful memory quilt to remember favorite races and good times!
By James Raia.com - A site for running, cycling and other endurance sports articles, plus two free endurance sports newsletters and affiliated links - all written, edited and published by veteran journalist James Raia, who has traveled on assignment to more than a dozen countries to report on athletes for major publications.
Sponsor of the month
NO NEED FOR SPEED - John Bingham's new book "No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running" (paperback, 224 pages, Rodale Press, 2002, ISBN: 1579544290) 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), John extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike. Click here to order this book at a special price.
Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
New York City (Usa/New York) Not Quite the New York City Marathon; New York City (Usa/New York) Continental Airlines International Friendship Run; New York City (Usa/New York) Nyrr Turkey Trot; Deadwood (Usa/South Dakota) Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon; New York City (Usa/New York) The New York City Marathon; Austin (Usa/Texas) Annual Lions / Waterloo Relays Charity Event; Green Bay (Usa/Wisconsin) Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; Boston (Usa/Massachusetts) Annual Moakley's Run for Research; Boise (Usa/Idaho) City of Trees Marathon; Adak (Sweden) Lapland Ultra; Chiang Mai (Thailand) Raid Thai; Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) Guadarun; Dalton (Usa/Georgia) Carpet Capital Ten Miler; Cali (Colombia) Media Maratón internacional de Cali; San Benedetto del Tronto (Italy) Sandmarathon / Maratona sulla sabbia; Easton (Usa/Pennsylvania) Dan Boone Memorial 5k; George Town (Cayman Islands) Out to Hell 'N' back 10k; San Antonio (Usa/Texas) Sarr 10 Mile Run & Relay; Bredelar (Germany) Sauerlandmarathon; Whitehorse (Canada) Yukon Arctic Ultra; Choteau (Usa/Montana) Grizzly marathon, half marathon & 10k; Bel Air (Usa/Maryland) 5k Turkey Trot.
The Global Telegraph
• BRAZIL / Marilson Gomes dos Santos wins the Garoto 10 miles
The month of September started in a great fashion in Brazil with the "Garoto 10 miles" in Vitória. This race, one of the runners' favorites, did not occurr last year but returned in great shape with 2,400 participants... read more online
• CALIFORNIA (USA) / Western Hemisphere Marathon offers new event
This December, the annual "Western Hemisphere Marathon", the longest consecutively run marathon in the Western United States, will sponsor some exciting new features. In addition to the marathon, half-marathon and 5k run/walk categories, there will be for the first time ever, the Ekiden relay marathon... read more online
• BRAZIL / Double participants at the Santa Catarina Marathon
The "Maratona de Santa Catarina", in the beautiful Florianópolis city, had 600 runners on its second edition, double of the previous year. The course was changed to make it faster and less hilly... read more online
• ANTARCTICA / World's toughest marathon at the South Pole
Marathoners with a sense of adventure are being assembled to compete in the second annual Adventure Network International marathon at the South Pole. The race has been scheduled for December 16, 2002 and will follow a newly designed loop course bringing runners to the southernmost point on the globe, the geographical South Pole... read more online
• BRAZIL / Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay welcomed 21,000 runners
On September 23, the huge "Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay" closed the month in great style. More than 21,000 athletes ran on the streets of São Paulo... read more online
• HUNGARY / Beáta Rakoczai claimed the Budapest Half Marathon
On September 1st in Hungary, the "Nike Budapest Half Marathon" had William Kipsang (Kenia) first in 1:02.59 at the front of a field of 3,385 finishers, with Luka Keitany (Kenia) second in 1:03.25... read more online
• MALTA / Running through the picturesque village roads of Malta
On November 10th, 2002 the "Zurrieq Half Marathon" will be held. This is a small, yet well organized race which takes the participants through the picturesque village roads of the south of Malta, offering superb land and seascapes... read more online
• AUSTRIA / Ukrainian winner for the Wachau Marathon
On September 22nd in Austria, the "Wachau Marathon" had Ukrainian and Wachau Marathon Club teammates Rudyk Mykola and Andrej Rubalchenko finishing first and second. Mykola got the win in 2:18.31... read more online
Run The Planet library
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Run The Planet Satellites
• North America - 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.
• Europe - Belgium: Arthur's Marathon Page, July 2001. 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.
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Run The Planet Statistics
0027 New running course descriptions this month 1997 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2547 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0210 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0022 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1108 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0018 New links on "Running links" this month 1638 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. Rtp Newsletter archive • The Global Telegraph • Run The Planet
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