Weekly Newsletter August 26th 2014
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, four cancellations, one date correction and two late additions to the running calendar.
Brendan Davies' Sydney Oxfam Trailwalker Report
Brendan Davies won and set a new record at last weekend's Oxfam Trailwalker event in Sydney with a team he'd barely trained with and hadn't even met one of the team members before! "With very limited preparation (reading the event booklet in the car on the way to the start) and with only a few snippets of advice about the course from a late Facebook panic callout, I somehow found myself at Brooklyn at 6:00am in the teaming rain meeting Ben for the first time and having a very rushed initial team bonding session." Read more here.
Dozer the marathon dog
On May 15th, 2011, the Maryland Half Marathon had an unusual and unexpected competitor - a four-legged canine named Dozer. E:60 takes you to the course and reveals how Dozer reached the finish line and bested thousands of runners, including raising $44,500 for charity after the event. Watch the video here on YouTube.
Running in minimalist shoes
Runner's World was asked "I recently finished reading Born to Run. I don't think I want to go all the way to “toe shoes,” but I am intrigued by the idea that less shoe leads to stronger feet and better form. Do you have any tips to share? What kind of minimalist shoes should I try at my local running store?" Read the answer here.
Fun guide to talking like an ultra runner
Like every little group, industry or clique, ultra running has its own language and terminology. Phrases and words that we tend to use among our running mates, but wouldn't be seen dead saying when we're in the pub with our "normal" friends. Ultra168 picks ten of the best known words and phrases they've heard over the years. Check it out here. (Noting that of course you don't have to be an ultra runner to enjoy this article.)
Osprey 25L Day Pack / Dinner Plain Mountain Running Festival Competition
Starting next week, we have a new competition to win an Osprey 25L Day Pack, thanks to Paul Ashton of Running Wild in Victoria, and the Dinner Plain Mountain Running Festival. In Paul's words, the Great Alpine Road Half Marathon at the festival "has the potential to be the most spectacular mountain road half marathons in the country."
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 such as date changes, cancellations or late additions to the calendar. Late additions are events which will take place in the next two to three weeks and have only just been added to the website.
- Kakadu Fun Run in Jabiru, NT on August 31st has been cancelled
- Flurolink Run in Sydney on September 7th has been cancelled
- Big Beach Challenge in Newcastle on September 28th is cancelled; it will return in 2015
- The Geelong event at Great Strides in Victoria on October 26th is not going ahead; the two other events at Melbourne and Bendigo are still on and registrations are now open.
- The Women's and Girls' Jogalong in Canberra is normally on the first Sunday of each month so we'd listed the next event as September 7th, but it's actually going to be on September 14th; the date has been updated on the running calendar website.
Have a great running week!