Weekly Newsletter October 10th 2013

This is a copy of the weekly newsletter from the Australian Running Calendar sent by email on October 10th 2013 covering interesting articles, our current competition (which closes on Sunday night), recently updated event pages, and events coming up over the next two weeks.

== Interesting articles ==

Are running events an environmental disaster?
All those discarded bottles, half-eaten bananas and cheap T-shirts... How can races be made more sustainable? This post at The Guardian's running blog asks these questions, and there are several responses in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Read more.

10 Rules of Ultra Running
Candice Burt posts a list of 10 slightly humorous but also accurate "rules" of ultra running, which include Love the DNF; Kill Your Ego; Fear the Marathon; and Walking = Running. Read more.

Learning to run pregnant
Jacqui Haggland talks about how she got pregnant shortly after this year's Tarawera Ultra but didn't find out for a while. She'd decided to take a break from racing for a bit and couldn't work out why running had become so hard. Read more.

Going the distance: breaking through the boredom barrier
A beginner runner asks "how did you move from gritted teeth and trudging through a painful three miles to upping the distance - and even enjoying it?" Another one from The Guardian's Running Blog with a whole load of people's answers. Check them out for inspiration or to add your own 2c.

== Competitions ==

Mt Baw Baw Seasons of Pain Competition

Seasons of Pain at Victoria's Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is a mountain adventure race with trail running, mountain biking and a sting at the end!

Thanks to the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Management Board, we have a great prize package to give away. First prize is 2 nights accommodation in the Alpine Flashpackers (for 1 or two people) on the Friday and Saturday night of the event + free event entry to Seasons of Pain Spring (solo or team) on November 30th 2013.

There are also 4 additional "second prizes" of 1 free entry each (solo or team).

This competition finishes on Sunday night and the winners will be drawn on Monday. Don't delay, enter the competition now

== Recently updated event pages ==

Recent updates
Since the last newsletter I've manully checked about 175 event listings (some of them multiple times); this means taking a look at the listing and the source website and making sure the date, distances and links to online entry, contact pages etc are accurate and working. It often helps me find new events I didn't already know about, and dates for the next event for a particular race.

Since the major update to the website went live about 4 weeks ago, I've manually checked 45% of event listings (and again, many of them have been checked 4 or 5 times in that time) and am continuing to slowly work my way through them. It's a never ending job :)

To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar.

Significant event changes
- Added back the Cupid's Undie Run date of 09 Feb 2014
- Updated TBC dates for the SMC Road Race Series
- Added location to the Canberra Color Run on 16 Feb 2014
- Moe 6hr/50k Victoria Champs on 24 Nov 2013 is not going ahead

== Upcoming events ==

Events this week

Thursday October 10th 2013
- Twilite Tan Time Trial - Melbourne, VIC - 8K, 4K

Friday October 11th 2013
- Griffo's Challenge - Brisbane, QLD - 21.1K or any distance you choose

Saturday October 12th 2013
- 100 Women Walk - Melbourne, VIC - 50K Team, 20K Team/Solo, 10K Team/Solo
- Fitzroy Falls Fire Trail Marathon - Fitzroy Falls, NSW - 42.2K, 10K, 5K
- Freedom Trail Run - Near Byron Bay, NSW - 40K, 25K, 13K, 5K
- Go the Extra Mile - Sydney, NSW - 50K Solo or Relay
- Great Ocean Walk Trail Run - Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles, VIC - 100K, 2x50K Relay
- Mt Majura Vineyard Two Peaks & One Peak - Canberra, ACT - 20K Solo/Relay, 12K
- Neon Run - Brisbane, QLD - 5K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Sprint Into Spring - Melbourne, VIC - Orienteering: Approx 3.5K, 2.5K
- Tough Mudder - Mulgoa, NSW - 19K approx
- Yamba Triathlon Festival Fun Run - Yamba, NSW - 5K, 2K

Sunday October 13th 2013
- Bribie Beach Bash - Bribie Island, QLD - 50K, 42.2K, 21.1K, 15K, 10K, 6K, 3K
- ECU Community Campus Dash - Joondalup, WA - 8K, 4K, 2K, Kids 2K
- Great Strides Walkathon - Geelong, VIC - 6K Run, 3K Run/Walk
- Madora Bay Fun Run - Madora Bay, WA - 10K, 4K
- McLaren Vale Half Marathon - McLaren Vale, SA - 21.1K, 10K, 5K
- Melbourne Marathon Festival - Melbourne, VIC - 42.2K, 21.1K, 10K, 5.7K, 3K
- Memory Walk and Jog - Illawarra, NSW - 7.5K, 2K
- River Run 100 - Brisbane, QLD - 100K Solo or relay team of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 people
- Rotary Climb for a Smile - Perth, WA - Climb 50 flights of stairs
- Saddleback Smash - Kiama, NSW - 6K
- Surf to Surf Fun Run - Bunbury, WA - 10K, 5K
- Sydney Trail Running Series - Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW - 13K, 6.5K
- The Color Run - Sunshine Coast, QLD - 5K
- Tough Mudder - Mulgoa, NSW - 19K approx
- Twin Bridges Half Trail Marathon - Wangetti, QLD - 21.1K
- WAMC One Hour and Half Hour Races - Perth, WA - 1 Hour, 1/2 Hour

Events next week

Tuesday October 15th 2013
- Black Mountain Run Up - Canberra, ACT - 2.6K

Wednesday October 16th 2013
- Sydney Corporate Cup - Sydney, NSW - 6K Team Event
- Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering

Thursday October 17th 2013
- Corporate Cup Series - Melbourne, VIC - 3.8K

Friday October 18th 2013
- Adelaide Stair Climb - Adelaide, SA - 600 steps, 135 metres, 30 storeys
- Oxfam Trailwalker - Perth, WA - 100K 4 Person Team Event

Saturday October 19th 2013
- Freshie Handicap - Cairns, QLD - 3K, 6K
- Heysen Trail Ultramarathon - South of Adelaide, SA - 105K
- Hume and Hovell Ultramarathon - Tumbarumba to Tumut, NSW - 100K, 50K
- Kanangra 50 Trail Ultra - Kanangra Boyd National Park, NSW - 50K Solo, 33K/17K Relay, 22K Solo
- Mosaic to Mountain Fun Run - Dunkeld, VIC - 10K, 5K
- Neon Run - Sydney, NSW - 5K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Run For a Wish - Launceston, TAS - 6.4K, Kids 400m
- Sprint Into Spring - Melbourne, VIC - Orienteering: Approx 3.5K, 2.5K
- The Turtle and the Lamb - Barron Gorge National Park, QLD - 19K, 6K, 4K

Sunday October 20th 2013
- ANZA Challenge - Sydney, NSW - 10K, 5K
- Burnie Ten - Burnie, TAS - 10K Run/Walk, 10K Wheelchair
- Coolangatta Gold Family Fun Run - Coolangatta, QLD - 5K
- Fernleigh15 - Newcastle, NSW - 15K Run/Walk/Wheelchair
- Gold Coast Trail Running Series - Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, QLD - 10.6K, 5.6K
- Jog For Jugs - Mermaid Beach, QLD - 5K
- La Sportiva Mountain Running Series - Lake Mountain Skyrun - Marysville, VIC - 31K, 21K, 15K
- LifeSupport Beachside Dash - Sydney, NSW - 10K, 5K, Kids 2K
- Run For The Hills - Sydney, NSW - 8K
- Run Wollongong - Wollongong, NSW - 12K Run, 6K Run/Walk
- Sapphire City River Run - Inverell, NSW - 9K, 4.6K, 2.5K
- SMC Road Race Series - Sydney, NSW - 21.1K, 10K, 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Sydney - Iron Cove, NSW - 21.1K, 7K, 4K
- Sweat vs Steam - Echuca, VIC - 12.5K, 5K
- Washpool World Heritage Trails - Washpool/Gibraltar Range National Parks, NSW - 50K, 25K, 9K
- Weston Creek Family Fun Run - Canberra, ACT - 6K

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!

Best Running Regards,

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