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Hello Planeteers! Welcome to the November issue of the newsletter.
The world is a little smaller this month and the running possibilities offered are multiplying. We welcome Eritrea and East Timor as new additions to the list of nations activated on Run The Planet. Now, the number of missing places to complete this virtual running globe, is down to less than a dozen nations. Mostly in Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara), but also one in Central America (Antigua & Barbuda) and two in Asia (Iraq and Syria). If anyone has visited any of these places and has a suggestion to share on where to run in such exotic locations, please send them in.
When the world gets smaller, the chance of meeting runners from other countries increases exponentially. This is why we felt the need to feature a new webpage containing "Race Etiquette for runners" so you can learn the universal rules of proper behavior, whether you are running at home or in a foreign country. One for all: "If you need to spit, move to the side of the road and do it there". This is actually one of the suggestions by Miss Road Manners who compiled this useful list of advices.
Another handy webpage, for those of you always traveling in search of new places to run, is the one dedicated to the "Herbal travel kit", containing an interesting article by Rob McCaleb, president of the Herb Research Foundation.
If chamomile tea won't help you relax, then you might be victim of a chronic case of "pre-race jitters". Is this intense fear common among runners? Read all about it in our "Rtp Mail" webpage and see how the mantra "It's only a race, and I'm only a goat. It's only a race, and I'm only a goat. It's only a race, and I'm only a goat..." could help you relax.
Finally a long-awaited section has been inaugurated. It is the new "Paw The Planet" webpage, a specialized section dedicated to running with your dog, that in time will become a directory of articles, news, tips and information for all of you that love sharing a good run with your best friend.
That's all for now. It's only a newsletter, and we're only goats...
October was quite a month, beginning with a return to Appleton, Wisconsin the birthplace of "the Penguin" character and ending with the "Marine Corps Marathon" which was where the Penguin Brigade first ran.
In between I walked in Ohio the "Columbus marathon" with a former elite athlete who is taking control of his life and getting back to his former self. Larry's personal marathon best is 2 hours, 48 minutes. We finished Columbus in 8 hours 43 minutes! Larry has lost 100 pounds, has another 100 to go, and is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard.
I'm taking most of the month of November off, to rest and recover from a long and very satisfying racing season. Since it started last April, I've completed 5 marathons, a couple of half marathons, two adventure races, and put in lots of miles promoting the new book "No Need for Speed". I'm listening to my own advice and relaxing for a while.
But... everything will be in full swing by December. I'll be in Honolulu and Huntsville, Alabama, before the holidays and then in Tucson and Orlando (at the "Walt Disney World marathon") in January. For more information on the schedule, check www.johnbingham.com
There are still a few openings for the 2003 running of the "Last Marathon" in Antarctica. There will not be a run in 2004 so if you're thinking about it, now is the time. See a slide show of my last trip at: www.waddleon.com/racelogs/antarctica2001/slideshow/index.shtml
I'll see you on the road. Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Dili (East Timor)
By Christoph - When visiting Dili you are most probably staying in one of the two hotel boats just opposite of the main government building. From there you follow the main road in western direction all the way to the huge Jesus statue that you already can see from Dili's center. It is a beautiful run on a winding road along the coast line. Approximately 7 kilometers long one way. Beware of wild dogs and pigs on the way and make sure you take something to drink with you to fight the heat.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Asmara (Eritrea), Braunton (United Kingdom), Castiglione della Pescaia (Italy), Dili (East Timor), Ilfracombe (United Kingdom), Lazise (Italy), Parma (Italy), Richardson (Usa/Texas), Santa Cruz (Usa/California), Santos (Brazil), São Paulo (Brazil), Songtan (South Korea), Springfield (Usa/Illinois), Stuttgart (Germany), Toronto (Canada), West Burke (Usa/Vermont).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
East Timor, Eritrea.
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, 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
Waco Striders running club - Become part of the Waco Striders running club. The yearly membership fee includes your entire household. As a Waco Strider you will receive a monthly newsletter packed full of interesting articles and useful information for every runner. The newsletter also includes all entry forms for all races on the "Brazos Race Series". So if you would like to stay in touch with the latest running news here in Waco, subscribe today!
Ranelagh Harriers - A traditional English running club (founded in 1881) with their own clubhouse right on the edge of Richmond Park, south west London, one of the city's finest running venues. Visitors welcome!
Neckarwetzer Stuttgart - Neckarwetzer Stuttgart is a small running club in Stuttgart, Germany. We are running along the Neckar river 2-3 times a week. If you want to have further details please check our website or email us.
Supercorredor - Website developed to provide training tips and race calendar for Brazilians. Full of training tips, shoe guide, watch guide, Brazilian elite racers, and more.
Lost Lake Breath of Life Run - This website is for the annual "Lost Lake Breath of Life run" held in August. The race is 15.7 miles along a Forest Service trail from Primrose Campground and ends Bear Creek fire house. The elevation gain is 2100 feet. The site has details on the race which is a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis. There are links to results for various races and photos of the course. There are also photos from the finish of the previous edition. Marsha Vincent, who has two grown children with cystic fibrosis, is the "Mother" of this race. All proceeds raised go to research for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. All prizes, the long-sleeve T-shirts, the food, beer, and more, are donated by generous sponsors in Seward and Anchorage.
Sports Science Institute of South Africa - RunScience - Do you want to focus on training for a particular event, improve your time, increase your distance, structure your training or build your aerobic fitness? RunScience aims to improve runner's performance through effective and scientific training. While basic running principles remain the same, their interpretation and application differ in each person. Run Science meets the individuals needs.
Equipe de corrida Filhos do vento - A special running team. Run with us and enjoy your workout. Contact us for details.
Medien.marathon München picture) - This webpage shows you some 140 pictures from the 2002 "Medien.marathon München" whicht took place on October, 13 with some 7600 finalists of the Munich marathon.
SoCal Trail Runs - SoCal Trail Runs offers trail running tours throughout greater San Diego County (Usa/California) that reconnect you with nature and the thrill of adventure. Run through majestic valleys, experience serene lagoons, hear the crash of California surf and follow some of her most treasured paths.
The Runner's Corner - A meeting place for serious runners, with forums, guestbooks, training diaries, private messages.
FitnessAnalyst.com - The FitnessAnalyst.com website has over 1000 pages of qualified, steroid-free information, dedicated to enhancing every single aspect of physical sports performance, from the absolute beginner, to the elite level sports professional. Topics include weight training, nutrition, fat loss, flexibility, sport specific analysis, how to plan your training year, and much, much more. The site also includes a foundation which funds educational sports coaching programmes for those who are unable to afford it for themselves.
Aegis Bicycles Italia - Duathlete and triathlete's paradise. Handmade carbon fiber bicycles. All Aegis frames and forks feature top shelf, aerospace grade materials, proprietary monocoque construction, and sterling craftsmanship, keeping our bicycles at the pinnacle of high performance. In addition, we offer the world's largest range of carbon fiber bicycles - road, mountain, triathlon, cross, compact, and track. Plenty of designs, full size runs, availability, and tons of colors - all kinds of custom options too. Finally, all our products feature the finest commitments to our customers - a lifetime guarantee and lifetime crash replacement program.
Running Movies - The ultimate resource for over 400 movies that contain running. Search by seven categories to view detailed listings of all the movies. Read reviews and availability information for the videos.
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
Barcelona (Spain) Cursa Barri Sant Antoni; Bloomington (Usa/Indiana) Junior Olympic State Cross Country meet; Mainz (Germany) Gutenberg Marathon Mainz; Palermo (Italy) Maratona di Palermo; San Antonio (Usa/Texas) Jon's Run/Stroll; Hoboken (Usa/New Jersey) HoHa Classic 5 Mile Run; Upington (South Africa) Augrabies Extreme Marathon; South Bend (Usa/Indiana) Sunburst Races; Urique (Mexico) Copper Canyon ultramarathon; Atâr (Mauritania) Mauritanienne Race 200; Madison (Usa/Wisconsin) Mad City Marathon; Wellsville (Usa/New York) Ridgewalk & Run; New Haven (Usa/Indiana) Zoom thru Zulu 10k; Firenze (Italy) Scarpinata sulle colline settignanesi; Firenze (Italy) Trofeo San Lorenzo; Oak Harbor (Usa/Washington) Whidbey Island Marathon; Chicago (Usa/Illinois) Jim Gibbons Memorial 5k Run, 3k Walk and Survivors' Strut; Kahului (Usa/Hawaii) Annual Maui Marathon.
The Global Telegraph
• BRAZIL / The beaches and trails 80km challenge
In the month of October Brazil had the first edition of the race "Desafio de praias e trilhas" ("Beaches & trails challenge") in the beautiful Florianópolis island... read more online
• SOUTH AFRICA / Western Province 15k Championships
On October 19th in Cape Town, the "Western Province 15k Championships" had Neo Molema first in 45.08, Zolani Bhitane second in 45.11... read more online
• FLORIDA (USA) / Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon moves to February
The "Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon", after three years of successfully attracting marathoners to Clearwater in January, has moved to February 16, 2003 for its fourth annual running... read more online
• SWITZERLAND / Tesfaye Eticha wins the Lausanne-Marathon
On October 20th Tesfaye Eticha (Ethiopia) added to titles in 2000 and 2001 with a 2002 "Lausanne-Marathon" victory... read more online
• CYPRUS / Enjoy the spirit of the Kolossi Half Marathon
Run the "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10km" 2002 and enjoy the spirit of the occasion! The event takes place on Sunday 1st December 2002 and with two different distances... read more online
• Two free endurance sports electronic newsletters available
Veteran journalist James Raia publishes two free electronic newsletters, "Endurance Sports News" and "Tour de France Times". "Endurance Sports News" covers running, triathlon... read more online
Run The Planet library
Over the course of twentyfive years of running in new cities, Doug Rennie - "Runner's World" magazine's "On the Road" columnist - had found that his daily workout has been an amazing way to discover things about a town that conventional guidebooks never mention. He had learned that some "tourist magnets" do not live up to their hype, and he had stumbled across all kinds of cool little shops, galleries, mini-museums, pubs and bistrots not noted in the tour guides. You will be astonished at how much you can see on a run and this book is dedicated to runners that when traveling do not leave their sneakers at home. In this indispensable travel companion, Rennie offers inside tips travelling athletes crave: on the best hotels for runners to stay in, the must-run routes locals love, where to carboload, the best stores to visit if you need running gear, even the hottest local races. Rennie provides local knowledge on thirtysix destinations in North America, and on two of the most famous European capitals (Paris and London), all delivered in a style that has made his column a "Runner's World" favorite for a decade - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
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.
Should you want your website to become part of the Run The Planet satellites, simply apply by sending us an e-mail message (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting more information.
Run The Planet Statistics
0017 New running course descriptions this month 2009 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2572 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0002 New nations or territories activated this month 0212 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0018 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1121 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0013 New links on "Running links" this month 1652 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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