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Great news! This November Run The Planet hit the big round number. We are now proud to offer you 3000 (three thousand!) running course descriptions to choose from. It is a big achievement for Run The Planet. Put your legs in front of each other three thousand times and you can cover the distance of approximately one mile, or one and a half kilometer. In the past seven years we have been collecting and freely redistributing suggestions by runners for runners, and it has paid off. The world is getting smaller and smaller, as this month we also welcome first-time runners from Mozambique, in Africa, visiting the website.
The nations and territories that still need to be activated on Run The Planet are a dozen or maybe even less. Iraq has been recently included in the list of the 218 available ones thanks to a suggestion by Joe Boyd on where to run in Ash Shumali. And this month we broke again our own record, dating back to last April, with a stunning 58 new descriptions entered this month (almost two each day).
Talking about big numbers, this month we add a few more pieces to our collection of informative, curious, technical, and fun articles. We are surfing the web for you on a daily basis to bring you the best the Internet offers on your favorite passion, and the library of running, walking and hiking related articles is now way over one hundred.
Our "Rtp Organizer" section, for example, is featuring this month a new article regarding "Age divisions for kids" to enhance these young participants' possibility of collecting some well-deserved medal or trophy at the end of a gutsy race.
Our "Rtp Jokes" section counts two more running-related cartoons.
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Wow... what a month October was. I can't remember when I've been so busy and had so much fun. From Appleton to Akron, Portland to Chicago, and Columbus to Washington DC I have been running and cheering all month long.
The big news for November is that I got to run the New York City marathon for the first time. I had heard so much about it that I was really excited about getting out on the course and experiencing it for myself. The race was everything everyone said it was. Great crowds and a course that takes you through the "real" New York. And, there was a woman passing out espresso in Queens! What's better than that???
The year is drawing to a close, which means it's time to start thinking about next year. I'll be in Phoenix for Rock and Roll Arizona, of course, and the February "Marathoning for Mortals" will be released in England. Coach Jenny and I will be going to London to help launch the first international publication of one of my books.
I'll be joining forces with Jeff Galloway on March 27-28 at his weekend running retreat in Florida. Check www.jeffgalloway.com for more details.
The year 2004 is shaping up to be a very exciting one. Stay tuned for all the details.
Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Tel Aviv (Israel)
By Dan - Tel-Aviv running is not as easy as it looks. Lots of cars, and very little tolerance for runners crossing a street. There are a series of bike paths on the city's main boulevards, but these are paved in concrete, so if you are injured this is not the best way to go. The very best run remains Park Hayarkon and Ganei Yehoshua, along the Yarkon river, running east to west on the northern edge of Tel-Aviv. If you want a long run, you have to cross to the northern bank of the river, and turn eastwards, where the track takes you on a loop all the way to Ramat Gan and back. If you turn west, you eventually reach the end of the track. Do not despair: when you reach the last bridge, get on the south bank and follow it to Irmiyahu Street. Follow it westward to Ben-Yehuda, which you then follow south for a few blocks, and then turn west. You will descend to the beach, where the tayelet or corniche begins. You can run this all the way to Jaffa. It is a great run, but beware of the following: crowds on weekends; heat and sun if you are not used to it; you are running on silicate pavers, which once again, are not ideal for the injury-prone. Good luck!
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Antioch (Usa/California), Ash Shumali (Iraq), Batavia (Usa/Illinois), Beijing (China), Binghamton (Usa/New York), Bitburg (Germany), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Burbank (Usa/California), Columbia (Usa/Maryland), Douglas (Usa/Michigan), Dover-Foxcroft (Usa/Maine), Dresden (Usa/Maine), East Lansing (Usa/Michigan), Edwardsville (Usa/Illinois), Elburn (Usa/Illinois), Eugene (Usa/Oregon), Falun (Sweden), Flagstaff (Usa/Arizona), Gävle (Sweden), Geneva (Usa/Illinois), Genova (Italy), Göteborg (Sweden), Grosseto (Italy), Hallstahammar (Sweden), Kalamazoo (Usa/Michigan), Lawrence (Usa/Kansas), Lewisburg (Usa/West Virginia), Lund (Sweden), Malmö (Sweden), Menlo Park (Usa/California), Methven (New Zealand), Nebbiuno (Italy), Palmerston North (New Zealand), Phoenix (Usa/Arizona), Piazza Armerina (Italy), Plano (Usa/Texas), Pristina (Yugoslavia), Reno (Usa/Nevada), Rochester (Usa/Michigan), Saugatuck (Usa/Michigan), South Haven (Usa/Michigan), Springfield (Usa/Missouri), Stockholm (Sweden), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tempe (Usa/Arizona), Veracruz (Mexico), Vicenza (Italy), Wellington (New Zealand), Yosemite Village (Usa/California), Yulara (Australia).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
If your running destination includes a language not yet available in our free running dictionaries collection, then don't forget to print a copy of our useful "Universal Running Dictionary". This dictionary offers you visual aids to get your running related message across to anyone in the world. Do you need a safety pin at the next race? Just take the Universal Running Dictionary with you and point to the symbol. It is as easy as that. You will never have a running related communication gap again. You can even leave that travel partner that you brought along only for translation at home next time. But Run The Planet wants to makes your travel experience even more pleasurable. Instead of printing and dealing with a bunch of paper, we thought, why not wear your Universal Running Dictionary? Here are some new products specifically designed by runners with traveling runners in mind. On your next running event, wear our T-Shirt or show up on the race day with our yellow bag. You'll be ready to meet new running friends from all over the world... or simply be able to communicate with others and have a great unforgettable run!
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Running related links added this month to Run The Planet
CP Classic Track Club - An independent youth track & field and cross country club based in Cedar Park, Texas.
All About Track - Your Track & Field specific educational resource.
Disabilincorsa - A website and a mailing list to create a a reference point for those who would like to run and those who could help them running.
Microsoft Japan Marathon Club Wins - Microsoft employees' running club in Japan.
Sports Optical, Inc. - Sports Optical specializes in prescription glasses for high velocity sports. We make lenses that no one else in the world makes. Using our Direct Lens Technology we can put lenses in frames thought to be impossible. We carry over 2000 frames from such manufacturers as Smith, Spy, Rudy Project, Adidas, Zeal, Briko, and more.
Emergency Safety Medical Identification Stickers for Shoes - Emergency medical safety identification stickers for shoes. These stickers go inside shoes. They will assist with emergency identification and medical safety information in a crisis situation. Each is sealed with a clear sticker to protect the provided information. Each sticker contains the following information: name, allergies / medical conditions, blood type, and two emergency contact telephone numbers. Available on cd-rom for easy printing, these stickers are a must for all joggers and children!
Olympic Harriers - Olympic Harriers is one of the oldest harrier clubs in the Wellington region. It was formed in 1914 as an off-shoot of the former Brooklyn Harrier Club. With clubrooms situated on the top field of Alex Moore Park in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville, our location is only minutes from the heart of the Capital and in the centre of the Northern Suburbs.
Essential Reflexology - Written in association with Anna-Louise Haigh, Principal of the British School of Reflexology (Northern), the "Essential Reflexology" cd-rom contains core reflexology information, details of over 70 conditions, a comprehensive anatomy and physiology section, a full glossary and 20 case studies. All this is supported by over 30 video sequences, action photographs and many graphics. The sections include: Introduction to Reflexology, History of Reflexology, The Principle, The Treatment, Safety, Conditions, The Developing Professional, Hand Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology, Case Studies, Revision and Exam Tips and the System Introduction.
Way 2 Cool Shoes - UFit's new system has combined stylish design with 21st century innovation. Traditionally laced footwear has just been antiquated. With this patented lacing design, UFit products are the world's greatest fitting shoes. Ufit stands for Universal Footwear Innovative Technologies. UFit has redesigned how people buy and wear footwear.
Daytona Beachcombers running club - This is a running club site with information on races in the Central Florida area. It also has information on race results, places to run, training advice and running links.
Ropsley Road Runners - A huge club website including race diary, race reviews and background. This club stages three races a year with the "Ropsley Raid 15 mile Trail Race" on the first Sunday in December as the main event.
DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay - The website of the 72 miles, 7-person relay around beautiful Lake Tahoe Relay.
Amsterdamse Grachtenloop - The website of a famous road race in Amsterdam, held at the beginning of the Summer.
Sunflower Striders Running Club - The Topeka Sunflower Striders Running Club is a non-profit organization committed to the overall health and well-being of all who engage in physical activity. The Striders encourage running, walking, or any other form of physical activity, to benefit the physical and mental health of its members. We offer weekly get-togethers where runners or walkers can offer or receive motivation to or from others to continue in their pursuit of physical and mental fitness. We sponsor several events throughout the year to achieve the same goal and to benefit many worthwhile charities and organizations.
Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club - Canada/British Columbia. The website of the Prairie Inn Harriers, running club in Victoria.
Dr Kiper - Silicone Dynamic Orthotics - Sports medicine with emphasis on stretching including “dynamic” stretching of the foot, healing and prevention of biomechanical injuries with custom fluid orthotics that move with your feet as if they were part of them, for foot, knee, hip & low back pain.
Higashi-kurume Runner's Website - This website consists of the author\'s marathon records and his mountaineering records and the introduction of his favorite Japanese sake.
Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
Toronto (Canada) The Santa Shuffle and Elf Walk; Eugene (Usa/Oregon) Walk With Me Marathon, Half-Marathon; Lexington (Usa/South Carolina) Lexington's Race Against Hunger; Los Angeles (Usa/California) Annual Say No To Drugs Los Angeles Holiday Classic; Fayetteville (Usa/North Carolina) World 8K & 1 Mile Run/Walk for Breastfeeding; Saint Louis (Usa/Missouri) Spirit of St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend; Reit im Winkl (Germany) Wintertriathlon Germany; Palma de Mallorca (Spain) International Marathon of Palma de Mallorca; Yakima (Usa/Washington) Gap2Gap Relay; Provo (Usa/Utah) Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run; Fullerton (Usa/California) UPS AnimalTrax 5K/10K; Mississauga (Canada) Mississauga Marathon; Swarthmore (Usa/Pennsylvania) Habitat for Humanity 5K Fun Run and Walk; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K; Serravalle Pistoiese (Italy) Corri corri da Castracani a Barbarossa; San Michele a Torri (Italy) Per i poggi di San Michele a Torri d'inverno; Quiliano (Italy) Trofeo Città di Quiliano Tirreno Power; Scarlino (Italy) Trofeo Cala Violina; Prato (Italy) Maratonina Internazionale città di Prato.
The Global Telegraph
• FLORIDA (USA) / Two Great Races: Zeph Joseph Strikes Twice
Zepherinus Joseph proved why he deserved being named Florida's outstanding open LDR runner by UsaTF with back to back victories in Jacksonville... read more online
• EGYPT / From pyramids to pyramids
The third edition of the "Pharaonic Race" will be held on November 28 in Egypt. The event is a 100 kilometers race that will start from Faiyum (Hauwara pyramids) and finish in Giza (Sakkara pyramids)... read more online
• BRAZIL / 10k Nike brought together more than 8,500 runners
The "10k Nike road race" attracted more than 8,500 on the streets of São Paulo and, by the organizers, it was the biggest 10km ever held in Brazil... read more online
• KENYA / Cross country meetings
On October 25 in Nairobi, the Kenyan Athletics Association sponsored the first of six cross country meetings in its AK Cross Country Series. After only a 45th at nationals this year, self-coached Kiplagat Birgen outkicked a field of nearly 200 to take the senor men's 12k in 33.34... read more online
• BOLIVIA / Running across South America
Raidsnature.com organizes the third edition of the adventure race "Boliviana", the highest event of this kind. Adventure race teams will discover an authentic country of South America... read more online
• NIGERIA / All Africa Games in Abuja
The first two days, October 11 and 12, of the All Africa Games in Abuja, showed some impressive tropical results. On day one, the women's 5000 meters had 19-year-old Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) well off her 14.40,34 personal best but still winning gold in 16.42,00... read more online
• MEXICO / Open to 30 non-indian runners
The "Copper Canyon to Canyon Trail Marathon+" is a 27-29 miles, point to point race that will be held on Sunday November 23, 2003. The event is for Tarahumara indians but it is also open to 30 non-indian runners. Entry fee is U.S. $ 100 or a donation of bulk food to be presented directly to the Tarahumara... read more online
• START A YOUTH RUNNING CLUB WITH DISTANCE DEMONS
This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a new worldwide trend. The Distance Demons are kids who love to run, a running club for youth in school grades 3-8 (ages approximately 8-14), with a fun logo and a website... read more online
• WELCOMETRAVELLER.ORG / An hospitaly club for runners
WelcomeTraveller.org is a hospitality club with a branch exclusively for runners. For those of you who may not know what a hospitality club is, here is a brief explanation: in a hospitality club, members agree to host travellers in their homes; in return, they can take advantage of others' hospitality on their travels... read more online
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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:
•Could you recommend the Perfect Runner's Automobile? - I'm a serious competitive runner who runs a race most every Sunday. I'm in the market to purchase a new automobile, and was hoping you could recommend some of the auto-attributes I should consider when purchasing my next car. What would make my car the "Perfect Runner's Automobile"? - Running on Overdrive
•What are the best drinks for distance runners? - For years now, I have used the typical lime green sports drink to hydrate myself during long runs. Some of these drinks are colorful and excessively sweet, others are bland and far too salty. What are the best drinks for distance runner fluid replacement? - Fueling for distance
•How important having a running strategy really is? - Now that the Fall marathon season is coming to an end, I am hearing a lot about race strategies. Some of this talk is from elite runners who talk about "drafting" and the strategic advantages of "negative splits", but I am wondering how important having a strategy really is when it comes to racing? Isn't the only useful strategy to run faster than everyone else? - Strategic Overload
Run The Planet library
Since May 6, 1954 when Roger Bannister broke through the wall that many said would never be breached, hundreds of milers have ran sub-four-minute miles, but the achievement is still an extraordinary one, and the four-minute mile stands as a measure of greatness. This book contains interviews with and commentary from the great milers, from Bannister to his great rival, John Landy, to the stars of each succeeding decade. We hear the history of the event from the inside, including John Landy and Derek Ibbotson's recollections of the year leading up to Bannister's great moment, and the flood of extraordinary miles that followed: Don Bowden's story of the first U.S. sub-four; Herb Elliot on training with Percy Cerruty at the legendary Portsea camp; Peter Snell on training with Arthur Lydiard and his Olympic conquest; Jim Ryun's story of his rise to greatness; Pekka Vasala on his Olympic win; John Walker on being the first sub-3:50; Eammon Coghlan, Sebastian Coe, Steve Scott, and Steve Cram on the wild, record-destroying years of the 80s; and contemporary greats Noah Ngeny and William Tanui discussing the jaw-dropping mile records set in the 90s. All of them discuss the mile: its poetry, its rhythms, the tactics for running it, and above all, what it means to run sub-four. This is an important piece of track history, and a book to edify and inspire all runners - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
Almost four hundreds people - 396 precisely - were selected for the start of the "Western States 100" ultra running event by lottery. On June 23, 2001 at 4:20 in the morning their quest begins and so does this 52 minute documentary. Starting as a horse race in 1977, 14 original competitors raced to earn belt buckles for completing the distance. Now, without the horses, men and women test themselves in a quest for the same prize, if they complete the event in under thirty hours. Beyond the start in Squaw Valley (Usa/California), some of the featured checkpoints in this video include: Robinson Flat, Devil's Thumb, Michigan Bluff, Foresthill School, Rucky Chucky, Highway 49 and the finish at Placer High School. You will meet many athletes as they trying to stay in front of the cut off times, maintain their body weight, and keep their feet in condition to keep going. Complete with helicopter footage, athlete interviews, and developing race dynamics, you will get a taste of what will be sacrificed if you dare to run 100 miles that includes 15,500 feet of elevation gain and 23,000 feet of decline. KVIE television offers this tape for sale in both NTSC as well as PAL format if you want to live this adventure again and again. The official "Western States 100" website offers past race results, maps and course information, training and qualifying standards, and applications for the next year's event. Runners featured in this movie include: Scott Jurek, Ann Trason, Tim Twietmeyer, Topher Gaylord, Lucinda Fischer, John & Terry Rhodes, Patti Harden. "These people, every one of them, is setting out on a magnificent experience, that even if they have done it before, it will change their life. I know that the trail and the event has that epicness in it and so few people in our day and age are able to do something epic".
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• 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.
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Run The Planet Statistics
0058 New running course descriptions this month 2247 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3024 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0001 New nations or territories activated this month 0218 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0019 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1293 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0017 New links on "Running links" this month 1827 Links on "Running links"
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