Weekly Newsletter October 23rd 2013

This week's newsletter on October 23rd 2013 covers interesting articles, our latest competition, recently updates, and events coming up over the next two weeks.

== Interesting articles ==

The rise and rise of parkrun in Australia
National parkrun director Tim Oberg brought the event to Australia in 2011 (it started in London in 2004). In just two and a half years it has 53,000 registered members running in 42 parks nationally per week. By the end of the year he estimates there will be 60 parkruns. Read more.

Pounding Pavement by Heel or Toe
How a runner's foot should strike the ground incites passionate debate among athletes and coaches, despite scant persuasive evidence to support either position. But a noteworthy new study may help to quell the squabbling, by suggesting that each style of running has advantages and drawbacks, and the right way to run almost certainly depends on what kind of runner you already are. Read more.

The Barefoot Backlash: Are the Naysayers Right After All?
The media has gone from shooting out a positive article or two every couple months about this “crazy, quirky new fad” of barefoot running to spearheading the charge condemning the practice as dangerous. It's like clockwork; when something becomes too well known and popular to justify glowing, exploratory write-ups that interest readers, you start attacking it, and the readers come flowing back. Read more.

== Competitions ==

Long Distance Running by Sigamoney Manicka Naicker
We have one soft cover book of "Long Distance Running: Calming the Mind and Creating Conditions of Happiness" by Sigamoney Manicka Naicker to give away. Find out about the book here and enter the competition by Sunday November 3rd.

== Recently updated event pages ==

Recent updates
Since the last newsletter, I've manully checked 214 event listings and have checked 55% of listings since the big website update 6 weeks ago. My aim is to check events coming up in the next six weeks at least once every two weeks, and all listings at least every ten weeks.

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
- The Kedumba Half Marathon on 26 Oct 2013 has had to be cancelled due to the NSW state of emergency / bush fires in the Blue Mountains

== Upcoming events ==

Events this week

Saturday October 26th 2013
- Faster Today or Tomorrow Road Race - Cairns, QLD - 10K, 5K, 3K
- Hobsons Bay Running Club Handicap - Melbourne, VIC - 5K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Raw Challenge - Barrington Tops, NSW - 8K Obstacle Course
- Rolling Thunder - Paluma, QLD - 23K
- Run Y'Ass Off - Yass, NSW - 21.1K, 14K, 5K, 2.5K
- Runners Hot Lap - Surfers Paradise, QLD - 3K
- Sprint Into Spring - Melbourne, VIC - Orienteering: Approx 3.5K, 2.5K
- Sprint-O-St-Andrews - Redlynch, QLD - 4K, 2.5K
- Tallangatta Half Marathon - Tallangatta, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 2K
- The Holt Bolt - Rothwell, QLD - 6-8K Obstacle Course
- The Stampede Melbourne - Wandin, VIC - 10K, 5K, Kids
- Tough Mudder Perth - Copley, WA - 19K approx

Sunday October 27th 2013
- 3 2 1 Go Kids Race - Burnie, TAS - 3K U14, 2K U11, 1K U8
- Black Hill Challenge - Athelstone, SA - 15K Run, 4K Walk
- Burgh To Beach - Helensburgh to Stanwell Park, NSW - 9K
- Faster Today or Tomorrow Road Race - Cairns, QLD - 10K, 5K, 3K
- Field of Wishes Family Fun Run & Walk - Cranbourne, VIC - 8K Run, 4K Run/Walk
- Fun Run Pink - Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, QLD - 5K, 2.5K, 1K Kids
- Geoff Watt Memorial Fun Run - Warragul, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 2.5K
- Goodna Jacaranda Festival Fun Run - Goodna, QLD - 6K
- Great Strides - Bendigo, VIC - 6K Run, 3K Run/Walk
- Great Strides - Melbourne, VIC - 8K Run, 4K Run/Walk
- Hurstbridge Fun Run - Hurstbridge, VIC - 12K, 6K, 3K
- Jog For Jugs - Scarborough Beach, WA - 4K
- Juniors Maroubra Fun Run - Sydney, NSW - 8K, 4K, 4K Wheelchair
- Kokoda Challenge - Melbourne, VIC - 30K Team, 15K Team, 30K Schools Team
- La Sportiva TrailACT - Paddys River, ACT - 15K, 8K, Kids 1K
- Margaret River Fun Run - Margaret River, WA - 10K, 4K
- Moruya Town to Surf Fun Run - Moruya, NSW - 8K
- Ned Kelly Chase - Wangaratta, VIC - 100K Solo, 2x50K Relay, 4x25K Relay
- Rebel Run Sydney - Sydney, NSW - 21.1K, 10K, 3K
- Rottnest Marathon and Fun Run - Rottnest Island, WA - 42.2K, 10K, 5K
- Skechers Spring into Shape Series - Melbourne, VIC - 15K, 10K, 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Melbourne - Melbourne, VIC - 12K, 8K, 4K
- Tasman Run - Tasman National Park, TAS - 18K
- Tough Mudder Perth - Copley, WA - 19K approx
- Verve Energy Albany Fun Run - Albany, WA - 10K, 4.5K
- Walk for Prems - Adelaide, SA - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Brisbane, QLD - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Canberra - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Launceston, TAS - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Melbourne - 10K, 5K
- Walk for Prems - Perth, WA - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Sydney, NSW - Social Walk
- Zoo Run - Beerwah, QLD - 5K Run, 2K Run/Walk

Events next week

Monday October 28th 2013
- West Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering

Wednesday October 30th 2013
- Halloween Fun Run - Cairns, QLD - 5K, 3K, 1K
- Sydney Corporate Cup - Sydney, NSW - 6K Team Event
- Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering

Thursday October 31st 2013
- Corporate Cup Series - Melbourne, VIC - 3.8K
- PwC Cool Night Classic - Brisbane, QLD - 5K Run, 3K Walk

Friday November 1st 2013
- John Gilmour Track Races - Cannington, Perth, WA - 10K
- Noosa Breakfast Fun Run - Noosa, QLD - 5K

Saturday November 2nd 2013
- Asics Bolt - Noosa, QLD - 5K
- Beach to Bay Strahan - Strahan, TAS - 9K, 6K, 2K
- Bright Alpine Climb - Mystic Hill, VIC - 11.09K
- Freshie Handicap - Cairns, QLD - 3K, 6K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Raw Challenge - Nugent, TAS - 8K
- Spartan Race - Razorback, NSW - 42K, 21K
- Sydney Striders 10K Series - Sydney, NSW - 10K
- Tan Time Trial - Melbourne, VIC - 8K, 4K
- Urban Max Adventure Series - Sydney, NSW - 6 hour CBD Adventure Race

Sunday November 3rd 2013
- Armidale Fun Run - Armidale, NSW - 10K, 5K, Kids 2K
- Beach Bash - Gold Coast, QLD - 6K, 4K
- Ben Donohoe Run and Walk for Fun - Canberra, ACT - 6.3K, 3,4K
- Bendigo Bank Fun Run - Bendigo, VIC - 15.55K, 10K, 5.25K
- Bright Alpine Climb - Mt Feathertop, VIC - 11.99K
- Cape Pallarenda Trail Run - Cape Pallarenda, Near Townsville, QLD - 42K, 21K, 12K, 5K
- Carcoar Cup Running Festival - Carcoar, NSW - 60K, 42.2K, 21.1K, 6K, Kids 1.8K, 42.2K 4 person relay, 26x1 mile relay
- Country Hope Community Fun Run - West Wyalong, NSW - 7K
- Fun Run Pink - Perth, WA - 5K, 2.5K, Kids 1K
- Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival - Port Douglas, QLD - 74K, 42.2K, 21.1K, 10K, 5K, Kids 2.5K
- Great Strides Walkathon - Wembly, Perth, WA - 7K Walk, 3.5K Walk
- HAT Charity Fun Run - Melbourne, VIC - 12K, 6K
- Jacaranda Festival Fun Run - Waterview Heights, NSW - 10K, 5K, 2K
- Lara Fun Run - Lara, VIC - 10K, 5K, 1.4K Kids Dash
- Mansfield High Country Fun Run - Mansfield, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 5K Social Walk, Kids 1K
- Port of Portland 3-Bays Marathon - Portland, VIC - 42.2K Solo, 21.1K Solo, 10K Relay, 5K Relay
- The Color Run - Perth, WA - 5K
- Women's and Girls' Jogalong - Canberra, ACT - 6K, 3K, 1.6K

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!

Best Running Regards,

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