Weekly Newsletter December 17th 2012

This is a copy of the weekly newsletter from the Australian Running Calendar sent by email on December 17th 2012 covering "why we like to run", an update to the website, the competition winner and events coming up over the next two weeks.

Why we like to run

I thought I should share this. In a Facebook group I belong to, we were asked why we like to go through what we do as ultra-runners and I answered this:

"I went out for a 30km run on Sunday up and down some peaks in the city and really enjoyed it. I took some time out to read some commemorative plaques, place names and whatnot and really enjoyed myself. It was a beautiful morning weather-wise and at 25kms-ish when I sat down to enjoy the view on the top of a mountain, I thought to myself 'I'm really enjoying this, it's a lot of fun'. That's why. I ran my first ultra in March and it was easily one of the best days of my life."

You might not have run an ultra or ever want to. Running a 5K might be your challenge, a 10K or a Half Marathon. But I'm sure you can appreciate just going out and enjoying a run (and the day) for the sake of it.

Website updates

I've made some mostly behind-the-scenes changes to the running calendar website database, some of which you won't see for a while. The only really obvious change at the moment is that I've finally been able to add a listing for parkrun, the free weekly timed 5K across Australia. Read more.

Barefoot Running, The Movie competition winner

The winner of the Barefoot Running Movie DVD was Leonie Mitaxa from Victoria. I'll be sending the DVD off to Leonie tomorrow and hopefully it will get to her in time for Christmas!

Website listing updates, new events etc

Check out the the website homepage for a list of recently updated pages and events. There's a brief sentence describing what has been updated, which is usually a new event listing being created, dates for the next year's event added, distance corrections, or links added to the online entry page or PDF entry form.

Events coming up this week

Tuesday December 18th 2012
- Black Mountain Run Up in Canberra, ACT - 2.6K

Wednesday December 19th 2012
- Sydney Summer Series in Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering/rogaine

Saturday December 22nd 2012
- parkrun throughout Australia - 5K

Events coming up next week

Tuesday December 25th 2012
- Fanatics Christmas Day Half Marathon, 13K and 8K in Adelaide, SA

Wednesday December 26th 2012
- 2 Jetties Fun Run in Adelaide, SA - 8.4K
- Sydney Summer Series in Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering/rogaine
- WAMC Parlouf Relay in Perth, WA - 30 minute 2 person relay

Saturday December 29th 2012
- Hobsons Bay Running Club 5K Handicap in Melbourne, VIC
- parkrun throughout Australia - 5K

Sunday December 30th 2012
- Tammin 2 Cunderdin Adventure Run in WA - 25K, 10K, 5K, 1K

Until Next Week...

Have a great running week!


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