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Breaking news! Phil the Frog fell off a bridge in Sweden! We do not want to give away the full story here on the front page. We invite you instead to visit and read our Green Ambassador's last adventures on his Frog Log. Here you will also learn about Phil's relaxing time in England with a great cup of tea after the scary accident. You will also find out the exact weight of our traveling runner frog, measured for the first time with a high precision scale.
But let's resume the standard programming. Our website features this month several new interesting articles. In the Training for distance running section learn some Last-minute tips for marathon day. Listed in both Spiritual Running and in TriPlanet do not miss a short yoga session titled Pre-race Zen for triathletes that can put you in the right frame of mind and body for peak performance. The Rtp Tools collection features this month a convenient Shoes width calculator to find out the correct shoes width for your running footwear. The calculator is also available from the Rtp Shoes webpage. Finally, an Audio fitness test for runners has been posted in Rtp Music to help you to work towards and achieve your fitness goals.
This is all for this month. We kept it sweet and short. We have to go out running before it snows too much in this part of the worls. We wish you all a happy end of the year and a great new beginning.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Helsinki (Finland)
By Teppo Määttänen - West Helsinki by the sea: you will see the sea first time when you run Merikannontie to south. Try to keep close to the sea and you will pass the walls of the Hietaniemi graveyard. Run the road near the sea. After a small hill turn to right and pass the building from right side. You will go under Länsiväylä highway. From under the brigde go ahead to Lauttasaari iceland. Your next turn is at Lahnalahdentie where you go second time under the Länsiväylä highway. On your iceland road you will see two nice bridges: first you will go to Kaskisaari iceland (the roundish bridge) then to Lehtisaari. Along Kuusisaarentie you will run back to Helsinki, but don't forget to turn to right at Meilahden silta. (It is easy to distinguish Tamminiemi - the house of previous President Kekkonen). Along Tamminiementie you will come back to city when you see Meilahti hospital.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Bari (Italy), Helsinki (Finland), Hobart (Australia), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Indianapolis (Usa/Indiana), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Marseilles (France), New Rochelle (Usa/New York), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Orlando (Usa/Florida), Padova (Italy), San Jose (Usa/California), Shanghai (China), Tarrytown (Usa/New York), Ucluelet (Canada).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
Any Season Rentals - Any Season Rentals connects runners and walkers who are looking for active vacations throughout the United States with vacation rental owners. We offer accommodations to suit every budget and lifestye including condos, villas, lodges, and more.
Milano City Marathon - The official webpage, in Italian and English, of the marathon of Milano.
DailyTrain - If you practice running, jogging, triathlon, biathlon, duathlon, swimming, cycling, or any sports activity, and want to keep all your trainings available at any moment, from anywhere, DailyTrain is the right place to do it!
Podistica amatori Siracusa - An Italian portal for runners.
Trails & Running in the Palm Springs Area - A webpage containing useful links for runners and hikers in the desert.
Carrera de la Mujer - The website for the "Race of the Women" circuit, five races (Valencia, Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona and Zaragoza) with 15.000 participants (all women).
MarathonPal - Information to help you achieve your marathon goal, whether you are a beginner or advanced runner. How to train, schedules, runners diet, coaching tips and techniques.
Sport Volunteers - Sport Volunteers goal is to promote, organize and inform volunteers about national and international sport events.
Line of Life - A club for runners who have realized that the sport of running is an important part of their lives.
Lyte'N Go - As your body sweats, when you are giving it your all, chew a tablet of Lyte'N Go and get back in the game fast! Replace vital electrolytes and minerals, without all the sugar and artificial colors found in other drinks by simply taking chewy, fruity-tasting Lyte'N Go. These tablets are the right fuel for your body that you can take with you anywhere, anytime. Lyte'N Go is the most portable and easy electrolyte replacement supplement you can count on.
SportsWatchOnline - An online sports watch shop based in the United Kingdom, selling a wide range of watches for sports, such as Timex, Oregon, and Casio. The shop is secure for purchases and stocked products are shipped withing 24 hours. SportsWatchOnline sells in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world on request.
YoShoes - Customize your sneakers and boots with a vast choice of colorful materials and logos.
Jogging in Luxembourg close to the city - This website to speak about some experience and the happiness anybody can find in practicing jogging within a group. Jogging give us the ability to remain healthy, maintain a good body condition, while sustaining an effort together.
Photography by Jurgen - A photographic running site. Amongst many other images Jurgen provides great photos of mostly ultra and adventure races all over the world. There is a special album dedicated to extreme sports.
Caltech XC - This website is an interactive hub for the members of the Caltech XC team. It also provides info on the team, photos, lists of runs in the area, and has a message board for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic conference.
Hot Runner Chicks - A website containing images of beautiful female runners.
Edge to Edge Marathon - The website includes information regarding the town of Ucluelet and Tofino in addition to a description of the June "Edge to Edge Marathon" event.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Edinburgh Marathon; Tumon (Guam), Guam Fiesta International Marathon & 5K Fun Run; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), Annual Tackle the Tower Stair Climb; Riccione (Italy), Mezza maratona su sabbia città di Riccione; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), West End Tavern Chili Bowl Classic 5K; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), St. Malachi Run; Middleburg Heights (Usa/Ohio), SW General Health Center Old Oak Run; Milano (Italy), Milano City Marathon; Terre Haute (Usa/Indiana), Hawthorn Half-Day Relay; Independence (Usa/Ohio), Jog Into Spring; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), Hermes Cleveland 10 Miler; Fairview Park (Usa/Ohio), St. Angela's 5K; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio), Run for Your Life; Adria (Italy), Corsa dell'Immacolata; Rochester (Usa/Minnesota), Rochester Track Club Spring Classic; Miami (Usa/Florida), Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida Tropical 5K; Coulee Dam (Usa/Washington), Over the Dam Run; Birch Bay (Usa/Washington), Birch Bay International Road Race; Messini (Greece), Messini Marathon; Phoenix (Usa/Arizona), PF Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon; Tempe (Usa/Arizona), Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock; Nashville (Usa/Tennessee), Country Music Marathon & Half Marathon; Nashville (Usa/Tennessee), YMCA Country Music Kids Marathon; San Diego (Usa/California), Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon; Ridgewood (Usa/New Jersey), The Fred d'Elia Ridgewood Run 5K, 10K, Mile; Fort Wayne (Usa/Indiana), Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler; Ucluelet (Canada), Edge to Edge Marathon; Kahului (Maui (Usa/Hawaii), Maui Marathon & Half Marathon; Florianópolis (Brazil), Brazil NatuRun; Columbus (Usa/Ohio), Columbus Winter Run; Columbus (Usa/Ohio), Last Chance for Boston Marathon; Virginia Beach (Usa/Virginia), Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon Virginia Beach; Philadelphia (Usa/Pennsylvania), Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run; Dayton (Usa/Ohio), United States Air Force Marathon; Gonnesa (Italy), Gonnesa corre; Bologna (Italy), Corsa in rosa; San Jose (Usa/California), Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Jose; Carlsbad (Usa/California), Junior Carlsbad; Carlsbad (Usa/California), Carlsbad 5000; Rimini (Italy), Beach Cross, Quattro passi nell'anno nuovo; Lammari (Italy), Maratonona il Campanone; Firenze (Italy), Trofeo Oltrarno; Chula Vista (Usa/California), Arturo Barrios Invitational; Novara (Italy), Mezza maratona di San Gaudenzio; Palermo (Italy), Cross di San Silvestro; Palermo (Italy), Memorial Katia Piazza.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• NEW YORK (USA) / The 2006 United States National Snowshoe Championship Series
It has been a busy off-season for the United States Snowshoe Association. As preparations for the sixth Annual U.S. National Snowshoe Championships continue at the Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton Valley Vermont next... read more online in the December 2005 issue
• INDIA / An all-Africa affair at the Pune Marathon
Following the tradition of his predecessors, Josephat N'Deti continues the Kenyan winning-steak at the "Hutch Pune International Marathon" with a season's best of 2:19:35 to win the 20th edition on December 4, 2006. This is the fourth consecutive year a Kenyan... read more online in the December 2005 issue
• CUBA / Rojas sets the National Record in Havana
On November 20th in Havana, the "Marabana International Half Marathon" featured Aguelmis Rojas winning his fifth title and setting a 63:40 national record... read more online in the December 2005 issue
• CANADA / Dixon named Ironman Canada race director
Ironman North America, organizers of eight Ironman events in the United States and Canada, have named Joe Dixon as race director of "Ironman Canada". Held in Penticton, British Columbia, "Ironman Canada" is the oldest Ironman race to be... read more online in the December 2005 issue
• NIGERIA / Course record for Fabiano Joseph
On a hot (27 °C) and humid (94%) November 19th in Nigeria, world half marathon champion Fabiano Joseph (Tanzania) set a "Lagos Half Marathon" course record in front of a field of approximately 20,000. Yet it was recent "Nairobi Marathon" titlist Charles Kiama... read more online in the December 2005 issue
• TEXAS (USA) / Outgoing running enthusiasts needed
Are you a runner who participates at running at all levels? Do you enjoy being around and interacting with other runners? Outgoing running enthusiasts with sales or teaching backgrounds are needed at... read more online in the December 2005 issue
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:
•Should I have someone look at the way I run? - I have been running for a few months now, and my daily and weekly mileage has increased to around five a day, thirty per week. As my distance has increased I have begun feeling pain across areas of my lower legs. Someone told me I should have a "gait analysis" done to see if my feet "run funny". What is the point of having someone look at the way I run? How will that help ease my pain? - Funny Feet
•Should I increase my blood volume before a race? - I understand that when we sweat, our blood volume decreases and less blood returns to our hearts to be re-oxygenated to fuel our muscles. I've read several articles about "blood doping" where elite athletes inject blood into their bodies before a race. Is this something that an average runner, like myself, who only wants to improve performance might consider? I don’t expect to win any races, and wouldn't want to "cheat", but what harm could I do by increasing my blood volume before a race? - Dopey
•How can I be noticeable while running in the dark? - With the days getting shorter up here in the northern hemisphere, I am forced to run at night. I live near a major city, and am concerned that automobile drivers won't be able to see me that well. What can I do to make my presence on the road more noticeable, for safety's sake, while I am running outside in the dark? - Night Runner
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
Howard the cheetah loves being fast. To him, everyday is a race - and he always wins. But when Howard hurts his leg and can't run, the only animal he can keep up with is a sloth, the slowest creature around! How could anyone like being slow? It is up to Quince the sloth to show Howard how wonderful slow can be! Erik Brooks is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including "Octavius Bloom and the House of Doom". He is also a runner, but never quite so fast as Howard. As many athletes, Erik has his share of aches and pains and knows how hard it is to slow down and wait for injuries to heal, and sometimes the slow days go by far too quickly! He lives in Winthrop (Usa/Washington), an inspiring place for the fast and the slow, with his wife and daughter. His book "Slow days, fast friends" is an engaging story and exuberant art that celebrates an unusual friendship as well as the beauty of life at a different pace - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
"Cross Country - A celebration of the purest form of running" is your chance to view over a dozen classic cross country races. From the 1987 Kinney Cross Country Championships to the 2002 Usa Winter Cross Country Championships, check out some of the greatest American runners and head-to-head competitions ever assembled in one place. With six years of Footlocker High School Championships you will see both men and women match up with the best runners that qualified from each of the four regions to try earning All-American status by finishing in the Top 15. In the 1989 race Marty Liquori states "The Kinney National High School Championships has become the most prestigious running event in high school competition and the only definitive national championships in all of high school sports". One announcer described this well known course by saying "The race is quick from the gun and it is hard to pass when the course becomes more narrow; the 5K course is two laps of this challenging Balboa Park loop in San Diego with lots of turns, rolling terrain, and one big hill which is run twice". Quotes from post race interviews: "It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of miles; what makes a great cross country runner I think is the mental toughness you have to have the entire race - you can’t have any letdowns or you’re done" (Bob Kennedy); "I just knew I had to go for it and give it my all which I'm so glad because it's the first race where I've gotten to do that and I think that’s what running is all about is putting your heart and your guts on the line: I feel great" (Melody Fairchild); "I knew as long as I was with someone I could be a competitor until they break me; I was heaving after the race so I can’t be disappointed with the effort" (Andy Maris); "Her hands were kind of going all over the place and her neck was all tight so I just lengthened my stride and my coach was going crazy so I kicked it in really hard" (Erin Davis). The list of competitors seen in this video is like a "who’s who" of American cross country. Some of the featured male athletes include Abdi Abdirahman, Tim Broe, Alan Culpepper, Bryan Dameworth, Matt Davis, Matt Downin, Adam Goucher, Gabe Jennings, Sharif Karie, Meb Keflezighi, Bob Kennedy, Matt Lane, Teddy Mitchell, Abdirizak Mohamud, John Mortimer, Pat Porter, Jonathon Riley, Steve Slattery, and Jorge Torres. And on the women’s side you will see Erin Davis, Colleen Dereuck, Deena Drossin, Melody Fairchild, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, Sally Glynn, Kristen Gordon, Regina Jacobs, Melissa Lucas, Kim Mortensen, Liz Muhler, Jen Rhines, Julia Stamps, and Carrie Tollefson. This 82 minute collection of fantastic cross country races can be ordered directly from Sportfilm.com in either DVD or VHS format. If you are seeking motivation, inspiration, or the extra ability to visualize for the big race at the end of this season then this is the right video for you. The only downside to the DVD is it is not indexed to make it more easy to go to your favorite race, but don’t despair because each of these competitions have something to offer the viewer and you wouldn’t want to miss a single one of these races.
Visit the "Rtp Museum" webpage with its Worldwide Gallery and World Art Tour to see more running, hiking, walking, or feet related masterpieces and where to run while visiting the city hosting the art piece
This life-sized bronze depicts two champions of the "Quad-City Times Bix 7" race: Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rogers. Joan won her first of four Bix championships in 1983. Except for 1984, when she was away winning the first women's Olympic marathon in history, she has returned to run the race every year since. In 1980, as the best road runner in the world, Bill Rogers brought national attention to the "Bix 7" and helped it explode in size. He won the race in 1980 and 1981, and has returned every year since. The statue is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people who have made the race a world-renowned event. It was presented in commemoration of the race's 25th anniversary, on July 31, 1999. This event is part of the annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival celebration. The majority of the information found on this piece is credited to www.wiu.edu.
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.
Gathering momentum - As the end starts to come into sight, it is time to focus on gathering your momentum towards race day. Now is the time to check the wear on your shoes, the state of your socks, and the completeness of your race day wardrobe. It is also a good time to go back and re-read your training log. Look at the time and the miles that you have already put in. Look at how much more you have done than you have left to do.
HOT SHOES / PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Participants in the "Mud Run" in Camp Pentelton (Usa/California)
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
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