Weekly Newsletter December 5th 2013

This week's newsletter on December 5th 2013 covers interesting articles, competition winners and our current competition, recent updates, and events coming up over the next two weeks.

== Interesting articles ==

The Running "Hype" Cycle - Commercialisation, Considerations and Discussion
The last year or two has seen the increase in the number of ultra and trail races taking place throughout the world - due in part to increased commercialisation of the sport. There's no doubting that we appear to be in a boom period right now, but when will this boom peak? Will we see a "bust"? And what role does commercialisation have in all of this? Read more.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon named QSport 2013 Queensland Sport Event
The 35th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon was named the QSport 2013 Queensland Sport Event at the Queensland Sport Awards in Brisbane. The win confirms the event's status as an international standard sporting event. Read more.

The Great Ethiopian Run: in the footsteps of Haile Gebrselassie
It's a crazy, joyous race at 2,300m above sea level in Addis Ababa, and it's the adrenaline as well as the altitude that leaves competitors breathless after the Great Ethiopian Run. Read more.

Brendan Davies' thoughts on the new TNF100 course
With the change of start location to Scenic World in Katoomba, we say farewell to the familiar original course and welcome a significantly different course. I'm sure we all, as I do, have many fond memories of the old course; the sections we loved most, the views or the places we have become accustomed to running in the dark through... but change is change and I'm embracing the new course and see it as just another challenge put out there to conquer! Read more.

== Competitions ==

Color Me Rad Competition winner #1
The first winner of an entry to Color Me Rad 5k Australia in Sydney is Crystal Desmond from Leumeah, NSW. If you entered the competition before the winner was drawn on Monday, you are already in the second prize draw which will be done this Monday. See below for the entry link.

Win an entry to Color Me Rad
Color Me Rad is coming to Sydney on February 23rd 2014 with a tsunami of color that'll make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live. We have a second entry to give away on Monday, so don't miss out: enter today.

Safe Lace Competition Winners
The winners of a pair of Safe Lace each were Shelley Miller from Tasmania and Laurent Carles from Western Australia. Safe Lace is a revolutionary product suitable for all laced shoes and all ages, children and adults. Find out more on the Safe Lace website.

== Recently updated event pages ==

Recent updates
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
- Suck it Up Buttercup has changed dates from 24 May to 03 May 2014
- Conquer the Summit has changed dates from 20 Apr to 27 Apr 2014
- The Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race in Sydney on 14 Jun 2014 now has a 6 hour race as well as the 12 and 24 hour races

Late additions
- The Glow Stick Run in Sunshine Coast on December 27th

== Upcoming events ==

Events this week

Thursday December 5th 2013
- Adventure Sport NQ Metrogaine Series - Cairns, QLD - 1 hour

Friday December 6th 2013
- Coast to Kosci Ultramarathon - Twofold Bay to Mt Kosciuszko, NSW - 240K

Saturday December 7th 2013
- Be Active Metro Series - Perth, WA - 3 to 8km Evening Orienteering
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- South Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering
- Tan Handicap and Breakfast - Melbourne, VIC - 8K, 4K
- Winter Warrior Challenge - Lake Mountain, VIC - 15K

Sunday December 8th 2013
- Beach Bash - Forster, NSW - 7K, 4K
- Black Mountain Challenge - Canberra, ACT - 5K
- Kurrawa to Duranbah - QLD - 50K, 30K, 15K, 2x25K Relay
- Launceston 5K Classic - Launceston, TAS - 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Melbourne - Melbourne, VIC - 10.5K, 7K, 3.5K
- Sussan Women's Fun Run - Melbourne, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K
- Sweaty Santa Fun Run and Breakfast - Barron Gorge, QLD - 10K, 5K, 3K, 1K
- Sydney Trailrunning Series: Manly Dam - Sydney, NSW - 20.4K, 10.2K, 7K
- The Santa Run - Ulverstone, TAS - 5.2K, 2.5K
- Variety Santa Run - Bundaberg, QLD - 5K
- WAMC Founders Run - Perth, WA - 16.1K, 5.15K

Events next week

Wednesday December 11th 2013
- Emma and Tom's Christmas Run - Melbourne, VIC - 10K, 5K, Kids 2K
- Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering

Thursday December 12th 2013
- Adventure Sport NQ Metrogaine Series - Cairns, QLD - 1 hour
- Twilite Tan Time Trial - Melbourne, VIC - 8K, 4K

Friday December 13th 2013
- Black Friday Run - North Cairns, QLD - 3K to 10K

Saturday December 14th 2013
- Be Active Metro Series - Perth, WA - 3 to 8km Evening Orienteering
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- South Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering
- The Santa Run - Kingston, TAS - 4.5K, 2.5K

Sunday December 15th 2013
- 6 Inch Trail Marathon - North Dandalup to Dwellingup, WA - 46K
- Carina Canter - Brisbane, QLD - 4K, 2K
- SMC Road Race Series - Sydney, NSW - 21.1K, 10K, 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Sydney - Iron Cove, NSW - 14K, 7K, 4K
- Tour de Ridges - Mawson, ACT - 21.2K Run, 15.3K Walk, 15K Run, 10.6K Run/Walk
- WAMC City Beach - Perth, WA - 8K, 4K

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!

Best Running Regards,

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