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• Hugh Hefner swears off sex! - In an astounding turn about, legendary "Playboy" magazine founder, Hugh Hefner, has quit sex cold turkey after he discovered a new passion. "I found out what I was missing by spending my whole day with a bed full of playmates. They may all have been as soft as biscuits and smelled like strawberry jam, but they can't stack up to a good ten-miler. I'm just glad I found out about running before it was too late".
• Running shoe fetish may lead to prison term - It has long been said that Imelda Marcos had the world cornered on the record number of shoes accumulated over a lifetime. But after the discovery of four storage garages full of old running shoes she may have to take a back seat to an obsessed ultramarathoner from Fort Lauderdale. Gregarious sixty-year-old Paul Bailey was arrested early Monday morning after he attempted to smuggle in a truck bed full of stolen running shoes that he had absconded from the previous days "Walt Disney World Marathon". The gray-haired Bailey admitted that he routinely honed in on international races that garnered the greatest amount of participants.
• Secret documents reveal carboloading scam - In an astonishing development a corporate insider's shocking revelation has led to the indictment of the long time owners of the powerful Barilla Company. They are charged with perpetrating a fraud on the marathon running community by "influencing" clinical studies from an assortment of worldwide food-testing laboratories. There is not even a single study that shows runners who carbohydrate-load have improved racing performance. Most of the studies actually showed that pasta hurt the runners because they gained weight after eating plate after plate of pasta.
• Cross country team addicted to sport drinks - A dangerous new fad has swept into Northern Idaho after local police raided a suburban garage late last Tuesday. Garbage bags of empty Mountain Dew "Amp" were confiscated and loaded into a dump tuck for evaluation at the state crime lab. Authorities are piecing together the stories of a secretive cult of long distance runners who had been abusing the increasingly popular sports drink.
• New sliding event for the Chicago Marathon - "Chicago Marathon" race director Carey Pinkowski announced Tuesday that he will be adding a new event to the next edition of the legendary footrace. The announcement came fresh on the heels of the 2006 race that gained instant notoriety for the climactic slip and fall of race winner Robert Cheruiyot as he crossed the finish line. "Given the tremendous publicity Cheruiyot's fall has generated, I have already added a new event to the docket for next year's race", said Pinkowski from his downtown office in Chicago. "I have tentatively called it the 'Pheiddipiddes Slip and Slide'. In this division each runner will still have to run the marathon distance, but they will have to finish it by sliding headfirst the final fifty yards on a slick plastic mat".
• Kenyan walker shunned by village - A Kenyan man has been cast out of his boyhood home of Eldoret because of his predilection for competitive race walking. The shunned man, 23 year-old Samuel Oseigo, spoke out from the neighboring country of Tanzania where he had been granted "aerobic asylum" by the Tanzanian government. Oseigo related a lifelong passion for an activity inherently foreign to the runner-rich Rift Valley portion of Kenya.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Atyrau (Kazakhstan)
By Nita Cheramie - There is a great little 10K route along the banks of the Ural river. This is the river that divides Europe and Asia. Along the run you can count on being greeted by fishermen and children, babooshkas out for their daily stroll and even an occasional curious cow. Start your run at the local sport center then follow the river to the gates of Victory Park (a Soviet era memorial park) then double back. On the bridge before the park you get a great view of the river as well as the brilliant blue dome of the Atyrau mosque and the shining golden domes of the local Eastern Orthodox church. Most of the path is paved but there is a small section of dirt path to add a little change to the run. It is a fun run and gives any runner the chance to honestly say they have done a transcontinental run. Peace :-)
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Atyrau (Kazakhstan), Aubonne (Switzerland), Bastia Umbra (Italy), Berea (Usa/Ohio), Bloemendaal (Netherlands), Crystal Beach (Canada), Dallas (Usa/Texas), Denver (Usa/Colorado), Ede (Netherlands), Gatineau (Canada), Idaho Falls (Usa/Idaho), Irving (Usa/Texas), Jacksonville Beach (Usa/Florida), Lagos (Nigeria), London (United Kingdom), Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Mariano Comense (Italy), Mexico City (Mexico), Morges (Switzerland), Nürnberg (Germany), Palo Alto (Usa/California), Pasadena (Usa/California), Perpignan (France), San Antonio (Usa/Texas), Sarnia (Canada), Tampere (Finland), Wollongong (Australia).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD <
Running for Beginners - The aim of this website is to offer advice to new runners, and help people take up our great sport.
Sport dans les lycees catalans - Sport website for young men and women about training methods, health and fitness.
Ivan Risti - News, profile, photo, race reports, about the Italian elite triathlete Ivan Risti!
Sussex Beacon Half Marathon - Website for one of the fastest growing races in the South East of England running through the historic street of Brighton. The race features online entry, chip timing and a new all road course.
NYC Run - The first and only company to offer guided running tours of New York City. Dozens of different tours as well as customized runs are available all year round.
Espaceoutdoor.com - Athletic footwear specialist, selling over hundreds of models from running shoes to mountains.
Iditarod Trail Invitational - The world's longest winter ultra race. It follows the historic Iditarod Trail on snow, a winter route across frozen rivers and swamps in mid winter. Racers cover 1100 miles of trail crossing the Alaska Range and crossing 30 miles of seaice on the coast. This is a once of a lifetime trek for self sufficient, experienced winter ultra atheletes.
UK Gear - It is UK Gears mission to continuously develop footwear, clothing and equipment for the fitness enthusiast that is truly fit for purpose. On the website there is to be found more information about the company and the shoes, as well as an online shop where the trainers can be ordered directly.
The 6633 Ultra - A true Arctic experience. This race really does enter the Arctic Circle and can quite genuinely claim to be the coldest extreme ultramarathon on the planet. In addition racers will have to contend with winds that can quite literally blow you away. It is a non stop self sufficient race over a distance of either 120 miles or 350 miles. Competitors will be expected to carry or pull on sleds all their provisions for the race including food, cooking items, clothing, sleeping kit and other safety gear.
Wandering Boots - The company provides guided walks in the Lake District, Cumbria for every level of walker. They also provide navigation courses, tours and training.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Roma (Italy), Corri con le scarpe nuove... ma porta le vecchie; Roma (Italy), Corriamo al Tiburtino; Pontelagoscuro (Italy), Memorial Mario Cardinelli; Siena (Italy), Trofeo Brindellino di Tulle; Pontedera (Italy), Trofeo Il Romito; Castelletto Ticino (Italy), Pocher del Cross Novarese, prima prova.
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.
Participants at the Special Olympics, in Southern California
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• USA / Auction of 2007 New York City Marathon spot
If you have ever dreamed of running in the "New York City Marathon" but have been unable to meet the qualifications for guaranteed entrants or have never been picked for the annual open entry lottery, a guaranteed spot in the 2007 "New York City Marathon" is being auctioned off... read more online in the November 2006 issue
• GERMANY / Dresden marathon results
On October 22nd the "Dresden Marathon" had four men reaching the half in 66:45. Joseph Talam (Kenya) went on to claim the 2:15:26 course record title, with Matthew Serem (Kenya) second in... read more online in the November 2006 issue
• ARGENTINA / The greatest adventure in South America
El Paso Futaleufu is the border crossing chosen for this sixth edition of the "Columbia Cruce de los Andes". It is located in South America, between the provinces of Chubut... read more online in the November 2006 issue
• INDIA / Africans outlived others in the Hutch Delhi Half-Marathon
Asim Ghosh, Managing Director of Hutchison Essar, the main sponsor of the race looked at the "Hutch Delhi Half-Marathon" as a project to involve community development than a sporting event. The USD 150,000 prize money event saw its second running on... read more online in the November 2006 issue
• CANADA / Newfoundland becomes home to Ironman 70.3
Ironman announced another addition to the Ironman 70.3 Series, the "Newfoundland Ironman 70.3". The new event is scheduled for July 29, 2007 and will serve as an international qualifying event for the Ford Ironman World Championship... read more online in the November 2006 issue
• FRANCE / Kipruto wins in Reims
On October 15th the "Reims Marathon" presented Noah Serem (Kenya) taking an early lead and enjoying a six-second lead at halfway (65:29). However... read more online in the November 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.
Learn to drive - A program of alternating running and walking is a good way to begin. The first week that may mean running for thirty seconds and walking for five minutes to recover. In time, it may mean running one minute and walking five, or running one and walking one. The truth is, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you are learning to use your body as a means of transportation.
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 tale of the drug addict who went to rehab, recovered, and wrote a highly embellished account is now an all-too-familiar one. "Racing for Recovery" is different in a very important way: this is the true story of Todd Crandell's journey from the depths of addiction and depression; past sobriety and beyond to become an Ironman triathlete and role model, through the creation of his non-profit foundation, Racing for Recovery. In his teens, Crandell was a promising high school hockey player on his way to a professional career. By his early 20s, he was a homeless, starving, drug and alcohol addicted ghost of himself. After several difficult encounters with rock-bottom, he found the courage to rise from the ashes, and quit with no further ado. He found that athletics, along with support from his family, helped him to overcome his addiction. Soon after, Crandell found himself addicted to something much healthier: triathlons. He has now completed several "Ironman" triathlons (a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26 mile marathon run). In addition, Crandell is giving back by helping others overcome their addictions. In 2001 he founded Racing for Recovery, which helps people use athletics and other positive endeavors to prevent or escape drugs. In addition to community support groups, the organization holds yearly 5K races around the United States of America. "Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman", is a mesmerizing, inspirational tale of self-destruction and resurrection, written by Todd Crandell and John Hanc, a writer for "Newsday" and "Runner's World", and author of "The Essential Runner" and "Running For Dummies" - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
If you want to run faster or be more injury free than you may want examine your running form. There are many videos that describe proper technique, and this presentation is among the best of them all. This is the first release in the Ultrafit Multisport Training Series done by Endurance Films and Velo Press. Although Joe Friel, the series executive producer, introduces this DVD, the host is coach Ken Mierke of Fitness Concepts. As Friel states: "There are three things you can do to become a faster runner; the first is to improve your aerobic capacity, same as your VO2 max; second is to elevate your lactate threshold; third is to improve your economy or efficiency. What we want to look at with you today on this video is the later, economy. There are many things you can do to improve economy. We want to focus on one aspect of that which is running skills. We want to improve your technique". Coach Mierke briefly touches on improvements, research, and client results before delving into the instructional presentation that makes up the bulk of the 45 minute main presentation. Six points (propulsion, vertical displacement, support, acceleration, balance, and limb movement) are explained in relation to running and are referred to repeatedly while looking at eight aspects of "evolution running". Along the way the use of animated illustrations are well integrated with actual runners who demonstrate the main points. Quality graphics and good music make this film easy to watch and retain each instructional point. The eight points include: balance between stride length and stride frequency, foot strike placement, methods of foot strike, developing propulsion of foot on impact, movement of foot at impact, limb movement, uphill running, and downhill running. "If you only learn one thing from this video let it be this: efficient runners take relatively short quick stride at any running speed". "If you increase turnover by 20% you will run faster even with a stride length that is 15% shorter than normal". "Runners that we have taught the Evolution Running technique to have improved their running efficiency by 4.5 to 8.0%. That might not sound like much, but 1% of an hour is 36 seconds, so a 4.5% improvement is over two minutes an hour". Good form is broken down in easy to understand methods that can easily be duplicated. The theory is sound, and the presentation brings it home with numerous examples, metaphors, and concepts that you can repeat in your own program to become more efficient and faster. Although many of the observations come from the success of the African runners who often run barefoot, the expectation here is you will stay in your shoes where you can use this information to obtain similar improvements. Be sure to check out the bonus material on this DVD which provides each of the nine outlined drills, frequently asked questions, how to use a metronome, troubleshooting problems, and athlete bios. You may learn more from the official website EnduranceFilms.com.
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0031 New running course descriptions this month 3283 Cities activated on Run The Planet 4421 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0244 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0006 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 2676 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0010 New links on "Running links" this month 2728 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 184 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, Chad, 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, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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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